Nigeria’s former leader, His Excellency, Gen. (Dr.) Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has been described as an integral part of Nigeria’s political history, whose towering sense of patriotism and nationalism is simply outstanding.
Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in his goodwill message on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the reputable elder statesman said Dr. Gowon’s place in the nation’s history is not in contest as it is replete with awesome records of achievements both in and outside governance. “From his early life which reflected an all-round school boy who excelled both in academics and sports, Dr. Gowon’s fine military career capped by his ascent to the exalted position as the Head of State at a very ‘tender’ age of 31 was a story of a rare personality on who leadership was thrusted upon at a crucial period in a nation’s history”.
“It is on record that the unprecedented developmental projects executed during his regime marked the golden era of our national life. Dr. Gowon is indeed a phenomenon”.
According to Otunba Daniel, “Rising from the ashes of the civil war, Dr. Gowon was able to put the nation together and rallied political leaders to achieve the much wanted unity in the country”