General Murtala Muhammed

General Murtala Muhammed, was the Nigerian Head of State from July 1976 to February 1976. He was born on the 8th of November 1938 in the Kurawa Quarters of Kano City. He enrolled into the Nigerian Army after high school, and trained at Sandhurst Royal Academy, the Catterick School of Signals, and the Joint Services' Staff College, all in England.

General Muhammed served in the Nigerian contingent to the United Nations' Peace Keeping Force to Congo, and on his return, returned to the Signals Corp of the Nigerian Army. During the Nigerian civil war, he was the first General Officer Commanding, Second Infantry Division. After the civil war, General Muhammed returned as head of the Signals Corp, but later served as a Commissioner in the military government. On 29th July, 1975, he was named Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces following a military coup.

It was during his short stay in power that the committee on a new federal capital was set up. The findings of which led to the change of the Federal capital from Lagos to Abuja.

He was assassinated on the 13th of February, 1976 in an abortive coup.

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