President Goodluck Jonathan has written to felicitate with Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon who will attain the age of 79 tomorrow, Saturday, 19th October 2013.
In a congratulatory letter to General Gowon, President Jonathan thanked him for his steadfast support for the present administration, and wished him many more years of good health and fulfilling service to the nation.
“It is gratifying to note that, your other onerous responsibilities notwithstanding, you have steadfastly demonstrated unwavering support for our Administration and a willingness to readily avail us of your time and wise counsel whenever occasion has demanded.
“I join your family, friends and admirers in praying that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of fulfilling service to our nation and humanity at large,” the President wrote.
He wished General Gowon a very happy birthday.
Also ,the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has paid tribute to former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon who would attain 79 years of age on Saturday, describing him as a
promoter of the cause of national unity, nation building, national integration and conflict resolution through dialogue.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu described General Gowon as the symbol of statesmanship, patriotism, vision and courage which are some of the excellent leadership qualities that have guided him through his years of active public service life.
The forum’s message which is contained in a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo noted that although the former Nigerian leader was thrust into leadership at a rather young age, he found the ability to rally distinguished political leaders and technocrats to work with him for the preservation of the nation’s unity.
The statement read in part:“We salute General Gowon for his ingenuity in coupling back the constituent regions which make up Nigeria in the wake of a tragic civil war using the slogan ‘GO ON WITH ONE NIGERIA’ (coined from the name GOWON).”
The forum said in and out of offices, General Gowon has continued to display amazing degree of charisma, charm, uncommon patriotism and has continuously rendered himself to the common man.
It then prayed God to grant General Gowon excellent health, courage and many more years of selfless service to God and country.