Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), over the passing away of his younger sister, Kande Martha Audu.
The President, who called from London, extended his deepest condolences to General Gowon and his family, urging them to take solace in the fact that Mrs Audu lived a worthy and exemplary life.
“Death is an inevitable end that must come to all mortals, and we must keep praying and working to ensure that we live a life that pleases our Creator and benefits humanity,” Buhari said.
He also prayed that God would comfort the grieving family and grant rest to the soul of Mrs Audu.
General Gowon, who thanked President Buhari for the commiserations, assured him that he would not relent in praying for the unity and progress of the country, adding that Nigerians are also praying for the President’s quick recovery.
This was revealed in a statement signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd.) has appealed to the Federal Government to do all at its disposal to bring an end to the economic recession which Nigeria is currently grappling with.
General Gowon made the call on Wednesday at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, in Osun State.
He told reporters in Ile Ife that he was optimistic that the team put up by the Federal Government can come up with a solution to the crisis.
The former Head of State, who declined to speak further on the state of the economy, however admitted that the masses and businesses were going through a tough time.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to find a way to restore the confidence of the people in the economy and the country at large.
“Let the current authority find a way out of the current economic crisis. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has been telling us what they have been doing to get the economy strong again. She said all will be well by September. Let’s wait till then.
“I have left government for a long time, so I may not really know what the problem is. The current administration should do whatever they can to solve the economic challenge. They should find a way to restore confidence in citizens and the nation at large by fixing the economy.”
Former Head of States, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) has called on Nigerians to support the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the insurgents in the north-east region.
General Babangida made the call on Saturday after attending the Eid prayer in Minna, the capital city of Niger State.
The former military President also called for patience as the administration of President Buhari works to stabilise the nation’s economy.
In another development, a former Head of States, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) advised all Nigerians to seek peace and national development.
General Gowon made the appeal on Saturday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, while addressing Christian pilgrims. He urged them to always remember to pray for the nation whenever they embark on the holy exercise.
He noted that prayer was necessary, as Nigeria fights the Boko Haram sect insurgents in the north-east.
“Peace in the country will lead to prosperity,” General Gowon said.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, also appealed to churches to start teaching Christians how to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.
Nigerian Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has praised Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), for their statesmanship in the 2015 election.
General Gowon, who spoke to State House correspondents in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Tuesday, after the Council of State meeting, particularly praised the outgoing President for conceding defeat and putting a call across to his opponent, the first of its kind coming from an incumbent president.
The former Head of State also stressed that future politicians and Nigerians have a lot to learn from President Jonathan and General Buhari in future elections in the country.
General Gowon said that the act had gone a long way to deepen the democratic process which Nigeria had sought for over the years.
Nigeria will be a better place if those who want to hold public offices from Councilors to Governors or President can shun desperation in a bid to get to such positions, President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday.
President Goodluck Jonathan was speaking at the lunch of a book ‘The People’s Choice’ – the story of President Goodluck Jonathan written by Reverend Father Imokhai.
President Jonathan said he had never been ruffled by the desire to hold public office even when he was ready to serve. He urged all Nigerian politicians to do same.
“For all of us who want to serve, we should be ready to serve, but we should not be desperate to serve our people.
“Some times people ask me; Mr President, from what we see and read, we see you still smiling and you look so unruffled.
“Yes! Nothing will really ruffle me because I am willing and ready to serve but I am not desperate to serve and that is what keeps me going.
“If all of us, who want to hold offices from the least, may be councillor of a ward in a local government council to the President, are always ready and willing to serve Nigerians and we are not desperate, then of course Nigeria will be a better place for all of us,” he stressed.
A Humble Beginning
President Jonathan said that his story, told in the book, was meant to inspire young Nigerians, especially those who were now in the Almajiri schools he built in northern Nigeria.
The President insisted that “if a Jonathan could be the President of Nigeria”, anyone of them could make it in the future.
He described his story as a humble beginning that could not have been possible without education.
“My story is the story that is meant to encourage young people.
“If I were from India, I may not have dreamt of becoming a councillor.
“Nigeria is an open society and you can move from the lowest level to the. But for you to do that, one key thing is education. And that is why I am pleased and I place so much emphasis in education.
“I am dreaming that one day, a product of the Almajiri schools will stand here as the President of this country,” the President said.
The book launch attracted the big wigs in the political scene including former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd).