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Fact Check: Is General Yakubu Gowon Dead? All You Need To Know

Fact Check: Is General Yakubu Gowon Dead? All You Need To Know

Social media has been awash with the news of General Yakubu Gowon’s supposed demise, with numerous posts and tweets mourning the loss. A particular post on Twitter (direct link) showcased a picture of General Yakubu Gowon with the dates 1934-2023, insinuating that he had passed away.

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“The great leader General Yakubu Gowon has passed away, leaving a legacy that will never be forgotten,” the post read. “His role during the Nigerian Civil War and efforts in reconciliation post-war have left an indelible mark on Nigeria’s history.” This post quickly gained traction, garnering over 500 shares and numerous comments mourning the loss.

a social media post claiming General Yakubu Gowon's death
A social media post claiming General Yakubu Gowon’s death

Our Investigation

Given the gravity of such news, we at MandyNews.com set out to verify the accuracy of these claims. Our investigation revealed that the claims were false. It was not General Yakubu Gowon who had died, but Samuel Gowon, former Vice Chancellor of Niger-Delta University.

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The Mix-Up

The confusion seemed to stem from the similarity in surnames. Samuel Gowon’s passing was misinterpreted as General Yakubu Gowon’s, setting off a chain reaction of false information across social media platforms.


The spread of such misinformation can have serious repercussions. It causes unnecessary panic and sorrow among the populace, and also undermines the credibility of information shared on social media platforms.

  • Misinformation Spread: False news travels fast, especially on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Impact on Families: Such misinformation can be distressing for the families involved.
  • Trust Erosion: Continuous spread of false information erodes trust in online news sources.


We reached out to sources close to General Yakubu Gowon, who confirmed that the former Head of State is indeed alive and well. This misinformation highlights the importance of verifying news before sharing it, especially on sensitive topics like death.

Fact Check: Is General Yakubu Gowon Dead? All You Need To Know
Fact Check: Is General Yakubu Gowon Dead? All You Need To Know


In an era where news spreads quickly, particularly false news, the necessity of fact-checking cannot be overstated. The claims of General Yakubu Gowon’s death are false. We urge everyone to verify information before sharing it on social media platforms.

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