Raji Alagbe Rasaki
Military Governor of Ogun State
In office
1986 – December 1987
Preceded byOladayo Popoola
Succeeded byMohammed Lawal
Military Governor of Ondo State
In office
17 December 1987 – July 1988
Preceded byEkundayo Opaleye
Succeeded byBode George
Military Governor of Lagos State
In office
Preceded byNavy Captain Mike Akhigbe
Succeeded byMichael Otedola
Personal details
Born (1947-01-07) 7 January 1947 (age 74)
Military service
Allegiance Nigeria
Nigerian Army
Years of service1967–1993
RankBrigadier General

Raji Alagbe Rasaki (born 7 January 1947) is a retired brigadier general in the Nigerian Army who served as military governor of Ogun State, Ondo State, and Lagos State between 1986 and 1991 during the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.[1]


Raji Alagbe Rasaki was born on 7 January 1947 in Ibadan, Nigeria. He received his elementary education at Christ Apostolic Church Primary School, Ita-Olugbode, Ibadan between 1955 and 1960. For his secondary education, he attended Nigerian Military School, Zaria between 1962 and 1966. He enrolled as an officer-cadet at the Nigerian Defence Academy in September 1967 and graduated in March 1970, when he was commissioned an officer in the Nigerian Army.[2] He held many command and staff positions: he was Adjutant, Lagos Garrison Signal Regiment (1970–71), Commanding Officer Second Signal Regiment, Commander Signal Support Brigade (1978–79), Commander Army Signal Corps, Commander Army Headquarters Garrison & Signal Group.[3]

Military governor

Raji Rasaki was a one time military governor of Ogun State (1986–87) before his re-deployment to the nation's economic nerve center, Lagos State, becoming that state’s military governor in 1988. Soon after, he embarked on a massive demolition exercise of illegal structures to rid the State of shanties. That singular act resulted in the re-vitalization of Lagos, and a boom in the real estate market.[citation needed]. It also earned him the nickname of "acsion governor" (action governor), a mockery of the way in which he referred to himself.

A member of the armed forces ruling council; he gained national prominence during the 22 April 1990 unsuccessful coup against the Ibrahim Babangida regime. The plotters led by the late Major Gideon Orkar had attempted to overrun the then seat of the Federal Government; Dodan Barracks, and in that process killing Babangida’s Aide de Camp, Major U.K. Bello. Late Major Orkar had announced many far-reaching declarations, which included radical restructuring of the federation bordering on the excision of five core northern States until the coup was foiled by officers loyal to Babangida. The first announcement to this effect came from the then military governor of Lagos state, Col. Raji Rasaki, who declared in a radio broadcast that the rebellion was already being contained.[1]

Later career

Following his retirement from the military in 1993,[4] Rasaki wrote several policy papers and memoirs. In addition he pursued a career as a statesman; participating in numerous conferences and forums. As a public speaker, he addressed audiences across the country and abroad. In 2005 he joined the Nigerian Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In 2016, he celebrated 40 years of his marriage to Senator Fatimat Olufunke Raji-Rasaki.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Nigeria States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Colonel Raji Rasaki". Ogun State Government Official Website. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  3. ^ Admin. "Raji Rasaki". Ogunstate.gov. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ Siollun, Max. Nigeria's Soldiers of Fortune: The Abacha and Obasanjo Years. Oxford University Press, 2019. pp. 21–22. ISBN 9781787382022.
  5. ^ Ex-Gov. Raji Rasaki And Wife, Fatima Open Up On Their 40 Year Marriage, Tayo Fajorin-Oyediji, CityPeopleNG.eng, Retrieved 14 February 2016.