Yakubu Gowon

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Gowon, Yakubu

(yäko͞o`bo͞o gô`wŏn), 1934–, Nigerian head of state. After entering the Nigerian army in 1954, he advanced (1966) to battalion commander. After Nigeria's second bloody coup in 1966, he was appointed commander in chief of the armed forces and head of the military government. The army put down (1967–70) the secessionist Biafran government of General OjukwuOjukwu, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu
, 1933–2011, Nigerian general and secessionist. Of Igbo background, he joined (1957) the Nigerian army and rose to become (1966–67) military governor of E Nigeria.
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 independent of Gowon, but he led Nigerian reconciliation through his personal influence, becoming a major African leader by 1975. While out of the country in 1975, he was overthrown and began a life of exile in England.

Gowon, Yakubu


Born Oct. 19, 1934, in the city of Zaria. Government and military figure in Nigeria; general (1971).

Gowon graduated from secondary school in Zaria (Northern Nigeria) in 1953. Between 1954 and 1957 he underwent training at the military school in Teshi (Ghana) and various military educational institutions in Great Britain. In 1963 he became an aide to the chief of staff of the Nigerian Army; he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. In January 1966 he was appointed chief of staff of the army. On Aug 1, 1966, Gowon became head of the federal military government and commander in chief of the armed forces of the Federated Republic of Nigeria.

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Perhaps, the most notable of General Yakubu Gowon's contributions to national building in Nigeria is the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), a community service institution, which till date, requires one year of service by each Nigerian immediately after graduation from university or other institutions of higher learning.
(49) Gowon noted further that the reason for committing the service scheme to the youth was because of his abiding faith in the younger generation and his belief that if the energies of young people are directed into the proper channels, the future of Nigeria can be assured.
-Satellite image with legend of fire-burn scars and building destruction in Doro Gowon, Borno state, Nigeria on January 10, 2015.
"I have come to Abeokuta for the sake of this particular man, to honor him,'' said Gowon, who imprisoned the writer on suspicion of support for his rival in the 1967 standoff that eventually led Nigeria to a 30-month civil war in which an estimated one million people died, mostly of disease and starvation.
By consolidating the power of the civil commissioners, General Gowon was able to temporarily displace the economic power of the merchant class, and in the process, strengthened the power of state bureaucrats and senior civil servants.
"Voting is peaceful, orderly and there is a sense of excitement," Yakubu Gowon, the former Nigerian leader heading the observation mission of the US-based rights group Carter Center, told reporters.
Okay, he picked players only their mothers knew and had they won he would no doubt have set fire to a pair of boots or whatever in the Molineux centre circle as a sacrifice to those footballing gods Gowon and Mahsun.
Abuja bid leader General Yakuba Gowon said: "Glasgow put forward a great bid.
General Yakubu Gowon said he reckoned Glasgow's bid has no chance of winning today's crucial vote.
Chairman of the occasion, former Head of State Dr Yakubu Gowon urged the people to take full advantage of the opportunities being offered, and thanked the Federal Government for siting the project in Plateau State.
At this time Gowon was a Ngas prince in Lur, a village near Kabwir.
General Yakubu Gowon, then President of Nigeria, took the artefact from the National Museum of Lagos before a state visit to the UK.