Meet Nigeria’s Oldest Living Chief of Army Staff, Who Took Office When He Was 32-years-old (Photos)

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The deaths of the Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru, and other officers on May 21, 2021, were one of Nigeria’s most shocking and tragic tales. The jet crash, which resulted in the deaths, was caused by bad weather, according to the Nigerian Army’s headquarters.

General Ibrahim Attahiru was named Chief of Army Staff by President Buhari on January 26, 2020. He died at the age of 55 after barely three months in office.

While we grieve the loss of Nigeria’s 25th Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru, did you know that the first man to hold that position is still alive? Do you want to know more about that man? Keep reading!

Nigeria’s First and Oldest Living Chief Of Army Staff.

General Yakubu Gowon is Nigeria’s first and oldest living Chief of Army Staff. He was born on October 19, 1934, to a Christian family in Lur, Plateau State, Nigeria.

After attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1956, he was appointed as the first Chief-of-Staff of the Nigerian Army in history in January 1966, following Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu’s 1966 Nigerian coup d’etat.

He was 32 years old when he was appointed Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria. He served for six months before being succeeded by Lt. Colonel Joseph Akahan, who died a year later in a helicopter crash.

In addition to serving as Nigeria’s first Chief of Army Staff, General Yakubu Gowon served as Head of State and played a significant role in ensuring peace during the Nigerian Civil War.

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In 1969, General Yakubu Gowon happily married Miss Victoria Zakari, a trained nurse.

In 2019, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

General Yakubu Gowon is still alive and well at the age of 86. Take a look at some of his most recent photos below.

General Yakubu Gowon will turn 87 this year, and in his later years, we can only wish him happiness and good health……..See More

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