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Chris Ali, ex-Army Chief of Staff dies in Lagos

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Gen Chris Ali

LAGOS – Major-General Chris Ali, a former Chief of Army Staff, is dead. He died in Lagos today (Sunday) at a military hospital. He was aged 79.

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 staff between Nov 1993 and August 1994.

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

He died in a military hospital in Lagos this morning during an undisclosed illness.

Amazon publishers records him this: Mohammed Chris Alli 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 state during a 2004 crisis in the state following ethno-religious killings in Shendam, Yelwa Local Government.

In this 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. (Metrowatchxtra)