With the help of the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, Gowon isolated Biafra diplomatically and the Nigerian Army and Navy isolated it physically. Yakubu Gowon. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Thahal.

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the death of Captain Paul Mamman Thahal who served as Yakubu Gowon's pilot for nine years. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox.
Isioro was also quoted as explaining that the event and the idea of ANISZA is to educate Nigeria youths, especially secondary school pupils in Nigerian history using photographs and other visual elements. Emulate the very good qualities that he had so that we can impact in this on the nation and change the narrative of the future,” he said. “He showed me good example of how to live a good life.

He also lauded the deceased for committing himself to the virtues of practical Christianity like generosity, humility and selfless service. During the 30 month conflict more than one million of the country’s thirteen million people had died of starvation. Yakubu Gowon Reveals How He Felt When He Became The Head Of State At 31, Wow! The president believes that the resonating testimonies from the life of the deceased had proved him to be a man dedicated to promoting the kingdom of God on earth.

In July 2004, General Yakubu Gowon seized the occasion of the banquet organised by the Ogun State government at the auditorium of the Government House, Valley View, Abeokuta, to mark the end of activities for Soyinka’s 70th birthday celebrations to …
“The Plateau State-hailed general also reiterated his faith in the Nigerian youth and the country’s potential for greatness, noting that ‘we can be able to live in peace and unity irrespective of religion and tribe.’ He had a lot of military knowledge,” he said.

Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! Also speaking, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State said the “spectacular contributions” of Ejoor to the struggle for keeping Nigeria as a united entity could not be forgotten in the anal of our common history. He was Head of State between 1966 and 1975. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Late Thahal served meritoriously as Captain of Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s Presidential Flight for nine years. “The octogenarian who relived some of his life experiences and counselled young Nigerians on the right attitudes and values further engaged the participants at the virtual event on national issues, especially the role youths can play in national development. Omissions? It would be recalled that Ejoor was COAS between 1972 and 1975 and also military governor in the defunct Midwestern region. Although he was eventually successful in ending attacks against Igbo in the north, he was unable to affect a more lasting peace. “General Gowon also interacted with the participants on issues ranging from their identities, views on ‘one Nigeria’ and their personal commitments to ensure the nation remains united. Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), on Friday  reportedly slumped by the graveside of late Maj-Gen. David Ejoor. L-R: Ex-Delta State Governor James Ibori; Ex-Head of State Yakubu Gowon; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai; Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki; and Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the burial of late Maj-Gen. David Ejoor. By the second year of the war the Nigerian government occupied well over half of the original Biafra. I never planned to be the President, it just happened,” Gowon was further quoted as saying.

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), on Friday reportedly slumped by the graveside of late Maj-Gen. David Ejoor.Gowon was in Ovwor, Olomu Kingdom in … She explained that understanding Nigerian journey can advance the cause of peace and unity in the country. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, the president consoled with former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon over the loss of a good friend, confidant and prayer partner. Northern officers staged a countercoup in July 1966, and Gowon emerged as the compromise head of the new government. Updates?

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Thahal. Rev. Buhari prayed that God would remember his professional and spiritual investments in Nigeria, grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family. Also, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State said that Ejoor lived a diligent, loyal and dedicated life worthy of emulation.