The chief of army staff in the Second Republic during the Shehu Shagari presidency, Mohammed Wushishi is dead.
This was made known in a statement released by the Niger State Government on saturday’s evening.
In the statement,governor Abubakar Bello sympathised with the people of Wushishi Local Government Area, Kontagora Emirate and the entire people of Niger State over the demise of the retired general.
Mary Noel-Berje, media aide to the Niger governor, in the statement said the state government is working with his family to make funeral prayer arrangements
The governor said the government and people of Niger State are saddened by the demise of the former army chief who coordinated the activities of elder statesmen in the state and made immense contributions to the peace, growth and development of the state and Nigeria as a whole.
The official said the late general is survived by his wife, Kande Wushishi, and seven children – 4 men and 3 women – including the former commissioner for investment in the last administration in Niger State, Kabiru Wushishi.
Brief history of Mohammed Wushishi
Late Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi CFR GCON was a Nigerian Army Lieutenant General who served as Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigeria from October 1981 to October 1983 during the Nigerian Second Republic.
He was born on the 1st of January, 1940 in Wushishi North Nigeria and was of Nupe Muslims from Niger State.
Wushishi joined the army on 21 April 1961, and attended the Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna, and then the Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot in the United Kingdom.
He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on 12 January 1962. He later attended the United States War College, Carlisle,Pennsylvania.
He served as a member of the United Nations Peacekeeping force in Congo in the early 1960s. He was appointed Deputy Commandant, Army School of Infantry in July 1975.
He served as Federal Commissioner for Industries (January 1975 – March 1976) and was a member of the Supreme Military Council from 1976 to 1978.
He was Chief of Army Staff (COAS) from October 1981 to October 1983 during the Shehu Shagari administration.