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Yakubu Gowon Reveals How He Felt When He Grew to become The Head Of State At 31

Yakubu Gowon Reveals How He Felt When He Became The Head Of State At 31

Yakubu Gowon

Yakubu Gowon

Common Yakubu Gowon (retd.), Nigeria’s former army Head of State, says he was frightened when he grew to become the nation’s army chief on August 1, 1966 on the comparatively younger age of 31, a report by The PUNCH has proven.

In accordance with a press release on Friday titled “How I grew to become Head of State at 32, by Gowon,” the previous army chief spoke at a digital actuality historical past competitors with the theme “Sustaining peace collectively,” organised by ANISZA Basis and Gallery to commemorate its second anniversary on Thursday night.

The programme was a part of actions marking the nation’s 60th independence.

Gowon grew to become Nigeria’s youngest chief ever when he grew to become Head of State on August 1, 1966, earlier than his 32nd birthday on October 19.

He was Head of State between 1966 and 1975.

In accordance with the assertion, Gowon, on the digital occasion, which was moderated by the founding father of ANISZA Basis and Gallery, Novo Isioro, stated he by no means plan to develop into Head of State.

He was reported to have stated that his ambition then was simply to be a great soldier.


“I felt petrified after I took over as Head of State. I by no means deliberate to be the President, it simply occurred,”
Gowon was additional quoted as saying.

The assertion added, “The previous Head of State frolicked with lots of of Nigerian youths who participated within the digital occasion which was additionally the debut of the ‘Coronary heart of the Matter with Novo Isioro,’ a web-based speak present the place the host will elevate problems with peace and unity amongst Nigerians and globally.

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“The octogenarian who relived a few of his life experiences and counselled younger Nigerians on the precise attitudes and values additional engaged the members on the digital occasion on nationwide points, particularly the position youths can play in nationwide improvement.

“Among the many members had been additionally choose college kids who’re members of the ANISZA Faculty Membership, a few of whom sat round Isioro in the course of the dialog with the previous Head of State.

“Common Gowon additionally interacted with the members on points starting from their identities, views on ‘one Nigeria’ and their private commitments to make sure the nation stays united.

“The Plateau State-hailed basic additionally reiterated his religion within the Nigerian youth and the nation’s potential for greatness, noting that ‘we will have the ability to reside in peace and unity irrespective of faith and tribe.’

“With loads of wits and humour, he additionally admonished younger folks, conventional and non secular establishments to take up the duty of securing the nationwide identification, saying everybody has main roles to play in harnessing nationwide values that can spur development and improvement throughout all sectors of the Nigerian life.”

Isioro was additionally quoted as explaining that the occasion and the thought of ANISZA is to teach Nigeria youths, particularly secondary college pupils in Nigerian historical past utilizing pictures and different visible parts.

She defined that understanding Nigerian journey can advance the reason for peace and unity within the nation.

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