(b. 1934) Nigerian general and statesman, head of state 1966–75
Nigerian general and statesman, head of state (1966–75). He seized power in 1966, ousting the leader of an earlier military coup. Following the Biafran civil war (1967–70) he maintained a policy of ‘no victor, no vanquished’ that helped to reconcile the warring factions. Gowon was himself removed in a military coup in 1975.
Subjects: Social sciences