TYD @ 80: Danjuma’s longevity celebrated with historic resonance


LAGOS—CEREMONIES to celebrate retired Chief of Army Staff and one-time Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma’s 80th birthday were at the top of the Lagos social scene last Saturday. Commencing with a crowded thanksgiving service held in Cathedral Church of Christ at the Marina and culminating with a lavish open air reception at the Eko Atlantic City construction site at Bar Beach the event served not only to celebrate the General’s longevity but also to recollect his central role in Nigeria’s post-independence history.

Theophilus Danjuma,

Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon and his wife Victoria were clearly regarded as the seminal guests of the celebrant throughout the day as they joined General Danjuma and his wife Daisy on the front row in the church along with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

This might have served to remind many observers of the…

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