Akanbi Oniyangi

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Akanbi Mahmud Oniyangi was a Nigerian, educator, lawyer and politician who was a Nigerian minister of Communications, Defense and Industries during the nation's second republic.


Oniyangi was born in Ilorin, Kwara State. He was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied law. Prior to attending ABU, he was a seasoned teacher and administrator who was the headmaster of Malete Primary Boarding School. In 1970, he entered the legal profession as a lawyer and grew later to become a community leader before entering politics, he was also the president of the Kwara branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.[1] From 1975-1977, he served as the chairman of the Kwara State Rural Electricity Board and from 1976-1979, he was the chairman of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital management board. In 1979, he joined the second republic democratic dispensation and was later made the minister of Communications and Defense.

During his tenure as defense minister, he tried to the improve Nigeria's strained relationship with its neighbors. Chad was having merger talks with Libya and was under a peacekeeping force and Cameroon was having border disputes with Nigeria.


  • 1. ^ "Akanbi Oniyangi Dies At 76," Daily Champion, January 18, 2006