Biography of Yakubu Gowon; Former Military Head of State of Nigeria; Plateau State Celebrity.

Biography of Yakubu Gowon; Former Military Head of State of Nigeria; Plateau State Celebrity.

Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon was born on October 19, 1934. He is from Plateau state Nigeria.

Yakubu Gowon had his early education in Zaria before joining the Nigerian Army. After joining the
army, Yakubu Gowon was trained in Ghana and later in England. He later bagged his Ph.D from Warick University in 1983, and later became a professor of political science at the University of Jos.

Yakubu  Gowon was mobilized to Congo region as a member of the Nigerian peacekeeping force. Later, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi appointed him the chief of staff after the military coup of 1966. In July 1966, he was selected as the military head of government, after a coup that removed Aguiyi-Ironsi from power.

On July 29, 1975, Yakubu Gowon was ousted from office as the military head of state while away in Uganda for an Organization of African Unity summit meeting.

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