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After the Civil War, General Yakubu Gowon said there was "No Victor, No Vanquished". Did we live it? NO!!!. They've bn oppressed since then!
General Yakubu Gowon thought that the country will collapse without his personal leadership. He was wrong & was shown the way out!
 Safety of Nigerians, my priority — Jonathan By Kingsley Omonobi & Ndahi Marama MAIDUGURI—A female suicide bomber, who was arrested by the vigilante group also known as civilian JTF, revealed, yesterday, that 50 other female suicide bombers have been let loose in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with a mandate to kill 100,000 persons before the end of December 2014. The arrested female bomber disclosed this on a day the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah vowed that Boko Haram will be defeated. This came as former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon charged the army chief and his commanders to urgently correct the negative perception about Nigerian soldiers abandoning their weapons and running away in the midst of the fight against Boko Haram terrorists. The female suicide bomber was said to have been arrested by civilian JTF at the entrance gate of the University of Maiduguri, while another was apprehended at the busy Post Office area of the metropolis, yesterday.  The arrest ...
En route to SA today, shared d flight with General Yakubu Gowon. chatted freely to us.
All is not well with Nigeria, Gowon warns: By Lawrence Olaoye Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd)...
OBJ: How not to be an ex-President (1) Not too long ago, lovers and admirers of General Yakubu Gowon, the former...
BREAKING NEWS: FORMER head of state General Yakubu Gowon has joined the chorus of those condemning the US as not being one of Nigeria's friends over its refusal to sell the government the necessary arms to combat Boko Haram. Last month, the Nigerian ambassador to the US, Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye criticised Washington for failing to come to the country's assistance in its fight against Boko Haram by refusing to sell the necessary arms and equipment to the Armed Forces. Washington has long used the excuse that Nigeria's Armed Forces commit atrocities but this has not stopped the US from selling arms to other countries like Israel, who commit worse crimes against the Palestinians. However, the US State Department has denied this, saying there has been a great deal of US military assistance to Nigeria. Jen Psaki, a US State Department official said that over the past seven months since the Boko Haram snatched 200 schoolgirls, Washington has shared intelligence with the Nigerian Army, has begun training a ...
Just photographed retired General Yakubu Gowon...Now to convince him to grant an interview.
Wait. Not one, but two websites list General Yakubu Gowon as one of the most murderous dictators in modern history.
Just reading a website listing 25 of the world's deadliest dictators. Guess who is at number 17? General Yakubu Gowon.
Abba Confirmed IGP The Council of State yesterday confirmed Mallam Suleiman Abba as the substantive Inspector-General of Police (IGP). President Goodluck Jonathan had appointed Abba the acting IGP following the retirement of his predecessor, Muhammed Abubakar. The Council of State presided over by the president is made up of former presidents, heads of state and state governors among others. Former presidents who were present at the council meeting were Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Shehu Shagari, while former heads of state in attendance were General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and former head of the interim national government, Chief Ernest Shonekan. Briefing journalists alongside his Akwa Ibom and Kogi counterparts, Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole said after reviewing Abba’s resume, his level of competence by as attested to by those who have worked with him at one time or the order, council unanimously agreed that he be confirmed the substantive inspector-general of police. He said council, accordingly, adv ...
How Barewa College, ZARIA Old Boys Run NIGERIA May 15, 2014 Posted By In News , Politics Tagged Abdukadir Ahmed , Air Marshal Ibrahim Mahmud Alfa (rtd) , Alhaji Shehu Shagari, BUNMI OKOTIE , General Muhammadu Buhari, General Murtala Ramat Muhammed, General Yakubu Gowon , Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa , Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Comments 0 •Produced 6 Past Heads Of State +10 Ministers, 3 CBN Governors, 6 Governors * Barewa College is in Zaria, Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria. It was founded by the British Governor General Hugh Clifford, it was originally known as Kastina College but switched to Kaduna College in 1938 and then Government College in 1949, before settling as Barewa College. It is one of the most celebrated colleges up North in the 60s and known for the large number of elites from the North, that passed through the college. Barewa College has a very strong alumni system called BOBA, with a large number of elites from the North. City People’s BUNMI OKOTIE compiles a list of noble Northern men who ...
Gowon: The Man of All Moments Turns 80. yakOf all former presidents and Heads of State of Nigeria, General Yakubu...
Nigerians Wish You (General Yakubu Gowon) A Happy Birthday -- Jonathan. "We celebrate you as you turn 80 years today. Your selfless service to the growth of Nigeria will never be forgotten", he concluded. Gowon became the Head Of States at the age of 31, Buhari wants to be President at the age of 73.
HBDLLNP to General Yakubu Gowon,I wish him many more days an good health,
Former Military Head of state, General Yakubu Gowon you destroyed our nation, just let sleeping dogs lie. Please tell Nigerians the role you played in February 13, 1976 Dimka led coup which resulted in General Mohammed's assassination.-Augustine Chukwuma Obodo!
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Clearly, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) seems to have a penchant for violence unlike our President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR. Buhari wants a revolution in a democracy he once fought so hard to kill and then killed in 1983. That was not his coup d’état. In 1975, a group of Colonels of the Nigerian Army namely, Col. Muhammadu Buhari, Col Abdullahi Mohammed (then Director DMI), Col Joseph Nanven Garba, Col Shehu Musa Yar’Adua & Col Ibrahim Taiwo conspired to overthrow General Yakubu Gowon after which they transfered power to General Murtala Muhammed as Head of State. 1983, barely months after President Shehu Shagari was re-elected as President of Nigeria for a second term, General Buhari, then GOC, 3rd Armoured Division, struck with his military boys again. Barely two years in his military government, the boys with whom he struck out President Shagari in 1983, struck him out. Since then, he kept quiet. He knew what the boys would do to him if he opened his mouth. On October 17, 1986, Dele Giw ...
Happy birthday to u our great icon General Yakubu Gowon as u celebrate ur 80th birthday..we are proud of u,for ur great effort in uniting dis great nation,God bless u sir
Happy 80th birthday to General Yakubu Gowon. We appreciate your efforts in guiding the nation through a civil war. We also commend your unflinching commitment to a united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria. Long may you live! Happy birthday, General!
Congratulations to General Yakubu Gowon as he turns 80. He was born on the 19th of October 1934 in Northern Nigeria. He Joined the Nigerian Army in 1954. In 1966 he became Nigeria's head of state during its civil war. And ever since and after his regime till date, he has shown exceptional leadership and has promoted Nigeria's democracy in various ways. We pray for more years ahead in strength and good health.
The only General who was President that should be President again is General Yakubu Gowon
My Head Of State Story – Gowon Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has revealed how 46 hours after his a...
Gowon: A man of peace General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s second military ruler (1966-1975) had the singular ...
I wasn’t ready to be Head of State — Gen. Gowon: A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon…
PHOTO: EARLY 70'S NIGERIAN POLICE WITH THE NOTORIOUS ISHOLA OYENUSI. One of the fall-outs from the Nigerian Civil War that took place from 1967 to 1970, was the exponential rise in criminal activities in the country, especially armed robberies. To check the menace, then Head of State, Maj. General Yakubu Gowon and the Supreme Military Council (SMC), promulgated a decree that was to set the stage for a long list of celebrated executions. The junta came up with Decree 47 of 1970, which prescribed public executions for anyone arrested, prosecuted and found guilty of armed robbery. Following this, the first casualty was in the person of the notorious ‘Dr’ Ishola Oyenusi , who was executed the a year after the decree came into being. Oyenusi’s arrogance was also legendary. In 1971, he was arrested and handcuffed by a police officer. As the policeman was ordering him around, Oyenusi blasted him and thundered: "People like you don’t talk to me like that when I am armed. I gun them down." Another dare-dev ...
"that the problem that Nigeria has is not that of lack of money, but how to spend money" - General Yakubu Gowon
General Yakubu Gowon was a soldier, yet he built most of the infrastructure we enjoy in Nigeria today!
Happy 80th Birthday to General Yakubu Gowon (rtd). I wish you long life, happiness & good health.
General Yakubu Gowon @ 80, a man of peace. I love him with passion and I wish him many more years ahead.
General Yakubu Gowon is now responding to all the goodwill messages. Returns all enconiums to God & Nigerians dead and alive.
“Young people should emulate General Yakubu Gowon; Chase excellence, don't chase money.” ~
At the lecture today celebrating General Yakubu Gowon's 80th Birthday @ with a…
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Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has reiterated that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable
Rebuilding The Nation: Lessons From Other Lands. ~ Babatunde Fashola. They say lightning does not strike in the same place twice. For the sake of all of us, I sincerely hope that this saying holds true for Nigerians. Whilst thanking my hosts, the Leadership newspaper, for inviting me to speak at this event to celebrate General Yakubu Gowon, a patriot and public servant of no mean repute, I apologize that I must open with such words of what I may call frugally measured hope. This is because the circumstances which thrust a young General Gowon upon our Nation as a leader in the 1960s are not too different from what appears on Nigeria’s political and social landscape from what any honest Nigerian can see. Indeed the dark clouds that gather are this time prefaced by an ominous prediction about the continuity of our union from a place far away. If anybody has any doubt about what I say, I will recall history and go back to a speech delivered on Sunday 5th February 1970 in which it was partly said as follows: ...
More pictures from the Leadership Awards... Sam Nda-Isaiah with General Yakubu Gowon, Gov. Adams Oshiomole, Gov.
Sam Nda-Isaiah, APC Presidential Aspirant, in a chat with General Yakubu Gowon rtd, at the Leadership Awards.
(8) General Yakubu Gowon ruled this country for 11 years part of which was the oil boom...
Former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, Group Managing Director and CEO of United Bank for Africa (UBA…
Ahead of the 2015 general election, former military ruler, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), on Tuesday, cautioned…
SHEHU SANI’S FAUX PAS ON General Muhammadu Buhari The Buhari Support Group strongly condemns the statement attributed to the President, Civil Rights Congress, Malam Shehu Sani, where he alleged that General Muhammadu Buhari is among the former Presidents and Leaders of Northern Nigeria extraction to be blamed for 70 percent of the problems bedevilling the region. It is disheartening, uncharitable and false for Malam Shehu Sani to mention General Buhari alongside General Yakubu Gowon; Alhaji Shehu Shagari; General Ibrahim Babangida; General Sani Abacha and General Abdulsalami Abubukar. It is important to put the records straight for the benefit of Nigerians who were not born at the period in the history of Nigeria when General Buhari was the Head of State, in order to debunk the assertion of Malam Shehu Sani. General Buhari was appointed the Military Governor of the defunct North Eastern State (now Adamawa, Bauchi, Bornu, Gombe and Taraba States) August, 1975, to March, 1976, and he performed creditably ...
General Yakubu Gowon created how many states as Head σƒ state?
1966 – The military government of General Yakubu Gowon rescinded Decree 34, which had been established by his predecessor, General Aguiyi...
My Daily Trust Column today Tactical Manoeuvres in the "war on terror" Nigerian figures in the tragic insurgency facing the country are baffling. Over 200 school girls abducted. How do you work out the logistics? 480 Nigerian troops cross into Cameroon and the Nigerian Defence Headquarters say - they are on a tactical manoeuvre! Also, how do you work the logistics of such a manoeuvre? This last one ruined my day. Federal troops lost a battle to Boko Haram which reports say took the offensive, and according to the BBC, forcing the Government Special forces to retreat to Cameroon. I was Master of Ceremony at the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria celebrations in Numan in December last year. General Yakubu Gowon our former Head of State was the occasion Chairman. The Makwada Square in Numan where the event held was full to capacity, and I hardly noticed that there were so many aged and tired looking male folk in the audience until in the break, I drew attention to what the letters in Gowon's name meant - G ...
| In 1967, General Yakubu Gowon merged Sokoto and Niger provinces to form the North Western state.
| In 1967, General Yakubu Gowon made me a part of North-Eastern State
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"How are you, my friend?" - General Yakubu Gowon cc If only remember this line...
General Yakubu Gowon, one of the former leaders of this country that I believe has not yet been given his (cont)
How many state did General Yakubu Gowon create during his reign?
| After the creation of 12 federal states in 1967 by General Yakubu Gowon, it became part of North-Eastern State.
| In 1967, with the creation of twelve federal states by General Yakubu Gowon, Kwara became part of the West Central State.
Gowon to Fed Govt, North’s leaders: unite against insurgency Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has urg...
General Yakubu Gowon became head yrs. Many of his age like today are in oblivion not knowing what to do.
QUESTIONS UPON QUESTIONS: A SCEPTIC PERSPECTIVE OF 'Boko Haram' BY ISHAQ A FARUUQ 1. Why is it that Jonathan’s government is not presenting the more than 500 suspects arrested for trial even in a special tribunal if the law permits it? 2. Why is it that each time suspects are arrested over bombings nothing is ever heard about them again? 3. Now with the wide use of the DNA technology here in Nigeria, why is it that the bodies or pieces of the bodies of alleged suicide bombers picked at attack scenes have not been subjected to DNA and other bio-cultural analysis to unveil the proper identities of the dead suspects? 4. What are the identities and citizenship origins of all the arrested terror suspects? Are they Nigerians? From where? Are they foreigners? From where? What is their profile? What is the tracking ability of our security intelligence services on each foreigner that comes in? image 5. Who are the owners of cars used in all the bomb attacks as traceable through their vehicle registration particu ...
General Yakubu Gowon urged the Federal Government to stop looking for external solution to local problems.
Tony O. Prince wrote "yorubas and especially AWOLOWO are cowards and backstabbers" Tunji Ogunleye replied " Tony O. Prince, i think you should consider a different phraseology for this stuff here: "...threw your hero to jail and buried the keys". Some of your style of addressing Chief Obafemi Awolowo besmirches the memory of the only Nigerian i hold in high esteem. As an advocate of detente between Igbos and Yorubas i will be disappointed if you don't do that. I have fought these Yoruba - Igbo battles so much in my earlier years and i can take up the argument from either side and be convincing. Nobody can win these arguments because they are based on issues that are the essence of our being. First of all, i don't know where you got your information that S L Akintola and Justice Sowemimo were friends. That is definitely new to me. Secondly, the Chief received a sentence of ten years on trumped up charges that were never proven in court. He only served around three years in jail and was restored to a positi ...
Late Head of State, General Aguiyi Ironsi and General Yakubu Gowon, have been accused of being responsible for...
Today in 1966, counter coup killing General Ironsi and bring Yakubu Gowon to power
| General Yakubu Gowon: came into power following the military coup which overthrew the civilian administration in Jan 1966.
| General Yakubu Gowon: became Nigeria's youngest military chief of staff at the age of 32.
| In 1967, the military government of General Yakubu Gowon established Kano State as its own entity.
There would have been a repeat of Jan 15, 1966 tragedy yesterday. General Yakubu Gowon is still alive, tell the President what was it like.
This is the full text of the Lecture delivered by General Yakubu Gowon,Rtd at the 17th Professor Wole Soyinka...
Happy Birthday to a literary ICON, Professor Wole Soyinka. What you need to know about him. Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka (Yoruba: Oluwo̩lé S̩óyinká, pronounced "Shoyinka"; born 13 July 1934) is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be so honored. Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. After study in Nigeria and the UK, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. He went on to write plays that were produced in both countries, in theatres and on radio. He took an active role in Nigeria's political history and its struggle for independence from Great Britain. In 1965, he seized the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service studio and broadcast a demand for the cancellation of the Western Nigeria Regional Elections. In 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War, he was arrested by the Federal Government of General Yakubu Gowon and put in solitary confinement for two years. Soyinka has strongly criticised many Nigerian military dic ...
US ENVOY BREAKS FAST WITH KWANKWASO, CALLS FOR UNITY AMONG NIGERIANS As part of moves to strengthen inter-religious relations and fast track moves to ensure peaceful coexistence in Nigeria, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James F. Entwhistle joined Muslims at the Government House in Kano to break the Ramadan fast on Tuesday evening. The envoy attended the occasion at the instance of the state governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, who had on the 28th of June, 2014, organized a Muslim-Christian Inter faith gathering, chaired by al leading Christian personality and former president of Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon, and attended by eminent Islamic and Christian leaders from across the country. In a brief speech during the occasion, Ambassador Entwhistle expressed delight that he was received and included in an event of such significance. “As I travel this country and meet Nigerians of all faiths, Muslims and Christians, I am struck by how many Nigerians are committed to the idea of peace between the two great fai ...
Q6. Ministers of local government and chieftancy affairs were abolished in Nigeria by:. A. General Yakubu Gowon...
1968: General Yakubu Gowon shaking Hands with the late Emir of Borgu. In the middle is the late Sultan of Sokoto.
Kazeem Ugbodaga Former Nigerian Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and the National President,...
Please join the debate: . General Yakubu Gowon says Boko Haram,is more of foreigners than Nigerians...Nigerians...
Gowon Laments Over Umaru Dikko’s Death: Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has described the death of...
UI GOVERNMENT 2005 POST UME TEST 1. The military coup of July 25, 1975 which toppled General Yakubu Gowon from power took place when he was attending which important event? a. OAU Summitin Kampala b. UN General Assembly in New York c. Assembly of Heads of States of ECOWAS d. in Monrovia The Olympic Games 2. Which of the following Political parties did not participate in the 1979 General Elections in Nigeria? a. Unity Partyof Nigeria b. National Party of Nigeria c. Social Democratic Party d. Great Nigeria Peoples Party 3. Alhaji Shehu Shagari was sworn in as President of the Federal republic of Nigeria in 1979 by: a. Justice Fatai Williams b. Justice Adetokunbo Ademola c. Justice Salihu ModibboALfa Belgore d. Justice isa Mohammed 4. The British took over Nigeria through a. Negotiation b. Bargaining c. War d. The Sea 5. Which of the following courts served as the highest judicial organ for Nigeria up till 1963? a. Supreme Court b. Federal Court of Appeal c. Appellate Court d. The Privy council 6. What was t ...
Jonathan Meets With Former Heads Of State Over Chibok Former Heads of State have committed themselves to doing everything they can to support President Goodluck Jonathan and the Borno State Government to find a solution to the issue of the missing Chibok girls. In a meeting with the President on Thursday, they also offered help in finding an end to the general challenge of insurgency in the country. Details of the meeting were made known to State House Correspondents by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati. The former Heads of State present were Ernest Shonekan, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, General Mohammadu Buhari, General Yakubu Gowon and Alhaji Shehu Shagari. Also present was the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima. General Ibrahim Babangida was absent following the death of the Senator representing his constituency, Senator Kuta, who passed away on Thursday. He sent his apologies. The meeting which lasted for about an hour was over dinner.
President) You are monitor, head boy and Governor of your state by opportune, you still be the President of Republic of Nigeria by opportune. Mr President to say the fact, you are the woeful president we ever have in Nigeria. You are the leader of some group and your state and you didn't learn enough to be a good leader. Even if some northerner hired some people to make your tenure ungovernable, You are the President. You have power, by the power giving to you, you are number one, you have enough power to end the insurgency and let the secret out. Let us know whom sponsor them if you are not among. General Yakubu Gowon end the civil war in 3years (1967 - 1970), you can't end the insurgency in 5years. Why can't you resign if you are not capable enough to be the President. Every day we are losing many life's, properties. Please when the killing of innocent Nigerian would be stopped. You didn't have human fellings. They Bomb Nyanyan and many claim dead and in second day you went to Kano for your party rally. ...
SALUTE TO OTUNBA FATAI OLUKOGA IN EYES OF THE STORM I knew Otunba (Dr.) Fatai Olukoga right from his days in the civil service of Lagos State. As one of the prominent citizens on my list of personalities where I have the likes of General Yakubu Gowon, a former Nigerian Head of State; Chief Lou False; Chief Bode George;General Tajudeen Olanrewaju; former and serving governors as well as serving and former Senators, Otunba Olukoga once told me how Governor Lateef Kayode Jakande at that time saved him from ITT's politics infested sack and reabsurbed him into the Lagos service, where he rose to the peak of his career and retired meritoriously as Permanent Secretary. The Ikorodu Oga's proud son, political leader and development element became Special Adviser to Governor Fashola on Tertiary Education at a time I had expected him to go for something higher. He told me quite clear that as a Muslim with consciousness of Allah all the time, that he took things as they came and that he would never run beyond the lin ...
At my age, General Yakubu Gowon, rtd., was hustling to become President. What age is ideal for the highest office in the country?
KANO EMIRATE: BETWEEN FICTION AND REALITY The event that unfolded yesterday in the ancient city of Kano on the choice of new Emir to succeed the late Ado Bayero make me refresh my memory back to my social studies text book. While flipping on the pages, I stumbled on a page that attracted my attention which was Northern Nigeria. One name that repeated itself on that particular page was Sir Lord Lugard, the man behind the idea of Northern and Southern Protectorates. Though, a greater percentage of Nigerians has questioned the rationale why Nigerian should remain one entity considering the happenings in the country but as patriots we must always rise to the occasion to defend the unity of our country to avoid external attack by the enemies. This was the reason why patriots like General Yakubu Gowon fought to keep Nigeria as one united entity. Though the enemies of our country are working assiduously to destabilize the peace we have been enjoying earlier by sponsoring terrorism in the country, but in no dista ...
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TICKET FOR KANO EMIRATE SEAT. Possible Contenders For Kano Emir. With the demise of the Emir of Kano Alhaji (Dr) Ado Bayero in the early hours of yesterday, the state has been pushed to unprecedented mourning. Most of the government offices were seen virtually empty or less busy. Market activities practically shut down with thousands of people trooping to the direction of the Emir’s palace. One fundamental thing that goes with the passing away of a traditional ruler of the Emir of Kano status, is the issue of a successor. While the Emirate Council was mourning the sudden death of Bayero the Kingmakers were also busy un-dusting the royal records of the potential successors. Traditionally speaking, there are four king makers in Kano Emirate Council These are Sarkin Bai, Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta, Madaki, and Makama. They are the senior councillors that have the right to sit and nominate a succeeding Emir. They can even nominate two or three potential nominees as the situation warrants. After nominating the l ...
On March 31, 1968: Biafran army won their biggest battle. by ambushing and destroying a 96-vehicle column of Nigerian soldiers with locally hand made bomb called [Ogbunigwe or bucket bomb]. The humiliating Abagana defeat to Nigerian soldiers prompted General Yakubu Gowon to remove Col. Murtala Mohammed as the General Commanding Officer of the Onitsha sector.
If Nigeria government can learn from exemplary leadership style,integrity n selfless service of Doc.,General Yakubu Gowon dis country wil b better-off.If u read his biography n antecedent u wil understand me.
NASFAT Prayer, terrorism and the politics of deceit I learnt of the death of the Emir of Kano this week just as I was reading a full page advertised prayer titled NASFAT PRAYS FOR NIGERIA with the sub title – Reinvigorating Godliness into Governance and Citizens Value System. This NASFAT Prayer is the underlying theme of all that I want to discuss today in the context of the above topic. I found the NASFAT prayer gripping and very brave and I think it is the first of such from a religious body in this nation that gives the vivid and clear impression that the Boko Haram menace transcends religion simply because that bloody sect does not recognise nor respect either God or humanity, in the inhuman fury with which it has waged a war of attrition and terror on Nigerians in the North East of the country, killing and maiming innocent Nigerians on a daily basis to date. Sadly the illustrious Emir of Kano was almost killed by Boko Haram for speaking up against the sect which recently killed the Emir of Gwoza. B ...
April 21 –Former Head of State, General. Yakubu Gowon said Nigeria is in the middle of. another civil war with the activities of Boko. Haram
APART from a few who escaped on their own, none of the over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, has been rescued by our security agencies, exactly 54 days after. And this is in spite of assistance from a coalition of UK, US and other forces. The little or no dividend arising from the rescue efforts is giving way to a groundswell of apprehension over whether or not the innocent girls would ever be re-united with their families. It is also generating a battery of questions regarding the government and military’s approach to combatting the insurgency and rescuing the girls.  Since the school girls were abducted on April 14, efforts to rescue them have been uncoordinated. Comments from government officials are not only discordant but also contradictory. While a section of the government initially believed that the abduction was a ruse, another section believed it was real. To get the insurgents to lay down their arms, a minister wo ...
News Media Kaye Whiteman obituary Journalist who witnessed and documented key moments in modern African history Kayode Soyinka and Anthony Adeloye The Guardian, Tuesday 3 June 2014 17.13 BST Jump to comments (…) For many years, Kaye Whiteman edited West Africa magazine. Photograph: Gerald Mclean The journalist and editor Kaye Whiteman, who has died aged 78, possessed a remarkable knowledge of Africa, its peoples and those who governed them. He met most of the key African leaders from the period of decolonisation and independence, both English- and French-speaking, and was in touch with many of those involved in public service throughout the continent. His area of particular expertise was west Africa, and above all Nigeria. He first went there and to nearby Ghana in 1964 as the deputy editor of the weekly West Africa magazine. He returned to Ghana the following year to cover the summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which he described in his article Ghana at 50 in Africa Today (March 2007) a ...
Mr. Government apart from the trauma we face waiting for jobs and job opportunities, we are also losing our dignity in the eyes of the society. We have become 'failures' in the sight of those who cannot write the letter O with the base of a cylindrical bottle. Those who envied us when we were still schooling, have started to ridicule us. We have condemned pipeline vandals; we have condemned internet fraudsters; we have condemned snatchers of ballot boxes; we have condemned thugs and prostitutes. But today, Mr. Government, these people are now buildings houses and riding cars; yet many of us, who claim to be graduates and good citizens, are still sucking our mothers' sagging breasts at 32, the age at which General Yakubu Gowon became the head of state. Mr. Government criminals are prospering, should we not join them? *JustAtoT*
Augustus Taiwo "Tai" Solarin August 20, 1922 – June 27, 1994 Tai Solarin has contributed in no small measure to some of the social reforms in Nigeria in the last fifty years. This he achieved through his personal demonstration of his perceived ideals; regular publications in newspapers and magazines and public condemnation of acts considered inimical to good governance. He spoke publicly about the waste that General Yakubu Gowon plundered the nation with his lavish wedding ceremony when Nigeria was at War. He was vehemently opposed to military rule in Nigeria that he challenged then Head of State to be ready to face the consequence of trying to extend his stay in power. As an activist, he adopted the civil disobedience approach of Ghandi by taking the locally made gin (Ogogoro) in public when it was considered an illicit gin. He made this a public show to draw attention to the economic ignorance and colonial indoctrination that locally made gin was bad. He got arrested but the case was later dismissed i ...
All the northern leaders are Boko-haram. Can General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) say anything again. All his faith for one nigerian is fail, because Yakubu Gowon was failing to implementatio of Aburi Agreement. Shame on to him , Nigeria have collapsed. Biafra is the next May God be with us .
Glory be to God that we still have alive various Army Generals, political scholars, wealthy and phillantropists who do claim that Nigeria is always in their mind, persons like General Olusegun Obasanjo , General Ibrahim Babangida , General Yakubu Gowon, Abubaka , Shehu Sagari, and General Mohammed Buari(all are the formal President of Nigeria, who had engaged in series of wars) and some political leaders who had gone round and convinced people to vote for their party, persons like Tinubu, all Parties National Chairmen and Secretaries, political godfathers and so on, who has benefited tremendously in Nigeria political history should join the Mr. President GOJ to meet Boko Haram leaders over the abducted School girls to discuss on the way out. If their negotiation is base on money, then they should tell Mr. President and other Phillantropists to prepare it but if it's relating to war, all the aforementioned Generals can reply Boko Haram insurgents, atlease, they should practice what Nigerians had spent ou . ...
They declared the Niger Delta Republic on February 23, 1966 and gallantly battled the Federal forces for twelve days but were finally routed by the far superior Federal firepower. Boro and his compatriots were jailed for treason. However, the federal regime of General Yakubu Gowon granted him amnesty on the eve of the Nigerian Civil War in May 1967. He then enlisted and was commissioned as a major in the Nigerian Army. He fought on the side of the Federal Government but was killed under mysterious circumstances in active service in 1968 at Ogu (near Okrika) in Rivers State. Later Niger Delta activists like the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, who substituted Boro's gun for a pen, and Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, who heads an Ijaw armed insurgency, often referred to him as a major inspiration.
how old was General Yakubu Gowon when he was the head of state?
If you are listening to the news in Yoruba language, a PhD holder will be referred to as “omowe” literally neaning someone who is very sound academically. We all know that our president has a Phd, being sound is not the issue I want to discuss, rather, I want to defend him as not being the first PhD holder to make statements a school cert holder will not make. Remember Dr. Clement Nyong Isong, he was the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (1967–1975) during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon. He was later elected governor of Cross River State (1979–1983) in the Second Republic. This one schooled at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics. He even taught Economics in the University of Ibadan before joining the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as Secretary, later becoming Director of Research. He was seconded to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as an Adviser in the African Department. During his tenure Nigeria avoided running up unsupportabl .. ...
Nigeria is not my fault. . . Today is May 29 and we are celebrating 15 year of Fourth Nigerian Republic. I have 16 guests. I welcome you all. I have just one question for you all and you'll all answer in succession. Is this the Nigeria of your dream? Sir James Robertson: Nigeria ceased to be our dream since their independence. They thought they could manage their differences. But they can't. It's no longer the business of the Queen. Their destinies are in their hands. Sir Tafawa Balewa: We have more lands in Nigeria, so we should always rule. But you see the others believe they are more educated and can use that to stop us. No! Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe: You know I was only a ceremonial president. I couldn't make the desired change I hoped for. I was a puppet. Major General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi: I wasn't the one that that led the coup. They called me to be the head of state. If na you, you no go collect am? General Yakubu Gowon: Going to the civil war wasn't my wish. Ojukwu forced me. And that was what wrecked N ...
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CELEBRATING THE 3 YEARS OF GOVERNOR ABDULFATAH AHMED MAGIDA, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF KWARA STATE: A BRIEF OF KWARA Kwara State was created on 27 May 1967, when the Federal Military Government of General Yakubu Gowon broke the four regions that then constituted the Federation of Nigeria into 12 states. At its creation, the state was made up of the former Ilorin and Kabba provinces of the then Northern Region and was initially named the West Central State but later changed to "Kwara", a local name for the River Niger. Kwara State has since 1976 reduced considerably in size as a result of further state creation exercises in Nigeria. On 13 February 1976, the Idah/Dekina part of the state was carved out and merged with a part of the then Benue/Plateau State to form Benue State. On 27 August 1991, five local government areas, namely Oyi, Yagba, Okene, Okehi and Kogi were also excised to form part of the new Kogi State, while a sixth, Borgu Local Government Area, was merged with Niger State.
LATE OJUKWU, THE WISE MAN WHO SAW TOMORROW! Yusuf Adeyanju Yisau LETTER FROM LT. COL. OJUKWU TO LT. COL. BANJO ON 22nd AUGUST 1967 From: The Military Governor, Republic of Biafra, Enugu, My dear Victor, 1. For some time now, you and I have been discussing the circumstances that have led to the current and inevitable disintegration of what was the Federation of Nigeria. We have been fully convinced that the aim of the Hausa / Fulani complex has ever been, and will ever remain, the total domination of every other part of what was known as the Federation of Nigeria. It is impossible to forget that the crisis which led to the army take over in January 1966, the coup of the Northern soldiers led by General Yakubu Gowon in July 1966, the wholesale and indiscriminate massacre of the people of what is now Biafra- and, to a less degree, the people of the Mid-West and West, including the Yorubas, were all the direct result of Hausa / Fulani attempt to subjugate and use as tools, the gallant people of Western Nigeri ...
Historical fact; The "Naira" was introduced on January 1, 1973, replacing the pound at a rate of 2 naira = 1 pound under General Yakubu Gowon's rule.
The (NYSC) scheme, was established in Nigeria on 22ND May, 1973 by then Nigeria's former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon
General Yakubu Gowon's plan was to wipe out the entire Igbo race from the face of the earth, we will never forget
General Yakubu Gowon, who led Nigeria through a 30-month civil war, yesterday, lamented that the country had fallen into full scale civil war with the spate of crises in the northeast. His assertion was corroborated by the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU. The assertions came as the governor of Borno State,
Emmanuel Nnadozie Onwubiko wrote: In Nigeria, military officers at the highest levels retire into stupendous wealth and join the business community either as directors or chairmen...Some use crooked means to award crude oil blocks to their cronies so much so that one of these retired Generals who benefited from the late General Abacha's oil license largess stated publicly that he has too much cash that he knows not what to do with it-thus repeating what General Yakubu Gowon said while in office in the early seventies that Nigeria's oil money is too much to an extent that his administration lacks what to do with such humongous oil money. Why are Nigerians not asking the right questions- Why should a retired military General immediately step into the corporate World as a lead share holder in blue chip companies and why are so many of them in a mad rush to become influential traditional rulers- two avenues for hiding stolen wealth. These same military officers held important positions to procure better weapo ...
On behalf of BARRISTER UBANI NIGERIA SOLIDARITY YOUTH MOVEMENT, I want to commend our able live national chairman, Barrister Monday Ubani Onyekachi for having a successive lecture as chm, NBA, Ikeja Branch with General Yakubu Gowon, ex head of state as its chairman. And we align with the call by the ex head of state that Lawyers should rise up to the challenge to defend poor Nigerians irrespective of background. The point here our dear head of state is that our current leaders should evolve a programme that will engender egalitarian society. There must be shelter, food and clothing for the poor and that is what our constitution says. But our current crops of leaders failed to implement them while they earn jumbo pay and allowance with massive corruption that they no longer ride in bullet proof cars but private jets and the effect is Boko Haram God day oh. He is watching and the masses anger are fuelling for bloody revolution.
As a liberal thinker, I had seldom believe that our great nation Nigeria has come of age with the degree of participation in foreign peace keeping mission and the acolades earlier showerd on our security myth by the UN. With the current emergence and campaign against the insurgents, am affaraid. if Egypt stood firm against the isreal despite their technological know how what would have been the result if Nigeria is to go into war with Republic of Cameroon over bakasi penusular. The FG has called for security assistance and approval has been granted to US security intervention to rescue our innocent abducted girls and to fight the terrorist at the surbub of the boarder of the 3 states of Northeast. For a critical thinker, this has call for a search of an unbias but a competent Leadership in 2015 general Election as this senerio has gallantly vindicated General Yakubu Gowon of his true leadership skills during Nigeria Civil war, if it were to be now, most revered, an intellectual icon Dim Emeka Odimegu Oju ...
Why not speak wt General Yakubu Gowon former military ruler.Reason being he is northern wt both political& religious clout in Nig
children starved to death by General Yakubu Gowon from 1967-1970.
General Yakubu Gowon under the sponsorship of U S, Britain, and the Soviet Union used starvation as the legitim…
General Yakubu Gowon, is the prosecutor of civil war which claimed the lives of 3.5 million innocent children i…
Gowon Pleads Justice For Poor Citizens. Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has called on members of the...
General Yakubu Gowon (retd.) has urged Nigerians to support the Federal Government in its bid to tackle security chall…
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF ELECTORAL COMMISSIONS IN NIGERIA FROM 1959 TO DATE The Nigerian Election Management Bodies have undergone several structural and administrative changes over the years. Today we take a glance at the history of election management bodies in Nigeria from 1959 to date. Election Management Bodies in Nigeria started from the colonial era with the establishment of the Election Commission of Nigeria (ECN) which conducted the 1959 pre-Independence general elections that ushered in the first Republic that had Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa as PM. The Tafawa Balewa administration later established the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC); headed by the late Mr Ey0 Esau and it was FEC that conducted the 1964-65 regional elections. The Major General Aguiyi Ironsi-led Military government came in to dissolve the Tafawa Balewa government and FEC after the January 1966 Coup D'etat, Ironsi government was also overthrown six months later by the General Yakubu Gowon led government,ie, in July 1966. From 1966-197 ...
There are names of notable Nigerian leaders who contributed in bringing the nation down to its knees in one way or the other. And my question is; who among them did the worst damage to Nigeria? Nnamdi Azikiwe. Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi. General Yakubu Gowon. General Murtala Mohammed. Shehu Shagari. Major-General Muhammadu Buhari. General Ibrahim Babangida. Ernest Shonekan. General Sani Abacha. General Abdulsalami Abubakar. Olusegun Obasanjo. Umaru Musa Yar'Adua. Goodluck Jonathan.
THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS (NYSC), Which was introduced by the military regime oga General Yakubu Gowon in 1973. The program was born out of the need to promote unity and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, especially the youths through shared experiences and suitable training. May God grant those who have serve and those who are serving even those who will serve in future what to use to earn their living.
Fulani not responsible for attacks, says Gowon Former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, does not believe that Fulani herdsmen are the brains behind the recent wave of attacks in parts of the north. He said Nigerians should rather blame hoodlums who dress as Fulani herdsmen for the killings and destruction of property. Gen. Gowon, leading a delegation of the Nigeria Prays Movement of which he is head on a visit to Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State in Abakaliki, said: “I find it difficult to believe that it is the Fulani herdsmen who are predominantly little children that cause the mayhem in some parts of the country. “These children carry sticks and lead their cattle on pasture across the country, but now some people put-on Fulani clothes and perpetrate crisis. “The question is how the transformation from little cattle herders to criminals took place, as we should continue to pray that God touches the hearts of these disgruntled elements to change.” He described prayer as the main ...
The naira has undergone a lot of abuses in diverse places at diverse times. The naira replace the pound sterling introduced by the colonial master. The naira was introduced by the military regime under GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON on april 2, 1972. Almost all those who handle and spend naira abuse it. Those who should know better handle it carelessly. The banker writes on d naira. The school child deface it. The market women squeeze naira nd put it in d brassiere. D bus conductors squeeze d naira nd force dem inside their pockets. The abuse of naira must stop everywhere: bank, sck, offices, homes, shop, motor parks, market, churc, mosque,. Indeed all of us must realise that: THE NAIRA IS A SYMBOL OF OUR PRIDE. IT IS A SYMBOL OF OUR DIGNITY. LET's HONOUR ND SAVA IT. THIS IS A MARCH 4 OUR PRIDE
I wholeheartedly agree with General Yakubu Gowon when, as an experienced retired General, opined that we are in the midst of a civil war. Then I say, a civil war similar or even worst than what my beautiful and blessed country witnessed in 1960s. As a student of history, I know as a fact that there are certain differences between the two episodes. In the case of the first civil war, the parties were clearly defined so also the missions. But in d case of the present experience one may be begin to wonder. A reasonable man may ask certain questions for determination to wit; who are the members of Boko Haram? Are they Muslims? If yes, then why are they killing Muslims and destroying mosques and other infrastructures that are necessarily incidental to Islam and its teaching? Why are they killing and abducting women and children, inter alia? Are they Christians? If the answer is in the positive, then why are they killing Christians and destroying churches and other things with direct affiliation with the religi ...
CONFAB: NORTH/SOUTH IN SHOUTING MATCH AT THE DEVOLUTION COMMITTEE Devolution Committee Delegates Engage in Shouting Match Ozekhome advocates Supreme Courts for states As expected, the National Conference Committee on Devolution ended its inaugural sitting with delegates shouting at each other over resource control. Though the affairs of the committee like other committees were conducted behind closed doors, staff of the National Judicial Institute (NJI) and reporters gathered by the windows and main door to listen to the delegates as they vented their anger at each other. One of the delegates from the north was overheard shouting: "We fought to keep this country united and we will not hesitate to do it again." However, a delegate from the South-south replied: " You fought to get our oil from Biafra and not the unity of Nigeria. What happened then is different from what will happen now." A delegate from the South-south, Ankio Briggs confirmed to THISDAY that the committee had a tension-soaked inaugural ses ...
LEADERSHIP Person of the Year 2013: Gen. Yakubu Gowon: Gen. Yakubu Gowon: Above the Fray The plot of Nigeria’s nation-building drama has been no less chequered in 2013 than in the other 52 years of our existence as an independent nation. Replete with many twists and turns beyond the best construct of the most imaginative novelist, screenplay writer, poet or playwright, our country took another full stride, albeit a constrained one, along the path of nationhood, with the forces for good and those of contrary inclinations battling it out all year long. In Nigeria, 2013 was a year largely defined by the politics of 2015, into which orbit many influential Nigerians were drawn, creating a frenzied milieu and pulling the country’s unity cords taut. However, the LEADERSHIP Person of the Year 2013, General Yakubu Gowon, rose above the fray to break new grounds in his humanitarian and developmental work in the country and beyond. Through the Yakubu Gowon Centre for National Unity and International Cooperation ...
Nov 1975 29 January Yakubu Gowon was overthrown in a coup.
"By August 1966, General Yakubu Gowon became the youngest Head of State ever of Nigeria at the age of 32"
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has. declared that the insurgency being executed by. Islamist group,...
If Queen Elizabeth 1 became the Queen of England at 25years, while william putt became Prime Minister at 24years, and General Yakubu Gowon was head of state at 29 years, also Godwill Obioma became a prof. of Mathematics at 26year, O Allah don't forget me .
Resolve your problems yourselves, Jonathan advises daughter, husband • Obasanjo, Gowon, Shonekan, Amaechi in attendance President Goodluck Jonathan has advised his newly wedded daughter, Faith and son-in-law, Godswill Edward, to always resolve their problems themselves without calling on outsiders. He stated this at the wedding reception held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, adding that it was a glorious sadness to give one’s daughter out in marriage. Earlier at the church service held at the Christian Centre, three former leaders including ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, General Yakubu Gowon and Chief Ernest Shonekan were present. Also in attendance was Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, who had been at loggerheads with President Jonathan. The ceremony started at exactly 10.56 am when Jonathan and his wife, Patience, wearing blue traditional attire led Faith into the National Christian Centre, venue of the wedding, accompanied by family members. The marriage ceremony was officiated ...
Prof. Pat Utomi became d Special Adviser to President Shehu Shagari at the age of 26, General Yakubu Gowon became d head of state at d age of 29 yrs. General Mohammed Buhari, Olusegun Obasanjo, Bamanga Tukur, Ojukwu, Aguiyi Ironsi, Gen. Adebayo, Fajuyi etc have reached their goal and aspirations between d age of 25 and 40, still many of them are still controlling us or want to, why? When are we going to achieve our goals?
IT DID NOT BREAK YET, WE MUST FIX IT; WE THINK? On July 29, 1975 General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown. A new Head of State, Brigadier Murtala Ramat Muhammed, delivered his Inaugural Speech (below) to the nation on July 30, 1975. - Fellow Nigerians, Events of the past few years have indicated that despite our great human and material resources, the Government has not been able to fulfill the legitimate expectations of our people. Nigeria has been left to drift. This situation, if not arrested, would inevitably have resulted in chaos and even bloodshed. In the endeavour to build a strong, united and virile nation, Nigerians have shed much blood. The thought of further bloodshed, for whatever reasons must, I am sure, be revolting to our people. The Armed Forces, having examined the situation, came to the conclusion that certain changes were inevitable. After the civil war, the affairs of state, hitherto a collective responsibility, became characterized by lack of consultation, indecision, indiscipline and eve ...
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People in Nigeria’s History Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (4 November 1933 – 26 November 2011) was a Nigerian military officer and politician. Ojukwu served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966, the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970 and a Nigerian politician from 1983 to 2011, when he died, aged 78. Ojukwu came into national prominence upon his appointment as military governor in 1966 and his actions thereafter. A military coup against the civilian Nigerian Federal Government in January 1966 and a counter coup in July 1966 by different military factions, perceived to be ethnic coups, resulted in pogroms in Northern Nigeria in which Igbos were predominantly killed. Ojukwu who was not an active participant in either coup was appointed the military governor of Nigeria's Eastern region in January 1966 by General Aguyi Ironsi. In 1967, great challenges confronted the Igbos of Nigeria with the coup d’etat of 15 January 1966 led by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeog ...
Former Nigerian President - General Yakubu Gowon and other GLEEHD Foundation's guest speaking at the Islington...
Director of with Funsho Philips and General Yakubu Gowon at the Centenary Celebration UK. http…
General Yakubu Gowon was 27 or 29 yrs old when he became d head of state...
Army can crush Boko Haram –Gowon assures. Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has said that the Army has...
Insecurity: FG to host national youth peace concert t The first lady, Mrs Patience D. Jonathan, will be hosting Nigerian youths at the weekend to a national peace youth concert as part of efforts to engage the younger generation to contribute to peace building in the country. Youth across the country and youth organisations are expected to participate in the concert to enable them to lend their voice to channel a solution towards ending the insecurity in the country. Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, while speaking during a press briefing in his office, said the programme will afford Nigerian youth to learn from experiences of older generation and other youth who have made impact in one way or the other. “General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Imam of Ansarud Deen, Chief Imam of Abuja, Pastor Adeboye, vice presidents from the ECOWAS region, first ladies of South Africa, Sudan, Cameroon among others will be there to share their experiences with the younger generation,” Omeri sai ...
President Jonathan and Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Participating at the Inter-denominational Centenary Service On Sunday. "If God did not will it, we will not be Nigerians" - President Goodluck Jonathan
FULL TEXT OF President Jonathan'S CENTENARY ADDRESS TO THE NATION 913 490 417 1 0 National Broadcast by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR On the Occasion of Nigeria’s Centenary Celebrations Wednesday, 26th February, 2014 Dear Compatriots, 1. I extend warm greetings and felicitations to all Nigerians as we celebrate our nation’s centenary; a significant milestone in our journey to Nationhood. 2. One hundred years ago, on the 1st of January 1914, the British Colonial authorities amalgamated the Southern and Northern Protectorates, giving birth to the single geo-political entity called Nigeria which has become our home, our hope, and our heritage. 3. I have often expressed the conviction that our amalgamation was not a mistake. While our union may have been inspired by considerations external to our people; I have no doubt that we are destined by God Almighty to live together as one big nation, united in diversity. 4. I consider myself specially privileged to lead our country in ...
History: Do you know that on 8 August 1966, General Yakubu Gowon announced plans to disengage the military from governance though no time-table was stated?
Honour so foul The Nation Editorial on Monday. •What were names of the queen, Lugard, Abacha, etc. doing in the centenary award list? Professor Wole Soyinka reacted with irony. Hear him: “I would have preferred that the entire day of infamy be ignored altogether. I’m even thinking favourably of just ignoring the obscenity, then turning up at the counter-event.” The bard and Nobel Laureate crooned about his zeal for the counter-event holding in London on June 27 in which Nigerians in Diaspora will honour 100 outstanding Nigerians in the United Kingdom. He was not alone at turning his back on the honour that the centenary committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan conferred on 100 persons they regarded as outstanding in the past 10 decades of Nigeria’s existence. The families of human rights virtuoso Gani Fawehinmi and music impresario Fela Anikulapo-Kuti also rejected the honour. For the Fawehinmi family, the honour contradicted the moral ardour and humanist agenda of their paterfamilias. ...
General Yakubu Gowon is the Formal Head of State and ( Gowon )= means, Go On With One Nigeria... ( G.O.W.O.N.). is that True Or... Please Answer.
General Yakubu Gowon.doing great in this country, but reminds me of that man in Saw the movies.
General Yakubu gowon became head of states at the age of 27years,maybe in time i would become a rebellion in Nigeria government and politics.
Jeremiah useni, General yakubu Gowon and Dr. Paul Unongo are bunch of FAILURES as far as I am concerned because the have sold us the people of the middle belt cheap. and God will Punish them if they do not repent.
This country call Nigeria is not worth dying for.imagine an AK 47 rifles use during Biafran war of 1967-1970 when General Yakubu Gowon was head of state is still been use by Nigeria Army and other security forces today.This is very shameful...,with the billions of naira spend on Armed Forces in the country yet they can not affort to buy weapons like SKS,SMG and other sophisticated weapons with the latest technology??? I recall when General Gowon saw some of the AKs he shouted and said,...what are u still doing with this old outdated guns? Uptill now nobody have given him an answer.My advise for you is that,incase you come under any attack either by Boko Harams or Armed Robbers,pls dont dare them,find a way of escaping,your lives are more better than Nigeria.tell Mr President say na me Rotdunna talk am.
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The history of Nigeria since independence is the story of a struggle to fulfil our great promise. The discovery of oil in our country in the late 1950s offered new hope of prosperity but we have not always been able to reap the benefits in a fair and equitable way. 14. The situation was not helped by political instability and the frequent suspension of democracy by military coups. During the civil war, the very existence of our country was cast into doubt but through it all, the promise of a Nigeria that is united, free and strong remained in our people's hearts. 15. Thanks to the efforts of our statesmen and women, and millions of ordinary Nigerians, the union endured and flourished. I would like to specifically commend members of the Armed Forces for their contributions and sacrifices to keep Nigeria one. 16. General Yakubu Gowon had the wisdom and grace to declare that the civil war had seen "no victor, no vanquished" and welcomed, "the dawn of national reconciliation". 17. It was in this spirit that G ...
New firm takes over Peugeot in Nigeria Nigeria has formally handed over a 54.87 stake it held with France in Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria (PAN) to the firm's new core investor, under a privatisation programme, an official said. . Nigeria divested 24.87 percent of its equity in the ailing PAN while the French government also conceded to shed 30 percent interest in the company, which was turned over to ASD Motors Nigeria. . Officials of the state-run Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the nation's privatisation agency, carried out the handover Thursday in the northern city of Kaduna, BPE spokesman Joe Anichebe, who witnessed the ceremony, told AFP. . The BPE concluded the privatisation of PAN last October when ASD Motors Nigeria emerged as the core investor after a financial bid with an offer of 31.2 million dollars (24.1 million euros). . PAN, established in Nigeria in October 1969, was incorporated in December 1972 as a limited liability company. . PAN's assembly plant, located in Kaduna, was officially ...
“chicken wen dem select comot from cage, nor mean say he don get liberty..” - General Yakubu Gowon.
"THE BEST WAY TO CATCH A BIGRAT LIVE AND DIRECT IS TO LOOK FOR IS ESCAPE ROUTES AROUND AND BLOCK IT BEFORE YOU STARTS DIGGING" if you are given your enemies food on the battle field it means that you are still given him more weapon and more power to fight you back but if you starve them mercilessly they will have no option than to forcefully become your friend by surrendered all their arms or face operation sweep completely. By Obafemi Awolowo to general Yakubu Gowon in late 60s. noni o
After the 28 July, 1966 coup, General Yakubu Gowon became Head of state
General Yakubu Gowon declared that the civil war had seen "No Victor, Nor vanquished"
FROM THE ARCHIVES Most Nigerians get very emotive when the issue of state creation is discussed, and I understand the reason for this. This is mostly common among minority ethnic groups who feel marginalized because they see state creation as a way of addressing the inequality and injustice in the system. Whilst this may be true, I do not think it will provide a lasting solution to the inherent problems in our federal structure. I consider the “pseudo-federalism” to be the major cause of the marginalization of ethnic minorities. But as the agitation for state creation continues to gather pace, there are important questions which remain unanswered. First it was General Yakubu Gowon who on May 30, 1967 announced the creation of 12 states from the then four regions in a bid to frustrate Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu's efforts to reap the benefits of his declaration of the Republic of Biafra three days earlier (May 27, 1967). General Murtala Mohammed who succeeded Gowon in 1976 created additional seven states, br ...
A counter coup was staged on july 29,1996 and Aguiyi Ironsi was toppled and killed and Lt.Colonel Yakubu Gowon took over the political leadership of the country.General Yakubu Gowon spent mine years in office and was removed by Brigadier Murtala Mohammed.Also,after spending 200 days in office,Murtala Mohammed was assassinated in an abortive coup led by Lt.Colonel Dimka on february 13,1976.General Olusegun Obasanjo,the next in command to Murtala Mohammed,become the Head of State. It was at this time that the military kept to its promise of handing over power to a democratically elected civilian government(1979-83Second Republic).However the civilian government was going for the second term in office(1979-83),When Major -General Mohammed Buhari through a military coup sacked the democratically elected government.Major-General Ibrahim Babangida removed Buhari on August 27,1985,through what was described as 'palace coup' and subsequently made himself the president of Nigeria,abandoning the title of the head o ...
THROUGHOUT HISTORY REFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS, PROPHETS AND SAINTS LIKE President Jonathan HAVE ALWAYS BEING PERSECUTED THROUGHOUT history, we have recorded accounts of the persecution of reformers, transformers, prophets and saints. Back home in Nigeria, we have had our fair share of leadership interlopers who came in the garb of military rulers lamenting the state of the nation’s affairs, and promising us Eldorado, but only to dash our hopes. In contrast, they became worse than the leaders they condemned. If we recall, late General Murtala Muhammed overthrew General Yakubu Gowon on allegations bothering on incompetence and lack of vision. Murtala himself was killed in a botched military putsch based on reasons best known to the coupists, one of which was high handedness. Eventually, we transited to a democratic order under Alhaji Shehu Shagari, but this was again short-lived as the military under the headship of General Muhammadu Buhari overthrew the democratically elected government on allegations of in ...
NYSC scheme was established by decree No 24 of may 22 1973 by head of state General Yakubu Gowon's. NYSC vision, to develop a scheme that is dynamic enough to meet new challenges nd become the leading light of youths organisation in Africa nd world @ large. The scheme as three cardinal point. Orientation course, place of primary assignment, community development service nd passing out program. 2morrow is our POP
General Obasanjo was Yakubu Gowon's Army chief who helped him defeat the Biafra attempted secession from 1967-1970.
HERE THIS QUESTION Why Is Edwin Clark Scared Of Bola Tinubu? All in the *** quest for political relevance and more precisely to get his Ijaw-born brother, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, back to Aso Rock come 2015, Chief Edwin Clark has suddenly found his long-lost voice and turned himself into his paymaster’s megaphone. Ordinarily, one would not want to join issues with any Nigerian who has worthy contributions to make to elevate the level of national discourse. But when an elder citizen such as Clark starts employing tactless tirades, gutter snipe language to disparage and deconstruct great achievers in the political field, we have to remind him that even within the ambit of free expression there is a boundary of decency. Beyond that, right-thinking people do not over step. Similarly, when otherwise respected individuals resort to arm-twisting tactics, leaving the substance of the much sought after, (yet elusive) good governance to chasing the shadows of self-aggrandizement, inadvertently to .. ...
I never knew that Alhaji Shehu Shagari, the first Executive President of Nigeria is still a very strong man.Recall that he disappeared from public view after he was unceremoniously booted out of office by the Nigerian military in 1983.Since then he has been enjoying his anonymity until he surfaced at a council of state meeting few days ago in Abuja,alongside Yakubu Gowon-the army General who rained bombs like confetti on Eastern Nigeria during the Nigeria civil war.Nature has been very lenient on the duo(Shagari and Gowon) because they still retain this air of youthful exuberance even when they're octogenarians.I'll continue to wish His Excellency Alhaji shagari, many more years on this planet.As for His Excellency General Yakubu Gowon,history has indeed vindicated the just:the ordinary Eastern Nigerian has forgiven him for the campaign of terror he visited on Eastern Nigeria between 1967 and 1970.We have bounced back with all alacrity after those years of pestilence;may the good Lord add many more years ...
Quite frankly I am not sure there is a country called Nigeria. And I believe, based on what I know and what I have seen in my 70 years of living in the land space where over 250 nationalities cohabit, that there is really not a country. Many of the nationalities that occupy this space as well as their constituents merely pay lip service to the expression Nigeria when it suits them to do so. I would not know what happened in 1914. Bless my mother and my father, 1914 was just two and three years older than both, and in their growing up years, the amalgamated territories were mere toddlers. While the so-called space, Nigeria, was yet to take form, peoples of the territories were trading beautifully, travelling across the land space unhindered and without fear of notorious armed robbers, kidnappers and ritual killers. The Yoruba man was a Yoruba man. An Igbo was Igbo. It was the same with Izons, erronouosly called Ijaws, Ibibios, Efiks, Fulanis, Shuwa Arabs and Tivs. Hausas kept their identity and acted and b ...
Gowon, Shagari, IBB, Abdulsalami attend Council of State meeting *Council endorses National Confab THE National Council of State has unanimously endorsed the forthcoming national conference, particularly the proviso that precluded discussion on any matter that may compromise the unity of the country. The meeting, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan in State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, also stressed the need for all stakeholders to fully participate in the conference. According to Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, who spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting, the council similarly deliberated on the state of insecurity in the country and new ways to address the situation, while it cautioned politicians on unguarded statements capable of causing public disorder. Another matter that he said engaged the attention of the council was the forthcoming centenary celebration, as well as a list of names of new chairman and members of the National Population Commission (NPC) presented by t ...
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REMEMBERING CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO: The most prominent 20th century Nigerian politician. He was a leader, politician, economist, lawyer, and friend of the poor. Married Hannah Idowu Dideolu in 1937 blessed with two sons (Olusẹgun died in 1963; Ayọdele [daughter] died in 2011; Oluwole died in 2013) and three daughters. To the Yorubas, he was the second Oduduwa- the modernizer. When in London in mid forties, Chief Awolọwọ with other Yorubas formed Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Odu’a which metamorphosed into a political party-the Action Group (AG). He became leader of Government business in 1951, and in 1954, he became the first premier. His government was a trail blazer-he introduced free and compulsory primary education in 1955, established farm settlement throughout Western Region, reformed the civil service, built the first Olympic size-stadium, his government established the first Television station in Africa (in Ibadan, 1959). Above all, established one of the African leading light-University of Ifẹ (n . ...
The Genesis of Nigeria Problem by Onlytruth (m): 9:14pm On Jul 18, 2011 Written by Oscar Onwudiwe Esq. Sunday, 17 July 2011 20:33 “Federal Nigeria has never since her independence shown the distinctive mark of a united nation. It has been impossible for her to silence tribal rivalries –to achieve that mixture of ethnic /cultural blend required to forge National Unity” ---Francois Duvalier, then President of Haiti, March 22, 1969. The above quotation is a time honoured statement that aptly describes Nigeria since 1947 till date. If it is from the hearts over-flow that the mouth speaks, I invite the reader to listen to the words of “Our hero’s past” whose labours (we sing), shall never be in vain. In 1952, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa addressed the Northern House of Assembly thus “The Southern people who are swamping into this region daily in such large numbers are really intruders; we don’t want them and they are not welcome here in the North. Since 1914, the British Government has been tryin ...
Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo was a Nationalist, not a tribalist. He resigned as Premier of the Western Region in order to participate in government at the centre. He supported General Yakubu Gowon's vision of 'One Nigeria, United in Diversity'. He was a Federal Minister/Commissioner. He hated hypocrisy with passion, and it is with an unwavering assurance that I make bold to say that were he alive today, he will not be found in the party or company of hypocrites and enemies of nationalism. Dele Okenla (Ijebu-Ode)
FLASHBACK TO 1976: CREATION OF IMO STATE AND DEVELOPMENTS THEREFROM BY M A C ODU It is now apposite to examine our trajectory as a people from evolution of Igbo states from the Creation of nineteen states in 1976 with a view to examining our defects and motivate corrective examination of our path to betterment. This effort aims at positioning our problems in human greed. When Imo State was created along with Anambra State as two states of the war theatre, both states emerged from East Central State, which was deliberately contracted to reduce Igbo influence on their neighbours to the south after the Biafra War. Imo and Anambra State were created by military fiat much in the same way as the balkanization of Africa in 1884. General Yakubu Gowon had lost his leadership of Nigeria to General Murtala Mohammed. Rivers State and Cross River States had been created to deflate Ndigbo before this time. There were bonds that held the Eastern Nigeria together from colonial Nigeria. Port Harcourt was one of the main c ...
Why Is A Referendum Not An Option For Nigeria? By Dr. Wumi Akintide A referendum if it were allowed would have been the way to go to determine if Nigeria is truly willing and ready to remain one country. The mere fact that Nigeria has already fought a costly and bitter civil war for 3 years from 1967 to 1970, and the mere fact that the same group that led the secession has still not given up the option 43 years after the war has to be seen as a proof that something is fundamentally wrong with the Nigerian union. We are just too much in denial to admit it. The Yorubas and the Hausa/Fulani and the minorities led by the Ijaws have threatened many times to secede. Once upon a time, General Yakubu Gowon as a compromise choice Head of State once proclaimed prior to Aburi Conference in Ghana that “there was really no basis for Nigeria unity.” He made the statement before the Biafran war broke out and he was prepared at that point to preside over the break-up of Nigeria. Although he later changed his mind an ...
NYC IT IS TIME TO MURTALIZED NIGERIA General Yakubu Gowon ruled the country at a time Nigeria experienced an unprecedented wealth from the oil boom of the 1970s. Apart from the mismanagement of the economy, the Gowon regime was enmeshed in deep-seated corruption. By 1974, reports of unaccountable wealth of Gowon’s military governors and other public office holders had become the crux of discussion in the various Nigerian dailies. Thus, in July 1975, the Gowon administration was toppled by General Murtala Mohammed through a coup d’état. The coup of 1975, among other things, was an attempt to end corruption in the public service. General Murtala Mohammed began by declaring his assets and asking all government officials to follow suit. He instituted a series of probes of past leaders. The Federal Assets Investigation Panel of 1975 found ten of the twelve state military governors in the Gowon regime guilty of corruption. The guilty persons were dismissed from the military services with ignominy. They wer ...
fact of the week ! General Yakubu Gowon became a caterer in London after he had been over throwed in 1975. it was his member of cabinet that contributed 3,000pounds to him to start a new life. Through out his nine years in power, he neither build house in Nigeria or outside Nigeria. He later moved into his friend house in London. He only had 75,000 naira in his bank account. And when the new military govt tried to save them selves from disgrace about their former leader now a caterer, they try to help him, but the gentle general reaplied "thank you am okay wif the new chapter of my life".. Can we ever have such a magnanimous leader again ?
Do u know that prof Billy Dudley had a major influence on d principal advisers to General Yakubu Gowon in 1967 recommending dat Nigeria should stay as one?
YOUTHS THINK ABOUT THIS General Yakubu Gowon was about 29years of age when he took responsibility to lead the entire nation; so also King Alfred Diete-Spiff (born in 1942) was below 25years when responsibility as the first Governor of the River State on creation was entrusted on him forty-four years ago, King Alfred ruled for eight (8) good years and still bubbling till-date at the age of 71. General Muritala Ramat Muhammed assassinated as head of State at the age of 38years and the never-say-die longest serving (cumulatively) General/Chief/His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo was also about 38years old at his first opportunity as Head of State. Before the age of 50 years, the late sage, Pa Obafemi Awolowo had already completed his land mark achievements that made him a sage, the best President Nigeria never had and of course the reference point as regard issues in Nigeria Politics even about 30 years after translating from mortality into immortality. Why are we so timid and afraid to take our future in our h ...
TIMES At the end of the Nigerian Civil War four years ago this week, the Ibo people of rebellious Biafra feared that defeat would bring genocidal vengeance from the victorious Nigerian Army. Instead, the Ibos are prospering as citizens of a federated Nigeria. The credit goes in large part to the young head of state, Major General Yakubu Gowon, who decreed a policy of "no victor and no vanquished" after the savage civil war that took at least 1,000,000 lives. "Jack" Gowon, 39, turned his 250,000-man army into a well-disciplined reconstruction corps and put it...
TIMES "If Northern soldiers set one foot in side Biafran soil, not a single inch of Nigerian territory will be safe from our attack." That was the vow of Biafra Secessionist Leader Odumegwu Ojukwu just before Nigeria's federal troops, led by Major General Yakubu Gowon, invaded Ojukwu's Eastern Region six weeks ago. Ojukwu was slow to make good his threat. But last week, having fought his attackers to a standstill, he was ready to take the offensive. In a swift twelve-hour drive, he captured the Federal Government's oil-rich Midwestern State (pop: 2,500,000) with impressive ease…
Nigeria: Obasanjo's Letter Ill Intended - Urhobo Youths Coalition of Urhobo Youth Organizations, CUYO, yesterday, flayed former President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, describing same as uncalled for and ill intended. Speaking with newsmen shortly after a meeting of CUYO in Ughelli, Delta State, spokesman of the group, Mr. Stephen Ohwokirerhuo, said Obasanjo was supposed to emulate General Yakubu Gowon and play advisory role in the country, lamenting that the country did not fare any better when Obasanjo was President. Noting that President Jonathan deserved the support of all Nigerians considering the effective implementation of his transformation agenda, Ohwokirerhuo said the letters Obasanjo claimed to have written to "Shehu Shagari, Ibrahim Babanginda and Sani Abacha were not in this manner." He said: "Obasanjo's letter is capable of pitching ethnic groups against each other. The constitution of a country is greater than that of a political party and Nigerians have not tol ...
Former governor of defunct Mid-West and Bendel states, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, has described the proposed national dialogue as an indictment of the National Assembly, According to him, the proposed national dialogue was a sign that the National Assembly had failed the country, just as he attributed failure in governance to a situation of one person in position exercising powers of all. Speaking through his first son, Samuel Ogbemudia (jnr) at a one-day National Peace and Security Summit in Benin, organized by Edo Youths United for Democracy (EYUD), he noted that the aspect of governance was critical "because you cannot have one man doing everything. "There must be checks and balances. If we don't have all the representatives at the central level, we will not be able to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. There is need for independent judiciary and local government for development to get to the grassroots and to help prevent poverty which can breed insecurity. "Time has proved that those who co ...
TITLE: BIAFRA’S STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL. Paradoxically Captain Ejiofor, the Army Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, in his book, ‘Biafra’s Struggle for Survival’ published in 2012 by CIDJAP Press of 1-3 Ikwuato Street, Uwani, Enugu argues that General Yakubu Gowon under whose leadership the counter coup d’état of July 1966 ensured that countless Nigerian soldiers and officers of Igbo extraction were hunted down as rabbits and mercilessly slaughtered in a well strategized and orchestrated pogrom should to be given credit for ending the war with the declaration of “no victors, no vanquished”. Even though, His Royal Highness, King, Christopher Chukwuemeka Ejiofor, the Biafran Army Captain was fully aware that the pogrom made sure that Igbo civilians including pregnant women and children domiciled in the Northern geopolitical zone of Nigeria were massacred in their droves, coupled with General Gowon’s blatant blockade of Biafran sea ports which nearly whipped off the rem ...
Politics of the day: something has not happened in d history of nigeria past head of states. U will recall that general yakubu gowon at 32 becacame head of state and ruled for good 9yrs btw 1967-1975. He was later overthrown by Gen. Muritala. General Ibrahim Babangida ruled for 8yrs btw 1985 and1993, he was however had an ambition to stayed beyond 8yrs but he was shown d way out by the powerful . There came General Sanni Abacha, he ruled for 5yrs btw 1993-1998. Abacha plan was to remove uniform and become civilian president, if he had suceeded with the plan, he will be spending at least 13yrs on d thrown but d wise men gave him sweet apple , he died in active service. What a pity. In 1999, one of the powerful became civilian president(Obj) and after completing his costitutional ternor of 8yrs, he Obasanjo bids for 3rd term in office. As powerful as he is, his bid was thrown out by national assembly. If OBJ plan had work he must have ruled for eleven yrs. By 2015 President Jonathan must have ruled for 6yr ...
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1966. Late Doctor Nnamdi Azikiwe ruled as president on 1st october 1960 to 15th january 1966. Major General Aguiyi Ironsi ruled as head of states on 15th january 1966 to 29th July 1966. General Yakubu Gowon ruled as head state on 29th July 1966 to 1975.
VIEWPOINT in VANGUARD OBJ’s love-hate letter: An unpresidential tone and fury VANGUARD December 31, 2013 at 11:05 am By WILLIAM BOZIMO - OBJ may have come out openly to disagree with his godson, Jonathan but for crying out loud, on what platform is OBJ drawing his strength to dictate to a sitting President on how to run his tenure? .. this time around, he cannot justifiably and clandestinely work so assiduously with opposition parties to pull down the edifice he had installed in 2011. - I FIND it extremely sad to run a Commentary on two presidential pals: one, a former ‘godfather’, Olusegun Obasanjo, OBJ and the other, President Goodluck Jonathan, the beneficiary of OBJ’s political support in the past. An 18-page letter by OBJ chronicling some ALLEDGED misdeeds by the present regime sounded more like the kind of reasons offered by military adventurers in the past when they mounted the rostrum, shooting their way to power. But my fear after reading through the private-open letter had to do wit ...
General Yakubu Gowon and General T.Y Danjuma disagrees with General Olusegun Obasanjo on his letter-writing...
NIGERIA CENTENARY CHARITIES TRUST INAUGURATED His Excellency Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, GCON Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Nigeria Centenary Celebration formally inaugurated the Board of Trustees of Nigeria Centenary Charities Trust at 11.00 am 17th of December, 2013. The Trustees Are: 1. His Excellency GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON RTD, GCFR. Born On 19th October 1934, Career Military Officer-Nigeria Army, Head of State 1966-1975,as a Civilian, General Gowon has worked for our Country as an Elder Statesman and informal adviser in challenging times. General Yakubu Gowon has through the Yakubu Gowon Centre worked successfully for the eradication of Guinea Worm in Nigeria, reversal of HIV/AIDS pandemic and Malaria. He is a strong advocate of National unity, Good Governance and Ethics. He is a devout Christian. HE IS CHAIRMAN BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF NCCT 2. CHIEF EMEKA ANYAOKU, GCVO, CON,CFR, Was Born 18th January 1933, A Graduate of University College Ibadan, Chief Emeka went on to a rema ...
Flash BACK • RESPONSE!!! Yoruba People Won The War Not The North - Fani-Kayode Blasts Northern Leaders Claim Over Civil War. It was the 98% Yoruba 3rd Marine Commando under Brig Gen Adekunle that Liberated the Southern minorities. the arrogance of Alhaji Faruk is sickening. the north begged Awolowo not to declare Oduduwa Republic. Controversial former minister of aviation and Obasanjo attack dog, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has hit out at a prominent Northern leader, Alhaji Usman Faruk, a former military governor of North-West State during the General Yakubu Gowon regime, who said recently at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna during Sheik Ahmad Gumi’s Ramadan sermon that Asari Dokubo needs to brush up on his history because the North essentially dominated the Yoruba people and conquered the people of the Niger Delta during the civil war and that "Awolowo attempted he failed talk less of one boy (meaning Asari)". Faruk who also claimed that the North had a population of 120 million compared to only 50 milli ...
V*I*D*E*O! Must Watch video of Cross River State - Heritage of Nigeria Cross River State is a coastal state in South Eastern Nigeria, named after the Cross River, which passes through the state. Located in the Niger Delta, Cross River State occupies 20,156 square kilometers. It shares boundaries with Benue State to the north, Enugu and Abia States to the west, to the east by Cameroon Republic and to the south by Akwa-Ibom and the Atlantic Ocean. Cross River State was created on May 27, 1967 from the former Eastern Region, Nigeria by the General Yakubu Gowon regime. Its name was changed to Cross River State in the 1976 state creation exercise by the then General Murtala Mohammed regime from South Eastern State. The present day Akwa Ibom State was excised from it in the state creation exercise of September 1987 by the then regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Its capital is Calabar. Its major towns are Akamkpa, Biase, Calabar South, Ikom, Obubra, Odukpani, Ogoja, Ugep, Obudu, Obanliku and Akpabuyo. The stat ...
Patriotic People of Northern Nigeria FROM: Soni Akoji The Conspiracy of the Generals: Do you know that General Olusegun Obasanjo's 18 pager missive was proof read by the trio of General Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsallami Abubakar and T.Y. Danjuma before a final draft was sent to President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock for his reading displeasure? According to a report in ThisDay Newspaper, the original draft by Ebora of Owu kingdom was more caustic and acerbic. It was General Babangida who pleaded with General Obasanjo to tone it down before a final submission was sent to Jonathan. Now the question is why was General Yakubu Gowon, Mohammadu Buhari, President Shehu Shagari and Chief Ernest Shonekon left out in the cold? Against the backdrop that the quartet of Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdulsallami and Danjuma are cut out of the same apron string, will it be wrong to speculate that there is more to the 18 pager "Letter bomb?" Me think that President Goodluck Jonathan is better advised to start counting his teeth w ...
General Yakubu Gowon preaching in one of the churches in calabar. That shud be fun.
Will the current Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck and his former predecessors, such as, General Yakubu Gowon,...
NWABUEZE’S DISTORTIONS OF NIGERIA’S HISTORY (II) Category: Wednesday column Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 05:00 Written by Mohammed Haruna Hits: 2800 In the first part of this article last week, I tried to debunk Professor Ben Nwabueze’s thesis in his recent essay on the 1914 amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria that the idea of a “Northern Nigeria” was a subterfuge by the country’s British overlords to keep it permanently divided and empower the North to replace the British as its permanent overlord after Independence. He gave six reasons for his position that the North is a creature that has no basis of unity in its sociology, culture, language and religion. I tried to show how each and every one of those reasons was banal and specious. I concluded the article by promising to show the reader this morning how the professor’s thesis was a hatchet job for President Goodluck Jonathan in his undeclared war to remain on his seat beyond 2015. In my rebuttal I showed how the le ...
MEMORIES OF OUR HEROES COL. U. J. ESUENE WITH GEN. YAKUBU GOWON ON A VISIT TO KWARA STATE IN 1973 Late Brig. Gen. U. J. Esuene (Oct. 17, 1936 - April 6, 1993) was first Nigerian Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Airforce base in Kaduna. Appointed by General Yakubu Gowon in 1967 as first Military Governor of then South Eastern State. He was the Attah of Ekid, decorated by Emperor Haile Selaessie as the Lion of Judah, appointed Most Venerable Order of Saint John of Jerusalem by Henry Duke of Glourester, was listed as Who is Who by Marquis Press Chicago, chronicled as Men of Achievements list by Melrose Press Limited of Cambridge, England, honoured by Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, etc. Esuene was also a presidential aspirant in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 1993 presidential election. Esuene was a man of honour and Ekid people are proud of his legacy which include The Polytechnic, Calabar; Esuene Stadium in Calabar; Champion Breweries; defunct Qua Steel; CALCEMCO; Flour Mills, Cultural Centre ...
To αℓℓ my political activist... A must read masterpiece from my mentor. Leadership, Politics, and Social Change: Nigeria and the Struggle for Survival By Victor *** Abstract To lead a multi-ethnic society while remaining committed to democratic principles or norms is an uphill task. This is because incorporating several ethnic groups into a single political system means bringing together the basic problem of ethnic conflict as well. Group loyalties dividing a multi-ethnic society can, and do undermine, a common identity, national culture, or consensus on democratic values. Nigeria is a nation of many ethnic and religious groups; and for this, governing the society is an enormous job. Given the presence of politically assertive ethnic groups, the stability and survival of the present democratic politics depends on how the leader controls the potential ethnic disputes that would result. Introduction Change is ubiquitous in any society, particularly in that which strives to fulfil human needs. And it t ...
Former Defence Minister General Theophilus Danjuma at the weekend addressed Garba Umar as the deputy governor of Taraba State (not acting governor). His reference sent a loud and clear message that he was not in support of the deputy governor’s alleged scheme to consolidate his hold on power. General Danjuma was at the palace of the Gara Donga, Danjuma Stephen Banyonga, where the Chamba people conferred on him the title of Gam Gbaro, which means war field marshal. While acknowledging dignitaries at the event, Danjuma said he acknowledged “the representative of the deputy governor of Taraba State.” There is a power struggle between Governor Danbaba Suntai and Umar, his deputy. Since the governor returned from his medical trip abroad, Umar has refused to revert to the position of deputy governor, alleging that “a cabal” was trying to hijack the machinery of government. Danjuma is also not in support of Umar, whose bid is allegedly to become the substantive governor. Relationship between the duo ha ...
Ex-Heads of States, General Mohammadu Buhari and General Yakubu Gowon attended the turbaning ceremony of General T.Y Danjuma in Donga LGA
ames Ajibola Idowu Adegoke Ige was born in Zaria, near Kaduna in Northern Nigeria on September 13, 1930. His parents were Yoruba natives of Esa-Oke town, in the old Oyo State (now in Osun State). Bola Ige left Kaduna and headed south to the Western region at the age of 14. He studied at Ibadan Grammar School (1943–48), and then at the University of Ibadan. From there, he went to the University College London where he graduated with a Law degree in 1959. He was called to the bar in London's Inner Temple in 1961. Bola Ige established Bola Ige & Co in 1961, and later became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He became well known in the country for his oratory prowess, as well as his advocacy work on civil rights and democracy. Uncommonly, Bola Ige spoke all the three major Nigerian languages, Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa fluently.[4] He wrote several books, and an anthology of articles and tributes about him was published shortly after his death. Early political career During the First Republic (1963-1966), at age 31 ...
the charismatic major patrick chukwuma kaduna nzeogwu. On july 29, 1967 was trapped in an ambush near nsukka while conducting a night reconnaissance operation against federal troops of the 21st battalion under captain mohammed inua wushishi. He was killed in action and his corpse was subsequently identified. In order to ''Speed Up The National Reconciliation Effort'' orders were given by major general yakubu gowon for him to be buried with full military honours at the military cemetery in kaduna. However, by the time the corpse arrived in kaduna, it had been mutilated by unknown persons and his eyes gouged out. A photograph of nzeogwu's corpse is available at the national archives in kaduna. One Nigeria???
Did u know ? Nigeria,s general yakubu gowon in lome for Togo national liberation day commemorating d Army coup of january 13,1963, in which president sylvanus olympio was killed & d coup of january13,1967 which brought general Eyadema to power.
General yakubu gowon also visit danbaba yesteday and his wife victoria
Public Complaints Act Breach: ‘Two heads of govt agencies, three others for prosecution’ on November 10, 2013 / in Special Report 1:00 am / Comments By Johnbosco Agbakwuru The Public Complaints Commission was set up by the Federal Government to interface between individuals and organizationS in any area of disagreement. In this interview, Chief Obunike Ohaegbu, the FCT Commissioner of PCC, says about five organisations are facing prosecution. He also speaks on the efforts to decongest the FCT prisons. Excerpts: Recently, you visited Kuje Prisons in FCT. What is your impression and what efforts are you making to ensure that things are done right? I visited Kuje Prisons in January and discovered that the people there were more than the number that ordinarily should be there, and that something had to be done about that. So the first thing I did was to go to the then Chief Judge of FCT, I went with him to the prisons that point, he released 13 prisoners awaiting trial and then twenty something ...
Without wasting words, General Yakubu Gowon can aptly be described as one of the pillars of modern Nigeria. Though heavily criticised by sme critics for his role during the civil war, he still remains one of the resns Nigeria is still united country tody
Latest US joins war against Boko Haram, Ansaru on November 14, 2013 / in Headlines 12:01 am / Comments Boko Haram After years of diplomatic patchwork and foot-dragging, the United States, yesterday, formally declared war on Boko Haram, classifying the Nigerian-based Al Qaeda affiliate, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The declaration would make Washington mobilize resources and intelligence to combat the ninth deadliest terrorist group in the world. Read More → Kogi gov’s convoy kills ex-ASUU president, Iyayi on November 13, 2013 / in Headlines 12:23 am / Comments Prof. Iyayi The four month-long strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday took the life of a former president of the union, Professor Festus Iyayi of the University of Benin. Iyayi, who died in a car accident on his way to the National Executive Council meeting of the union in Kano. The NEC meeting was to decide whether to call off or continue the strike after ratifying the decisions of the 61 ...
ANAMBRA GUBER ELECTION AND THE DECOY WITH ZONING By Law Mefor There are two forms of emotional blackmail unleashed on the people of Anambra State by a small clique of the ruling Party in the State, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Their preoccupation of late is unilaterally initiating zoning of Anambra Governor’s Office as well as imposing Anambra North. The rather amorphous contraption is making a victim out of the Anambra North and presenting it as the only marginalized zone that is yet to produce the governor of Anambra state. The argument is irretrievably flawed on several grounds and an attempt needs to be made to make those who peddle the divisive campaign to regain patriotic perspective. To begin with, Anambra is a State that is home to over 4 million Nigerians; over 99% of them are of Igbo extraction and some of the most important black men that ever walked the surface of the earth. It is therefore a State where things ought to be done better. Yet, what obtains is a situation where a hand ...
The U.S. analysts said that "...Nigeria is still very much a tribal society..." where local and tribal alliances count more than "national attachment. General Yakubu Gowon, head of the Federal Military Government (FMG) is the accepted national leader and his popularity has grown since the end of the war. The FMG is neither very efficient nor dynamic, but the recent announcement that it intends to retain power for six more years has generated little opposition so far. The Nigerian Army, vastly expanded during the war, is both the main support to the FMG and the chief threat to it. The troops are poorly trained and disciplined and some of the officers are turning to conspiracies and plotting. We think Gowon will have great difficulty in staying in office through the period which he said is necessary before the turnover of power to civilians. His sudden removal would dim the prospects for Nigerian stability." "Nigeria's economy came through the war in better shape than expected." Problems exist with inflatio ...
First period of military rule Main article: Nigerian Civil War On 15 January 1966 a group of army officers (the Young Majors) mostly south-eastern Igbos, overthrew the NPC-NNDP government and assassinated the prime minister and the premiers of the northern and western regions. However the bloody nature of the Young Majors coup caused another coup to be carried out by General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi. The Young Majors went into hiding. Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna fled to Kwami Nkrumah's Ghana where he was welcomed as a hero.[26] Some of the Young Majors were arrested and detained by the Ironsi government. Among the Igbo people of the Eastern Region, these detainees were heroes.[27] In the Northern Region, however, the Hausa and Fulani people demanded that the detainees be placed on trial for murder.[27] The federal military government that assumed power under General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was unable to quiet ethnic tensions on issue or other issues. Additionally, the Ironsi government was unable to produce a cons ...
VISIT OF KHULAFA TO NIGERIA Ahmadiyya Jama’at Nigeria has consistently been recipients of the visits of khulafa'ul- Masih. This, among others, is a fulfillment of the prophecy “I shall convey thy message to the ends of the Earth which Allah, the Exalted vouchsafed to the Promised Messiah. With Huzurs’ visits, yet another prophecy Kings shall seek blessings from thy garment” became fulfilled. Successors to the Promised Messiah have visited Nigeria four different times – 1970, 1980, 1988 and 2004. Highlights of the visits are as follow: 1970 Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, Third Successor to the Promised Messiah left Pakistan on April 4, 1970 for a historic visit to West Africa. Accordingly, he visited Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone. Huzur came first to Nigeria, where he toured Lagos, Ibadan Ijebu Ode and Ilaro. The Huzur gave heart-moving lectures (which has been published as a pamphlet ‘A Message of Hope’), commissioned a number of projects as well as launched w ...
NYSC and the threat of insecurity: In 1973, the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, in his desire to f...
God took abacha and abiola away to save nigeria.General yakubu gowon
For the sake of the legendary respect the young have for adults in Africa, I'll refrain from attacking the logic of General Yakubu Gowon on the God factor in the deaths of Abacha and MKO Abiola. The old man missed it terribly. Shaking my head in perpetual silence.
Good morning friends. I have read through the article below here and I keep wondering timing this is happening in Nigeria. If there is any element of politicking in this, I will like to reserve my comments but if otherwise, then I guess the Igbos does not need the Silverbird to open the wounds of their past agonies. THEWILL: You have been very vocal lately in dismissing and trashing the then federal military government’s post-civil war efforts at the 3 Rs: Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation. What don’t you agree with? AKPABIO: As a young man, you definitely will not understand me. But I was a victim of the Civil War. I was one of those who suffered the pains of the war. I was born sometime in 1962; the civil war came really into our area in 1967. So, I was probably five or six years old during the war; and if I had been around nine years, I would probably have been conscripted. I saw parents throw their children into pit toilets because they did not want their positions to be made known ...
Jonathan Worried About Rivers Crisis as Gowon Calls for Peace 8 November, 2013 President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his deep concern over the political crisis in Rivers State on November 7, 2013, Thursday. The President urged those behind the development to sheathe their swords in his speech addressed to a centenary symposium organised to mark 100th anniversary of Port Harcourt. He also said he was deeply pained by the crisis, which he blamed on rivalry among politicians. The President charged leaders in the state to take steps to resolve the crisis. Goodluck Jonathan was represented by his Special Adviser on Documentation and Strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas. “Even as we celebrate, I have observed with pains that the struggle for political space in recent times is creating unnecessary tension in this city, which had served all of us well. I believe that this is not what Port Harcourt deserves. We can all as fathers, mothers and leaders, do more to intervene and help douse the fire of partisan differen ...
Governor Rotimi Amechi today in Portharcourt Rivers State during the centenary celebration symposium, in the spirit of reconciliation accepted a handshake with the President who was well represented by the Special Adviser to the President on documentation and strategy Dr Oroton Douglas. Amechi said when he was asked by General yakubu Gowon to offer the handshake as a sign of peace, "I have great respect for you, I do not only regard you as a past President, I also regard you as an elder and I cannot refuse your request". Reacting to his differences with the President, Amechi said "I am a Catholic, the Catholic Church does not preach peace, the Church preaches social justice and i was told by my priest that if you watch oppression you will die but if you fight for social justice, peace will come. I have no problem with the President, i submit completely to the President but on behalf of Rivers State I ask for social justice and I assure you that peace will come".
Brigadier Benjamin Adekunle our unsong hero: The dead can't defend themselves because they could no longer speak. Joe Garba was General Yakubu Gowon's relative and close confidant, but he championed the cause of Brutus against Caesar. Gowon was aware of his plans. " I know about your coup, please don't make it bloody," Gowon later boarded his plane into a long exile. Not long ago, General Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo said he was not a coup plotter. If anyone believes that statement, they have no choice but to believe General Oladipo Kunya Diya planned no coup. When I was young and lived on Caulcrick Road Apapa, Lagos, General Obasanjo and General Bissala among others dined and wined with young ladies at Siemens Guest House on that street. In fact, I developed a taste for meals cooked with wine because the Chef who's from Calabar often make more than those folks could consume. No matter what anyone says General Olusegun Obasanjo remain a part of the Nigerian dilemma. I see no reason why Julius Berger or Siemens ...
The truth about NYSC Foundation Scam... THE recent scandal involving the management of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC and a private entity named NYSC Foundation has effectively confirmed that Nigeria’s biggest challenge is, perhaps, not corruption but barefaced impunity. According to a report in THISDAY newspapers of Sunday, October 20, 2013, the Foundation has since 2007 been making compulsory deductions of N500 per corps member under the pretext of contribution to a revolving loan scheme. When I read the headline of the investigative report: “Trouble Brews in NYSC over Deductions from Corps Members’ Allowee for Private Concern” my immediate reaction was that some dubious characters and corrupt officialdom were at it again; and, by the time I was done reading the expose, presented in a well-balanced reportage of the findings of the investigation, I was filled with indignation. I have always thought that impunity is the extreme of corruption, but in the circumstance, the action of these p ...
21 gun salute to the General, Happy Birthday General Gowon! The history of Nigeria is incomplete without the name Gowon, he is simple and a unique leader. He is not just an elder statesman but the most senior retired official of Nigerian alive today. Let me take a cul from SAM NDA ISAIAH General Yakubu Gowon, head of state (1966-75) and the man who taught Nigerians humility and forgiveness, is 79 years old today, October 19th and I want to pay tribute to this exceptional man. General Gowon’s remarkable personal story is quite intriguing. If he had not happened on Nigeria on July 29, 1966, the story of this country would probably have taken a different trajectory. Though born in Plateau State, his parents moved very early in Gowon’s life to Wusasa, Zaria, as Christian missionaries. There, Gowon had both his primary education at St Bartholomew’s School and secondary school at Barewa College, Zaria. He was from a very poor home and joined the army in 1954 with the sole aim of escaping poverty. He reaso ...
2015: Who says Nigeria cannot break? on august 25, 2013 at 9:22 am in nigeria today By Tonnie Iredia A few years back, the Americans were reported to have predicted that Nigeria may not survive a likely turmoil in 2015. The date obviously gives a political undertone to the problem considering that it coincides with when our next general elections are due. The significance of the prediction does not lie in the maker as those who perceive America as omniscience would want the nation to believe. After all, France and indeed some of our own prophets/soothsayers were reported to have also seen ‘visions’ which corroborated the alarm. The truth is that anyone who has followed the history of Nigerian elections can easily have such expectations. In the last one week however, some rather soothing remarks on the subject have been credited to our President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and 2 former Heads of State-General Yakubu Gowon and former President Ibrahim Babangida (IBB). To the positive views of these statesmen, ...
General Yakubu Gowon became head of state @ the age of 32 & he delivered, U.S president Obama @ 42 making effort but why Nigerian presindent curently @ 70 - 80yrs still scrumbly. Chairman @ 40yrs is problematic.Naija youth why aspire for thug leader?. Multi-office robbers have conqued all govt. sector. Is it wrong if i contest @ Gowon & Obama age ?.
Chief (Dr.) Solomon Daushep Lar (April 1933 – October 2013); Was born in Pongaa, Langtang, Plateau State in April 1933. His father was a farmer and his mother a pottery maker. He studied at the Sudan United Mission Primary School in Langtang, and then at the Gindiri Teachers College where he qualified to teach at the Primary School, Langtang. After two years he returned to Gindiri for the Senior Teachers Training Programme, earned his Higher Elementary Certificate and started to teach at the Senior Primary School level. He planned to become a clergyman. Lar was elected as a councilor to the Langtang Natives Authority in January 1959. On 12 December 1959 he was elected to the Federal Parliament on the platform of United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC). He was reelected in 1964, and from then until 15 January 1966, when General Yakubu Gowon took power in a coup, Lar was parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was also a Junior Minister in the Federal Ministry of establishments.Aft ...
Why is it that Igbos are still blaming General Yakubu Gowon for the nig civil war in the pass till date? Is he the one that arm them to fight the FG & When to oversea with his family? Pls let that man be he is a good leader sofar in nig. To be sincere what is killing them till date is greediness & pride, i know its not easy for Igbos to admit this. Im sorry if it hurt u.
THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF NIGERIAN LEADERS 1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa: One of the nigerian independent strugglers, one of forefathers of Nigeria, the fighter of developments and well being of his country, the first prime minister of Nigeria, a leader the led with example. 2. Gen. Agu Ironsi: the first coup plotter against the civilian regime in Nigeria, a biafran head of state that would have break Nigeria for the realisation of biafra but his dream was short and miscalculated. 3. General Yakubu Gowon: the youngest Nigerian leader,he hold the unity of Nigeria through civil war under his regime,he creat 12states later 19 states in Nigeria, during his regime the problem of Nigeria was not money but how to spent the money, OAU and ECOWAS came into existence during his time and he worked toward the unity of African states. 4. General. Murtala Ramat Muhammed: fearless leader with the shortest regime among nigerian leaders,an organised army administrative leader, a policy maker the exist even today in the corridor of ...
WHY SOLOMON LAR IS NEXT TO J.D. GOMWALK When on May 27, 1967 Plateau State was carved into Benue-Plateau by the General Yakubu Gowon-led military junta, it had its backlog of underdevelopment, inherited from the regional system which needed to be addressed. The pioneer governor of the new Benue-Plateau State was Commissioner of Police, Joseph Deshi Gomwalk (of blessed memory) who had a clear vision and a set of itinerary to set the baby state on a pedestal of growth by setting roadmap and standards that are yet to be measured up to 46 years later by his successors, despite increase in educational attainment and resources accruing to the state in allocations. J.D. Gomwalk laid the foundation of a viable and formidable Benue-Plateau which comprised of almost four states in the present day nomenclature, viz; Benue, Nasarawa, parts of Kogi and Taraba and the present day Plateau State. The circumstances that later claimed the life of the effervescent Gomwalk still remains a source of mourning in the state, as ...
9. In 1968, General Yakubu Gowon announced that the Nigerian currency (pound) would be changed
Gowon, others mourn as Guobadia dies at 90: Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon...
Oh & btw General Yakubu Gowon made a speech at my church today..yes you care
Major General Yakubu Gowon and his Wife Victoria at Nairobi airport.Legend has it that this woman was a fashion icon
General Yakubu Gowon ruled Nigeria at the age of 29 from July 1966 until he was deposed in a coup by Murtala Mohammed in 1975
General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown as military head of state on this day, 38 years ago. Happy overthrow anniversary.
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1967, Major-General Yakubu Gowon moved to split the four existing regions of Nigeria into 12 states. ... 27/41
Yakubu Gowon orders Federal troops to attack Biafra, thus starting a civil war that would last 30 …
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