‘Nigeria Will Remain Grateful To Gowon’ – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said the nation would remain grateful to Nigeria’s former Head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, for his role in managing the civil war which took place during his regime.

In a congratulatory letter signed by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity to commemorate Gowon’s 80th birthday, which comes up on Sunday, October 19, 2014, Jonathan eulogized Gowon for using his exalted position to engender bridges of love and harmony across the country.

“As you deservedly celebrate this noteworthy anniversary on Oct. 19, I join your family, friends, protégés and well-wishers in celebrating you. I also thank Almighty God for the unique and richly fulfilled life He has blessed you with in 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,” Jonathan said.

While stressing that Nigeria owes Gowon a debt of gratitude, Jonathan urged him to continue to demonstrate an unwavering faith and willingness to partner with his administration in order to bequeath to future generations a nation that every Nigerian will be proud of.

“You have never failed to avail successive governments of your wise counsel. You continue to also demonstrate 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 added.

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