A prominent Politician and distinguished Abusite who is the first civilian governor of old Borno State, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, has died at the age of 78 from an undisclosed illness.
Who is Mohammed Goni?
He was born in 1942 in Kareto, Mobbar local government area of Borno State. He attended Maiduguri Middle School (1953–55), Borno Provincial Secondary School (1956–61), Provincial Secondary School, Kano (1962-63) and the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria (1964–87), where he gained a BA (Administration), specialising in international affairs.
Goni was elected as the first civilian governor of the former Borno State on the platform of the Great Nigeria Peoples Party (GNPP) in 1979 and was in office from October 1979 to September 1983.
The deceased in 1977 worked with the Nigerian National Supply Company while in April 1979, he resigned from the company and joined politics of the Second Republic.
Goni was elected as the first civilian governor of the former Borno State, on the platform of the Great Nigeria Peoples Party (GNPP) and was in office from October 1979 till September 1983. He was also part of the Progressives Coalition led by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
He founded the Borno Radio Television (BRTV) to counter the propaganda of the federal government owned at that time.
In retrospect, his period of office was considered one of achievements when compared with his successors.
Before the 1983 elections, Goni decamped to the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), running unsuccessfully for reelection against the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP) candidate Sheikh Jarma.
In the case of Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) v Alhadji Mohammed Goni (1983), the Supreme Court of Nigeria condemned cross-carpeting by political officeholders.
In his later career life, Goni contested the April 2003 general elections on the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP) platform as vice presidential candidate with former Anambra State governor, Chief Jim Nwobodo as the presidential candidate and lost
In January 2011 he was elected by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegate in Borno State and as its governorship candidate in the April 2011 elections. He also lost in the race.