An Unrepentant Apostle of Anti-Corruption
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.
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.
“Only Aketi can defeat Aketi in the coming election”
Who’s Abayomi Ale?
My name is Ale Abayomi Abiodun. I am a lawyer, a transaction advisor, sustainability champion, workplace culture expert, and a politician. I am a family man. I am a proud Owo son and an indigene of Ondo State. I am debonair and conservative by nature. I may be a polymath too. I’m also a health enthusiast.
The Governorship election in Ondo State is approaching, what’s your view about the election?
It’s just another defined term for evaluation of performance. In the overview, we are lucky that Ondo State election won’t be going the rowdy way like Edo States’. Most times when too much emotions get invested in any particular election, it’s the masses and the State’s economy that suffers it the most. Such are usually violent; very expensive, as politicians may be spurred to spend ten naira where they ought to have spent five naira; and its usually difficult to recover from such battles when a winner eventually emerges. Such victories are usually pyrrhic and attended with enormous court battles.
We would have fall into same labyrinth if the estranged deputy governor of Ondo State had won the PDP ticket of the State. Its obvious God has favoured us for peace and prosperity with the way the Primary elections of the two mainstream political parties in the State turned out.
Who is your preferred candidate?
Oh… you can see that from every shade of my body language.
To be frank with you, I am of the believe that this administration has not only performed creditably well in so many sectors, but has set the economic quadrants of the State towards achieving financial sustainability. The latter is one of the reasons I preach that Arakunrin Akeredolu be allowed a second term to consolidate the foundation he has laid before handing over to another illustrious son of the State. This administration has positioned the state on a tripod stand of Industrial Opportunities; Security and Exit Strategy Seaport that will help export value-added produce and products.
This is a diversion that leads to financial independence of Ondo State. It’s a redirection that will gradually reduce our dependency on FAAC droppings from the Federal table. I strongly believe such a vision should be supported for another four years.
Are you supporting Aketi because he is your kinsman?
(Laughs)…..That’s not true. As a fact, I worked for another candidate in 2016 and didn’t support him then. This wasn’t because I didn’t trust his capacity and character then, but because I had the burden of political loyalty. My political teacher and master then supported Olusola Oke….he was even the Director-General of his campaign. There was no way I would switch loyalty midstream. I don’t give less than 100% loyalty to whomever or whatever I believe.
So you are back now with Barr. Olusola Oke to support the governor?
I have been back to support and respect Aketi as the leader of the party in the State right from when everyone returned to APC. I never supported the Unity Group. I returned to corporate practice of Law in Abuja since 2018…… I have learnt that to hold on to an ideology in Nigeria’s polity, you may need to retain and develop your second address; else the only alternative will be to become an apple-polish. I am not very good in bootlicking.
Do you think Aketi will win, or which of the candidates do you think will win the October 10 election in Ondo State?
Aketi will win! Part of my training is to be objective in analyzing products, projects, challenges and service. On this one, I reached the verdict that only Aketi can defeat Aketi in the coming election. In the scale of balances, Aketi is a strong candidate with the advantage of incumbency in the ruling party at both the central and the State. One of his contenders is a weak candidate, but with a good political party structure. The other is a good grassroot mobiliser in a political party that less than 2% of the voters in Ondo State presently can recognize its party logo. This is apart from that the latter has been labeled a turncoat with a vaulting ambition.
All Factors and Indicators point to Aketi’s win. The man is an example of what God meant in Psalm 23:5.
What is your dream for Ondo State?
That we eventually exploit our potentials to maximized benefits. Ondo State is strategically positioned with both land mineral resources and seaport advantage. If the first white man’s ship had berth at our shores, we would have been ten times greater than what Lagos is today. I believe that with the right balanced heads and economic advisers in Alagbaka for a continued period of terms, Ondo state will grow in leaps and bounds. Hopefully, the exclusive list of our federal constitution would be devolved soon. It has been a stone in the wheels of progress to many States in Nigeria.
OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMEN MERIT AWARD “2020”
Outstanding Nigerian Local Government Chairman Merit Award 2020
- The Executive Chairman, Aba South LGA. Abia State
- The Executive Chairman, Mahia LGA, Adamawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Ifedore LGA, Ondo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ovia South-West LGA, Edo State
- The Executive Chairman, Eastern Obolo LGA, Akwa-Ibom State
- The Executive Chairman, Iwo LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Akinyele LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Anambra West LGA, Anambra State
- The Executive Chairman, Bogoro LGA, Bauchi State
- The Executive Chairman, Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa State
- The Executive Chairman, Ador LGA, Benue State
- The Executive Chairman, Askira/Uba LGA, Borno State
- The Executive Chairman, Akampa LGA, Crossriver State
- The Executive Chairman, Aniocha South LGA, Delta State
- The Executive Chairman, Ohaukwu LGA, Ebonyi State
- The Executive Chairman, Egor LGA, Edo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ikole LGA, Ekiti State
- The Executive Chairman, Igbo Eze LGA, Enugu State
- The Executive Chairman, Bwari LGA, Federal Capital Territory
- The Executive Chairman, Balanga LGA, Gombe State
- The Executive Chairman, Obokun LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Oluyole LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ideato South LGA, Imo State
- The Executive Chairman, Babura LGA, Jigawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Kachia LGA, Kaduna State
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- The Executive Chairman, Dan Musa LGA, Katsina State
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- The Executive Chairman, Ilaje LGA, Ondo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ife-Central LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Egbeda LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Langtang North LGA, Plateau State
- The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
- The Executive Chairman, Girei LGA, Adamawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Bodinga LGA, Sokoto State
- The Executive Chairman, Kurmi LGA, Taraba State
- The Executive Chairman, Olorunda LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Iddo LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Karasuwa LGA, Yobe State
- The Executive Chairman, Kaura Namoda LGA, Zamfara State
- The Executive Chairman, Ryom LGA, Plateau State
- The Executive Chairman, Song LGA, Adamawa State
- The Executive Chairman, Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi State
- The Executive Chairman, Emure LGA, Ekiti State
- The Executive Chairman, Lokoja LGA, Kogi State
- The Executive Chairman, Akoko North-West LGA, Ondo State
- The Executive Chairman, Yewa North LGA, Ogun State
- The Executive Chairman, Odo-Otin LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Afijio LGA, Oyo State
- The Executive Chairman, Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti State
- The Executive Chairman, Koton-Karfi LGA, Kogi State
- The Executive Chairman, Odeda LGA, Ogun State
- The Executive Chairman, Orolu LGA, Osun State
- The Executive Chairman, Mangu LGA, Plateau State
- The Executive Chairman, Ibadan South LGA, Oyo State
Pastor Adeboye Leads Protest to End Killings in Nigeria
Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, discarded his hitherto conservative and conciliatory disposition and took to the streets to lead thousands of his members in a protest march against insecurity and killings of Christians across the nation, especially in northern states.
The action is sequel to an earlier directive by the leader of one of the most influential Pentecostal churches in Nigeria that its members should conduct the protest nationwide, with him starting his own action at exactly 11am at the RCCG National Headquarters in Ebute Metta, Lagos.
The Assistant General Overseer (Admin and Personnel) of the church, Pastor J.F Odesola, in a circular dated January 29, 2020, addressed to all regions and provinces of the RCCG, parishes of the church were asked to end their service not later than 11am on Sunday to enable members “march round their immediate environment, praying for God’s intervention in the ongoing situation in Nigeria.”
The protests are at the instance of the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Adejare Adeboye.
The circular, read: “The Christian Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body for all Christians and Christian organisations in Nigeria, has made a clarion call for prayers and advocacy to all Christians in Nigeria in response to the inhumane acts against Christians in the country.”
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