Yakubu Gowon became Nigeria's third president and youngest Head of State when he assumed the reins on August 1, 1966, just two months shy of his 32nd birthday on October 19.
According to former Nigerian Head of State, Olusegun Obasanjo, Yakubu Gowon has earlier said that military will go by 1976 but later said that it will not be realistic again and that was the major reason why he was unseated.
His time as military Head of State is the longest in Nigeria's history. Gowon was president for 9 years.
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