President Bola Tinubu has celebrated a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), on the occasion of his 89th birthday.
Tinubu in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale on Thursday, October 19, 2023, described the former Military General as someone, whose wisdom has continued to unite the country through many institutions created during his regime.
The President however praised General Gowon for institutionalising the peace process in Nigeria with lasting legacies, such as laying the foundation for Nigeria’s federation through the creation of states, fostering cohesion, encouraging inter-ethnic warmth and understanding by establishing the National Youth Service Corps, and sustaining the pillars of harmony between Nigerians with the National Prayer Movement, which continues to inspire neighbourliness and a high degree of patriotism.
“His love and passion for Nigeria, as well as his determination to see into manifestation the unique gifts and combined strengths of all Nigerians, irrespective of faith, tribe or any other difference, remains a pace-setting attribute of leadership that all present and future Nigerian leaders must emulate,” Tinubu said.
Tinubu added that the courage, passion, and wisdom that General Gowon has consistently exuded from his youth, being Nigeria’s youngest leader at 32, has kept him steadfast and relevant at 89, as he continues to provide counsel to leaders, within and outside the country while enjoying every measure of God’s amazing grace in enduring strength and health.