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General Yakubu Gowon, a former head of state, turned 88, and President Muhammadu Buhari celebrated with him.

“President Buhari sends warm congratulations to the former head of state Gen. Yakubu Gowon on the occasion of his 88th birthday on October 19, 2022. We will be celebrating with the elder statesman, whose words of wisdom, prayers, and sacrifices continue to bring goodwill to the country,” reads a statement released yesterday in Abuja by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

“President Buhari notes the dedication of the former Head of State to pursuing unity, peace, and progress of Nigeria, West Africa, and the African continent, playing a major role in the structural, economic and social growth of the country and paving the way for a regional bloc, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS).

“The President rejoices with Gen. Gowon on his 88th birthday, knowing that most of his years, which include working as a military officer and Head of State, we’re committed to building the nation, with policies like the creation of states, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Reintegration (3Rs) forming the core for inclusive development.

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