mobolaji johnson dead
The late Mobolaji Johnson. Image: The Nation NG

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the death of the first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson (rtd).

Concise News reports that Mobolaji Johnson died on Wednesday night. He was born on February 9, 1936.

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President Buhari while reacting to the loss of the former governor, sent a condolence message to the family, government and people of Lagos State.

In a statement on Thursday signed by Femi Adesina, Buhari said: “The President commiserates with family members, friends, and associates of the former governor, who had a distinguished career in the Nigerian Army, starting out as a cadet in 1959 and retiring in 1975.

“As the first Governor of Lagos State, which was then the Federal Capital Territory, President Buhari affirms that Brigadier-General Johnson laid a solid foundation for the development of infrastructure in the state and provided a good framework for the civil service.

“The President notes that the late Johnson’s footprints in promoting education and building a durable health system will always be remembered.

“President Buhari prays that the almighty God will accept the soul of the departed while calling on all leaders of the state and citizens to uphold the legacies of discipline and selfless service bequeathed by Brigadier-General Johnson.”

Mobolaji Johnson was appointed as the military Administrator by the military Head of State Major Gen. Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi. He was later appointed as the governor of Lagos State by his successor Gen. Yakubu Gowon.

Mobolaji was the Lagos governor between 1966 and 1975 when he was compulsorily retired by former Head of State Gen. Murtala Mohammed.

He retired from Nigerian Army in 1975 and went into private business, becoming a director with the construction giant Julius Berger.