Former President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed former military Head of State, statesman and leader, Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon on the occasion of his 89th birthday on Thursday, October 19, 2023.
President Buhari in a statement issued on his behalf by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu quoted him as saying thus:
“I convey my warm greetings to respected former Head of State, General Gowon on his birthday and pray for his long and healthy life.
“He served Nigeria with diligence and determination. History will kindly remember him for setting the country on the path of reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction after the civil war. Gowon’s National Development Plans, including the Hydroelectric Power at kainji are some of the major achievements of his visionary leadership.
“I remain eternally grateful for his insightful wisdom and support throughout my years in office.”
GWG.ng reports that Gowon was Nigeria’s second military head of state who came into office following the assassination of General J.T. Ironsi. Gowon led Nigeria during the civil war and following the defeat of secessionist Biafra led a successful plan to integrate the breakaway territory into the rest of the country.
Gowon was overthrown in July 1975 and the new government appointed Buhari as military governor of the Northeastern State, an appointment that kick-started his political affiliation with the people of the Northeast that proved decisive in his political career.
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