Yakubu Gowon Celebrates His 83rd Birthday Today

Happy birthday to the former head of state. A brief profile:
General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'├ętat and was overthrown in another. 
During his rule, the Nigerian government successfully prevented Biafran secession during the 1967–70 Nigerian Civil War.