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Nigeria’s Mr. Right: The Atiku You Should Know



The recent approval of N 33,000 by the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as minimum wage for his staff became a cause of debate all over the country. Not just because it is higher than what the Federal Government may approve for its work force but that it is coming from a man who over the years, has been painted as corrupt, maligned and defamed, but has not stopped growing in importance. To him, saving Nigeria from her present predicament is a task that must be done with enthusiasm.

One question that should possibly be posed to the many accusers is “where, when and what did Atiku Abubakar steal?” At least he has never been tried in any court of law, except the court of public opinion. Born on November 25, 1946, Atiku worked in the Customs Service for 20 years and retired as a Deputy Director, the then second highest position in the service. After leaving the Customs Service where he served meritoriously in 1989, he ventured into private business and politics and has done relatively well since then.

It is an irrefutable fact that Atiku has paid his dues politically; having started in the 1980s. He was very active in the governorship campaign of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. That was just the beginning. The influence of General Shehu Yar’Adua also had a helpful impact on his political career. He became a prominent force and Vice Chairman of the People’s Front of Nigeria. His colleagues at the PFN then included Umar Yar’Adua, who later became President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Sabo Bakin Zuwo among others.

Not known to many, Atiku Abubakar was at the Constituent Assembly in 1989, the Assembly was saddled with the responsibility of deciding on a new constitution for Nigeria. He later tried becoming Governor in the old Gongola State (now Adamawa and Yobe) in 1991.

The People’s Front would later fuse into the Social Democratic Party, which was in full glory that time. With the disqualification of his mentor, General Shehu Yar’Adua in the Presidential election, the former Military man threw his weight behind Alhaji Atiku Abubakar when he contested in the primary election that produced Chief M.K.O Abiola as the candidate of the SDP, ahead of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election. Young as he was then, Atiku came third in the primaries behind MKO Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe.

In 1999, Atiku became Nigeria’s second democratically elected Vice President, having been nominated as Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s running mate. Meanwhile, after his eight years as Nigeria’s Vice President and till date, he has not had any case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Atiku Abubakar contested to be President in 2007, on the Action Congress of Nigeria platform; incidentally those describing him as a corrupt politician today were the ones calling him a man of distinction then.

When people were not buying into the corruption story, they came up with the United States story. His campaign organization has however posited that he will visit the United States by the end of November.

Just like it is happening now, there was so much opposition to his presidential ambition in 2007. Atiku would however display a lot of maturity; it took a Supreme Court judgment to allow him contest the election after the Independent National Electoral Commission had initially disqualified him. He eventually came third at the polls.

His Adama Beverages and American University of Nigeria are major investments in Yola, Adamawa State. Atiku knows the value of education; his father was arrested and fined for not sending him to school. Getting Western Education eventually proved to be something of absolute value. It was only after his diploma in 1969 that he was employed as an officer in the Nigerian Customs Service.

His business acumen did not suddenly grow into an uncommon level; he started real estate in 1974 when he built his first house with a loan and put it up for rent. He used the proceeds from the rent to acquire another plot which he built on and rented out. That was the beginning of the magnificent business empire.

By 1981, he had gathered enough funds to acquire land near Yola to plant maize and cotton. His farming venture however folded up in 1986. That proved to be part of the learning curve that toughened him as a businessman. He later went into buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour and sugar. The business structure has since grown in leaps and bounds.

In terms of reliability, a man who has been Vice President and has managed his estate with great success would no doubt do well to manage the country well. With his fame and political clout resisting gravity as the elections draw near, Atiku seems to have become the right piece needed to complete Nigeria’s jigsaw puzzle.



Ex-Gov Akala’s ADC Commits Suicide In Ogbomoso




Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Gbolahan Oyedemi, reportedly hung himself in his apartment in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

The deceased senior police officer, who was said to have gone home for the Easter celebration, was alone located at his Petros Academy Street, Federal Low-cost area residence.

Late Oyedemi who was in his 50s was Aide de Camp to late Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala during his eleven-month tenure as governor (January to December 2006

When arrived at the residence at Petros Academy Street, Federal Low Cost area the police had cordoned off the area but sympathizers were seen in groups discussing the matter in a hushed tone.

“Sometimes he came home with police security l saw him recently driving personally into his beautiful mansion,” a neighbour said.

National Insight reported a police source hinted about a quick investigation into what could lead to the tragic end of a gallant Deputy Police Commissioner.

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‘I want people to settle our fight, but…’ K1’s Lead Drummer,Ayanlowo Gives Condition For Reconciliation




-Ayotunde Ayanda


K1’s lead talking drummer, Ayankunle Ayanlowo has listed the condition for him to reconcile with his boss, Wasiu Ayinde, the Mayegun of Yorubaland.


At his home in Felele, Ibadan in a private chat, the drummer in his request stated ‘I want them to settle our fight. I want them to call us together, he(Wasiu) should be God-fearing and state his part, while I should also be present to speak my mind. The elders should step in but God knows, I will never go back to him’.


When asked why he vowed never to go back, Ayanlowo replied, ‘he is vindictive, he never forgives and I’ve placed everything in the hands of God. I can never go back to the band”.


The lead drummer while confirming that some cleric leaders and traditional rulers have waded into the matter also said ‘part of my condition is that at any location they pick for the peace-meeting, if anything happens to me, I would hold the people that call for the meeting responsible and they’ve assured me nothing of sort would happen”.


He hinged his fears on the attack at his Felele, Ibadan home where his windows was shattered by people he believed to be loyalists of his boss.


‘I’ve worked with him for 32 years and now I want to be on my own, I’ve tried! They should just leave me in peace’, he begged.


Ayankunle had accused Wasiu  of providing a poor welfare package for his band members, which KWAM 1 has since denied and this has generated a lot of issues that called for the intervention of top monarch, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Sefiu Adeyeri who claimed to have instructed Ayankunle to stop posting videos or granting interviews.

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The Story Of Ibadan High Chiefs Who Died Two Months, Two Weeks Before They Could Become King




-Tunde Ayanda


With the passage of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun some days ago, the ‘irukere’, (the horsetail, symbol of authority of Yoruba Obas) has pointed to where it’s going.


Without any consultation or appointment, the whole of Ibadanland understand it’s now the turn of High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin.


Such is the uniqueness of the Obaship tradition of Ibadan. It is the only kingdom in the world where every true son of Ibadan is a potential king. You don’t have to be a prince, all you need is a selection from your family house as a Mogaji (representative).


While the Obaship system and ascension to the coveted throne of Olubadan is unique and predictable, getting to the top of the ladder means a gift of long life for the highest ranking chiefs of the ancient Yorùbá capital city of Oyo State.

Becoming Olubadan is on rotational basis between the two lines of ascension to the throne headed by Ọtun Olubadan (Civil line) and Balogun (Military line). But in recent years, over a decade, there have been two high chiefs and of course, next-in-lines to the throne who never get to the top.



High Chief S.A. Omiyale (Balogun of Ibadan)

High Chief Sulaimon Adegboyega Omiyale was the Balogun of Ibadan land and next-in-line to Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, the 40th Olubadan who reigned from 11th of August, 2007 to 19th of January, 2016 and died at the age of 101 years.

With Oba Odulana, who succeeded Oba Yinusa Ogundipe Arapasowu 1, as next-in-line from the Civil line, it was supposed to be the turn of High Chief Omiyale, had it been he lived to succeed the aged monarch.

But the Balogun of Ibadan land died on Saturday, 7th November, 2015 at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, at the age of 91.

Two months after his death, the reigning Olubadan, Oba Odulana died on 19th January, 2016.

High Chief Omowale Kuye (Ọtun Olubadan)

High Chief Omowale Kuye was the Ọtun Olubadan, traditional head of the Civil line. With Omiyale’s death, Kuye was a step closer to becoming Olubadan, but he also didn’t live to succeed the monarch.

Kuye, who was a former Director General, Special Duties and later Budget in the Office of the President of Nigeria — under both Alhaji Shehu Shagari and General Olusegun Obasanjo — died on 20th November, 2015; barely two weeks after the demise of Balogun of Ibadan land.

Because of the earlier death of Balogun Omiyale whose line was supposed to produce the next monarch after the reigning Olubadan, High Chief Kuye would’ve become the next Olubadan being the highest ranking of the Olubadan-in-Council, but he also passed on before Oba Odulana.

Additionally, the demise of both Balogun Omiyale and Ọtun Olubadan Kuye, paved the way for the then Otun Balogun, Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, who eventually succeeded Oba Odulana as the 41st Olubadan in 2016. He was also succeeded in 2022 by the recently deceased 42nd Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II.


Additional report from Tribuneonline

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