Nigeria will remain grateful to Gowon – Jonathan

Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon

President Goodluck Jonathan says the nation will remain grateful to former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, for “successfully managing and guiding it through an unfortunate civil war’’.

Mr. Jonathan said this in Abuja on Saturday in a congratulatory letter he wrote to Mr. Gowon to celebrate his 80th birthday coming up on Sunday.

In the letter, signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, Mr. Jonathan described the celebrant as a worthy, steadfast and iconic feature of Nigerian history.

The president said the country came out of the war even stronger and more united.

“As you deservedly celebrate this noteworthy anniversary on Oct. 19, I join your family, friends, protégés and well-wishers in celebrating you.

“I also thank Almighty God for the unique and richly fulfilled life He has blessed you with in 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.

“You have never failed to avail successive governments of your wise counsel.

“You continue to also demonstrate 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,” the president said.

While wishing Mr. Gowon a happy 80th birthday celebrations, Mr. Jonathan also prayed that God would continue to bless, guide and protect him.



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  • Otile

    The devil is a lair, Jonathan was under the influence of ogogoro when he made this unfortunate utterance. I can now see why my friend Abubakar tundemash calls him Dumbo Jo.

    • Duro

      We remain grateful to Gowon for sstopping greedy IBOS from evilness nd merchandising our Nation. Thank U Gowon nd happy birthday

  • Garden-City Boy

    Jonathan, that one na big lie. The man kas the blood of 3 million innocent souls in his hands….and we will never forget that.

    • Otile

      God bless you.

  • Damilola

    Soon sire

  • joe

    Nobody is interested in hearing what this gorilla-faced Goebels has to say about anything. Millions of Nigerians died and million more became impoverished as a result of the policy of looting our common wealth that you were promoting ,rationalising and justifying for the past 6 years. The present government is still trying to figure out the extent of the havoc that was wreaked on the nation by your lots. Threfore monkey, go and eat your stolen banana and STFU!!.