Chris Alli was a Nigerian Army major general who served as the 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. He was also appointed as the interim administrator of Plateau State in 2004 during a crisis that claimed thousands of lives. He died in 2023 at the age of 78. This article will explore his biography, early life, career, personal life, and net worth.
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Full name: Mohammed Chris Alli
Born: 1st December, 1944
Died: 19th November, 2023
Age: 79 years
Marital status: Married
Education: National Defence College
Occupation: Military personnel
Chris Alli Biography and Early Life
Chris Alli was born on December 1, 1944, in Koton-Karfe, Kogi State, Nigeria. He was raised in a military family in Benin City, where his father was a World War II veteran who served in the Royal West African Frontier Force. He attended the Nigerian Military School in Zaria and later went on to study at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna. He also attended the Command and Staff College in Jaji and the National Defence College in Abuja.
Alli began his military career in 1968 when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army. He served in various capacities in the Nigerian Army, including as the Director of Military Intelligence and as the Commander of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command. He also served as the Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia from 1996 to 1998.
Alli was involved in several coups and counter-coups in Nigeria’s history. On February 13, 1976, he was investigated for involvement in the coup attempt that assassinated General Murtala Mohammed, but he was exonerated. During the attempted coup against General Ibrahim Babangida by Major Gideon Orkar on April 22, 1990, he was the commander of the 3rd Infantry Brigade in Kano and instructed several army commanders to make counter-broadcasts, as he did himself. The attempted coup failed.
After the coup in November 1993, when President Ernest Shonekan was ousted by General Sani Abacha, Alli was appointed Chief of the Army Staff. He held this position until August 1994, when he was dismissed by Abacha.
In May 2004, Plateau State erupted in sectarian violence, which spilled over to Kano State. It was reported that over 50,000 people had died. President Olusegun Obasanjo declared emergency rule in the state and suspended Governor Joshua Dariye and the state assembly, appointing Alli as administrator. Alli quickly developed the Plateau Peace Program, involving dialogue 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. Alli’s measures were successful in calming the situation, and he handed back to civilian rule in November 2004.
Alli is known for his distinguished military career and his contributions to the Nigerian Army. He was awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) in 1994 for his service to Nigeria. He was also awarded the United Nations Medal for his service as the Commander of ECOMOG.
Alli was married and had children. He was known for his love of luxury cars and had a collection that included a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and a BMW 7 Series. He also owned a house in Abuja.
Alli died on November 19, 2023, at the Military Hospital located in Lagos State, Nigeria. The government identified the cause of death as a result of a brief illness.
Alli’s net worth has been a topic of much speculation. It is estimated that his net worth in US dollars is around $5 million. In Nigerian naira, his net worth is around ₦5 billion.