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2 Best Military Governors of Taraba State

Adeyemi Afolahan

Rear Admiral (retired) Adeyemi Ambrose Afolahan (born 26 December 1949) was appointed the first Administrator of Taraba State, Nigeria in August 1991 after the state was created from part of the old Gongola State during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. He handed over to the elected civilian governor Jolly Nyame in January 1992 at the start of the Nigerian Third Republic.

Afolahan was born on 26 December 1949 in Ibadan, Oyo State. He studied in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Posts included deputy commandant, National War College, Abuja, Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Naval Plans.

Speaking at a seminar in Lagos in May 2000, Afolahan called on Nigerian youths to abstain from sex or at least use condoms to ensure an AIDS-free society. He became Chairman of the Ila Orangun Unity Movement.

Yohanna Dickson

Colonel (rtd) Yohanna Dickson (28 December 1920 – 14 July 2015) was Administrator of Taraba State, Nigeria from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

In April 2001, Yohanna was named a member of the steering committee of the newly formed United Nigeria Development Forum (UNDF), a political group headed by several former military governors. In the April 2003 elections, Dickson was an unsuccessful candidate running on the United Nigeria People's Party (UNPP) platform for the Kaduna South senatorial seat.

Dickson challenged the result, saying the winner, Isaiah Balat of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), was not qualified to run for election.

Dickson later transferred to the PDP. In January 2009 he was appointed chairman of a seven-member disciplinary committee of the Kaduna State PDP chapter. He was appointed chairman of the Kaduna State Water Board. In August 2009, while inspecting a new water supply in the Zaria Regional Water Supply Scheme, Dickson said that the state would deal severely with contractors who failed to deliver on schedule and according to specifications.

Dickson died on 14 July 2015, aged 64, in Kaduna State, Nigeria.


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