GOWON, General (Dr.) Yakubu (rtd.)(GCFR)

, BA. Ph.D., retired soldier, former Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic ofNigeria, businessman; born October 19, 1934, Garam, Pankshin Local Government, Plateau State; married Victoria Hansatu 1969, one son, two daugh ters; Education: St. Bartholomey's School (C.M.S) Wusasa, Zana, 1939-49; Govern ment College (now Barewa College), Zaria, 1950-53; enlisted into the Nigerian Army and trained in Officer Cadet Training School, Teshie, Ghana, 1954: Eaton Hall, Officer Cadet School, Chester, England, 1955; Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England, 1955-56; Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England, 1955-56; Young Offic ers' Training Schools, Hythe and Warminster. England, 1957; Staff College. Comberley, England, 1962; Joint Service Staff College, Latimer, England, 1965; Warwick University, Coventry, England, 1973-84; Career: Ap pointed Platoon Commander, BN Mortar Officer, Company 2/IC; Acting Company Commander, 1957-60; Adjutant, Fourth Bat talion, QONR, 1960-61 (first Indigenous Officer to be so appointed); United Nation Peace-keeping Force, Congo, 1960-61; Ma jor, 1962; Brigade Major, United Nation Peace-keeping Forces, Luluabourg, Congo, 1963; Lieutenant-Colonel, 1963; Adjutant- General, Nigerian Army, 1963-65; Chief of Staff, Nigerian Army, 1966; member, Fed eral Executive Council and Supreme Mili tary Council, 1966; Head of Federal Mili tary Government and Commander-in-Chief ofthe Armed Forces, 1966-75; Major-Gen eral, 1967; General, 1971; Chairman, Organisation of Africa Unity, 1973-74; cofounder, ECOWAS (with General Eyadema of Togo and full cooperation of all the lead ers of West African countries), 1975;deposed by military coup d'etat while in Kampala attending the Organistion of African Unity summit meeting, 1975; exile in the United Kingdom, 1975-81; returned to the country in 1983; founder, The Yakubu Gowon Cen tre for Development Studies, Jos; Visiting Professor, Political Science, University of Jos, Plateau State; Chairman, Base Devel opments Limited, Kano, Kano State; Chair man, Commonwealth Human Ecology Foun dation, London; chairman, Industrial and General Insurance Company Limited; Chair man, National Oil Chemical and Marketing Company; Chairman, Sarafoam; Initiator, Nigeria Prays', 1997-Date; Political Party: Member/Presidentialaspirant, defunct Social Democratic Party; Traditional Title: Aare Ajagunla Ife; National Honour: Officer of the Federal Republic; Grand Commander of the Federal, 1996; Foreign Decorations: Highest national honours byAlgeria, Repub lic of Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Central Afri can Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, TheGambia , Guinea, Kenya. Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal. Somalia, Sudan, Togo and Zaire (Congo); Honorary Degrees/ Awards: Doctor of Laws, University of Ibadan; Doctor of Laws, Ahmadu BcllctUniversity, Zaria: Doctorof Laws, University of Lagos; Doctor of Laws, University of Ife; Doctor of Laws, Rivers State University for Science and Technology, Port Harcourt; Doctor of Laws, Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; D.GH, University of Cambridge, England, 1975; Doctor of Sci ence, University of Benin, Edo State; Doctor of Letters, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State; Hobbies: Hockey, squash, ten uis, photography, guematography, pen-draw- :ng;Official Address: Yakubu Gowon Cen- ,re for National Unity and International Copcrajion, Abuja; Tel/Fax: 01 -264-51771, 19-314-4158; Telephone: 09-314-0613; 114-6043; E-mail: [email protected] Or: 1, Luggard Road, P.M.B. 2718, Jos; Telephone: 073-461814; Home: 11, Nasarawa Road. GRA, Jos, Plateau State.
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