Lt. Gen. Joshua Mahamadu Hamidu
Date of Birth: 1936
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Place of Birth: Yendi
Lieutenant General Joshua Mahamadu Hamidu (1936 – 1 February 2021) was a distinguished Ghanaian military figure, politician, and diplomat, leaving a notable legacy in various sectors. His significant contributions encompassed roles as the Chief of Defence Staff and a member of the Supreme Military Council government. In addition to his military service, he showcased diplomatic skills as the Ghanaian High Commissioner to Zambia.
Prior to assuming key military and government positions, Hamidu served in diplomatic capacities, reflecting his versatility and leadership acumen. In 2001, he took on the role of National Security Advisor to the Kufuor government, demonstrating his expertise in national security affairs. His commitment to public service extended to chairing the Narcotics Control Board of Ghana and participating on various boards of the Bank of Ghana. Further highlighting his diplomatic career, he became Ghana's High Commissioner to Nigeria in 2005.
Despite facing allegations related to the tragic killing of the King of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Yakubu II, in March 2002, Hamidu was exonerated of any wrongdoing by the Wuaku Commission. This incident underscored the challenges and controversies that could accompany high-profile positions.
Lieutenant General Joshua Mahamadu Hamidu passed away on 1 February 2021 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, marking the conclusion of a distinguished career encompassing military service, diplomacy, and public administration.