Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has congratulated former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon on his 78th birthday, saying the General remains one of Nigeria’s most inspiring leaders.
In a letter, Governor Oshiomhole said “it is with great happiness in my heart that I write to convey the good wishes and felicitations of the government and people of Edo State on this auspicious occasion of the celebration of your 78th Birthday.
“As a man upon whose shoulder was thrust the huge responsibility of leading our great country Nigeria through its most trying period of the Civil War years, you have come to symbolize our challenge to keep Nigeria united.
“Your name, which acronym – GOWON – inspired all of us to “Go On With One Nigeria”, remains the most iconic appellation in the land. Little wonder therefore, that well over four decades after you dominated the political landscape, you remain one of the most inspiring Nigerian leaders of all time.
“Our testimony in Edo State is that you remain resolutely on the side of positive contributions to national development as a foremost supporter of good work. Your encouragement to us in Edo State is one reason why we have not stopped working to move our state forward. For this, we profoundly appreciate you.