Thomas "Tom" Aguiyi-Ironsi is a former Minister of Defence of Nigeria. He is the son of former military leader Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, and was the ambassador to Togo before former President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him to succeed Roland Oritsejafor as Defence Minister. Aguiyi-Ironsi is from Umuahia, Abia State.
While Aguiyi-Ironsi was ambassador to Togo, the choices to replace the outgoing Foreign Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, were reportedly narrowed down to him and Joy Ogwu. However, after Obasanjo fired Oritsejafor, Aguiyi-Ironsi received the job of Defence Minister while Ogwu became foreign minister. The two were sworn in on August 30, 2006.
On January 24, 2007, Aguiyi-Ironsi announced that Nigeria would send a battalion of peacekeeping troops to Somalia.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Elendu, John (2006-08-07). "Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Tom or Joy". Elendureports.com. http://elendureports.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=245&Itemid=33. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Nwankwere, Lucky; Molly Kilete (2006-08-31). "Obasanjo drops Defence Minister…Aguiyi-Ironsi’s son takes over". Online Nigeria. http://nm.onlinenigeria.com/templates/?a=8619&z=5. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
- ↑ "Nigeria to send peacekeeping battalion to Somalia". reuter.co.uk. Reuters. 2007-01-24. http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L24359913&WTmodLoc=World-R5-Alertnet-6. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
|Minister of Defence of Nigeria|
August 30, 2006 – July 26, 2007
| Succeeded by|
- April elections, a big challenge - Military, Nigerian Tribune
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|