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YAKUBU GOWON

Buhari Extols Gowon At 85: You’re A Living Legend

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has described the former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon as a living legend and a symbol of national unity. In a congratulatory message to Gowon ahead of his 85th birthday on October 19, Buhari affirmed that the former military president’s visionary leadership style, wisdom and disciplined outlook kept the country as one. According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Friday, October 18, 2019, the president extolled Gowon, who he further…

Gowon Lauds NYSC’s Contribution To Nigeria’s Elections

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), has disclosed that the collaboration between the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has given credibility to Nigeria’s elections. Gowon made this disclosure in an address delivered on his behalf by pioneer Director General of the scheme, General Ahmadu Ali, at a sensitization workshop on the NYSC Act, CAP. N84 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. Gowon stated that despite the initial rejection,…

Yakubu Gowon Slumps In Delta

A former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Friday slumped in Ovwor-Olomu Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State. He slumped during the oration at the graveside of the late Maj.Gen.David Akpodiete Ejoor. He was immediately rushed to the emergency session. NAN reports that military as well as the Delta state ambulances were immediately moved in to front of the tent in case the former head of state’s health deteriorates further. Governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa and…

Gowon, Obiozor, Joda, Kolade, Others Set Template For New President, Warn Against Crisis

A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gown and 13 other elder statesmen have voiced concern over the rising rhetoric ahead of Nigeria’s General Elections, slated for February 23 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The electoral commission had earlier put the election for February 16, but was shifted to a new date, citing logistics challenges in the delivery of electoral materials across the country. The elders in a statement titled: The Burden of the Elders at the Dawn of 2019 General Elections,…

Shagari: How Buhari, OBJ, Tinubu, Others Mourned Late Ex-President

The death of Nigeria’s first and only Second Republic President, Shehu Shagari, on Friday, has drawn reactions from prominent Nigerians who have been sending commiserations to the family of the late former president and the government of Sokoto State. Shagari, it was learnt, passed away at the National hospital in Abuja after a brief illness. - Nigerians Will Miss Shagari’s Wise Counsels: President Buhari - Mourning him, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over Shagari’s demise but thanked God that the…

You Love Nigeria More Than Power, Prominent Leaders Eulogise Jonathan At Book Launch

President Mohammadu Buhari, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Vice President Namadi Sambo, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as well as former presidents of Ghana, Benin, Sierra Leone and others eulogized former President Goodluck Jonathan for stabilizing Nigeria after he lost the 2015 general presidential elections. The leaders took the center stage at the public presentation of the book “My Transition Hours” written by former President Jonathan. While speaking at…

Why I Snubbed Independence Day Rally – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki, has explained why he was absent at the 58th Independence Anniversary celebrations in Abuja on Monday. Recall that the event which was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Heads of State, Generals Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalami Abubakar, amongst others, had Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara absent. But a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Saraki, Yusuph Olaniyonu said the senate president…

Saraki, Dogara Absent At Independence Day Rally

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were on Monday visibly absent at the Eagle Square in Abuja where Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary was celebrated. Present at the parade were President Muhammadu Buhari; his vice, Yemi Osinbajo; the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen; and former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon among others. Their absence at the anniversary which was last held 8 years ago at the Eagles Square maybe unconnected with the…

‘Lie From Pit Of Hell,’ Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari Over Biafran War Comment

For saying the Nigerian Army didn’t fight Biafrans as enemies during the Civil War, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, describing his claim as a “lie from the pit of hell”. THE WHISTLER recalls that President Buhari, during his installation as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) at the State House on Monday, claimed that the Army treated Biafrans as brothers while fighting them at the war front. “I remember with nostalgia the performance of the…

Buhari Reflects On Civil War, ‘We Fought Biafrans As Our Brothers’

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, reflected on his days during the Civil War between the Nigerian government and the secessionist state of Biafra. Buhari described as "nostalgic", the experience of the Biafra war, noting particularly the performance of the then Commander-in-Chief, General Yakubu Gowon, and how they were instructed not to fight Biafran fighters as their enemies. The president reminisced on the Civil War experience at the Aso Rock Villa during his induction as Grand Patron of the Nigerian Red Cross…