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Sanwo-Olu renames Onikan Stadium after Mobolaji Johnson


Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has named the newly constructed Onikan Stadium after a former military governor of the state, the late Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (retd.).



Sanwo-Olu made the pronouncement on Tuesday during an event organised to celebrate the late Johnson.



He described the deceased as a man who saw the future and worked “to achieve the Lagos of our dreams.”



Johnson passed away in his Ilupeju country home on October 30, at the age of 83.



The governor said the late military administrator’s selflessness in service and excellent achievements had been a source of inspiration to successive leaders in Lagos.



He said, “In whatever role we knew him, the first and longest-serving military administrator of Lagos State stood out as a special person for his leadership and charismatic personality. If anyone was qualified to be addressed as ‘an officer and a gentleman,’ it was Brigadier General Johnson. Despite his imposing frame, he was as gentle as a dove.



“He never threw his weight around, even though he was a man of power. As a man of authority, he was never authoritarian. Though a soldier, he never ruled with an iron hand; he was compassionate.”



The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, described the deceased as “a servant leader and a man of incorruptible character.”



Tinubu noted that the late Johnson, despite being a military administrator, put the people at the cornerstone of his administration and economic policies.



“Just as he had a great exploit in the army, his retirement was also solid. He lived a life of principle and contentment. He ran a clean and honest administration,” he added.
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