The Christian Association of Nigeria has commended the former head of State, General Yakubu Gowon for his role in nation-building noting that Nigeria had the best economy during his administration
Gowon celebrated his 87th birthday on October 19. He was head of State of Nigeria from August 1966 – 29 July 1975 when he was ousted in a military coup.
In a statement signed by Barr. Daramola Bade on Wednesday, the Christian body observed that God has been gracious to General Gowon since his days as military head of state
The statement reads, “God has been so gracious to you sir since your days in the military especially when the mantle of leadership of this nation fell upon you, as a young Star, you did not disappoint God, the military and the populace in spite of the three years of civil war. And despite your retirement from the public office, You still humbled yourself to go to school for the academic pursuit and acquisition of your Ph.D.”
CAN noted further that Nigeria enjoyed the best of the economy under Gowon’s administration. “Your efforts in keeping Nigeria one and sustaining it can never be forgotten in a hurry. Your reconciliatory prowess after the civil war that brought out the popular saying of NO VICTOR NO VANQUISHED brought a sweet balm to the polity.
“Your love for our Fatherland has not diminished as it is being manifested in the NIGERIA PRAYS which has become a catalyst for our unity and peace despite all the threats occasioned by the menace of terrorists, bandits, and criminal herdsmen, to our survival as a nation.”
CAN further prayed that God would “grant him long life in good health. sound mind and all-around prosperity in Jesus’ Name.”