Tinubu salutes General Yakubu Gowon at 89

President Bola Tinubu has felicitated with the former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon (retired) on his 89th birthday.

In a message isued Wednesday, the President said Gowon’s visionary leadership has shaped major milestones in Nigeria’s history.

The President extolled Gowon for institutionalizing the peace process in Nigeria with lasting legacies, such as laying the foundation for Nigeria’s federation through the creation of states and fostering cohesion, encouraging inter-ethnic warmth and understanding by establishing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The President also commended Gowon for sustaining the pillars of harmony between Nigerians with the National Prayer Movement, which continues to inspire neighbourliness and a high degree of patriotism.

“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,” the President said.

He said the the courage, passion and wisdom that Gowon has consistently exuded from his youth, being Nigeria’s youngest leader at 32, has kept him steadfast and relevant at 89.

He said the former Head of State continues to provide counsel to leaders within and outside of the country while enjoying measures of God’s amazing grace in enduring strength and health.