Jonathan congratulates Gowon at 80, describes him as iconic feature of Nigerian history

By The Citizen

President Goodluck Jonathan has described former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), as the iconic feature of Nigerian history.

In a congratulatory statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, on Saturday quoted the President as heaping encomiums on Gowon who turned 80 on Sunday as a worthy, steadfast and iconic feature of Nigerian history.

Abati further quoted the President as saying that the nation would always owe the former Head of State a huge debt of gratitude for successfully managing and guiding Nigeria through an unfortunate civil war out of which it emerged as a stronger and more united nation.

'As you deservedly celebrate this noteworthy anniversary on Sunday, October 19th, 2014, I join your family, friends, protégés and well-wishers in celebrating you and thanking Almighty God for the unique and richly fulfilled life He has blessed you with these past 80 years.

'Over the years, you have continued to use your exalted position to engender bridges of love and harmony across the country; availing successive governments of your wise counsel, and demonstrating your unwavering faith and willingness to partner with us in our quest to bequeath to our collective posterity, a nation of which we can all be proud. Nigeria owes you a huge debt of gratitude,' Jonathan said in the statement.

The President wished Gowon happy 80th birthday celebrations and prayed that God will continue to bless, guide and protect