- Retired General Yakubu Gowon marked his 85th birthday a few days ago
- The former military Head of State is still currently Nigeria’s youngest president or call it leader since Independence
Gowon became the Head of State when he was 31 years and a few months old
For the sake of brief historical background, the Plateau state born retired military officer ruled Nigeria between 1966 and 1975.
The soft spoken ex number one citizen also has the record of presiding over the country for the longest number of years in a single rule, which is nine years.
Gowon saw Nigeria through civil war between 1967 and 1970.
A subjective topic by some historians is whether Gowon is Nigeria’s best ever president.
The encomiums and accolades showered on him by present and past political leaders speak volume of how they see Gowon.
Below are some of these birthday congratulatory messages: