General Dr. Yakubu Gowon (GCFR) was Nigeria’s Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces from 1966 – 1975. Gen. Gowon holds a doctorate degree in Political Science and has spent the past three decades providing leadership for projects designed to promote peace and progress in Nigeria and also internationally.
Gen. Gowon is the President and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Yakubu Gowon Centre, Abuja. This non-governmental organisation was set up to promote the cause of Nigerian unity, nation-building, national integration and conflict resolution through dialogue and the recognition of exemplary achievements.
Gen. Gowon is the Chairman of IGI Plc, one of the largest insurance companies in Nigeria and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sahara Group of Companies.