Gen. Mobolaji Johnson is dead


Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (retd.)

First Military Governor of Lagos State, Brig. General Mobolaji Johnson (rtd) has died at the age of 83.

Quoting sources close to the development, NewsmakersNG reported that Johnson passed on about 4 pm. on Wednesday.

Johnson served as governor in Lagos State from May 1967 to July 1975 during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.

He also served as a director of Julius Berger Nigeria in 1979, and as its chairman in 1996. He held the post till 2009.

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

His father was of Egba heritage and was a member of the Royal West African Frontier Force during the World War II.

His grandfather’s last name was previously Osholero, but he changed it to Johnson after the priest who converted him to Christianity.

The Johnson family moved to Lagos during the early parts of the 20th century.

Johnson had five other siblings.

Mobolaji Johnson started his education at Reagan Memorial Baptist School, Yaba, in 1941. He then attended Hussey College, Warri, 1954.

In 1955, he moved to Methodist Boys High School Lagos, which his father also attended, and finished his secondary school education in 1957.

While in MBHS, Lagos, Mobolaji was a good all-round sports man.

In 1959, Mobolaji attended the Officer Cadet Training School in Ghana.

He also attended the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom, between 1960 and 1961.

At the end of the Biafra War, Mobolaji Johnson was among the federal delegates at the end-of-the-war ceremony.

In 1966, after the abortive coup d’etat that ended the First Republic, he became Military Administrator of then federal territory of Lagos, having been appointed by the nation’s first military head of state, Aguiyi-Ironsi.

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