I Was Frightened When I Became Head Of State At 31 —Gowon

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A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), has said that he was scared when he became the nation’s military leader on August 1, 1966 at the relatively young age of 31. The retired military general became the third Nigerian Head of State and the youngest ever in August 1966.  At the time, he served the longest tenure in Nigerian history as military head of state between 1966–1975.  On July 29, 1975, while Gowon was attending an Organisation of African Union summit in Kampala, Uganda, a group of military officers led by Colonel Joe Nanven Garba announced his overthrow.…
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