President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon on his 86th birthday.
The president who described former military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, as “a gallant patriot”, said Gowon’s commitment to national unity is beyond comparison in the annals of Nigeria’s chequered history.”
Buhari stated this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday to mark the occasion of Gowon’s 86th birthday.
Buhari said that “the role General Yakubu Gowon played in our political history and infrastructure development is etched in stone and cannot be rewritten.
“As young military officers, many of us regarded General Gowon as our role model because of his patriotism, commitment to unity and his humility.
“Nigerian civil war brought out the most brilliant qualities of Gen. Gowon as a visionary leader who put the interest of Nigeria before his own personal interest.”