You Are A Living Legend, Buhari Celebrates Gowon On 85th Birthday

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has described former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon as a living legend and a symbol of national unity.

The President stated this in a birthday message to Gen. Gowon on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

As Nigeria’s youngest leader since Independence, President Buhari affirms that Gen. Gowon’s visionary leadership style, wisdom and disciplined outlook kept the country as one, extolling the former Head of State for faith and steadfastness in God in times of adversity, and courageously pursuing the interest of majority Nigerians for a unified and stronger country.

The President believes the elder statesman laid a solid foundation for the country to thrive, with the creation of federating units, and implementation of futuristic policies like the National Youths Service Corps, that has consistently served the purpose of fostering unity, harmony and expanding the horizons of young Nigerians for lifetime opportunities.

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President Buhari commends Gen. Gowon’s simplicity and humility, leaving the highest position in the country to return to school for further studies, and returning to provide wise counsels to leaders, encouraging good governance and setting up an organisation, Nigeria Prays, that consistently upholds the nation in prayers.

The President notes that the former Head of State has stayed relevant in Nigeria and beyond, and enjoys wide respect from far and near.

President Buhari congratulates all family members, friends and close associates of the exemplary leader on the auspicious occasion of his 85th birthday, praying that the Almighty God will always remember his sacrifices for the nation, and grant him longer life, good health and strength to keep working for the good of country and humanity.

 

Gowon Visits Buhari In State House

 

General Yakubu Gowon was among those who visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the State House.

At his visit, Gowon told the President that Nigeria needs peace without which the country cannot develop.

The former military leader shared some of the ideas he employed during his tenure to ensure food security and even help other countries.

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He wished the present administration Goodluck while asking that the President deliver on the promises he made to Nigerians.

Others who visited the President today were, Governors Willie Obiano and Nasir El-Rufai. The President also had an audience with the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Gowon In Stable Condition After Allegedly Slumping In Delta

 

Former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, is said to be in stable condition after reportedly slumping during the burial of late Maj. Gen. David Ejoor, in Ovwor-Olomu community within Ughelli-south local government area of Delta state.

Following the incident, Gen. Gowon was said to have been rushed by top military personnel at the event, accompanied by the Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and former Delta State Governor James Ibori, into a special tent where he was attended to.

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However, a military source who did not want to be named told Channels Television that the former head of state did not slump but was merely overwhelmed with emotion and had to be led away.

The late Gen. Ejoor was a former Chief of Army Staff when General Gowon was Head of State.

Gowon Praises FG’s Efforts In Eradicating Guinea Worm

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon

 

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retired), has praised the Federal Government for efforts made in eradicating guinea worm in the country.

Gowon stated this on Thursday during an Annual Delegates Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“Nigeria has fully eradicated guinea worm. Thanks to The Character Center (TCC), the Federal, State and Local Governments and all other partners that play one role or the other in achieving this feat,” he said.

Gowon is optimistic that government at all levels would also win the war against malaria and river blindness affecting most Nigerians.

According to the former leader, the quality healthcare delivery system is a vital tool in a nation’s development.

While calling on everyone to support the government in the quest to developing the nation’s healthcare system, he called on the Federal Government in ensuring that the task is achieved.

He added, “Quality healthcare delivery is an indispensable component of the development of any nation. This should be used to access the performance of government at all levels. We should all agree to this.

“I call on the authorities at various levels to devise innovative and creative home-grown modalities of using what we have to achieve our goals.”

Gowon advocated Public-Private Partnership in fixing the problems facing the nation’s health system.

Gowon Seeks Urgent Meeting Of Leaders, Elder Statesmen Over Killings

Gowon Seeks Urgent Meeting Of Leaders, Elder Statesmen Over Killings
Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd)

 

A former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has called on all leaders and elder statesmen in Nigeria to come together for an urgent meeting on ways to end the killings across the country, especially in Benue and Borno states.

General Gowon who condemned the killings lamented that his heart bleeds at the rate at which innocent lives are lost including those of the Catholic priests murdered in Benue on Tuesday.

The former head of state spoke about the killings on Saturday in Owerri, the Imo State capital, when he visited Governor Rochas Okorocha ahead of the Nigeria Prays Group’s prayer rally in the South-East.

“Without Peace, certainly, we won’t be able to grow any further. And this is what has been retarding Nigeria recently,” General Gowon said.

“Let us continue to pray but let us also play our own part to ensure that we are doing whatever we can to achieve the peace.”

Governor Okorocha, on his part, said Nigerian must view the killings in Benue and other parts of the country as a national problem and rise to the challenge to tackle it irrespective of political ethnic and religious differences.

As things stand, very little progress has been made in terms of finding a solution to the violence and killings, according to the governor.

The governor said, “It started from Boko Haram, to herdsmen, to Niger Delta (militancy), to kidnapping. And his calls for serious concern, especially the recent one happening in Benue State. We don’t seem to be finding any solution – political or otherwise. Rather, we are all busy condemning the act.”

Since suspected herdsmen started 2018 by attacking communities in Benue State and killing over 73 people on the first day of the year, reports of killings have continued to dominate headlines.

Taraba, Plateau, and Zamfara states have also witnessed killings while Borno State continues to lose residents to attacks by Boko Haram.

On Tuesday this week, an attack on a Catholic church in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue resulted in the killings of 19 persons including two priests. Hours later, another attack was carried out in Guma LGA also in Benue with 13 lives claimed.

Beyond calling for a meeting of leaders to find solutions to the issue, General Gowon called for continued prayers. He and the Nigeria Prays Group, which he formed in 1996 intend to continue holding prayers in parts of the country’s problems.

The group is comprised of Christians, Muslims, and body of intercessors who have come together to hold joint prayers as well as offer supplications to God with the sole aim of helping seek divine supports for Nigeria’s problems.

Gowon, Dogara, Call For Unity Among Christians

Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have criticised the lack of unity and love among the Christian community in the northern part of the country.

They said that Christians will not be able to overcome the challenges facing the northeast and the country at large except they are united.

Both leaders made the declaration in Kaduna State at the formal inauguration of a new Christian organisation known as Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC).

According to the organizers of the event, the new body is not established to create division among Christians in Nigeria but was founded for the purpose of uniting Christians in the north and strengthening their faith especially in the face of several challenges confronting them in the region.

The former head of state, Gen. Gowon who chaired the occasion, notes that there are so much disunity and problems in the church and Christian organisations which does not augur well for Christians.

He says unless the church is united, the new organisation may not achieve its objectives.

The host governor, Nasir El-Rufai represented by his deputy, Bala Bantex and Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, expressed worry that the Church rather than being a platform to unite the Christian community and members of other religions, is often used to threaten or diminish humanity or achieve political gains.

Presently, there are various Christian bodies in northern Nigeria which include the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Christian Elders Forum among others.

National Unity: I Have No Fear About Agitations, Says Gowon

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Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), has expressed optimism that Nigeria will remain one indivisible nation despite its diversity.

The former president made the declaration at the 50th-anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan.

Gen. Gowon expressed confidence that the present generation would do all within its power to restore glory and dignity to the country.

He dismissed the calls for cessation by some groups in the country as mere agitations that cannot stand. He added that the strength of the Nigerian nation lies in its diversity and called on the youth not to allow themselves to be used as willing tools of discord.

He said, “I have such confidence in Nigeria and I have such confidence in the youths of this country that they will make sure that they take over and do better than what we left for them.

“I have no fear about all these rantings, etcetera. I have confidence in all of you that you will make sure that you keep this country going and even make it greater. Our diversity is our greatest source of unity and strength.”