By Basil Chiji Okafor
The first military Governor of Lagos State, retired Brigadier-General Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson, has died. He was aged 83 years.
According to news reports confirmed by his son, Deji, the retired general died a few hours ago.
Born on February 9, 1936, the late Mobolaji Johnson was appointed military Governor of Lagos State by General Yakubu Gowon and he served the state from May 1967, to July, 1975. He was first appointed military Administrator of Lagos State in 1966, by the then military Head-of-State, Major-General J. T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi.
The tenure of Brigadier-General Johnson witnessed a rise in the building of infrastructure in Lagos State, but he would also be remembered for his government’s unpopular decision to demolish the Ajele Cemetery, back in the early 1970s.
Mobolaji Johnson would also be remembered for not being tainted with corruption. After he was compulsorily retired by the late General Murtala Mohammed, following a coup that ousted General Gowon and brought the latter to power, Johnson and his Western State counterpart, Brigadier-General Oluwole Rotimi, were the only two governors not indicted by a panel commissioned by General Mohammed, to investigate corruption.