Former Nigerian Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, yesterday owned up to fathering 48-year-old Musa Jack Ngodadi who was recently deported from the United States.
Gowon, 81, announced on Wednesday that a DNA test has proven that Musa Jack Ngodadi is his biological son bringing the 48-year-old paternity dispute over him to an end.
Musa, who had been in jail in the U.S. for 22 years, was one of those granted pardon by President Barrack Obama in 2015, cutting short the 40-year prison term he was to serve for alleged drug related crime of which he was found guilty on November 18, 1992. He returned to Nigeria on January 1, 2016, after been deported by U.S. Immigration officials.
Musa was the product of a love affair between General Gowon, then a military head of state, and the late public relations expert, Princess Edith Ike Okongwu. Edith was said to have ended her love affairs with the ex-military ruler over the Nigerian Civil War and how it was being prosecuted under Gowon’s watch.
It was gathered that she had left Nigeria with a pregnancy or with the child their romance had produced to settle in the U.S. after protesting the manner Nigerian troops had maimed and killed her fellow Igbos, under a government of a man she was in love with.
Gen. Gowon, who was then a bachelor got married to his present wife, Victoria and reportedly denied paternity of Musa.
Edith is said to have later returned to Nigeria after decades in the U.S. leaving behind Musa Gowon, who allegedly got involved with some Colombian drug dealers which eventually resulted in his arrest and jailing in 1992.
Edith died in 2003.
Below is Gen. Gowon’s press statement:
Following years of doubts and speculation, a DNA test was recently conducted to ascertain the paternity of Musa Gowon who recently returned to the country.
The results of the tests were conclusive and they confirm his paternity.
We, the family, are working to assist in his rehabilitation following a very difficult period in his life.
As we look forward to the future with faith in God, we request that our privacy be respected.Thank you.General Dr Yakubu Gowon GCFR