President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, extended warm greetings to former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd.), on his 89th birthday.
President Tinubu’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale.
“His (Gowon’s) 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.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan also felicitated Gowon, describing him as an inspiring and humble leader.
In a goodwill message sent to journalists by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan affirmed that Gowon “has contributed immensely to the unity, peace and development of Nigeria”.
“As a leader, you have continued to offer yourself for national service long after leaving office; mobilising citizens towards prayer and national reconciliation. As you celebrate, I wish you more fulfilling years in sound health, peace, and joy”, Jonathan said.