First military governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson dies at 83

Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson, a retired Nigerian army brigadier-general and the first governor of Lagos state, is dead.

First military governor of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson dies at 83

Family sources disclosed that, Mobolaji Johnson died on yesterday, Wednesday around 4 pm.

Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson served as governor of Lagos between May 1967 and July 1975 during the military regime of Yakubu Gowon.

Johnson was born on February 9, 1936. His wife, Funmi, died in 2016 but he is survived by many children and several grandchildren.

His administration pioneered the building of major infrastructure in Lagos State. After he was appointed by Aguiyi-Ironsi as the administrator of of Lagos in 1966, he embarked on the reform of the state civil service and appointed some experienced and reputable technocrats to head some sensitive departments.

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When the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was inaugurated as Governor General, he commanded the military Guard of Honour at the Recce Course, now Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos.

He was a director of Julius Berger, and later the chairman of the construction giant, for several years.

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