Raji Rasaki

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Raji Alagbe Rasaki
Military Governor of Ogun State
In office
1986 – December 1987
Preceded by Oladayo Popoola
Succeeded by Mohammed Lawal
Military Governor of Ondo State
In office
17 December 1987 – July 1988
Preceded by Ekundayo Opaleye
Succeeded by Bode George
Military Governor of Lagos State
In office
1988–1991
Preceded by Navy Captain Mike Akhigbe
Succeeded by Michael Otedola
Personal details
Born (1947-01-07) January 7, 1947 (age 70)
Ibadan
Spouse(s) Fatimat Olufunke RajiI-Rasaki

Brigadier General Raji Alagbe Rasaki (born January 7, 1947) is a retired Nigerian military officer who was military governor in turn of Ogun State, Ondo State and Lagos State between 1986 and 1991 during the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.[1]

Background[edit]

Raji Alagbe Rasaki was born on January 7, 1947 in Ibadan), He attended Nigerian Military School, Zaria for his secondary education and then the Nigerian Defence Academy where he was commissioned an officer in the Nigerian Army. He held many command and staff positions: he was Adjutant, Lagos Garrison Signal Regiment (1970–1971), Commanding Officer Second Signal Regiment, Commander Signal Support Brigade (1978–1979), Commander Army Signal Corps, Commander Army Headquarters Garrison & Signal Group.[citation needed]

Military governor[edit]

Raji Rasaki was a one time military governor of Ogun State, 1986-87 before his re-deployment to the nation's economic nerve center, Lagos State, becoming that state’s military governor in 1988. Soon after, he embarked on a massive demolition exercise of illegal structures to rid the State of shanties. That singular act resulted in the re-vitalization of Lagos, and a boom in the real estate market.[citation needed]. It also earned him the nickname of "acsion governor" (action governor), a mockery of the way in which he referred to himself.

A member of the armed forces ruling council; he gained national prominence during the April 22, 1990 unsuccessful coup against the Ibrahim Babangida regime. The plotters led by the late Major Gideon Orkar had attempted to overrun the then seat of the Federal Government; Dodan Barracks, and in that process killing Babangida’s Aide de Camp, Major U.K.Bello. Late Major Orkar had announced many far-reaching declarations, which included radical restructuring of the federation bordering on the excision of five core northern States until the coup was foiled by officers loyal to Babangida. The first announcement to this effect came from the then military governor of Lagos state, Col. Raji Rasaki who declared in a radio broadcast that the rebellion was already being contained.[citation needed]

Later career[edit]

Following his retirement from the army, Rasaki wrote several policy papers and memoirs. In addition he pursued a career as a statesman; participating in numerous conferences and forums. As a public speaker, he addressed audiences across the country and abroad. In 2005 he joined the Nigerian Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

In 2016 he celebrated 40 years of marriage to Senator Fatimat Olufunke RajiI-Rasaki.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nigeria States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ Ex-Gov. Raji Rasaki And Wife, Fatima Open Up On Their 40 Year Marriage, Tayo Fajorin-Oyediji, CityPeopleNG.eng, Retrieved 14 February 2016