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Yakubu Gowon acknowledges Son Musa after 48 Years



Musa Gowon (Vanguard)

Yakubu and Musa Gowon | Source: Vanguard

Another great news for Musa Jack Ngonadi Gowon. In a statement issued yesterday, the former Nigerian head of state, Yakubu Gowon has acknowledged Musa as his son; who he had with the former Public relations Manager of Guinness, Edith Ike Okongwu.

Musa had already won a paternity dispute that reached the Supreme Court but the judgment was not executed as a result of Musa’s arrest in the US. Young Musa, 23, at the time was incarcerated in Dallas, Texas on the charge of importing heroin into the country.

First great news came for Musa last November as the US granted him clemency on the ground of exemplary behavior. He was then released and deported back to Nigeria.

81 year old Gowon, finally acknowledged Musa as his son after 48 years and said that the family is working to assist in his rehabilitation and asked that their privacy be protected.

Source: Vanguard


  1. blueivy

    March 10, 2016 at 11:07 am

    this Gowon sef whether u dey blind ? cant u see that this man is ur carbon copy? u just wasted precious years arguing. mtchwwwwwwu

    • Anon

      March 10, 2016 at 11:30 am

      There was more to it…

      I wish his Mum was here to witness this. This issue made her sad in her lifetime.

    • Jezebel

      March 10, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Poor Edith. I wonder what happened to her.

    • Anon

      March 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      She passed on. My Mum went to see her when she was in hospital and she said Gowon came to see her and she forgave him. She forgave them all. Chu Okongwu too.

  2. Ethel

    March 10, 2016 at 11:17 am

    whether he acknowledges or not. , ki lo kan mi be

    • AW

      March 10, 2016 at 11:47 am

      If e no ko you nbe, why you click?

  3. keke driver

    March 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Finally! This Gowon guy just suffered this poor boy for nothing…..How much does a pack of condom cost again?

    • Author Unknown

      March 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      48+ years ago in Nigeria? I doubt it was that commonly used.

    • Musa Musawa

      March 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Was the mother sleeping around? There was no DNA as it is today. Please trade carefully over this. The good thing is that it has been established and Gowon has accepted it Musa is indeed his son before he (Gowon) is alive.

  4. prince

    March 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    it took him 48 wonderful years to acknowledge, Gowon’s senses need to be checked. Moreover, the guy looks like him.


    March 10, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Ahn ahn…..after so many years!

  6. FinchleysFinest

    March 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I’m sick and tired of Nigerian Politicians doing this to innocent lives!

    I know of a Politician that has refused talk with his abandoned and innocent daughter. And the daughter is there suffering all for nothing. Not having someone to call her dad (Yet she sees the so called father on the news everyday).

    If you can’t accept and take responsibility of your mistakes then why collabo the mother without condom?

    It is really unfair… It took him 48 years ? 48 years? not 48 seconds or hours? It is well.

  7. GraceOfGOD

    March 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm


    Good afternoon dear all,

    after reading this post I felt sad. I know it is a VERY GOOD news for the SON but I am SAD about the fact that a FATHER IGNORED his FLESH and BOOD for SO LONG. I don’t want to offend the men here but I have a very BAD impression of MEN, they are MOSTLY HEARTLESS towards their OWN children, they are TOO selfish and TOO proud. Please men CHANGE, show COMPASSION, EMOTIONS towards your WIVES and CHILDREN. We ONLY have ONE life, tomorrow might be too LATE to make it RIGHT. Have a great day and stay blessed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Author Unknown

      March 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      @GraceOfGOD I don’t think this is about men in general. When men deny pregnancies, and eventually children, there tends to be a reason. Of course some are just spiteful because of the societal shame of a woman with a ‘bastard’ child. Before you demonize men, let’s remember that women trap men with pregnancies belonging to other men all the time. Do you have any idea how many are being busted today while filing for immigration to the US or Canada? I’m talking full grown adults. It’s heartbreaking. Forget this “he looks like or she looks like” story. Science will conclude, even though DNA technology is still not perfect.

    • Jeff

      March 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      There are two sides to every coin. Many people will ignore the character of the mother in the equation. Not every woman who crawls into your bed is worthy of marriage.

      Obviously this one may have had some character flaws that encouraged her young son to like material things which led him into a life of crime..

  8. Bleh

    March 10, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Loll, all I can say is what for?
    After 48 years, what for?

    It says something about you as a man and perhaps the lady you were sleeping with if you have to do a DNA test for something that happened almost 50 years ago.

    Me? ”Keep your acknowledgment to yourself. ”

  9. ABI

    March 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    women can be very schemeing at times and trap men with pregnancy. it is bad enough you sleep with a married man who has family. if you fall pregnant by mistake , you are on your own and if it is by design (which mostly is.) then stop whinning because you put yourself in that situation and selfishly not think about the future of that child. it is very common nowadays for older women and even young ones to accept and settle for ‘the other woman’ and also the ‘other child’ if I may call it that. a child that cannot be celebrated in public. we need to just think beyond ourselves. if the man is okay with this arrangement, let him marry you as wife no 10 and just make it official. that way you wont have to hide or unable to show off the paternity of your child. it is just damaging to put a child in that situation

    • Josephine

      March 11, 2016 at 9:56 am

      True talk

  10. nene

    March 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    it’s very sad. he has destroyed this boy’s life.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      March 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Gowon didnt destroy the boy’s life, Himself and His mother did all that.
      1st of all, a lot of women these days are chanting sexual liberation..its ok but remember there are consequences. this is one of the consequence. The man can decide not to acknowledge you or the product of whatever kind of alliance you guys have/had. When that happens what will your sexual liberation do for you? it will put you in pains and disrepute. It will emotionally torture the product of that union. I don’t want to imagine how it feels to know that your father does not want to be associated with you..It must feel terrible, extremely terrible. So every time you and your liberated sexuality want to jump into the sack try condoms. At least when the man reject only you, soldier go come, soldier go go. you take it in good faith and leave innocent victims out of your story.
      Secondly i didn’t read where Gowon gave the boy heroine to export to US. He did all that by himself.. So how does that concern Gowon?, who due to the fact that he believed his mother was too promiscuous couldn’t even accept him as his fruit. They had to do paternity test to prove to Gowon that he was the one that actually scored not all the numerous soldiers who played..smh .
      Finally my people if you have any parent who refuses to associate with you, leave that parent and move on, make something out of your life and see who comes knocking at your door. Don’t stay engaging in useless, self destructive, attention seeking behavior hoping the parent will change his/her mind. Success will change his/her mind. I know a young girl whose mother had her via a brief dalliance with a married rich man in the days. the man refused to acknowledge her or her mum who was a teacher then. Of course she is female, Igbo men have no use for female off springs. She didn’t complain..She worked extremely hard. Studied law in University with her step brother whom she never approached. She was the best in her set then. One day her step brother called her and told her that her father wanted to see her. She promptly declined. She told the boy that he should tell their father that she too didn’t want to be associated with him. Come and see meetings upon meetings, interventions upon interventions. She refused, she explained to them that she had told friends that her father was dead and she didn’t feel like changing the story. The day she passed out of Law School. I was there with a few mutual family friends, Her dad came, she briskly went greeted the man and walked away. All the invite to their lavish party she declined. Today they have a manageable relationship. But guess what its was her success that attracted the man. Imagine if she was one managed to pass student in her law class, her father would not have known that she went to uni talk more of studying law.

      Una pele my epistle too long.

    • Engoz

      March 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Although I firmly agree that women take responsibility for their actions, this issue however was not borne out of the ‘pettiness’ of sexual liberation, nor some dalliances with ‘married men’, nor some lovers quarrel about who left the toilet seat up. This issue occured in a time where there was blatant hatred for the Igbo people, that led to genocide and war by the Gowon government.

    • Josephine

      March 11, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Nwayi, a long but very wise epistle.

  11. FasholasLover

    March 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Edith was one of biggest babes in those days. PR Manager at Guinness l think.
    Gowon kept denying the paternity of this his son. Gowon could have turned the course of life of his son around for good. DNA could have been done when Edith gave birth. Gowon could afford it but he just out rightly denied. Even when all their friends knew they dated for a long time. People insinuated that Gowon left Edith becos she was Igbo for the woman he eventually married who is also from his part of the country. Remember this was during the war. Later Edith became big too but lost her job due to too much whahala, scandals (Her popularity overshadowed her job as PR Manager at Guinness) and although, she eventually died of cancer, l believe heartbreak becos of this her son also hastened her death. Gowon is evil.

    Does a 48 year old man need a father who denied him all of his life?

    • Jeff

      March 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      He denied him because the boy could have have many fathers. Read between the lines.

  12. ElessarisElendil

    March 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    My Mother will be so happy. Captain Musa Gowon. LOL! one more bullet removed from the Biafran musket.

    • animal

      March 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      illiterate motherf-er. Beast.

    • Olanne

      March 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      But your name here is “animal” nwoke abi na nwanyi, who is the beast? Hian!

  13. kkay

    March 10, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Gowon, I wish you did this 48 years ago.
    The path of your son’s life might have been different if you had done that.
    For one, you would have played a very important role in his formative years. Whatever happened between you and his mom was not his price to pay.
    My heart breaks every time I see children abandoned by one half or both parents.
    Men step up , women becareful. It matters who you “tango” with.

  14. hmmm

    March 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Reminds me of a cousin whose mum was having an affair with the IG (police) and became pregnant. Unfortunately, she passed on few days after having the baby and guess what the man said? He said the child should be taken to motherless babies’ home. Yup. He didn’t even want to see her. A baby who was only a few days old. Tells you how heartless some human beings are. My cousin is 23 now, it wasn’t until she was 10 he initiated contact with her.

    Women should stay away from married men. Nothing good comes out of such most times.

    • Engoz

      March 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Gowon was not married as at the time of the relationship. They broke up because Gowon was killing her people.

  15. Tosin

    March 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    e try. remain small make e reach 50.

    – do it for the children.

  16. mabel

    March 10, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    He should eat the acknowledgement ojare. Now if someone like Bill Gate decides to acknowledge me after 30 years , I would just do thanksgiving in church. Eh I like money.

    • Jeff

      March 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      He is a drug pusher and convicted criminal. Abeg.

  17. IJS

    March 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    There are fatherless children whose father’s died before they were born and they grow up to make it in life. In this case, his mom was comfortable enough to cater for him. He shouldve worked hard and answered his mothers surname. No need for court case.

  18. Sandy

    March 11, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Does Gowon have other Children?

  19. Josephine

    March 11, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I remember reading that Gowon married towards the end of the Biafra War and was criticized for marrrying when people were dying. Anyway my point is that the war ended in 1970. Musa was born by then. This isn’t a case of a woman who got pregnant for someone’s else’s husband although I love the comments that addressed that issue. For whatever reason Gowon as a bachelor chose on his own to deny his child. He can’t turn back time but I’m happy that he was able to right this terrible wrong before he died and has to account to his Maker.

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