General Lawrence Onoja
Former Military General
Date of Birth: 10/08/1947
Place of Birth: Idekpa
Education: St Francis College, Otukpo; St Augustine's Teachers' College, Lafia; Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna; MONS Officers Cadet School, Aldershot, United Kingdom, 1968; Warminster and Junior Staff College, UK, 1973; Oklahoma State University, United States, 1975-79.
Career: Accounts Clerk, Commercial Bank, 1967; Teacher, Nigerian Military Secondary School, Zaria, 1967-68; Commander, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Itu, 1967-70; Staff Officer, Army Headquarters, 1973-75; Instructor, Command and Staff College, Jaji, 1979-84; Military Defence Advisor, Nigerian Embassy, Cairo, Egypt, 1984-85; Principal Staff Officer, Lagos, 1985-86; Military Governor, Plateau State, 1986-87; Military Governor, Katsina State, 1988-89; retired from the military, 1998; prepared People's Democratic Party (PDP) blueprint, Way Forward, 2000; lost gubernatorial election to Akame, 2003; member, Umaru Yar'Adua/Goodluck Jonathan election team, 2007.
Commentary: Onoja was one of the ‘Babangida boys’, a group of young officers clustered around the former dictator while he was in power. He was also very close to the Abacha family. In June 2008, he learned he was one of a few politicians marked for assassination. An Idoma from Benue State, he was briefly arrested for participating in a coup plot against Sani Abacha.