Musa Usman

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Musa Usman
Governor, North-Eastern State, Nigeria
In office
28 May 1967 – July 1975
Preceded byHassan Katsina
(Northern Region)
Succeeded byMuhammadu Buhari

Brigadier (air force) Musa Usman was the first governor of North-Eastern State, Nigeria from May 1967 to July 1975 after the state had been formed from part of Northern Region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.[1]

Usman attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England gaining his commission in 1962.[2] Major Usman was a participant in the July 1966 coup when Major General Aguiyi Ironsi was overthrown, replaced by General Yakubu Gowon.[3] Appointed governor of North-East State in May 1967, Usman initiated construction of the Ashaka cement factory, eventually opened on 19 July 1979 by Major-General Shehu Musa Yar'Adua.[4] In 1975 he participated in friendly negotiations with Cameroon to settle the border between that country and Nigeria.[5] He was a cautious supporter of the principle that the military government should hand over to civilian rule in 1976.[6]

After retirement, he was allocated a residence in the prestigious Jabi Street area of Kaduna.[7] Usman later became a director of the Bank of the North.[8]


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