On July 29,1975, Yakubu Gowon was overthrown from the office of Head of State. He was removed from power through a bloodless coup while he was attending a summit of Organization of African Unity (OAU) at Kampala.
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His reaction to the coup was quite suprising as he gave a vote of thanks to Nigeria. Since the first head of state (Gen. Aguyi Ironsi) was overthrown through a coup, he would have expected the same fate. He smiled when he was informed of the announcement of his removal from power. He had taken his family to London as a precaution before traveling for the summit.
As published by PremiumTimes, Gowon in his speech, he enjoined Nigerians to support and cooperate with the new government in order to preserve peace, unity and harmony after which Nigeria experienced a civil war between the North and the South. He stated his commitment to the country and his preparedness to serve in any capacity.
Gowon's administration witnessed the bloody civil war in Nigeria, which lasted from 1967 to 1970. Yakubu Gowon is Nigeria's first youngest Head of State at the age of 31. His tenure was, however, extended by the war.
After the coup, General Yakubu Gowon studied at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. His Ph.D Thesis focused on “The Economic Community of West African States: A study in political and economic integration.”
He was thereafter succeeded by General Murtala Muhammed whose deputy was General Olusegun Obasanjo.
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