Mobolaji Johnson, first military governor of Lagos, dies at 83

Mobolaji Johnson, first military governor of Lagos, dies at 83

The sun has set for Brig-Gen. Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson, the first military governor of Lagos state, who on Wednesday, October 30, died at the age of 83.

According to The Nation, the late Johnson's son Deji, confirmed that the retired soldier passed on today.

Here is a brief history of the late Johnson

He was born on February 9, 1936, to the family of Joshua Motola Johnson and his wife, Gbemisola Johnson (née Dudley-Coker).

The late Johnson was appointed as the military administrator by the military head of state, Major Gen. Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi.

Gen. Yakubu Gowon who succeeded Ironsi appointed him as governor of Lagos state. Johnson was in office between May 28, 1967 and July 1975.

He retired from the Nigerian Army in 1975 and went into private business. He became a director of Julius Berger Nigeria in 1979 and its chairman in 1996. He held the position until 2009.

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Meanwhile, recall that had reported that the only surviving wife of Nigeria's first prime minister, late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Hajiya Jummai Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, died.

Before her death, she was discharged from an Indian hospital after she went to seek medical attention for her heart disease.

Hajiya Hajara Yakubu Wanka, granddaughter of the late Balewa confirmed the development. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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