President Bola Tinubu, on behalf of the Nigerian government and its citizens, sends heartfelt birthday wishes to the distinguished former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), who has reached the remarkable milestone of 89 years.
This article commemorates the outstanding contributions of General Gowon and his lasting impact on Nigeria’s history and society.
General Yakubu Gowon’s leadership played a pivotal role in the formation of modern Nigeria.
He is celebrated for his visionary efforts in uniting the diverse ethnic groups that make up the country.
One of General Gowon’s most enduring contributions was the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
This initiative has not only promoted unity but has also created opportunities for young Nigerians to serve their nation and gain valuable experiences.
General Gowon’s commitment to national harmony is exemplified by his creation of the National Prayer Movement.
This movement continues to inspire a sense of community and patriotism among Nigerians, fostering understanding and neighborliness.
President Tinubu commends General Gowon’s unwavering dedication to Nigeria and his determination to unite its people, transcending religious, tribal, and other differences.
This leadership model remains a guiding light for current and future leaders in Nigeria.
At the young age of 32, General Gowon assumed leadership as Nigeria’s youngest Head of State.
His courage, passion, and wisdom have sustained his relevance throughout his life.
Even at 89, General Gowon continues to provide valuable counsel to leaders both within and outside Nigeria.
His wisdom and enduring strength make him a revered figure.
President Bola Tinubu, along with the former Head of State’s family and friends, joins in celebrating General Yakubu Gowon’s 89th birthday.
His contributions to Nigeria’s history and his inspiring leadership remain a source of pride for the nation.
Chief Ajuri Ngelale
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)