Abdullahi Mohammed

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Abdullahi Mohammed
Governor of Benue-Plateau State, Nigeria
In office
July 1975 – March 1976
Preceded byJoseph Gomwalk
Succeeded byAbdullahi Shelleng (Benue)
Dan Suleiman (Plateau)
Director General of the National Security Organization
In office
1976 – October 1979
Succeeded byUmaru Shinkafi
National Security Adviser, Nigeria
In office
June 1998 – May 1999
Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria
In office
May 1999 – 2 June 2008
Succeeded byGbolade Osinowo
Personal details
Alma materRoyal Military Academy, Sandhurst
Military service
AllegianceFederal Republic of Nigeria
Branch/serviceFlag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Years of service1958–1979
RankMajor General

Abdullahi Mohammed is a retired Nigerian Army Major General, who served as Chief of Staff to Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, National Security Adviser to General Abdusalami Abubakar, Director General of the National Security Organization, and Governor of Benue-Plateau State, Nigeria from July 1975 to February 1976 during the military regime of General Murtala Mohammed.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Mohammed was born in Ilorin. Mohammed was Director of Military Intelligence in July 1975, and formed and executed the plan with other colonels including Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, Joseph Nanven Garba, Muhammadu Buhari and Ibrahim Taiwo to depose General Yakubu Gowon, after which they transferred power to General Murtala Muhammed as head of state.[2][3] Immediately after the coup, he was appointed Governor of Benue Plateau State.[4]

After Olusegun Obasanjo had taken over control, he recalled Mohammed in March 1976 and appointed him to the Supreme Military Council as Director General of the Nigeria Security Organisation with the additional responsibility for police security.[5] Later he was made director of military intelligence. After General Olusegun Obasanjo handed over to elected civilians at the start of the Nigerian Second Republic in 1979, Muhammed retired from the army. He went into private business, becoming managing director of Atoto Press in Ilorin.[6]

In 1998, General Abdusalami Abubakar who took over as head of state after the unexpected death of General Sani Abacha, appointed Muhammed as national security adviser. His successor, President Olusegun Obasanjo made Muhammed his chief of staff, and President Umaru Yar'Adua re-appointed Muhammed as Chief of Staff when he assumed office on May 29, 2007. Mohammed resigned as of 2 June 2008.[6]


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  2. ^ Nowa Omoigui. "Military Rebellion of July 29, 1975: The coup against Gowon - Part 9". Dawodu. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  3. ^ Ebenezer Babatope (7 November 2004). "Nigeria's Quest for Stability: The Challenges Ahead (3)". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  4. ^ Max Siollun (2009). Oil, politics and violence: Nigeria's military coup culture (1966-1976). Algora Publishing. p. 233. ISBN 0-87586-708-1.
  5. ^ S. K. Panter-Brick, Simone K. Panter-Brick (1978). Soldiers and oil: the political transformation of Nigeria. Routledge. p. 89. ISBN 0-7146-3098-5.
  6. ^ a b Juliana Taiwo (2008-05-30). "Yar'Adua's Chief of Staff, Mohammed, Resigns". ThisDay). Retrieved 2010-05-15.