Major General Godwin Osagie Abbe
Minister of Defence
Date of Birth: 10/01/1949
Place of Birth: Edo
Career: Military Governor, Akwa Ibom State, 1988-90; Director of Operations, Nigerian Army, 1993-94; General Commanding Officer, Nigerian Army, 1994-95; Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Commander, Nigerian Army, 1996-98; Commandant, National War College, 1998-99; Chairman, People's Democratic Party (PDP) Oredo Chapter, 1999-07; Minister of the Interior, 2007-09; Minister of Defence, 2009 to date.
Commentary: Godwin Abbe started an international incident when he said the amount of water produced yearly in Ghana was not sufficient to flush the toilets in Lagos; and that the amount spent on teachers in Ghana was less than in one region (the south-west) of Nigeria. Abbe was instrumental in the amnesty for the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) militants, escorting several of them on their trips to Aso Rock and meeting with Tompolo to persuade him to surrender, which he did on 4 October 2009. He became Minister of Defence after militants attacked Lagos’ Atlas Cove jetty in July 2009.