Lawal Haruna

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Lawal Ningi Haruna
Administrator of Borno State, Nigeria
In office
August 1998 May 1999
Preceded by Victor Ozodinobi
Succeeded by Mala Kachalla
Personal details
Born 1957

Wing Commander (retired) Lawal Ningi Haruna was military governor of Borno State, Nigeria from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, handing over to the elected civilian governor Mala Kachalla in May 1999. [1]

Group Captain Haruna was appointed administrator of Borno State in August 1998. He had to deal with controversy over the question of teaching Christian Religious Knowledge in public schools, which was opposed by Muslim leaders in the predominantly Muslim state. [2] On 3 November 1998 he announced that separate Muslim and Christian instruction would start in schools with sufficient numbers of Christian pupils, as provided by the constitution. On 11 December riots followed a call from an Imam to attack Christians, with considerable loss of property but no deaths. [3] In June 1999 Haruna was required to retire, as were all other former military administrators. [4]

In December 2000 Haruna alleged that Lt-General Jeremiah Useni had planned the killing of Head of State General Sani Abacha, who had died of obscure causes on June 8, 1998. [5]


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  2. Obed Minchakpu (Dec 18, 1998). "Nigeria's Borno State Stops Christian Education". Compass Direct. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  3. "Freedom of Religion" (PDF). Forum 18. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  4. "OBASANJO HIRES & FIRES". NDM DEMOCRACY WATCH 1999/03. July 1, 1999. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  5. Agaju Madugba (13 December 2000). "Useni Killed Abacha - Ex-Administrator, It's Not True, Says Useni's Aide". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-13.