Lagos - Former Nigeria President, Yakubu Gowon,
has lauded the late Niger head of state, Hamani Diori, for helping establish
solidarity among African countries.
Speaking in Niamey, Niger at an event to commemorate 100
years since the birth of Diori.
Gowon said Diori played a key role particularly in the
formation of African Union and Economic Community of West African States but
most importantly the role he played in assisting Nigeria during its civil war.
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Gowon is among a number of Nigerians that Niger honoured in
Niamey for enhancing harmonious relations between the two countries.
Others are late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Alhaji
Aminu Dantata and Danmasanin of Kano, Maitama Sule.
Diori was born in June 1916 and died in April 1989.
He became president of Niger Republic in 1960 when the
country gained independence and was in power until 1974.
- CAJ News