I Became Head Of State By Accident Of History – Yakubu Gowon




“What happened was the accident of history.
“When you have lost your leadership and there was crisis
and you don’t know what to do and it happened that those
within your constituency chose you, what would you do?
“I was lucky enough within the military at that time and all
the officers knew me by reputation. He said
Former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon says he
became Head of State 31 years ago by accident of history
without nursing the ambition.
Gowon stated this when Deputy Chairman of Senate
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Shehu Sani, paid him a
courtesy call in Abuja on Wednesday.
Gowon was reacting to calls by some Nigerians for the
reduction of age limit to 30 years to contest for presidential
position in the country.
“What happened was the accident of history.
“When you have lost your leadership and there was crisis
and you don’t know what to do and it happened that those
within your constituency chose you, what would you do?
“I was lucky enough within the military at that time and all
the officers knew me by reputation.
“I had no intention to become head of state but it is the
opportunity, if opportunity presents itself and people ask
you to do it then do it.
“What I have achieved is (because of) God. I had never
thought of becoming head of state but there was a coup
and all my senior colleagues were killed and I was the only
one that survived.
“My plan was to rise in my profession and hopefully
become a head in my profession but that did not happen.
“I didn’t know what happened but I had the duty and
responsibility to ensure the coup in Lagos did not
succeed’’, he said.
The former head of state advised younger Nigerians to
prepare themselves academically and morally to take
advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.
(NAN)
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