The Northern Governors Forum has described former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon as a distinguished Statesman, Gentleman, Prayer Warrior and Bridge Builder who has spent most of his lifetime working for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.
Their Congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement by ,Dr Makut Macham Director of Press & Public Affairs to Governor of Plateau State & Chairman Northern Governor’s Forum,Simon Lalong on the occasion of Gowon’s 86th Birthday.
While felicitating with the former Nigerian leader,the Governors said General Gowon remains one of Nigeria’s finest leaders whose exemplary lifestyle of humility and enormous sacrifices towards nation building and global peace is well recognized.
They noted that General Gowon has continued to provide inspiration to the nation’s leadership and development trajectory through his commitment to the unity, peace and progress of the country right through his military career till date.
The statement also acknowledged that the former Nigerian leader has continued to take particular interest in the development of the Northern region particularly at this time when it is facing serious challenges such as poverty, insurgency, banditry, and illiteracy.
While wishing the celebrant good health, God’s grace and divine strength, the Northern Governors urged Gen. Gowon not to relent in deploying his wealth of experience and knowledge in the pursuit of unity and national integration despite the challenges the nation is passing through.