Nigeria Awaits Released Gowon's Son

Nigeria Awaits Released Gowon's Son

The Igbo son of former Nigerian president Yakubu Gowon released three weeks ago from U.S prison will soon be deported to Nigeria.

Nigeria Awaits Released Gowon's Son
Musa and Yakubu Gowon

Daily Post reports that the Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC) has disclosed its to made to accord Musa Gowon a warm welcome.

The IMC stated that it has informed its members in the U.S to guarantee that “this rejected son of Igbo woman, abandoned to a life of twenty two years in jail, due to acts not unrelated to her mother’s disapproval of indiscriminate murder of civilian by Federal Troops, is not left without roots.”

The statement reads in part: “Musa Gowon was born out of a courtship gone awry between former Head of State Yakubu Gowon, then a Lieutenant Colonel and an Igbo Girl by name Edith Ike-Okongwu while he was still a bachelor. This relationship between Gowon and Edith Ike ended in the heat of the civil war. It is widely believed that the relationship broke off after Federal Troops bombed Aba General Hospital with NAF Napalm Bomb on July 14, 1968 killing more than 500 patients.

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Edith was said to have expressed disapproval with Gowon over the deliberate bombing of Biafran civilian soft targets and the romance was brought to an end. Prior to that, Edith Ike’s parents, though from Aro-Ndikelionwu in Orumba North Local Govt of Anambra State but lived in the north for over thirty years, relocated back to the East after the first wave of pogrom of 1966.

“The relationship was said to have produced a handsome young man with full name Jack Musa Ngonadi Gowon in 1968. Due to Edith’s constant unease at the indiscriminate murder of civilians, the relationship got frosty and ended towards the end of 1968. In 1969 Gowon married Miss Victoria Zakari, a nurse by profession. Gowon reportedly denied paternity of Musa.

“U.S. President Obama last month granted him state pardon after he had spent 22 years in prison. He is now in the custody of U.S. Immigration booked for deportation to Nigeria anytime from now.

“Igbo Mandate Congress also calls on the Federal Government to ensure that this boy is rehabilitated so that those evil memories of the civil war is not resurrected and used by desperate politicians.

“Igbo Mandate Congress also called on Igbos in the United States to assist to assist Musa Gowon Ngonadi because “he whom has been rejected should not reject himself.”

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“Igbo Mandate Congress also expresses gratitude to the United States President Barrack Obama for the pardon granted Musa Ngonadi Gowon in the spirit of reconciliation and demand good treatment of this man born under the contradictions of love, hate and an unnecessary civil war.”

The USA arrested arrested Musa, aka Jack Spencer in November 1992 for conspiring to import in excess of one kilogram of heroin. His arrest followed an intensive investigation into the recruitment of individuals in the Dallas area to smuggle heroin from source countries,1 such as Thailand or Burma, via non-source countries, such as Switzerland or Austria.


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