The Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, on thursday (19 October) reviewed a special military parade to mark his 38th birthday.
The Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, on thursday (19 October) reviewed a special military parade to mark his 38th birthday. Staged by units of the Federal Guard and Lagos Garrison, the event took place at the Nigerian army's Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, near Lagos.
The General' wife, Mrs Victoria Gowon, and their young son, Bala, watched with the Nigerian leader as the Army units marched past during the forty-minute parade. Also in attendance were members of the diplomatic corps, high-ranking government officials and members of the Armed Forces.
Later, General Gowon watched the Beating of Retreat at the Army camp. Then a buffet dinner was given in his honour by his wife.
SYNOPSIS: An official motorcade arrived at an army camp outside of Lagos on Thursday for a special ceremony. A military parade was scheduled at the Bonny Camp to mark General Yakubu Gowon's thirty-eighth birthday.
The Nigerian Head of State was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Victoria Gowon, and their young son, Bala. The parade was to be staged by units of the federal Guard and Lagos Garrison. But first the assemblage was treated to the music of The Band and Drums of the Nigerian Army.
Besides General Gowon and his family, the parade was watched by many distinguished dignitaries, including members of the diplomatic corps and high-ranking government officials. Following the forty-minute march-past, General Gowon thanked the units for an excellent parade that was, he said, in keeping with their tradition of smartness, loyalty and discipline. The Nigerian leader then remarked with humour that he can never have his own birthday quietly because of such parades. Later, General and Mrs. Gowon watched the Beating of the Retreat. Then, a buffet dinner was given in honour of the Nigerian head of State by his wife. General Gowon expressed his wish that the occasion might be celebrated again next year int he same spirit of "peace and tranquillity".