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Yakubu Gowon
3rd Head of State of Nigeria
In office
1 August 1966 – 29 July 1975
Preceded by Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
Succeeded by Murtala Mohammed
Chief of Army Staff
In office
January 1966 – July 1966
Preceded by Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
Succeeded by Joseph Akahan
Personal details
Born (1934-10-19) 19 October 1934 (age 86)
Kanke, Plateau State, Nigeria
Spouse(s) Victoria Gowon
Religion Christian

General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) was the head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian government successfully prevented Biafran secession during the 1967–1970 Nigerian Civil War.