There are reports from several media outlets that Nigeria’s former military ruler General Yakubu Gowon is dead. The reports site nta news as the source of the information. Nigeria Circle can confirm that there is no such report on nta news. However, reliable sources have confirmed that there is indeed a death in the Gowon family, but it is his sister that died, not the General.
– On Monday, February 27, former head of state Yakubu Gowon and a former governor of Adamawa state Murtala Nyako led many Nigerians in prayers for President Buhari
– The prayers – a Christian and Muslim session – took place in two different locations in the state
– The groups during the prayers reaffirmed their confidence in the President Buhari/ All Progressives Congress administration
As President Muhammadu Buhari continues his medical vacation in London, prayers for his quick recovery has seem endless.
On Monday, February 27, a former head of state Yakubu Gowon and a former governor of Adamawa state Murtala Nyako led many Nigerians in prayers for President Buhari.
The prayers – a Christian and Muslim session -occurred in two different locations in the state. The groups during the prayers reaffirmed their confidence in the President Buhari/ All Progressives Congress administration.
Adamawa state also witnessed various intercessory prayers for President Buhari and the acting president Yemi Osinbajo.
Leading the Christian group at the annual convention of the Diocesan Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria in Demsa, Gowon prayed for a divine intervention in the health of President Buhari.
He said the survival of Nigeria as a nation lies in the tolerance by both religions.
Gowon said: “We are all God’s children; this is the time our unity as a people will also be put to test. For me, the survival of the nation lies in our tolerance. If it is well with President Muhammadu Buhari, it will be well with our nation.
“So, we all need to come together, irrespective of our religion, to ask for divine intervention in the health of the President as well as his speedy recovery,” Gowon said.
Also, the Adamawa state govenor Muhammad Jibrilla urged all Nigerians to join hands in praying for the president
Jibrilla said: “I beg all of you in the name of God to respect and honour your leaders. So, let us pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari because that is what God commanded us concerning our leaders. We all voted for Buhari; we will also pray for him together.”
In another session, the former governor of the state who was represented by his son, Abdul’Aziz Nyako said the people of the North-East would continue to pray for President Buhari’s quick recovery and return to Nigeria. He also assured that no vacuum has been created by the president’s leave. Nyako further commended the efforts made by the acting president in moving the nation forward.
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, over the death of his younger sister, Kande Marthe Audu.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said this in a statement he issued in Abuja on Monday.
He further said that Mr. Buhari called from London to extend his deepest condolence to Mr. Gowon and his family.
Mr. Adesina said President Buhari urged the family to take solace in the fact, that the deceased lived a worthy and exemplary life.
“Death is an inevitable end that must come to all mortals, and we must keep praying and working to ensure that we live a life that pleases our creator and benefits humanity,” President Buhari said.
He also prayed God to comfort the family of the deceased and grant eternal rest to the soul of Audu.
Mr. Adesina quoted Mr. Gowon as thanking the president for the commiserations.
Mr. Gowon, who assured that he would not relent in praying for the unity and progress of the country, said Nigerians had embarked on prayers for the president’s speedy recovery.
Mr. Buhari also on Sunday had telephone conversation with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, where he congratulated him on his 80th birthday.