As we all know, Igbo people tend to be one of the most important tribes in Nigeria, alongside the Yoruba and Hausa people. In 2020, according to the Guardian newspaper, Yakubu Gowon, the former president of Nigeria, shows the importance and effort of Igbo people in Nigeria with these two statements that we should know.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. Awolowo was the centre piece of the first military coup even if he was in jail. The way the plotters acted, it was obvious they had soft spot for the former leader of opposition.
Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro was a Nigerian nationalist and soldier. He was one of the pioneers of minority rights activism in Nigeria. He was the first man in the history of Nigeria to fight for the liberation of his people. He declared the Niger Delta Republic on February 23, 1966 and fought with federal forces for twelve days before being defeated.
The name Stanley Enekwe will forever be fresh in the minds of those that fought the civil war. Stanley was a former Biafran Soldier who was killed by firing squad for armed robbery. This event took place on April 1973, he was arrested by the then Government of Yakubu Gowon.
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. The 1975 Nigerian coup d'etat was a bloodless military coup which took place in Nigeria on 29 July 1975 when a faction of junior Armed Forces officers overthrew General Yakubu Gowon.
General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), the second military head of state, clocked 87 on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Gowon became the military Head of State on August 1, 1966, following the coup that led to the death of the first Head of State, Late General Aguiyi Ironsi.
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. Photo credit: Legit His reaction to the coup was quite suprising as he gave a vote of thanks to Nigeria.
There is a common phrase that posits that "age is just a number", this can be loosely translated that age is not an indicator or yardstick to measure skills, performances, or positions as the case may be. What someone achieved at the age of fifty years, another could go on to achieve the same or even better at the age of third years or even less, take for example General Yakubu Gowon became the president of this country at the young age of thirty-two years, whereas in many other cases, at this same age many people are still seeking to get a job.
There are currently thirty seven federal polytechnics approved by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in Nigeria. Kaduna State alone houses three of them. This makes it the state with the highest number of federal polytechnics. Interestingly, two of them are located in Kaduna City while one of them is in Zaria.
Yakubu Gowon Nigeria's Head of State from August 1966 to July 1975, succeeding Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi and preceding Murtala Mohammed. However, in 1974 he declared that a civilian government could not take power within two years as promised. When Yakubu Gowon became Head of State, he hoped that three months, six months the most, he would be done and hand over power.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo was imprisoned in 1963 and was not pardoned by the Nigerian government until 1966, after which he assumed the role as Minister of Finance. When the January 15, 1966 coup brought Ironsi into power, Chief Obafemi Awolowo was spending term in Calabar Prison.
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is a retired Nigerian Army general and politician. He served as military president of Nigeria from 1985 until his resignation in 1993. One of the lasting legacies of military rule in Nigeria is the creation of states. This started in 1967 when Yakubu Gowon, the then military Head of State (1967-1975) created twelve states to replace the existing regional arrangement.
October like we all know is the tenth month of the year, it is a remarkable month for our dear country Nigeria because we gained our independence(Freedom) on the first day of October 1960. October also brought about the existence of some of our celebrities and politicians which I will be revealing to you in this article.
Relationship expert, Blessing Okoro, has taken to her Instagram handle to share old memories of how she looked during her national youth service days and this has gotten her fans reacting on the video and photos sharing platform. In Nigeria, it is mandatory for all graduates of tertiary institutions to serve their father's land for a period of one year as they are usually posted to states outside where they domicile or attend their higher education program.
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Photo Credit: nysc.gov.ng When General Yakubu Gowon established the National Youth Service Corps on the 22nd day of May 1973, he believed it would serve as an avenue to reunite, reconcile, reconstruct, and rebuild the nation after the civil war that nearly divided Nigeria. The former military head of state found it necessary to promote peace, unity, and progress to all the regions in Nigeria.
President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has joined other Nigerians to honor former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, on his 87th birthday. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari said, “President Buhari congratulates Gen. Yakubu on the formidable role he continues to play in the development of the country, always advocating peace and unity, and consistently remaining a voice of reason and wisdom in good governance and democracy.
For three years, that is, from 1967 to 1970 , Nigeria fought an internecine civil war that resulted in serious human and material loss. As the war ended, there was the need for Nigerians to come together in rapprochement again, to build bridges of harmony, unity and togetherness.
On behalf of the government and all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari sends warm felicitations to former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon his 87th birthday, rejoicing with the leader and his family on the grace for good health and strength to keep serving. President Buhari congratulates Gen. Yakubu on the formidable role he continues to play in the development of the country, always advocating peace and unity, and consistently remaining a voice of reason and wisdom in good governance and democracy.
The National youth service corps is a programm founded by the Nigerian government. It's a one year programm for graduates from polytechniques and universities below the age of thirty. During their service year these graduates now called corp members help in the development of the country and in nation building.