President Bola Tinubu, representing the Nigerian government and its people, extends warm birthday wishes to retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon on the occasion of his 89th birthday.
In a statement issued by Presidential Spokesman Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu applauds the elder statesman for his transformative leadership that has significantly impacted Nigeria’s history. He commends Gowon for his pivotal role in establishing the foundations of Nigeria’s federal structure by creating states and his dedication to fostering peace.
The President highlights Gowon’s contributions to national unity, such as the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), which promotes inter-ethnic harmony and understanding among Nigerians. He also mentions the National Prayer Movement initiated by Gowon, which continues to inspire goodwill and patriotism among citizens.
Tinubu underscores Gowon’s love for Nigeria and his unwavering determination to harness the unique abilities and collective strengths of all Nigerians, transcending religious, tribal, and other differences, setting an exemplary standard for leadership. He believes that present and future leaders in Nigeria should follow this model.
President Tinubu recognizes the courage, passion, and wisdom displayed by Gowon throughout his life, from becoming Nigeria’s youngest leader at the age of 32 to remaining relevant and steadfast at 89. He commends Gowon’s wise counsel to leaders both within and outside the country, attributing his enduring strength and health to divine grace.
The President, along with the former Head of State’s wife, family, and friends, joins in celebrating this remarkable milestone.