Former Nigeria Football Federation Chairman, Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (retd.) is dead.
Oneya’s demise was disclosed by Abubakar Aminu Ibrahim, SSA to the Kano State Governor on Social Media on Thursday.
Late Oneya was Chairman of the NFA from 1999 to 2002 and was succeeded by Alhaji Ibrahim Galadinma.
Before coming on board as NFA boss, Oneya was military Governor of Kano State during the military regime of General Sani Abacha from August 1996 to August 1998.
He was also Administrator of Benue State from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, handing over power to the elected executive governor George Akume on 29 May 1999.
Oneya was Governor of Kano State when the present Governor HE Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was Commissioner of Works and Senator Malam Ibrahim Shekarau was Permanent Secretary at that time.
Oneya was born on 26 May 1948 in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos state.
He attended the Baptist Academy, Yaba, Lagos (1962–1967), then enlisted in the Nigerian Defence Academy in May 1969, earning a commission in the Infantry Corps in September 1971.
Oneya attended the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) (1977–1980), earning B.Sc degree in physical education.
He attended the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna (1983–1984) and the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1987–1988).