Former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, retd; yesterday owned up to fathering a love child with the late public relations expert, Princess Edith Ike Okongwu, bringing to an end the 48-year-old paternity dispute over Musa Gowon.
NewsWireNGR recalls that Musa Gowon. Musa, not too long returned to Nigeria at the end of last year, after about 23 years in a United States prison, was acknowledged by Gen. Gowon upon the report of a conclusive DNA test.
Musa had spent years in a US jail for drug-related offences.?
Gowon issued a statement stating: “Following years of doubt and speculation, a DNA test was 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 difficult period in his life.
“As we look forward to the future with faith in God, we request that our privacy be respected?.”
In 2003, while in US custody he lost his mother, a leading socialite in Nigeria who was also a one-time public relations manager of Guinness Nigeria Plc.
Both the former Head of State and Okongwu were friends in the 60s.
Gowon later married Victoria Zakari, a nurse, on April 19, 1969.