President Bola Tinubu Extends Warm Greetings to Gen. Yakubu Gowon on His 89th Birthday

President Bola Tinubu Extends Birthday Greetings to Gen. Yakubu Gowon

President Bola Tinubu, representing the government and people of Nigeria, has conveyed warm greetings to former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), on the occasion of his 89th birthday anniversary.

This significant milestone in General Gowon’s life is set to be celebrated on October 19, 2023.

Commendation for Visionary Leadership

In an official statement issued on Wednesday through his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu celebrated General Gowon for his visionary leadership that has left an indelible mark on Nigeria’s history.

The President acknowledged the pivotal role played by the elder statesman in shaping crucial milestones in the nation’s journey.

Legacy of Peace and Unity

President Tinubu commended General Gowon for his efforts in institutionalizing the peace process within Nigeria.

This initiative has resulted in a lasting legacy that includes the establishment of states, a fundamental building block of Nigeria’s federal structure.

Additionally, General Gowon’s contributions, such as the creation of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), have promoted unity and understanding among diverse ethnic groups in the country.

Promotion of Harmony and Patriotism

The President also recognized the National Prayer Movement initiated by General Gowon, highlighting its role in fostering harmony and instilling a sense of patriotism among Nigerians.

These initiatives and efforts reflect General Gowon’s love and passion for Nigeria and his commitment to harnessing the unique gifts and collective strengths of all Nigerians, irrespective of their backgrounds.

Steadfast Leadership and Enduring Strength

President Tinubu praised General Gowon’s courage, passion, and wisdom that have marked his leadership journey, starting as Nigeria’s youngest leader at the age of 32.

Despite reaching the age of 89, General Gowon remains steadfast and relevant, offering counsel to leaders within and outside the country, all while enjoying remarkable health and enduring strength—a testament to the grace of God.

Celebrating a Statesman’s Birthday

President Bola Tinubu, along with General Gowon’s family, friends, and well-wishers, joyously joins in celebrating the 89th birthday of this esteemed former Head of State.

The admiration and gratitude expressed by the President affirm General Gowon’s exceptional contributions to the nation and his inspirational legacy of leadership.

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