Not many Nigerians known that General Yakubu Gowon is the youngest military ruler that the country has ever had, he became the Head of State before he clocked 32 years of age.
What also makes Gowon’s history very unique in Nigeria’s history books is that he was a single man when he became the Head of state and remain so for three years before he married his wife, Victoria, in April 1969.
Recently, Gowon and his wife celebrated fifty years of Marriage and held a private dinner at Silk Road Resturant in Abuja to celebrate the golden jubilee.
However, there is one blemish to Gowon’s love marriage to Mrs. Gowon, as it was later detected that he had a son out of wedlock before he got married on April 19, 1969.
Meet Gowon’s Son, Musa
Musa Jack Ngonadi Gowon was born during the Nigeria Civil War in 1968, when Yakubu Gowon was still the Head of State and leading the war to capture back the Republic of Biafra.
The boy was said to have been born shortly before he married his wife, Victoria Zakari, who was a nurse.
Meet Musa’s Mother, Edith
Gowon was said to have had a love affair with Princess Edith Ike Okongwu during the period when the civil war was brewing and the affair led to the birth of Musa.
The former head of state had a well publicized spat with Edith for his refusal to accept that he was his son.
Edith who eventually got married, first to Dr Okongwu and later to Nze Mark Odu, and died of cancer in December of 2003.
The Fight For Musa’s Paternity
The younger Gowon was acknowledged by his father upon the report of a conclusive DNA test in 2016.
The paternity dispute was the subject of a legal action that reached the Supreme Court in Nigeria, which Okongwu won.
However, the execution of the judgment was thwarted by the arrest of Musa by United States law enforcement officials in Dallas on the charge of importing heroin into the country.
Musa’s Long Years in Prison
Musa, returned to Nigeria in November 2015 after about 23 years in a United States prison.
The young Musa was sentenced to 27 years in prison and was only released on compassionate ground and good behaviour in 2015.
He was said to have pursued graduate school from prison and was of exemplary behaviour.
In 2003, while still in prison, he lost his mother, Edith, a leading socialite in Nigeria, who was also a one-time public relations manager of Guinness Nigeria Plc.
Finally, Gowon Acknowledges Musa
When Musa returned to Nigeria, a DNA test was conducted to conform his relationship with Gowon and after the positive result, the former head of state finally agreed Musa was his son.
In acknowledging Musa, Gowon issued a statement in March 2016 and asked Nigerians for privacy after a very difficult period.
He was quoted saying: “Following years of doubts and speculation, a DNA test was recently conducted to ascertain the paternity of Musa Gowon, who recently returned to the country.
“The results of the tests were conclusive, and they confirm his paternity.
“We, the family, are working to assist in his rehabilitation following a very difficult period in his life.
“As we look forward to the future with faith in God, we request that our privacy be respected.”
Gowon’s acceptance, brings to an end 48-year-old dispute of paternity dispute.
Musa Finds Love Too
Musa is now a married man, as he held his traditional wedding with socialite, Vivian Agbonkhese, in Benin City, sometimes in June 2018.
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