President Bola Tinubu, on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, has celebrated former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), on his 89th birthday anniversary.
In a statement released by his Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Chief Ajuri Ngelale on Wednesday, President Tinubu described General Gowon as “an elder statesman whose visionary leadership has shaped major milestones in Nigeria’s history.”
The President extolled General Gowon’s “lasting legacies” such as the creation of states, the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and the National Prayer Movement.
“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,” he said.
Tinubu also affirmed that General Gowon’s “courage, passion, and wisdom” have kept him “steadfast and relevant” at 89, as he continues to provide counsel to leaders, within and outside of the country.
President Tinubu joined the wife of the former Head of State, his family members, and many friends in celebration.