He spoke in Yola at an event organised to mark his 70th birthday by students of American University of Nigeria Academy and Primary schools.
He said, “It is a milestone in my life because nobody in my family has ever lived up to 70 years.”
He lauded the students for “the surprise of a birthday bash” and reiterated his commitment to continue to support education in the country.
The former vice president called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities to suspend the ongoing warning strike for the sake of Nigerian students.
He said that education was the backbone of development, stressing that nothing should be done to jeopardise education.