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Dipo Diya rolls out drum at 75



Dipo Diya rolls out drum at 75

Lt. General Oladipupo Diya recently added another year to clock 75. With a lot of achievements to show for his earthly sojourn and the miraculous way he escaped death some years back, the Odogbolu, Ogun State-born decided to go all out to celebrate. A lot of eminent Nigerians stormed Lagos, penultimate weekend to felicitate and show gratitude to God on behalf of the birthday boy. Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, led array of important personalities to grace the occasion.


Lieutenant General Oladipo Diya was born on April 3, 1944 to the late High Chief Michael Oyetola Diya and late Chief (Mrs.) Racheal Tanimowo Diya. He was enrolled in Yaba Methodist School in January 1949 for his primary education and completed it in 1956.


He moved to Odogbolu Grammar School where he finished 1962. He started his military career in 1963 when he was admitted to Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA), Kaduna. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in March 1967. He thereafter rose to different positions in the Army. He was appointed Military Governor of Ogun State in January, 1984. In August 1985, he became a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) and was appointed Commandant, National War College.


In 1993, he became Chief of Defense Staff, and the same year, he was appointed the Chief of General Staff and Vice-Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council (PRC) that is Military Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria



General Diya took time off to study Law at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Ahmadu Bello Univerity, Zaira respectively. In 1996, General Diya obtained a Doctorate Degree in Law (Honoris Causa) from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

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