Murtala Mohammed

1938 - 1976

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Murtala Ramat Muhammed (8 November 1938 – 13 February 1976) was a Nigerian general who led the Northern counter-coup forces in overthrowing the Republic of Nigeria and featured prominently during the Nigerian Civil War and thereafter ruled over Nigeria from 30 July 1975 until his assassination on 13 February 1976. This period in Nigerian history, from the Northern counter-coup victory to Murtala's death, is commonly associated with the institutionalization of the military in politics. Born in Kano, into a ruling-class religious family, Murtala served in the Nigerian Army as a cadet in the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Murtala Mohammed has received more than 614,992 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Murtala Mohammed is the 12,009th most popular politician (down from 11,520th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Nigeria (up from 27th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Nigerian Politician.

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Among politicians, Murtala Mohammed ranks 12,009 out of 15,710Before him are Miguel Barragán, Panagis Tsaldaris, Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi, Jens Christian Christensen, Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester, and Publius Sempronius Tuditanus. After him are Enrique Barón Crespo, Jo Cals, Al Smith, Jagat Gosain, Valentin Mankin, and Palden Thondup Namgyal.

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Among people born in 1938, Murtala Mohammed ranks 316Before him are Victor Buono, Duane Eddy, Rafael Osuna, Betty Cuthbert, Werner Olk, and Jon Sobrino. After him are Valentin Mankin, Bart Berman, Gavino Ledda, Simone de Oliveira, Klaus Hänsch, and Waheeda Rehman. Among people deceased in 1976, Murtala Mohammed ranks 147Before him are Gina Bachauer, Viggo Kampmann, Veikko Huhtanen, Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Hamit Kaplan, and Bertha Lutz. After him are Edith Evans, Alfred Landé, Pál Turán, Armen Ohanian, Clarice Benini, and Ivo Van Damme.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Murtala Mohammed ranks 26 out of 200Before him are Goodluck Jonathan (1957), Yakubu Gowon (1934), C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933), Abdullah al-Thani (1954), Ibrahim Babangida (1941), and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977). After him are Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904), Nwankwo Kanu (1976), Taribo West (1974), Rashidi Yekini (1963), Abdulsalami Abubakar (1942), and Emmanuel Amunike (1970).

Among POLITICIANS In Nigeria

Among politicians born in Nigeria, Murtala Mohammed ranks 11Before him are Shehu Shagari (1925), Goodluck Jonathan (1957), Yakubu Gowon (1934), C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933), Abdullah al-Thani (1954), and Ibrahim Babangida (1941). After him are Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904), Abdulsalami Abubakar (1942), Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (1924), Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912), and Ernest Shonekan (1936).