On this day in 1943, a former High-ranking Military Officer and de facto Vice-President in Muhamadu Buhari’s Military regime in Nigeria in 1984, Babatunde Abdulbaki Idiagbon, was born in Illorin, Kwara State, North-Central Nigeria.
He was a Nigerian Army major general who served as chief of staff at Supreme Headquarters from 1983 to 1985.
He was also a key member of Nigeria’s military governments between 1976 and 1979, serving as a military administrator of Borno State under General Olusegun Obasanjo’s military government.
Idiagbon attended United Primary School, Ilorin from 1950 to 1952 and Okesuna Senior Primary School, Ilorin, from 1953 to 1957.
He received his secondary education at the Nigeria Military School, Zaria between 1958 and 1962.
In 1962, Idiagbon joined the Nigerian Army by enrolling in the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC).
In February 1964, the college was renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
He rose steadily in the Army and held several important positions in his career including Director of manpower and planning, Army Headquarters in October 1979.
Prior to that period he was made Military Administrator of Bornu State in 1976.
In 1981, he attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos and in 1982 he attended the International Defence Management Course, Naval Postgraduate School in the United States.
He was the Nigeria Military Secretary from 1981 to 1983. Idiagbon was promoted to the rank of Major-General in 1985.
He was appointed Chief of Staff Defense Headquarters in January 1984.
He died on 24th March 1999 in Ilorin, Kwara state, in a mysterious circumstance aged 55.
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