Lagos State Government mourns death of First military Governor Mobolaji Johnson at 83

The first military governor of Lagos State,Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (Rtd), is dead


He died at the age of 83. Johnson was born on February 9, 1936.

His death was confirmed by his son, Deji, who said the retired general, who said the retired general, born on February 9, 1936, fought a long battle before he gave up the ghost on Wednesday.

He said, “I am afraid to break the news to you that we have lost our dad. He fought a long and hard battle; unfortunately he could not make it. He passed on this afternoon (Wednesday).

“We just want his legacy to outlive him and we want people to honour his memory in a way he would want to be honoured.”

The late Johnson served under a former Head of State, Maj. Gen. Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi as the military Administrator, and was appointed the military governor of Lagos State under the military regime of, Gen. Yakubu Gowon between May 28, 1967, and July 1975.  He is survived by three sons and a daughter.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the death. Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message signed by his spokesman Gboyega Akosile, described the late Gen. Johnson as a complete gentleman and officer. A dedicated Lagosian. Gen. Johnson contributed immensely to the building of major infrastructure in Lagos State and was involved in developing the civil service.

The governor recalled Gen. Johnson’s time in the saddle as the first military administrator from May 1967 to July 1975, when he brought visible infrastructural development to the state.

 ‘‘Although Gen. Mobolaji Johnson has gone to be with his Lord and creator, the memories of great accomplishments he left behind will linger on forever. One remembers how the late Gen. Johnson’s administration worked with other seasoned professionals to establish five Government Colleges and Housing estates, which were commissioned by the then Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, within one year of his administration. This, to me, is the hallmark of service and has remained a benchmark for successive administrations in the state.’’- He siad.

May his soul Rest In Peace.