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“It was on record that his administration reduced the inflation rate in the economy from 23% to 4% within two years, by fiscal discipline and a homegrown economic team and also introduced the latter well accepted and lauded “War Against Indiscipline” (WAI) to check most of the anomalies in the public life of Nigerians.”

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An Unrepentant Apostle of Anti-Corruption


Nigeria Head of State, Nigeria Presidential Candidate

General Muhammadu Buhari

Born in Daura, Katsina State, on 17 December 1942, Gen. Buhari attended Primary School in Daura and Mai’adua, 1948-1952 and later proceeded to Katsina Model School in 1953 and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956-1961.

He joined the then Nigerian Military Training School, Kaduna in 1963 and also attended Officer’s Cadet School in Aldershot (United Kingdom), October 1963. In 1964, he was at the Nigerian Military College, Kaduna for Platoon Commanders’ Course and later attended the Mechanical Transport Officer’s Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden (United Kingdom) 1965. Gen. Buhari also studied at the Defense Services’ Staff College, Wellington (India), 1973 and the United States Army War College, June 1979 to June 1980.

That General Muhammadu Buhari is contesting the position of Nigeria President for the third time in a row shows his determination to lead the country through a democratic process. He has been described by many as an unrepentant Apostle of Anti-Corruption and a man with steel determination.

General Muhammadu Buhari first came to limelight following his appointment as Governor of the newly created North Eastern State of Nigeria during General Muritala Mohammed’s regime and later to national focus in 1975 when he was appointed by General Olusegun Obasanjo as Minister (then Federal Commissioner) for Petroleum and Natural Resources and in 1977 at the creation of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, he became the first Chairman.

Career: In his career as a military man and public service, he was Platoon Commander, 2nd Infantry battalion, 1963-1964; Mechanical Transport Officer, Lagos Garrison, 1964-1965; Transport Company Commander, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1965-1966; Battalion Adjutant/Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, August 1967-October 1968; Brigade Major, 2nd sector, 1st Infantry Division, April to July, 1967; Brigade Major, 3rd Infantry Division, August 1967-October 1968; Acting Commander, 4th Sector, 1st Division, November 1968 to February 1970; Commander, 31st Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, February 1970 to June 1971; Assistant Adjutant-General, 1st Infantry Division Headquarters, July 1971 to December 1972; Colonel, General Staff, 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, January 1974 to September 1974; Acting Director Supply and Transport, Nigerian Army Corps, Headquarters, September 1974 to July 1975; Military Governor, North Eastern State of Nigeria, August 1975 to March 1976; federal Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources, March 1976 to June 1978; Chairman, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, June 1978 to June 1979; Military Secretary, Army Headquarters, July 1978 – June 1979; Member, Supreme Military Council, July 1978 – June 1979; General Officer Commanding, 4th Infantry Division, August 1980 to January 1981; General Officer Commanding, 3rd Armoured Division, November 1981 – December 1983; Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, December 1983 to August 1985. Executive Chairman, Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF), March 1995 to May 1999.

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Gen. Buhari

Milestones: General Muhammadu Buhari and his colleagues took over power from the Alhaji Shehu Shagari led administration in 1983, a period the country was witnessing serious austerity and political instability. It was on record that his administration reduced the inflation rate in the economy from 23% to 4% within two years, by fiscal discipline and a homegrown economic team and also introduced the latter well accepted and lauded “War Against Indiscipline” (WAI) to check most of the anomalies in the public life of Nigerians.

As the Federal Commissioner of Petroleum Resources and Chairman of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, he supervised and oversees the birth of all the existing refineries in the country. In 1983, it was also on record that when Chadians soldiers invaded and took 19 Islands in Lake chad within Nigerian territory, he, as the General Officer Commanding the  Armoured  Division, successfully cordoned off the territory and pursued the Chadian Army as far as 50km back into Chadian territory.

Those who are close to him said his words are his bond. Little wonder his regime was overthrown in a palace coup on August 27 1985 because of his insistence on carrying out investigation on allegations of fraudulent award of contracts in the then Ministry of Defense. Rumour has it that, had the investigation been carried out, many senior military officers including members of the Supreme Military Council, the highest ruling body then, would have been implicated and subsequently indicted.

The Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, (PTF), was scrapped by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo after he was elected as President in 1999 and Gen. Buhari was eventually relieved of his position as Chairman, PTF. His administrative style and transparency was however lauded by Nigerians as the agency was credited for impacting on the lives of Nigerians through implementation of many developmental projects.

In year 2003, General Buhari contested the Presidential election under the platform of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and lost to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a result he challenged in Court but also lost. Not deterred, he re-contested the 2007 Presidential election also under the platform of same Party but against his kinsman, the late Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’adua. Buhari lost again and challenged the result in the Court, as the case was still been heard, the leadership of his party went into accord with the ruling party, PDP, to form a Government of National Unity, he opted out of this marriage of convenience and pursue his case, but also lost again.

In another attempt to rule through the ballots, General Buhari is back in the race for the third time but under the platform of another newly formed party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

He has received several awards and medals to include, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR); Defense Service Medal (DSM); National Service Medal (NSM); General Service Medal (GSM) Loyal Service and Good Conduct Medal (LSGCM); Forces Service Star (FSS) and the Congo Medal (CM) among others.

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71 Comments

  1. kabir hashim

    March 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    wishing our activist succesful jouney 2wad public wishes that’s (presidential seat)

  2. Umar Abdullahi Dan Oda

    March 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    May Allah be with him.

  3. HUSSAINI LUQMAN

    March 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    NIGERIANS pls doet ever do mestet and vote for anyone peaple apat,GENERAL MUHAMMEDU BUHARI

  4. Ado suleiman

    March 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Pls nigerians try an vote fr buhari

  5. Musa Ismaila

    March 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Pls Nig. let us vote 4 change, let go 4 BB ticket

  6. Abbas kabiru isah

    March 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hello all nigerian people da yaddan allah sai munci zabe ba gudu baja da baya kuma kusani allah na tare da mai gaikiya, allah ya baka sa’a genaral mohammadu buhari

  7. hassan hussaini

    March 31, 2011 at 8:03 am

    may almighty Allah bless your candidature and give you upper hand in april 9 prsidential election.amin

  8. tanimu lawal

    March 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Hello,mutanen arewacin nigeria don allah kada mu bama kan mu kunya ranar zaben shugaban kasa mu fito kwanmu da kwarkwatar mu kada kuriar mu ga wanda yake son mu domin kawar da azzalumar gwamnatin nan ta pdp kungiyar zalunchi Akasa a tsare a raka a jira nigerian sai baba buhari insha Allah!!!

  9. Naziru muhammad yasin

    April 3, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I pray to almaity Allah to protect gen. Muh’d Buhari increas him & protect him in his life.

  10. Madu

    April 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Please check your facts well before you publish them. Buhari was never relieved of the position of PTF Chairman nor was PTF scrapped. Buhari resigned from PTF as soon as Obasanjo was sworn in, he wasn’t sacked. Also PTF was rechristened PTDF and refocused towards developing the oil industry rather than national infrastructure.

    • Abacha Cole

      December 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      The article writer has gotten a piece of his cake. He painted him an angel. So perfect for Nigeria presidency.

  11. Donesp

    April 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Yes may Allah give you Gen Buhari Amin we need change their cheating us

  12. Mustapha isah

    April 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Gen. U re d hope of all Nigerians, u re d resourceful being that every Nigerians re waiting for! Ol d best

  13. Mustapha isah

    April 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Gen. Is time to finish up the wonderful jobs u ‘ve started, wishn u d best of luck sir.

  14. Mustapha isah

    April 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    The general election is yours Gen.

  15. Aaron Attah

    April 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Gen. Buhari is the only candidate who will deliver Nig. From her current political and economic crises, bcos as an apostle of anti-coruption ( hydra headed disease bedeviling the nation), he will do everything posible if given the mandate to liberate this nation. I equaly like appeal to my felow christian to shun religious sentiment as a vote 4 Buhari is a vote 4 liberation nd true transformation.

  16. oladipo akin

    April 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

    a man with obvious sincerity of purpose and sense of direction to deliver nigeria from the dungeon of corruption. he never claimed to know all but willing to render purposeful leadership backed by all right thinking nigerian. cast your vote for progress.bb for presidency

  17. Auwaldahiru

    April 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    May Allah protect us nd d people of our country. I want Gen.buhari

  18. murtala sani abdullahi

    April 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    gen.buhari im love GEN buhari forever. im support buhari insna,allah

  19. Jibril yahaya

    April 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Hello Nigerian what any thing happen 2 u interms of leadership leave it 2 d almighty Allah, all what is happening in nigeria wit our leader Allah know’s it so no need bourder ur self just back 2 d rules nd regulations of Allah it will help u not think of these westless leaders,Jega us ur educ. nd experience b4 anounce,these ur state commisioners chieted u nd will 4give u.Gen. may Allah protect u, ur family nd all nigerians,amin

  20. ABDULWAHAB SANI RIMI

    May 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    The blessing of God cover you Gen. Muhammad Buhari, we are still together with you.

  21. Mohammed algoni ali

    May 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Yes is true let us back to almigty allah to give us a good leader in nigeria.

  22. Muhammad Buhari Aliyu

    June 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

    We try all our best and vote for eradication of the following:- poverty, curruption, unemployment, injustice, insecurity, bribe etc, but those that dosn’t want it to be done that way they refused to do their job as it supposed to be, in that case we subbumit them to Almighty God for his last and final judgement.

  23. ismail ibrahim dalha

    July 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Any body that has the carear of general buhari will not regrate his life,may almighty allah join us together in jannaul firdausi.

  24. Umar Aliyu Daura

    July 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Any thing worth doing worth doing well.General muhammad Buhari is a role model worthy emulating from

  25. Alhassan Awwal

    August 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    He deserves better than been the president of Nigeria. He is an epitome of a good leader.May God continue to be with him all the days of his life.

  26. Usman Alhassan

    August 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    May god guide and protect him all the time.

  27. Casey Runor

    November 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Most people are scared of BUHARI and do not want him as president because they are scared their corrupt practices would be put to an abrupt end. We Nigerians are always scared of the good..we always want to associate with the corrupt and those that can support our corrupt deeds as well.
    May God help us and give us Buhari or someone like BUHARI…I am sure a day will come, i shall preside over the affairs of this country in a good and disciplined way like my model, BUHARI

  28. Abdullahi Sode Muh'd

    November 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    General be patient, the only thing that last forever is truth.

  29. Abdulkadir muazu Isah

    November 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    we stick to Buhari forever, Because he is a leader worthy of emulation, my he live more longer for us to see him on the throne of nigerian leadership.Ameen

  30. mahraz aliyu

    December 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    our general we are here for you all the time,you are such leader that nigerian leaders are afraid because of their incapability in handling situations.god bless CPC and good leaders like you. Sai kayiiiiiiii

  31. bashir mohammad

    December 14, 2011 at 6:02 am

    baba add patience the trought is on her WAY or they LIKE or not live the fools they will regrate their mistakes insha ALLAH

  32. Muhammad sabiu muhammad

    January 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    hello readers have you in last 500 years heard or seen a trust worthy person like buhari?no we have not.i’m sure there would be not.

  33. Oyesiji Abd'Qadr

    January 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Op he would be our President soon.Dat mai role model.May Allah be with him!

  34. Bashir muh,d kabir

    March 16, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I think Gen is d man who should run d affairs of nigeria at this particuler moment.

  35. Muhammad algoni

    March 21, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Thank for your pray may almaighty Allah protect all of us and guide us for faradise Nigerian good peoples great Nation Gen Buhari for ever.

  36. sanusi abdullahi

    January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    we should all pray for our country and General Buhari as our next president may Allah give him good health and we too.

  37. michika yusuf

    February 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Gen Buhari should not contest next presidential election, reason being dat becos of our believe in him, so many have had heart failure, frustrated with the people of nigeria etc. Buhari is too good for this country. We should all take heart and allow the General to retire in peace not even in Kaduna or Kastina, but states like Bauchi, maiduguri and Niger where the people have shown him love going by the results of the previous elections. May u live long our dear General. You deserve better than this country.

  38. garkida

    April 15, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Beside my beloved father, General Buhari is my hero for life.

  39. Yusuf Adeneye

    October 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    The corrupt practices ravaging our present polity were caused by the rulers after the administration of General Buhari Muhammad
    We need a sustainable change and the only available person to bring this awaiting change is General Muhammah Buhari

  40. muhammad bukar

    September 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

    up up up buhari

  41. Rabiu A. Garba

    September 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Buhari remains the only person who can adequately solve the nigerian problems of insecurity.corruption, and tribalism.

  42. umar gunduma

    October 18, 2014 at 8:06 am

    by the grace allah change must surely come’2015.up g Bugari.

  43. Yusuf Abiodun

    October 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Wishing the general well in his bid to take over power from the current party which have failed the electorate and lost citizens confidence.

  44. pastor ayo akinleye

    October 31, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I saw a revelation that general contest after rigour of battle and his political manifesto meting the need of ninja he won at the platform of APC but he must not fail God and nija.am not a politician but a revelation that I saw from God.

  45. Adamu Haruna

    December 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

    may almighty Allah grant wisdom and the streanght to govern nigeria,bcouse you are already dia, insha Allah.one for all, all for one.

  46. m&m

    December 16, 2014 at 3:41 am

    go and rest Mr. general your old and weak to govern Nigeria. please bring your son and not. ok

  47. uyi

    December 18, 2014 at 12:09 am

    “General Muhammadu Buhari and his colleagues took over power from the Alhaji Shehu Shagari led administration in 1983, a period the country was witnessing serious austerity and political instability. It was on record that his administration reduced the inflation rate in the economy from 23% to 4% within two years”

    This is a big lie, the biggest lie ever , what? My God, like people were not alive then . such a huge lie.

    • Soly Guy

      December 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Then correct it na.

      • Soly Guy

        December 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        @Uyi, correct it na or is that how to counter a claim?

    • uwaoma Ogwuma

      January 4, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Don’t mind them, that’s how they want to bring change by lying into aso rock.

  48. Abubakar Adamu Fagam

    December 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Our next president In Sha Allah.

  49. uwaoma Ogwuma

    January 4, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I pity anyone voting for someone who truncated a democratically elected officials,buhari is an animal. GEJ is our only n best change n choice.

    • james odukoya

      January 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      GO TO HELL FOR CALLING BUHARI AN ANIMAL U ARE NOT BUT A FOOL AND SO SAHLL U BE ALL DAYA OF UR LIFE BECAUSE U HATE D TRUTH

  50. uwaoma Ogwuma

    January 4, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Don’t mind them, that’s how they want to bring change by lying into aso rock.

  51. Haeiydarr

    January 6, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I support u my father may allah protect us and may allah help u with all ur wish amin ya allah

  52. olalekan

    January 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    People should avoid speaking with sentiment, religion & ethnicity, it will cause harm. General Muhamadu Buhari has give so much than what the nation has given him. There is no exaggeration that many Nigerians are ready to give it to him this time around and there is nothing you that whip up the sentiment can do about. One Nigeria!

  53. Umar Lawan Waziri

    January 12, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Tomorrow’s President may almighty God assist, bless, guide as much as protect you. ameen summa ameen.

  54. yaqub abbakar

    January 12, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    you your self know that he is the only person to rule Nigeria the way it should. so stop criticizing him.

  55. Chukwuma

    January 14, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Great man,glad to have voted for him in 2003,2007,2011 and will gladly do so in 2015 God willing.

  56. Sunday paul

    January 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Goodluck is d right person, am voting him.

  57. Haruna hassan

    January 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Mr President Jonathan is a failure 2 our nation Nigeria he promised us ,9 ,refinery in order to enhanced jobs opportunities to our youths,that led to the removal of subsidy but the promised was denaid. also he has 4gotten he has been on that sit for over six years,with no standard and stable power supply in the country.pls let us vote wisely .vote the man that will pushaway corruption wish is Gen,muhammadu buhari.A.P.C

  58. james odukoya

    January 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    all we need is change and buhari is dt change so let go 4 it
    up APC CHANGE FOR NIGERIANS

  59. Abel monday

    January 20, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Nigerians need positive change, vote 4 buhari

  60. Nelson Godwin

    January 26, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    let’s wake up, let’s stand up, let’s us all fight 4 Change s tym 2 no d truth n were we’re going from here. Vote wisely Vote Change Vote GMB.

  61. Nkiruka Anagor

    February 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    GMB is a great man, I respect and love him but we should just allow GEJ to complete his reforms by giving him another 4 years.

  62. friday

    February 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

    i pray for him to win the upcoming election we need change .one love A.P.C

  63. basketmouth

    March 31, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I believ wit wat I have hard about buhari he will lead, no doubt yet let’s wash and see hw the story goes. I pray he lives longer and enjoy dat sit ooh three tyms is not easy I hail nigeria.

  64. DAVEY

    April 2, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    GMB CONGRATS ON YOUR SUCCESS AFTER 3 ATTEMPTS. SIR WE LOOK UP TO YOU TO CHANGE OUR BELOVED COUNTRY

  65. Yazeed A Wada

    April 27, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    we are prying for u and our dear country Allah gives u d mandate,wisdom,focus,courage, and ur cabinet to be like u in bringing our country to economic development,corruption free, discipline,security,employment,infrastructural facilities,etc.

  66. sadiq m

    September 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    we are suffer of salary in bauchi.

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Profile of Chuka Umunna,his career and work.

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Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna was born 17th of October, 1978 to a Nigerian Father and English-Irish Mother, he was educated at Hitherfield Primary School in Streatham, south London, at the voluntary aided Christ Church C of E Primary School (Cotherstone Road) in the Brixton Hill area of Streatham,and at the independent secondary school St. Dunstan’s College in Catford in south-east London. He obtained a 2:1 degree in English and French Law from the University of Manchester and then studied at the University of Burgundy in Dijon in France, and Nottingham Law School in  Nottingham.

 

Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna

Interest

Education, equality, and community and youth engagement.

Career

He trained at Herbert Smith the large “Magic Circle” City law firm: about his decision to join the firm he said “I wanted to join Herbert Smith because they were a big international firm, very much at the heart of the City, business and finance. Having entered thinking I wanted to be a hotshot corporate lawyer, I ended up wanting to become an employment lawyer because employment relates to people and their relationships. In 2006, he moved to the central London law firm, Rochman Landau, where he mainly acted for individuals and small and medium sized companies. As an employment lawyer, Umunna often spoke in the media on employment issues.

He is “Labour through and through” and says the Tories aren’t serious about equality, “despite what Cameron tries to say with his spin and presentation” and says the BSS is a very positive development, long overdue. But he warns that although Labour has traditionally represented Blacks: “We are in danger of falling behind on that if we don’t increase representation in the future. It’s not just about representation, it’s also about increasing out communities’ general participation in the political process. That’s something we must work on.”

Influence and motivation

At 27 Chuka Umunna has been in main street politics, Influenced by his father who is a died when he was 13. Chuka recalls moment with his father saying “It had a huge influence on my life. I had to grow up very, very quickly.” He added: “Politically my father had a big influence on me. He spoke out against the corruption in Nigeria, for better governance and got involved in politics in Anambra state. He narrowly missed out on winning the governorship of that state shortly before he died in a car crash. He lost because he refused to bribe anyone and was standing on an anti-corruption ticket.

Also motivating were his experiences while growing – In my youth I also often visited my father’s native Nigeria and came face to face with the extreme poverty one sees in Africa in the heart wrenching appeal videos produced by the likes of Oxfam and Comic Relief every year. I simply could not understand why some had so much, whilst others had so little. From there sprung a desire to do something about it and the other challenges we face.

 

he is presently a School Governor of Sunnyhill Primary School and sits on the Board of Sunnyhill Children’s Centre, both in Streatham Wells. He lives on Streatham High Road.

In addition, he sits on the Board of Generation Next, a not for profit social enterprise which provides activities for young people in London, and has been involved charitable youth work in Lambeth too.

He is a patron of Latimer Creative Media, a social enterprise which trains young people in digital media and a supporter of Cassandra Learning Centre, a charity raising awareness and working to stop domestic violence.

Prior to becoming Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Streatham, Chuka was Vice Chair of Streatham Labour Party from 2004 to 2008 and had held a variety of positions throughout the local party.

In the May 2010 general election, Chuka was elected to represent Streatham having received 20,037 votes, with the number of votes received by Labour rising from 18,950 in the previous general election in 2005. Turnout in Streatham increased by 11.5 percentage points at 62.8% compared with 51.3% in 2005.

He is a member of the GMB and Unite trade unions and sits on the Management Committee of progressive pressure group, Compass.

Since becoming an MP, he has been elected on to the Treasury select committee and become Ed Miliband’s parliamentary private secretary.

In October 2011, Chuka was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, replacing the Rt Hon John Denham MP who announced his resignation from Shadow Cabinet.

In this role, Mr Umunna leads the Opposition Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team, leading for the opposition on a wide range of issues including business, enterprise, science and universities.

 

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3a Mount Ephraim Road, Streatham, London, SW16 1NQ

Tel: 020 8769 5063

Email: chukka.umunna.mp@parliament.uk

Website: www.chuka.org.uk

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Spotlight on Gbenga Elegbeleye’s contribution

“Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye was recently appointed as a Member of the CAF Disciplinary Board. He is a member of IBB Golf Club and a recipient of several awards”

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Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye motivated by the desire to serve his people in higher capacity, resigned his appointment as Chairman Ondo Waste Management Board in 2006, to contest elections into the Federal House of Representatives.

Gbenga Elegbeleye NSC DGBetween June 2007 and June 2011, Hon. Elegbeleye was a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State, where he served as:

  • Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports
  • Member House Committee on Defence
  • Member House Committee on Appropriation
  • Member House Committee on Works
  • Member House Committee on Environment
  • Member House Committee on Rural Development
  • Member House Committee on Inter-parliamentary Affairs
  • Member House Committee on Solid Minerals

As a member of the House of Representatives, he attracted several projects to his Federal Constituency. These include:

  • Neighbourhood Sports Centre Iye road, Arigidi
  • Sports Stadium at Oyinmo St, Ikare
  • National Library Ikare
  • Extension of electrification poles to Ojeka camp road; Odo Irun electrification, Oyimo, Ogunsusi road, Ilepa Ikare
  • Erosion control and school furniture in Ogbagi
  • Block of classrooms in the following schools, St George’s Pry School, Okeagbe, Salem School, Ekan Ikare, AUD School V Ishakunmi, Ikare, AUD School 2, Iku, Ikare, Local Govt Pry School Ajowa, Ebenezer Pry School Okorun, Ikare
  • Several boreholes in most towns and villages, among many others

After serving as Director General, National Sports Commission, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye was recently appointed as a Member of the CAF Disciplinary Board.   He is a member of IBB Golf Club and a recipient of several awards and honours. These includes, Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Local Govt and Public Administration; Fellow, Chattered  Institute of Public Administration; Fellow African Business School; Fellow, Certified Institute of Sales Management; Patron, SWAN, FCT; Patron SWAN, Ondo State; Patron NUJ, Ondo State; Gold Personality Award by Skye Sports; African Film Academy Award for Sports Development; National Youth Council Award for National Development; City People Award for Excellence in Politics; African Leadership Award for Sports Development among several others.

Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye is happily married to Solape, they are blessed with four children

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HON. GBENGA ELEGBELEYE – OTOLORIN

“Further motivated by the desire to serve in higher capacity, he resigned his appointment as Chairman Ondo Waste Management Board in 2006, to contest elections into the Federal House of Representatives. Between June 2007 and June 2011, Hon. Elegbeleye was a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State, where he served as Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports;”

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Hon. Gbenga Otolorin Elegbeleye, popularly called “Otolorin” by his admirers was born in Ikare, Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State. His educational background is made up as A.U.D Primary School, Ikare, St. Patrick’s’ Secondary School, Iwaro-Oka, University of Ife (Now Obafemi  Awolowo University) Ile Ife and  Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti.

He obtained the following qualifications in his educational sojourn:

  • Primary School Leaving Certificate
  • West African School Certificate
  • B.A. (Ife), Ile-Ife
  • MPA (UNAD), Ado-Ekiti
Elegbeleye, Vice Chairman, House Committee on Sports

Gbenga Elegbeleye

As a result of his exemplary leadership qualities, in the Nigeria Youth Service Scheme, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye was made the Administrative Officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Zone RS3 Kaduna, between 1988 and 1989, from where he ventured into private business.

Motivated by the desire to serve humanity, Hon. Gbenga in 1997 contested and won election as the youngest Chairman, Akoko North East Local Government Council in Ondo State.  As a Local Government Chairman, he was also a member of Board of Ondo State Primary Education Board between 1997-98. Before this period, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye was the Assistant State Secretary of the National Republican Convention, NRC for the old Ondo State between 1990 – 1993.

Impressed by his achievements as Local Government Chairman and his successful exploits in other areas of human endeavour, the then Governor of Ondo State, Late Chief Olusegun Agagu in 2003 appointed him Chairman, Ondo State Waste Management Authority, and under his erudite leadership, Akure was adjudged by the then Federal Ministry of Inter-Government Affairs, the second cleanest State Capital in Nigeria, after Calabar, in 2004.

Further motivated by the desire to serve in higher capacity, he resigned his appointment as Chairman Ondo Waste Management Board in 2006, to contest elections into the Federal House of Representatives. Between June 2007 and June 2011, Hon. Elegbeleye was a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State, where he served as Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports; Member House Committees on Defence, Appropriation, Works, Environment, Rural Development, Inter-parliamentary Affairs and Solid Minerals. As a member of the House of Representatives, he attracted several projects to his Federal Constituency. These includes the following: Neighbourhood Sports Centre Iye road, Arigidi; Sports Stadium at Oyinmo st, Ikare; National Library Ikare; Extension of electrification poles to Ojeka camp road; Odo Irun  electrification, Oyimo, Ogunsusi road, Ilepa Ikare; erosion control and school furniture in Ogbagi, Block of classrooms in the following schools, St George’s Pry School, Okeagbe, Salem School, Ekan Ikare, AUD School V Ishakunmi, Ikare, AUD School 2, Iku, Ikare, Local Govt Pry School Ajowa, Ebenezer Pry School Okorun, Ikare; several boreholes in most towns and villages, among many others

Hon. Elegbeleye was a member of the Ondo State Football Association between  1998 and 2000, Chairman Ondo State Table Tennis Association (2004-2007), Vice Chairman Ondo State Sports Development Committee (2005-2009) and Chairman Rising Stars Football Club, Akure  from 2004-2007, Proprietor, Ikare United Football Club, Member, NFA Fair-Play Committee, from 2004-2007, President Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria, Ondo State Chapter from 2003-2009. He also served as a member of the Ministerial Committee on the Reform of Football Administration in Nigeria between August and November 2011 and Member, Board of Directors, Abuja Investment Company between 2011 and 2013.

On May 15th 2013, the then President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck  Ebele Jonathan, found his rich credentials in Sports Administration irresistible and appointed him, the Director General of the National Sports Commission. President Jonathan made the announcement during the Federal Executive Council meeting of May 15th, 2014.

During his stewardship as the Director General of the National Sports Commission, the Commission has experienced a change in fortune as Nigerian athletes, sportsmen and women have been winning international laurels across the globe.

On Friday 8th November 2013 at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria defeated Mexico 3-0 to win the FIFA U- 17 World Cup a record fourth time having won it in 1985, 1993 and 2007 to emerge as the most successful country in the competition up to date.

This was also followed by another laudable achievement in the 2013 Commonwealth weightlifting game tagged Malaysia 2013 where the Nigerian female lifters won the women’s category of the competition with 8 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronze medals in the competition held in Malaysia in November 2013. This was also followed up with a 3rd placement of the Home based Super Eagles in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) held in South Africa. Nigeria had never qualified for the competition, but the Eagles not only qualified but went as far as winning the bronze medal of the competition after beating hard-fighting Zimbabwe 1-0 in the 3rd place match decided at the Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on Saturday February 1st, 2014.

He was Head of Delegation, Nigeria U-17 African Youth Games in Botswana, tagged “Gaborone 2014” where Nigeria gathered a massive 41 medals the best outing so far against the record of 10 medals, to emerge overall 3rd best in the Games after winning 19 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals.

Still under the leadership and stewardship of Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, also as Head of Delegation, Team Nigeria also finished strong in  the Glasgow,  Commonwealth Games  in Scotland. It was Nigeria’s best outing in the history of the Commonwealth , winning 11 golds, 11 silvers and 14 Bronze medals in the 20th edition  of the Games held between July 23 and August 3rd, 2014. Team Nigeria also emerged the best team at the 2014 Marrakech Africa Athletics Championships held in Marrakech, Morocco in August, 2014. The Super Falcons beat all African countries to emerge Champions of Africa Women’s Championship (AWC) held in Namibia in October 2014.

Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye was recently appointed as a Member of the CAF Disciplinary Board.   He is a member of IBB Golf Club and a  recipient of several awards and honours. These includes, Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Local Govt and Public Administration; Fellow, Chattered  Institute of Public Administration; Fellow African Business School; Fellow, Certified Institute of Sales Management; Patron, SWAN, FCT; Patron SWAN, Ondo State; Patron NUJ, Ondo State; Gold Personality Award by Skye Sports; African Film Academy Award for Sports Development; National Youth Council Award for National Development; City People Award for Excellence in Politics; African Leadership Award for Sports Development among several others,    Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye is married to Solape, they are blessed with four children

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