Patrick Aziza

Major-General Patrick Aziza (23 December 1947 – 16 August 2014) was the first military Governor of Kebbi State, Nigeria after it was split off from Sokoto State on 27 August 1991 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.[1]

Nigerian politician and general
Patrick Aziza
Governor of Kebbi State
In office
28 August 1991  January 1992
Preceded by Bashir Salihi Magashi
(Sokoto State)
Succeeded by Abubakar Musa
Minister of Communications
In office
.  August 1998
Succeeded by Air Vice Marshal Cannes Umenwaliri
Minister of Commerce and Tourism
In office
22 August 1998  May 1999
Succeeded by Mustapha Bello
Personal details
Born (1947-12-23)23 December 1947
Okpe, Delta State
Died 16 August 2014(2014-08-16) (aged 66)
Abuja, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Branch/service Nigerian Army
Rank Major General
Commands Brigade Commander, Amphibious Brigade, Calabar

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Aziza was born in Okpe local Government Area in Delta State on 23 December 1947.[2] He was raised in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. He went to Ibadan for his secondary education before joining the army and participating in the Nigerian Civil War (1967–1970). Aziza then attended the Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna, graduating in 1970. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant and promoted to lieutenant in 1970, and was posted to the 3rd Marine Commando. In 1971, he was promoted to captain. He was appointed ADC to the Chief of Army Staff, Major General David Ejoor. In 1974, he attended the Advanced School of Infantry in Fort Benning, United States for a 12-month course.[3]

Aziza was posted to Warri as a battalion commander, then promoted and posted to Kano as brigade major. He attended the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1978–1979), and was then posted to Army Headquarters responsible for movement and planning. In this role he handled troop movement planning for the Nigerian contingent in the United Nations’ operations, UNIFIL, in Lebanon. Aziza served in the Provisional Ruling Council.[3]

Aziza was the Brigade Commander of the Amphibious Brigade in Calabar when he was appointed the first military administrator of Kebbi State, holding office from 28 August 1991 to January 1992, when he handed over to the elected civilian governor Abubakar Musa at the start of the aborted Nigerian Third Republic.[1]

Aziza was a member of the group of officers that planned the coup in which General Sani Abacha took power.[4] He was Chairman of the Special Military Tribunal that convicted Olusegun Obasanjo and Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua for involvement in an alleged 1995 coup plot.[5] He was also head of a tribunal that tried six journalists for treason, based on publishing accounts of the coup. The trials were swift and the conclusion appeared to be decided in advance.[6]

Aziza served as communications minister in the military regime of General Sani Abacha. In this role he revoked the licenses of 12 companies that had earlier been given the go-ahead to provide various telecommunications services.[7] In March 1998, Aziza said that Nigeria was seeking six billion U.S. dollars to “meet our immediate requirements of over three million telephone lines and 200,000 cellular lines.”[8] He was appointed Minister of Commerce and Tourism during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.[9]

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