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Idiagbon Babatunde

Idiagbon Babatunde




Babatunde "Tunde" Abdulbaki Idiagbon, born on September 14, 1943, in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, was a prominent Nigerian general known for his service in various military capacities.

Idiagbon began his military journey at the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) in 1962, later attending the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul (PMA Kakul), where he obtained a bachelor's degree in economics. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1965, he swiftly rose through the ranks, serving in different roles such as company commander, intelligence officer, and commanding officer during the Nigerian Civil War.

His military career saw him hold significant positions, including brigade commander and director of manpower (manning) and planning, Army Headquarters. Idiagbon's dedication to military service led to his appointment as the military administrator of Borno State from 1978 to 1979.

In December 1983, General Muhammadu Buhari appointed Idiagbon as his second-in-command, the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters. During his tenure, Idiagbon played a crucial role in implementing various government policies, including the War Against Indiscipline and initiatives to combat corruption and economic sabotage.

Under Idiagbon's leadership, the government introduced a new currency, tightened currency exchange policies, and implemented import substitution industrialization to stimulate local industries. He also spearheaded initiatives like the Go Back to Land Programme, aimed at boosting agricultural production and alleviating poverty.

In matters of foreign policy, Idiagbon took charge of security-related issues, including border control and diplomatic engagements. Despite his contributions, the Buhari regime was overthrown in a military coup led by Ibrahim Babangida in August 1985. Idiagbon was subsequently placed under house arrest for three years before retiring to his hometown of Ilorin.

Idiagbon's personal life included his marriage to Biodun Idiagbon in 1970, with whom he had five children. On March 24, 1999, he passed away under suspicious circumstances.

Throughout his career, Major-General Idiagbon received several awards and medals in recognition of his service and dedication to Nigeria's military.


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