President Muhammadu Buhari has described former army Head of State, Basic Yakubu Gowon as “a gallant patriot whose dedication to nationwide unity is past comparability within the annals of our chequered historical past.”
In a press release issued in Abuja on Sunday to mark the event of his 86th birthday anniversary, President Buhari remarked that “the position Basic Yakubu Gowon performed in our political historical past and infrastructure improvement is etched in stone and can’t be rewritten.”
Buhari mentioned “as younger army officers, many people regarded Basic Gowon as our position mannequin due to his patriotism, dedication to unity and his humility.”
In response to the President, “the Nigerian civil conflict introduced out essentially the most sensible qualities of Basic Gowon as a visionary chief who put the curiosity of Nigeria earlier than his personal private curiosity.”
He famous that “the previous Head of State led a really spectacular nationwide reconciliation effort on the finish of the civil conflict to be able to heal the bitter emotional and psychological wounds of the fratricidal battle.”
President Buhari added that “Basic Gowon is among the fairest leaders I’ve ever identified who has impressed so many future leaders.”
“Even within the context of Africa, many leaders within the continent draw inspiration from his adroit dealing with of the end result of the civil conflict by his coverage of ‘No Victor, No Vanquished,’” he additional acknowledged.
“As he marks 86 years of age, Nigerians can’t neglect Basic Gowon’s immeasurable contributions to the unity and improvement of Nigeria. Could God proceed to bless him with extra good well being and the wanted power in understanding his ongoing religious engagements and repair to humanity,” the President prayed.