By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has described the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), as a patriot as he clocks 85.
He commended the former Head of State for his display of steadfastness ans uncommon high sense of commitment to achieving a united Nigeria.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan on Saturday, the governor noted that most of Gowon’s legacies were enduring and had direct impact on the lives of young Nigerians.
The governor said: “But for the NYSC scheme introduced by the Gowon’s administration, I probably would never have been to a town called Postikum in present day Yobe State.
“I am proud to say that I taught at the Staff Training Centre during my one-year mandatory youth service. And it is an experience I relish with pride.
“Your Excellency sir, you have remained committed to the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria. Your recent visit to our dear state bears further testament to that. We will forever remain grateful to you.
“On behalf of the Government and People of The State of Osun, I wish you a happy birthday and many more years of the good life and service to Nigeria and humanity in sound health and vitality,” the governor said.