In what appeared to be false news, Nigeria’s former Military Head of States, General Yakubu Gowon was reportedly dead on Monday, October 9, 2023.
Denying the viral report, Gowon’s Personal Media Aide, Adeyeye E. Ajayi, in a terse statement said the former military leader is not dead.
According to Ajayi, Gowon wasn’t ready to go anywhere.
While we await more details about this rumour, below are 10 things you should know about Late General Yakubu Gowon
- Gowon was born on October 19, 1934, in Garam, which was part of the Pankshin Division at the time. He originates from the Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State, which is now known as Kanke Local Government.
- He attended Barewa College, which is now known as Government Secondary School in Zaria. He earned the Senior Cambridge School Leaving Certificate during his time there and displayed impressive versatility as an athlete. He excelled as the school’s football goalkeeper, pole vaulter, and long-distance runner, even breaking the school’s mile record in his first year. Additionally, he held the role of boxing captain.
- In 1954, he joined the Nigerian Army and was subsequently sent to the Regular Officers’ Special Training School in Teshie, Ghana.
- The following year, he embarked on officer cadets’ training at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, United Kingdom.
- Upon successful completion of the course, he was granted a Permanent Regular Army Commission into the West African Forces on December 21, 1956, with the rank of second lieutenant, retroactively effective from October 19, 1955.
- During his military career, he experienced rapid promotions and achieved the distinguished rank of General in an astonishingly brief period of just 15 years. Notably, he holds the distinction of being the first 4-Star General in the Nigerian Army’s history.
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