By Lawrence Olaoye
President Goodluck Jonathan has heaped encomiums on former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, describing him as a worthy, steadfast and iconic feature of Nigerian history.
In a congratulatory letter to General Gowon on the occasion of his 80th birthday, President Jonathan said that the nation will always owe the former Head of State a huge debt of gratitude for successfully managing and guiding Nigeria through an unfortunate civil war out of which it emerged as an even stronger and more united nation.
“As you deservedly celebrate this noteworthy anniversary on Sunday, October 19th, 2014, I join your family, friends, protégés and well-wishers in celebrating you and thanking Almighty God for the unique and richly fulfilled life He has blessed you with these past 80 years.
“Over the years, you have continued to use your exalted position to engender bridges of love and harmony across the country; availing successive governments of your wise counsel, and demonstrating your unwavering faith and willingness to partner with us in our quest to bequeath to our collective posterity, a nation of which we can all be proud. Nigeria owes you a huge debt of gratitude,” President Jonathan wrote.
The President wished General Gowon very happy 80th birthday celebrations and prayed that Almighty God will continue to bless, guide and protect him.