About Gen. Diya

Donaldson Oladipo Diya, the Asiwaju of Odogbolu is a retired Lt. General in the Nigerian Army. He was appointed Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985. As Chief of the General Staff, he was the de facto Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the Sani Abacha military junta from 1994 to 1997

The Odogbolu-born General was educated at Methodist Primary School, Lagos; Odogbolu Grammar School, Ogun state; and then at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

Oladipo Diya is a man of many firsts: he was the first set of students at the Odogbolu Grammar school. He was the first set of Cadet to be admitted into the NDA, Kaduna. He was the first Military Governor of Ogun state; the first Commandant National War College, among others.

A scholar per excellence, a professional soldier, quintessential administrator and a brilliant lawyer, Diya studied Law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (while serving in the Military)- where he obtained an LLB degree at the Nigerian Law School. He was subsequently called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Gen. Diya had an amazing, fledgling and prosperous military career. He was Commander 31, Airborne Brigade; appointed Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985; General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Nigeria Army in 1985; Commandant, National War college (1991–1993); Chief of Defence Staff. He crowned an illustrious career with his appointment in 1993 as Chief of General Staff ( Military Vice President) and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994.

Gen. Oladipo Diya who turned 74 today is a philanthropist, community builder and an elder statesman. His undying passion for philanthropy is the reason behind the Donaldson Oladipo Diya Foundation.

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