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Former Chief of Army Staff, Plateau military governor is dead


Former Chief of Army Staff, Plateau military governor is dead

Maj-Gen Chris Ali, a former Chief of Army Staff, has died at the age of 79. He died at a military hospital in Lagos State on Sunday.

The late army general was governor of Plateau State on two different occasions.

He first served as military governor of the state between August 1985 to 1986.

He was Chief of Army Staff between November 1993 and August 1994.

Born on December 1, 1944 in Koton Karfe in Kogi State, General Ali, served briefly as Governor of Plateau State between May 18, 2004 and November 2004, when President Olusegun Obasanjo declared a state of emergency on the state.

Mohammed Chris Ali is a retired Nigerian Army Major General who served as Chief of Army Staff from 1993 to 1994 under General Sanni Abacha’s regime and was military governor of Plateau State Nigeria from August 1985 to 1986 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Many years later, he was appointed interim administrator of the Plateau State during a 2004 crisis in the state following ethno-religious killings in Shendam Local Government.

In an anthology, organised as a symposium on Mohammed Christopher Alli’s work, he is identified as one of those critical and rational thinkers, philosophers, albeit, a General in the Nigerian Army, whose work finds a befitting logical space in the contemporary African philosophical tapestry.

The book also captures the elements of military misrule in Nigeria and its undue influence on the body polity; it is a critical survey of past military misadventures, and a satire against false federalism, it is a firm warning against future corruption and impunity in the military.

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