Northern Governors forum felicitate with Gen. Gowon at 86

The northern governors Forum have felicitate with former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon for marking his 86th birthday today. 18th October

In a press statement signed by the Director of Press to Governor Simon Lalong, Makut Simon Macham, Lalong described the former head of state as someone who has always provide inspiration to the nation leadership and development trajectory through his commitment to the unity of the nation.

Read full statement below.



The Northern Governors Forum has described former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon as a distinguished Statesman, Gentleman, Prayer Warrior and Bridge Builder who has spent most of his lifetime working for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.

While felicitating with the former Nigerian leader on the occasion of his 86th birthday, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong said General Gowon remains one of Nigeria’s finest leaders whose exemplary lifestyle of humility and enormous sacrifices towards nation building and global peace is well recognized.

Governor Lalong said General Gowon has continued to provide inspiration to the nation’s leadership and development trajectory through his commitment to the unity, peace and progress of the country right through his military career till date.

He also acknowledged that the former Nigerian leader has continued to take particular interest in the development of the Northern region particularly at this time when it is facing serious challenges such as poverty, insurgency, banditry, and illiteracy.
While wishing the celebrant good health, God’s grace and divine strength, the Northern Governors urged Gen.

Gowon not to relent in deploying his wealth of experience and knowledge in the pursuit of unity and national integration despite the challenges the nation is passing through.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press & Public Affairs to the
Executive Governor of Plateau State & Chairman Northern Governor’s Forum.
18th October 2020

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