[UPDATED] How Gowon regained stability after slumping at Ejoor’s burial
Former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, is in stable condition after slumping during the burial of late Maj. Gen. David Ejoor, in Ovwor-Olomu community within Ughelli-south local government area of Delta state, TNG can authoritatively report.
Following the incident, Gen. Gowon was said to have been rushed by top military personnel at the event, accompanied by the Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and former Delta State Governor James Ibori, into a special tent where he was attended to.
However, in a bid to further stabilize the elder statesman’s health, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah in an exclusive interview with TNG said he (Gowon) was brought back to Asaba from the burial ceremony to rest and gain more strength. “He is in stable condition now,” Ukah said dismissing reports of further complicity.
TNG reports that the late Gen. Ejoor was a former Chief of Army Staff when General Gowon was Head of State.
Speaking earlier during the lying-in-state, Gowon extolled Ejoor’s commitment to nation building. He also expressed delight at the Chief of Army Staff, Buratai, for ” organizing a special farewell to their own”. He described Ejoor as a good soldier who avoided being captured so that he could fight another day. “He amassed a lot of knowledge about the military and statesmanship. I will never forget him because he kept me well-informed of development.
He made sure we did not turn Midwest state into a battle ground. “He was a good man and a good family man. I will remember him for his sterling services to this country.”
Also speaking, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State described the deceased as “a wonderful and distinguished elder states man, who cared about our state and nation.”
According to the Governor, even though he had not known him early in life, the few interactions they had together, showed he was worthy of emulation. In his remarks, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State recounted efforts by the deceased to ensure Nigeria’s unity. “His life is replete with lifetime achievements.
He will be forever remembered for his fervent belief in true federalism and the unity of Nigeria,” Obaseki said. Dignitaries at the funeral were the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai, Lt Gen. A. O. Ihejirika, Maj. Gen Alani Akinrinde, all former Chief of Army Staff. Also, frm Chief of Defense Staff, Gen eral Alexander Ogomudia, Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya, Brig. Gen. E. F. Dafiogor, AVM Frank Ajobena, Commodore A. K Ake. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion are former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, Senator representing Delta Central, Chief (Barr.) Ovie Omo-Agege, presidentgeneral of Urhobo Progress Union, Chief Moses Taiga, Chief Goody Ibru among others.
Ejoor who also served as military administrator of the old Mid Western State during the part of the Nigerian Civil War, died on February 10, 2019 at 87. He is survived by wife, children and grandchildren.