FIRST MILITARY GOVERNOR, KWARA STATE Hewas born in December 1940inOmu-Aran inthe oldIlorinprovince. Hestartedschoolatthe SIMSchoolIgbaja from where he proceeded to Ilorin Middle School. He later went to Zaria Government College which trained most of our prominentMilitary Officers. DavidBamigbqye’s military career was laidatthat Collegefor he was amemberof the School’s Cadet Corps where he attained the rank ofLance Corporal. In 1960, Davidwent to the newly openedNigerian Military Training Colkge, Kaduna to beginhismilitary training in earnest. From there heproceededto theMons OfficerCadetSchool. AJdershotEnglandwhere he graduatedayearlater, 1961. He was commissioned to theNigerianArmy sameyearandservedin the 3? Battalion, Kaduna between 1961 and1962 when he waspromoted”Lieutenant. His service in the army was in various capacities. He was atone time Training Officeratthe Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria where he was Instructor in Arms. When he waspromoted Captain in 1$63, he was moved to the 2rBrigade, Apapa, Lagos and Staff Officer 2 Area Command, Ibadan. This was between 1964 and 1967 when he was appointed Military GovernorofKwara State. In between, he hadbeenpromotedMajorin 1966.A welltrainedInfantry Officer, he also saw active military service in the Congo when he was attachedto the UnitedNationsForces. Forthose services, he won aUNmedal. Heremained the Military Governor of Kwara State until the government was sacked ina Coup de’tat in 1975. Overseeing the affairs of a heterogeneous state like Kwara was no mean task but Colonel David Bamgbqye tried his best to bring together the different diverse ethnicgroupsforthepurpose of building a lasting civil service and polity.
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