Yakubo Gowon Quotes, The 3rd Head of State of Nigeria

Compilations of 10 Yakubo Gowon Quotes.

Yakubu Gowon is a retired Nigerian Army general  who was born on October 19, 1934. Gowon presided over a contentious civil war as Nigeria’s head of state, delivering the famous “no victor, no vanquished” speech at the end of the conflict in an effort to promote healing and reconciliation.

The Nigerian Civil War is considered to be one of the bloodiest in modern history, with some charging Gowon of crimes against humanity and genocide. Gowon claims he did nothing wrong throughout the conflict and that his leadership saved the country.

Gowon was Nigeria’s third Head of State. Born into a minority Ngas family in Northern Nigeria, Gowon is a nationalist who believes in Nigeria’s unity and oneness.

Following the July 1966 counter-coup, Gowon’s rise to power solidified military rule in Nigeria. As a result, Gowon is Nigeria’s longest-serving head of state, ruling for nearly nine years until his overthrow in the coup of 1975 by Brigadier Murtala Mohammed.

Yakubo Gowon Quotes

  1. “The trouble with military rule is that every colonel or general is soon full of ambition. The navy takes over today and the army tomorrow.”

2. “One of the challenges of the future is the extent to which our Universities can meet the needs and aspirations of the society which they are established to serve, without in any way compromising the autonomy that is so essential for a healthy academic atmosphere.”

3. “I am ready to face the International Criminal Court of Justice at the Hague for prosecution over roles played by me when the war ended.”

4. “Let us accept our present difficulties as the price we have been called upon to pay in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for our children.”

5. “I am painfully aware that many citizens of all walks of life who are sincere patriots-are becoming concerned about the length of time it is taking to crush the rebellion in our country. We have one and only one aim in prosecut­ing this war: it is to ensure that coming generations will live in a happier and more stable country. Let us accept our present difficulties as the price we have been called upon to pay in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for our children.”

Yakubo Gowon quotes

6. “We fought the war with great caution, not in anger or hatred, but always in the hope that common sense would prevail. Many times we sought a negotiated settlement, not out of weakness, but in order to minimize the problems of reintegration, reconciliation, and reconstruction.”

7. “Foreign meddlers have been doing their very best under various pretexts to prolong our crisis. They place every possible obstacle in the way of peace and support rebel propaganda and intransigence. They will surely fail. I do believe that the end is in sight and that we will be able to settle down soon and concentrate on the task of national reconciliation and reconstruction.”

8. “The world knows how hard we strove to avoid the civil war. Our objectives in fighting the war to crush Ojukwu’s rebellion were always clear. We desired to preserve the territorial integrity and unity of Nigeria.”

9. “The worth of a child born and bred in Nigeria cannot be compared to that in the United States.”

10. “I move as a former head of state to offer the nation’s profound regrets and my personal apology to the good people of Oloibiri with the prayers to the present and future government at all levels in the land to work towards redressing the wrongs of the past to these people.”

My Favorite Yakubo Gowon Quotes are, “Let us accept our present difficulties as the price we have been called upon to pay in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for our children.” and “The trouble with military rule is that every colonel or general is soon full of ambition. The navy takes over today and the army tomorrow.”

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