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Jonathan: Nigeria owes Gowon huge debt of gratitude

Jonathan, in a congratulatory letter to Gowon on his 80th birthday yesterday, said the latter deserved the gratitude for successfully managing and guiding the nation…

Jonathan, in a congratulatory letter to Gowon on his 80th birthday yesterday, said the latter deserved the gratitude for successfully managing and guiding the nation “through an unfortunate civil war out of which it emerged as an even stronger and more united nation”.
The president described the former head of state as a worthy, steadfast and iconic feature of Nigerian history.
He said Gowon had, over the years, continued to use his exalted position to engender bridges of love and harmony across the country as well as avail successive governments of his wise counsel.
“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”, he wrote.
The president wished Gowon very happy 80th birthday celebrations and prayed that Almighty God continue to bless, guide and protect him.

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