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Mohammed Chris Alli
Governor of Plateau State

In office
August 1985 – 1986
Preceded by Samuel Atukum
Succeeded by Lawrence Onoja
Chief of Army Staff

In office
November 1993 – August 1994
Preceded by Aliyu Mohammed Gusau
Succeeded by Alwali Kazir
Governor of Plateau State

In office
18 May 2004 – 18 November 2004
Preceded by Joshua Dariye
Succeeded by Joshua Dariye
Personal details
Born December 1944
Koton-Karfe Kogi State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Service/branch Flag of the Nigerian Army Headquarters.svg Nigerian Army
Rank Major General
Commands Commander, 3rd Infantry Brigade, Kano

Mohammed Chris Alli (born December 1944) is a retired Nigerian Army major general who served as Chief of Army Staff from 1993 to 1994 under General Sani Abacha's regime and was military governor of Plateau State Nigeria from August 1985 to 1986 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. Many years later, he was appointed interim administrator of the state during a 2004 crisis in the state following ethno-religious killings in Shendam, Yelwa Local Government.[1][2]

Military career

On February 13, 1976, army coup plotters assassinated the then head of state, General Murtala Mohammed. Alli was investigated for involvement in the coup attempt, but was exonerated.[3] General Ibrahim Babangida appointed Alli military governor of Plateau State from August 1985 to 1986.[1] During the attempted coup against General Ibrahim Babangida by Major Gideon Orkar on 22 April 1990, Colonel Alli was commander of the 3rd Infantry Brigade in Kano. He instructed several army commanders to make counter-broadcasts, as he did himself. The attempted coup failed.[4] After the coup in November 1993, when President Ernest Shonekan was ousted by General Sani Abacha, Alli was appointed Chief of the Army Staff.[5] Abacha dismissed him from this post in August 1994.<refk name=td314/>

Later career

In May 2004, Plateau state erupted in sectarian violence, which spilled over to Kano State.[6] It was reported that over 50,000 people had died.[7] President Olusegun Obasanjo declared emergency rule in the state and suspended Governor Joshua Dariye and the state assembly, appointing Alli as administrator.[6] Alli quickly developed the Plateau Peace Program, involving dialog between religious, ethnic and community leaders, and a statewide peace conference. He also gave an amnesty to holders of weapons and a reward for their turning in their arms.[8] Alli's measures were successful in calming the situation, and he handed back to civilian rule in November 2004.[6]


  • M. Chris Alli (2001). The Federal Republic of Nigerian Army: the siege of a nation. Malthouse Press. ISBN 978-023-127-7. 

See also

  • List of Governors of Plateau State


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nigeria: States". Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  2. Lanre Isa-Onilu (19 May 2004). "Chris Alli, the Man, the General". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  3. Max Siollun (2009). Oil, politics and violence: Nigeria's military coup culture (1966-1976). Algora Publishing. p. 214. ISBN 0-87586-708-1. 
  4. Nowa Omoigui. "The Orkar Coup of April 22, 1990". Dawodu. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  5. Nowa Omoigui. "Nigeria: The Palace Coup of November 17, 1993 Part 1". Dawodu. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Mahmud Jega (October 22, 2006). "A Nation in Crisis". Weekly Trust. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  7. "Nigerian clashes: '50,000 killed'". BBC News. 7 October 2004. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  8. Carina Tertsakian (2005). "Revenge in the name of religion: Nigeria : the cycle of violence in Plateau and Kano States,". Human Rights Watch Volume 17, Issue 8. Human Rights Watch. p. 50. 

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