Eminent business mogul and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has congratulated former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd),as he turns 80 on Sunday.

The former governor while extolling the virtues of General Gowon acknowledged the exemplary leadership qualities of the elder statesman.

Kalu, in his tribute to General Gowon captioned “GO ON WITH ONE NIGERIA”, noted that General Gowon’s administration laid the foundation of an indivisible Nigeria.

The tribute reads:”There is only one leader whose name has been turned into an acronym for national unity and cohesion. He is General (Dr) Yakubu Gowon. His last name, during his time in office, was interpreted to mean: GO ON WITH ONE NIGERIA (GOWON)”.

“And how fitting the acronym was. For it was under Gen Gowon that Nigeria fought a gruelling 30 months’ civil war that had the potential of breaking the country to pieces. But through deft nationalistic leadership, Gowon took Nigeria through the war, and at the end, declared “No Victor, No Vanquished”. He also affirmed the 3 Rs, standing for Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation. There is no way the history of Nigeria would be written without Gen Gowon being given his due.”

“As he turns 80, what can I do than to thank God for the life of this great man? He got into power at a youthful age, held that power with maturity and decency for nine years, and today, almost 40 years after, he is still serving the country with his wealth of knowledge, offering worthy advice to the younger generation.

“To our dear Gen Yakubu Gowon, I’ll just say as he turns 80: please, Go On With One Nigeria.”

As the celebrant marks his 80th birthday, Kalu prayed God to grant General Gowon excellent health in his service to God and humanity.