Former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon Denies Death Rumor, Declares, “I Am Not in a Hurry to Join My Maker”

Former Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has vehemently denied the widespread rumor of his demise, asserting that he is in no rush to meet his maker.

 The 88-year-old Gowon was reported to be in London at the time when the unfounded rumor began to circulate rapidly throughout Nigeria.

This refutation came through a brief message conveyed to the media by his personal aide, Adeyeye Ajayi. In the statement, Ajayi quoted Gowon as saying, “I am still around and well. I am not in a hurry.”

The rumor of General Gowon’s passing sparked a frenzy on social media platforms, with many bloggers disseminating the false information, and it subsequently gained wide circulation on WhatsApp.

The catalyst for this rumor appears to have been a report on Sunday regarding the passing of another individual named Gowon – Prof. Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumor.

 Prof. Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumor, a former Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNUs) and a former Vice-Chancellor of Niger Delta University, passed away in Lagos early on Saturday, October 7, at the age of 53. His unfortunate demise was attributed to complications arising from lung cancer.

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