National Impacts Amongst Nominated ”Nigerian Man Of The Year 2017″ From Sahara Reporters
National Impacts Amongst Nominated ”Nigerian Man Of The Year 2017″ From Sahara Reporters.
National impacts amongst nominated ”Nigerian man of the Year 2017”, from Sahara Reporters. The question which came few days ago as a twitt on Twitter, to which the title tagged, “GOOD OR BAD: Who Amongst these 10 shortlisted persons will you choose as “Man Of The Year?”
The shortlisted names in the list came with various eminent Nigerians from different region of Nigeria, who by different ways have impacted the nation from Government-politics, down to entertainments, religion critics, and thoughts for change. Some of the nominated names on this list have however made Nigerians to critically reasons out, and act upon. But it will be of no complete information if we didn’t look at their various role. In as much some names worth to be on that list, some are just a shadow on the list.
Today I have take time to put together National impacts amongst nominated ”Nigerian man of the Year 2017”, from Sahara Reporters. Focusing on their input to nation building and few things about their personal life, and public impact.
1. Nnamdi Kanu: The Biafra War Lord.
Kanu was born in Isiama Afara, Abia State , Nigeria. His father is HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu (JP) and his mother is Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu. He attended Library Avenue Primary School (now part of Government House, Umuahia) and went to Government College Umuahia for his secondary education. He later gained admission to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) but left after two years. He moved to London and studied Political Economics at London Guildhall University now called London Metropolitan University (LMU).
Kanu was therefore arrested On 18 October 2015, Lagos State by Nigeria ‘s secret police the Department of State Services (DSS). Mr Kanu had told his solicitors that he was, on 14 October 2015, arrested by the agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria , the State Security Service (SSS) in his hotel room i.e. Golden Tulip Essential Hotel Ikeja, Lagos State
The solicitors in a press briefing said, between 14 and 17 October 2015 their clients whereabouts were unknown until 18 October 2015, when the Press Media broke the news of his arrest and detention by the SSS in Abuja. The news of the arrest of Mr Kanu generated protests across parts of Delta State, Enugu State , Rivers State Cross River State , Abia State , Imo State , and Anambra State .
On 19 October 2015, it was reported that Mr Nnamdi Kanu had been granted bail after a secret arraignment at Magistrate Court,Wuse 11. However, the bail seemed “controversial” and there were claims the DSS announced the bail only “to calm the angry people of Biafra”. Although the bail conditions were stringent some of which required the Certificate of Occupancy of a landed property within Abuja municipality, a level 16 officer in the Ministry, Mr Kanu’s lawyer said they eventually met the requirements in full. However, “upon the issuance of the Form 36,the court ordeal went to execute the order but came back unsuccessful. He was unable to produce the prisoner. The lawyer, Vincent Obetta, called the continued detention of the activist despite meeting his bail conditions “a clash between judiciary and executive” in a democratic Nigeria .
The Magistrate Court 1 sitting in Abuja on 18 November 2015 ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce Kanu, at the court on 23 November 2015. However, it was reported the Department of State Services (DSS) obtained a “secret court order to detain Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu’s lawyer, Mr Obetta in an interview said whilst “in court, the prosecutor gave him a document containing a court order permitting the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain Mr Kanu for the next three months to “conclude what they said was an investigation of terrorism and terrorism financing”.
Charges and court trial
Kanu was finally arraigned on 23 November 2015 in an Abuja Magistrate Court for the first time for charges of “criminal conspiracy, intimidation and membership of an illegal organisation by Nigeria ‘s Department of State Services (DSS). They charges violate “Section 97, 97B and 397” of Nigeria ‘s penal code. Chief Magistrate .S. Usman had at the last adjourned date, berated the Department of State Services (DSS) over its failure to produce Kanu in court on two consecutive times the matter came up before the court. Meanwhile, Kanu’s supporters, stormed Nigeria ‘s capital city of Abuja in luxury buses on a peaceful protest for their leader who was arraigned by the Federal Government before the Wuse Zone 2 Magistrate Court, Abuja on 23 November 2015. Pro- Biafra protesters with placards sang and danced outside the court premises whilst hearing proceeded. Protesters wore T-shirts and caps with inscriptions like “Biafra Now or Never”, “Buhari Release Kanu For Us”, “On Biafra We Stand”. More protests by IPOB members numbering over 15,000 grounded vehicular movements the southeastern key economic city of Onitsha concurrently. It was the same by over 20,000 protesters in Aba, Abia State on the same day.
Kanu, through his counsel filed an application asking the federal authorities to transfer him from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) to prison. His lawyer, Obetta, insisted that transferring his client to prison would enable him have easy access to his legal team. 
Whilst in court, the Department of State Services (DSS) requested the Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, to discontinue the trial of Nnamdi Kanu under section 108(1) of administration of criminal justice act 2015. Mr Idakwo further said the Department of State Services (DSS) had obtained an order from the Federal High Court, Abuja , dated 10 November, to detain the accused in its custody for 90 days. However, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr Obetta objected the continued detention of his client. Obetta, prayed the court not to discontinue the case because the prosecution did not present any information from the Attorney-General of Nigeria Federation who had the authority to approve such. Obetta also told the court that “the DSS violated the order of the court which granted bail that was perfected but not granted, adding that the accused had been in Department of State Services (DSS) custody since he was arrested.” The court’s magistrate, Mr Usman Shuaibu, after listening to both counsels, adjourned the matter until 1 December 2015 for ruling.
On 5 September 2015, Nnamdi Kanu was a guest speaker at the World Igbo Congress which was held in Los Angeles, where he told his audience that “we need guns and we need bullets” . Kanu in an interview in June 2017 explained his comment, saying that he demanded for bullets and guns from a group of US-based Nigerians for self-defense against the incessant attacks on Igbos by Fulani herdsmen.
On 20 October 2015, Vanguard announced that Kanu had been released on bail. However, media sources supporting the objectives of IPOB called the bail “controversial” and claimed the DSS announced the bail only “to calm the angry people of Biafra”. Kanu has finally been released on bail by justice Binta Nyako for health reasons.
Today till date, Kanu disappeared from public after his home was raided by the Nigerian military in September 2017 is no where to be found. Some however proclaimed he died during the Nigeria Military raid. But his contributions and commitment to achieve the Biafra nation remains impact to most Igbos who supported his fight to have Biafra nation.
2.Charly Boy. The controversial fighter.
The second son of former Supreme Court judge Chukwudifu Oputa, Oguta -native Charly Boy was born into a
Catholic household, and is the cousin of Swedish musician Dr. Alban . As he often refused to reveal his date of birth in interviews, his age remained unknown until 2011 when he celebrated his sixtieth birthday, however, in his usual enigmatic character, he announced his 63rd birthday on 19 June 2013, making his age a contentious one. Charly Boy had set out to become a priest, but left seminary school after a year. In his late teens he moved to America where he was expected to study Law as his father had done, but graduated with a degree in Communications .
Although Charly Boy had released a high life album in 1982 (he was nearly denied a record deal due to his unconventional appearance until he was introduced to managing director Ton Seysener, with whom he would later on closely work together in realizing the musical beach extravaganza Lekki Sunspalsh.) He attained greater success with the 1985 Polygram Nigeria release of Nwata Miss , which included the title track.
His most popular album was 1990 – the title was a reference to Nigeria’s corrupt military government which was expected to hand over power to civilians in that year, although civilian rule did not start until 1999.
1990 earned Charly Boy mixed reviews due to its political nature and caused national controversy, and a number of radio stations refused to play the title track. Despite this, 1990 was one of Nigeria’s best-selling albums of 1988, and Charly Boy was credited with using his music to stand up to his government, a lá Fela Kuti .
Charly Boy is well known for his change of image which started with androgyny at the start of his music career. His preference for make-up, relaxed and braided hairstyles, and women’s clothes caused controversy among conservative Nigerians. He would later be nicknamed “Nigeria’s Boy George” by entertainment journalists, but claimed that he had started this persona long before his British counterpart became famous.
Zoom Time was Charly Boy Show politics spin-off co-presented by Charly Boy and Tunde Obe (the latter was also a cast member of The Charly Boy Show) which featured prominent politicians. Among those interviewed were former Nigerian president Ibrahim Babangida; this interview was among the most memorable in the history of the show. Occasionally entertainers, like Regina Askia, were interviewed. The show was also famous for its gag which saw politicians pretend to ride an imaginary motorbike while imitating the sound of its exhaust pipe (“Zoom, zoom, zoom!”).
In 2011, Charly Boy replaced Audu Maikori as a judge on Nigerian Idol . Although his stint was a ratings success, viewers disapproved of his antics which included bringing his pet python to the judging table during the audition and a human skull to the live shows. As of 2013, Charly Boy is no longer involved with Nigerian Idol .
Charly Boy is known as an advocate of the masses as he has fought for the rights of the average Nigerian. He has on several occasions been tortured by the Nigerian police and the military for standing up to his country’s government. However he is also, on occasion, regarded as their friend, depending on the sensibility of those in power. An inspirational writer, Charly Boy focuses on various subjects in several newspapers including The Daily Post and his own publication Charly Boy Magazine , and has been known to write slogans on rocks in Abuja where he currently resides. As head of the Okada riders in Nigeria – an organisation that has been frowned on by government as they have been regarded as a menace and unsafe transportation – he has fought for the rights of Okada users – most of whom are poor individuals who earn their living by using the Okada for commercial purposes; he also stated that operators play a prominent role in government as most politicians engage their services during campaigns. His efforts earned him the name Area Fada.
In the mid-nineties Charly Boy fought for the rights of military pensioners during the Abacha -led military dispensation by marching to Defence headquarters in Abuja to demand payment of their pension arrears. He has also fronted campaigns for Nigerian Widows, and was founder of the Save Nigeria from Nigeria campaign during the last presidential election. During the Fuel Subsidy protest in 2012, he was arrested alongside six other activists for civil disobedience.
Charly Boy is the owner of New Waves Productions and publisher of The Charly Boy Magazine which he launched in 2010 and writes for regularly. In 1991, had written the column Nuts and Screws for the now-defunct women’s publication Poise .
In 2012, Charly Boy threatened to take legal action against two national newspapers (The Saturday Mirror and the Daily Independent) after it was reported that he was gay and a member of The Illuminati; he allegedly disclosed this in an interview with entertainment writer Ed Jatto. Later, in another interview with the Nigerian Vanguard , he stated “‘I’m not concerned about name calling, but the way and manner in which we apply professionalism in whatever we are doing. If I’m gay, I will fight for the right of homosexuals. I am not gay and I am not part of any organisation called [ The Illuminati] in any way, shape or form. I have never had problems with whatever the press writes about me. But these publications have gone beyond the boundaries.”
Charly Boy has demonstrate different protests against the the whereabout of Nigeria 2015 emerged President, Mohammadu Buhari, under the rulings party (APC) after leaving his county for 3months and some weeks and left his deputy as acting president with regulated power to office. The Nation suffers economic crisis after the took of power, and refusing to retire even while not competent in health and economy affairs.
Some protests led by Charly Boy:
Charly Boy Leads Protest In Handcuffs, Chains Over Slavery In Libya
3. Yemi Osinbajo (Ag. Pres)
Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo (born 8 March 1957) is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who is the current Vice President of Nigeria , in office since 29 May 2015. He is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor of Law and until his inauguration as Vice President, a Senior Partner with SimmonsCooper Partners, a commercial law.
Yemi Osinbajo was educated at Corona primary School, in Lagos. Between 1969–1975, he attended Igbobi College Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. From 1975–1978, he studied for his undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Lagos , where he was awarded a LLB Law degree. From 1979–1980 he attended Nigerian Law School. In 1981, he was awarded a Master of Laws after attending the London School of Economics .
From 1979–1980, Osinbajo served the compulsory one year youth service as a legal officer with Bendel Development and Planning Authority (BDPA), Bendel state.
In 1981, he was employed as a law lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. From 1983 to 1986, he was Senior lecturer of Law at the University of Lagos. From 1988 to 1992, he was an Adviser (legal advice and litigation) to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola . Osinbajo began lecturing at the age of 23.
From 1997 to 1999 he was made Professor of Law and Head of Department of Public Law, University of Lagos. From 1999 to 2007, Osinbajo was Member of Cabinet, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, also Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
From 2007 to 2013 Osinbajo was once again employed as a Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. In 2007, Osinbajo was made Senior Partner, Simmons Cooper Partners (Barristers and Solicitors), Nigeria.
Other past roles include:
Staff Member, United Nations Operations in Somalia, Justice Division, UNOSOM II.
Member, United Nations Secretary General’s Committee of Experts on Conduct and Discipline of UN, Peacekeeping Personnel around the globe, Member, 2006.
Partner in Law Firm of Osinbajo, Kukoyi & Adokpaye.
Senior lecturer at faculty of law,
Lagos State University Lecturing public law.
After the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, Yemi was tasked, with other notable Nigerians, to design and produce a manifesto for the new political party. This culminated in the presentation of the “Roadmap to a New Nigeria”, a document published by APC as its manifesto if elected to power. The highlights of the Roadmap included a free schools meal plan, a conditional cash transfer to the 25 million poorest Nigerians if they enroll children in school and immunise them. There were also a number of programs designed to create economic opportunities for Nigeria’s massive youth population. On 17 December 2014 the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, retired General Muhammadu Buhari , announced Osinbajo as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections.
On 31 March 2015 Buhari was confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the presidential elections. Thus Osinbajo became the Vice President-elect of Nigeria. They were both sworn in on 29 May 2015.
Yemi Osinbajo assumed office after taking the oath of office on 29 May 2015 at the Eagle Square, Abuja. As the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he is expected to oversee the economic planning team and report, as well as make recommendations, to the president who takes the final decision. Because of his legal background and antecedents as a commissioner for justice in Lagos state for eight years, many expect that he will contribute a great deal to the much needed reform of the judicial system at the national level. During the 2014/2015 campaigns of the All progressives Congress, Yemi Osinbajo held numerous town hall meetings across the country as against the popular rallies that many Nigerians and their politicians were used to. One of his campaign promises, which he has recently reiterated, was the plan to feed a school child a meal per day. Beyond feeding the school children, he has recently emphasized that this plan will create jobs (another campaign promise) for those who will make it happen. Today, most of the campaigned promise remains reminisce because it remains unachievable yet. Some says he is much competent than the president of Nigeria.
Yemi Osinbajo, has received several awards, they include:
State Merit Award 1971
the School Prize for English Oratory, 1972
Adeoba Prize for English Oratory 1972–1975
Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC) 1973
School Prize for Literature (HSC), 1975African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize, 1974.
President Goodluck Jonathan conferred on Osinbajo the Grand Commander of the Order of th e Niger on May 28, 2015.
4. Oby Ezekwesili
Obiageli Ezekwesili (popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili) is a Nigerian chartered accountant. She was a co-founder of Transparency International , serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany . She served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo . Since then, she served as the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012, she was replaced by Makhtar Diop .
Ezekwesili holds a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos , as well as a Master of Public Administraton degree from the Kennedy School of Government , Harvard University . She trained with the firm of Deloitte and Touche and qualified as a chartered accountant.
Prior to working for the Government of Nigeria, Ezekwesiili was working with Professor Jeffrey Sachs at the Center for International Development at Harvard.
Ezekwesili started off in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration as the Pioneer head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (aka Due Process Unit). It was in this position that she earned the sobriquet of “Madam Due Process” for the outstanding work she led a team of professionals to do in sanitising public procurement or contracting at the Federal level in Nigeria. She was the architect of the Bureau for Public Procurement legislation, the NEITI legislation and the new Minerals and Mining legislation during her six and a half years stint in government.
She was appointed Minister of Solid Minerals (Mines and Steel) in June 2005 during which time she led a vibrant reform program that led to Nigeria’s global recognition as a credible mining investment destination. She was also the Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and led the first ever national implementation of the global standards and principles of transparency in the oil, gas and mining sector.
The creator of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Oby Ezekwesili, will feature in the first episode of Forbes Woman Africa women empowerment TV show. The show depicts the journey of some of the most influential women in West and South Africa who have achieved remarkable feats whiles defying the odds.
According to a statement fromForbes Woman Africa Multimedia content made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN the show is the latest instalment from global media company.
She “talks about her harrowing experience in fighting corruption in Nigeria from her early days as the co-founder of Transparency International to the shock and horror of finding out about the abduction of over 270 girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.’’
She played a key role in the Bureau for Public Procurement legislation, the NEITI legislation and the new Minerals and Mining legislation during her six and a half years stint in government.She was appointed Minister of Solid Minerals (Mines and Steel) in June 2005 during which time she led a vibrant reform program that led to Nigeria’s global recognition as a credible mining investment destination.
In June 2006, Ms. Ezekwesili was appointed the Federal Minister of Education, holding this post until she took up her World Bank appointment in May 2007.
In March 2007, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz announced the appointment of Ms. Ezekwesili as Vice-President for the Africa Region starting on May 1, 2007.
As vice-president, she was in charge of the bank’s operations in 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and supervised a lending portfolio of over $40 billion. She was a co-founder of Transparency International and served as one of its pioneer directors.
As a senior economic advisor for Open Society, a group founded by billionaire George Soros, she advises nine reform-committed African heads of state including Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.
On October 1, 2012, one of the world’s leading telecommunications firm, Bharti Airtel, with operations in 20 countries, named Ms. Ezekwesili as a director on its board.
She is also on the boards of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the School of Public Policy of Central European University, The Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy, New African magazine, The Centre for Global Leadership @ Tufts University.
In May 2012, Ms. Ezekwesili was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSC) degree by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria. She was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2014.
In March 2014, she delivered a keynote speech at the national summit of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the leading opposition party in Nigeria. She criticised the many migrating governors and urged the party to have “a conversation deeper than how you’re going to chase (the ruling) PDP out of power”.
In the aftermath of the nearly 300 mainly Christian girls abducted from Chibok by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Ms. Ezekwesili was instrumental to the start of the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media, which trended internationally.
In 2017, she advise Nigeria President “Resist Temptation To Sell National Assets, Ezekwesili Advises FG”.
A former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has said that there are no quick fixes to the current economic crisis in the country, just as she advised against unwise borrowing by the Federal Government.
The ex-minister was reacting to the suggestion by some Nigerians, prominent among them Senate President Bukola Saraki and Aliko Dangote, for the FG to sell off some of its national assets to raise much-needed foreign exchange to cushion effects of economic recession.
In a series of tweets, Ezekwesili said “It seems that the default instinct of our political class is ‘Sell and Spend’. Sell oil. Spend. Oil fails? Sell assets. Spend. WON’T WORK!”
The former World Bank Vice President (Africa), who advised managers of the economy to resist what she termed ‘wonderful’ chorus by politicians to sell national assets, noted that there are no easy options as far as getting Nigeria out of economic recession.
The governing All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the dismay expressed by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.
In the build-up to the 2015 general elections, the APC, then an opposition party, was a strong voice behind the BBOG’s campaign for the rescue of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014. So strong was the bond between the group and some leading members of the APC that the PDP, which was in government, accused the BBOG of being an extension of the then opposition party.
The APC also made the abducted Chibok schoolgirls a part of its campaign issue against the PDP-led federal government at the time, promising to rescue them if elected into office.
Now in power for over a year and the girls still in captivity, APC’s relationship with the campaigners has become frosty. The BBOG members were barricaded by the police from marching to the Presidential Villa, Abuja. A pro-government group had on the same day also joined to block the group’s path to the villa.
Piqued by the development, a co-convener of the BBOG and former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, took to Twitter to remind President Muhammadu Buhari that it was 879 days since the Chibok girls were abducted.
“No More excuses. Decide now. Act now”, Mrs. Ezekwesili told the president. The former minister, in her tweets, said that by slandering, renting a crowd, and attempting to stop their protest march, “officials of low degree” thought they could destroy BBOG, so that the group would stop “disturbing” the government.
As a reminder of what the group insists the president owes the people, Ezekwesili quoted a line from President Buhari’s inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 in which he said: “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons”.
She also referred the APC to the its December 2014 tweet, in which it said, “It’s hours to New Year celebration. Our Chibok girls aren’t home yet. If you talk about it, they label you ‘opposition’. Things must change”.
The APC, in its response to Mrs. Ezekwesili, who was also a former World Bank Vice President, said it is committed to the BBOG’s struggle, but that its strategy has changed since it is now the party in power. “As opposition then, #BringBackOurGirls was an open campaign, since that was the only way we could pressure government into action”, the APC tweeted.
5. Abubakar Atiku
Atiku Abubakar (GCON ) (born 25 November 1946) is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist, who served as the second elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Abubakar worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service was then known. He retired in April 1989 and took up full-time business and politics. He ran for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.
In 1998 he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria’s second democratically elected vice president on 29 May 1999.
Abubakar’s second term as Vice President was marked by a stormy relationship with President Obasanjo. His bid to succeed Obasanjo did not receive the latter’s support, and it took a judgment of the Supreme Court to allow Abubakar contest after he was initially disqualified by the Independent National Electoral Commission on the grounds that he had been indicted for financial misconduct by an investigating panel set up at Obasanjo’s behest. The Supreme Court ordered the electoral commission to restore Abubakar’s name onto the presidential ballot. Abubakar ran on the platform of the Action Congress , having quit the PDP on account of his issues with President Obasanjo. Atiku lost the election, placing third after Umaru Yar’Adua and Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
Atiku is a co-founder of Intels, an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad. He is also the founder of Adama Beverages Limited, and the American University of Nigeria (AUN) , both in Yola.
Atiku started out in the real estate business during his early days as a Customs Officer. In 1974 he applied for and received a 31,000 naira loan to build his first house in Yola, which he put up for rent. From proceeds of the rent he purchased another plot, and built a second house. He continued this way, building a sizeable portfolio of property in Yola.
In 1981 he moved into agriculture, acquiring 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton farm. The business fell on hard times and closed in 1986. “My first foray into agriculture, in the 1980s, ended in failure,” he wrote in an April 2014 blog.
He then ventured into trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour and sugar. His most important business move came while he was a Customs Officer at the Apapa Ports. Gabrielle Volpi, an Italian businessman in Nigeria, invited him to set up Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a logistics company operating within the Ports. NICOTES would go on to provide immense wealth to Atiku. Conflict of interest accusations have since trailed him on account of his involvement in business while a civil servant, who exercised supervisory authority.
On his part, Atiku has defended the decision, saying his involvement was limited to the ownership of shares (which government rules permitted), and that he was not involved in day-to-day running of the business. NICOTES would later be rebranded INTELS, and go on to feature prominently in accusations of money laundering levelled against Atiku by the US government during his Vice Presidency.
Atiku’s business empire also includes a beverage manufacturing plant in Yola, as well as an animal feed factory.
Atiku’s first foray into politics was in the early 1980s, when he worked behind-the-scenes on the governorship campaign of Bamanga Tukur , who at that time was managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority. He canvassed for votes on behalf of Tukur, and also donated to the campaign. Towards the end of his Customs career, he met Shehu Musa Yar’Adua , who had been second-in-command of the military government that ruled Nigeria between 1976 and 1979. Atiku was drawn by Yar’Adua into the political meetings that were now happening regularly in Yar’Adua’s Lagos home. In 1989 Atiku was elected a National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria, the political association led by Yar’Adua, to participate in the transition programme initiated by Head of State Ibrahim Babangida.
Atiku won a seat to represent his constituency at the 1989 Constituent Assembly, set up to decide a new constitution for Nigeria. The People’s Front was eventually denied registration by the government (none of the groups that applied was registered), and found a place within the Social Democratic Party, one of the two parties decreed into existence by the regime.
First governorship run (1990)
On 1 September 1990, Atiku announced his Gongola State gubernatorial bid. A year later, before the elections could hold, Gongola State was broken up into two – Adamawa and Taraba States – by the Federal Government. Atiku fell into the new Adamawa State. After an acrimonious contest he won the SDP Primaries in November 1991, but was soon disqualified by government from contesting the elections.
First presidential run (1992)
A similar fate – disqualification by the military – would befall Shehu Musa Yar’Adua , Atiku’s friend and political mentor, in his 1992 bid for the presidential primary of the SDP. With no chance of contesting for the presidency, Yar’Adua decided to push Atiku forward as the focal point of SDP’s ambitions. Atiku came third in the convention primary. But because
MKO Abiola, the winner, had won by only about 400 votes a run-off was due. Atiku stepped down for Abiola, asking his supporters to cast their votes for him, with an unwritten agreement that Abiola would announce Atiku as his running mate. Abiola won the SDP ticket, and announced Babagana Kingibe , the runner-up, as his running mate.
Second governorship run (1998)
In 1998 Atiku launched a bid for the governorship of Adamawa State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party. He won the December 1998 elections, but before he could be sworn in he was tapped by the PDP’s presidential candidate, former Head of State Olusegun Obasanjo, as his vice-presidential candidate. The Obasanjo-Atiku ticket won the 27 February 1999 presidential election with 62.78 percent of the vote.
Vice Presidency (1999–2007)
Seal of the Vice-President.
Atiku Abubakar was sworn in as Vice-President of Nigeria on 29 May 1999. He presided over the National Council on Privatization, overseeing the sale of hundreds of loss-making and poorly managed public enterprises.
In 1999 he, alongside South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma , launched the South Africa Nigeria Binational Commission.
In 2006, Atiku was involved in a bitter public battle with his boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, ostensibly arising from the latter’s bid to amend certain provisions of the constitution to take another shot at the presidency (for the third consecutive time).
In a November 2013 interview Atiku is quoted as saying, regarding Obasanjo’s alleged attempts to justify his third term bid: “[He] informed me that ‘I left power twenty years ago, I left Mubarak in office, I left Mugabe in office, I left Eyadema in office, I left Umar Bongo, and even Paul Biya and I came back and they are still in power; and I just did eight years and you are asking me to go; why?’ And I responded to him by telling him that Nigeria is not Libya, not Egypt, not Cameroun, and not Togo; I said you must leave; even if it means both of us lose out, but you cannot stay.”
The debate and acrimony generated by the failed constitutional amendment momentarily caused a rift in the People’s Democratic Party. The Nigerian National Assembly eventually voted against any amendments allowing Obasanjo to run for another term.
The Atiku-Obasanjo face-off damaged the personal relationship between both men. Second presidential run (2006–2007) On 25 November 2006 Abubakar announced that he would run for president. On 20 December 2006, he was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC).
On 14 March 2007, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the final list of 24 aspirants for 21 April presidential election . Abubakar’s name was missing from the ballot. INEC issued a statement stating that Abubakar’s name was missing because he was on a list of persons indicted for corruption by a panel set up by the government. Abubakar headed to the courts on 16 March to have his disqualification overturned.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on 16 April that INEC had no power to disqualify candidates. The ruling allowed Abubakar to contest the election, although there were concerns that it might not be possible to provide ballots with Abubakar’s name by 21 April, the date of the election. On 17 April, a spokesman for INEC said that Abubakar would be on the ballot.
According to official results, Abubakar took third place, behind PDP candidate Umaru Yar’Adua and ANPP candidate Muhammadu Buhari, with approximately 7% of the vote (2.6 million votes). Abubakar rejected the election results and called for its cancellation, describing it as Nigeria’s “worst election ever.” [
He stated that he would not attend Umaru Yar’Adua’s inauguration on 29 May due to his view that the election was not credible, saying that he did not want to “dignify such a hollow ritual with my presence.”
Third presidential run (2011)
Following the 2007 elections, Atiku returned to the People’s Democratic Party. In October 2010 he announced his intention to contest for the Presidency. On 22 November, a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the Northern Consensus Candidate, over former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser Aliyu Gusau and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State.
In January 2011, Atiku contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary, garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan’s 2736.
Relationship with President Obasanjo
On 30 March 2014, Nigerian media reported that a delegation from the Northern Youth Leaders Forum visited Obasanjo at his home in Abeokuta and pleaded with him to “forgive your former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of whatever political sin or offence he might have committed against you.” In response Obasanjo is quoted as saying that “as a leader and father, I bear no grudge against anybody and if there is, I have forgiven them all.”
Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM)
In August 2013, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registered two new political parties. One of them was the Peoples Democratic Movement. Local media reports suggested that the party was formed by Atiku as a back-up plan in case he was unable to fulfill his rumoured presidential ambitions on the PDP platform. In a statement Atiku acknowledged that the PDM was founded by his “political associates”, but that he remained a member of the PDP.
All Progressives Congress
On 2 February 2014, Atiku left the Peoples Democratic Party to the join All Progressives Congress. According to local media reports, he will be seeking to contest for the Nigerian presidency in 2015, on the party’s platform.
On Friday, 24 November 2017, Atiku announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he helped to form.
6. Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali
Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali (August 15, 1980 – November 4, 2016) was Nigerian Army officer who Commanded the Army’s 272 Tank Battalion. He was killed in an ambush by Boko Haram in Fatori, Borno State.
Early life and education
Ali graduated from Command Secondary School, Jos in 1997 and was admitted to the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1998 as a member of the 50th Regular Course. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Nigerian Army Armour Corps in September 2003. His father is
Brig-Gen Abu Ali, now the Etsu of Bassa-Nge Kingdom in Kogi State).
He participated in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), United Missions in Darfur (UNMO), and received an accelerrated promotion from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel, receiving a gallantry award by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai in September 2015.
Chief of Army Staff award for exceptional bravery
Ali received the Chief of Army Staff award in Gamboru for exceptional bravery from Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai on September 9, 2015 for his role in the fight against Boko Haram.
Hero of the war on terror, Lt Col Abu Ali, who died in the battle front on November 4 this year alongside six of his colleagues was buried Monday, November 7 at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.
Those who died with him and were given heroic burial were Sgt Muazu Ibrahim, Sgt Hussani Jafaru, Sgt Bassey Okon, Cpl Chukwu Simon, Able Seaman Patrick Paul, (Nigerian Navy) and Pte Salisu Lawal.
Investigation by Saturday Vanguard showed that the death of Lt. Col. Abu Ali was particularly painful to officers and soldiers because at one point during the operation to liberate one of the recovered territories Monguno), he put his life on the line by frontally taking on scores of the terrorists so that wounded soldiers could be successfully evacuated from the battle front to receive medical attention.
During the operation, Lt. Col Ali (whose 272 Task Force Battalion is mobile and rotational) was said to have driven his then armoured 105 Howitzer battle tank against the terrorists and fired until he ran out of ammunition.
The terrorists later surrounded the armoured tank, thinking the operator had run away, bombed it with IEDS, pumped several rounds of AK 47 rifles into the armoured tank and all visible opening of the tank. Having concluded that whatever was left of the Howitzer was carcass, the terrorists were said to have left, happy that they had demobilized and destroyed an armoured tank of the Nigerian Army.
Troops of 272 Task Force battalion who escaped the attack, were said to have gone back to base to report that Lt. Col Ali had been killed.
But almost 48 hours later when everybody concluded the worst had happened, they saw the 105 Howitzer of Col Abu Ali making its way back to base even in its state of near destruction.
When the battle tank stopped, behold, it was Lt. Col Abu Ali who disembarked. The soldiers and officers who could not believe their eyes went into jubilation, chanting his praise and quickly rushed him to receive first aid attention because he was bleeding from his nose, ears and other parts of the body. The officer was later said to have been rushed out for treatment to stop the bleeding from different parts of his body.
However, having been treated and certified okay, Lt. Col. Abu Ali who said he had an unfinished business of annihilating Boko Haram terrorists, and liberating hostages and remaining villages, returned to battle but this time with the brand new T-72 long range battle tank.
It is in recognition of this commitment and doggedness that Vanguard was told that the Commander in Chief may have given a tacit approval to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Buratai to give a post-humus promotion of a full Colonel to the late Lt. Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali.
His last battle In defense of his Nation
After foiling an attempt to overrun Mallam Fatori on Friday November 4, 2016, by over 60 Boko Haram terrorists, who were heavily armed with various sophisticated weapons including Anti-tank weapons, Anti-Aircraft guns, GPMGs and several AK 47 rifles, Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali who led the onslaught against the terrorists moved several hundreds of meters ahead to ascertain the casualty figures of the terrorists who were killed and his own troops who were either killed or injured. As the Commander who led from the front, Ali was said to have disembarked from his T 72 armoured battle-tank while some of his soldiers accompanied him to carry out mop up if any.
This was to ensure that there were no more terrorists hiding in caves, hills or in bushes to carry out further ambush. Having satisfied himself that the environs were clear, the officer was said to have ordered his men to return to their position. However, unknown to him, a new group of Boko Haram terrorists, emerged from nowhere as the soldiers were heading back to position and opened fire on the soldiers leading to Abu Ali’s death and six of his colleagues.
Though many of the terrorists were killed and many others escaped with bullet wounds, it is still a mystery how this set of terrorists emerged from nowhere, especially an area that was initially cleared of terrorists to create the havoc.
7. Dino Melaye
Dino Melaye is a Nigerian politician, and member of the 8th National Assembly, representing Kogi West .
Daniel Dino Melaye was born in the city of Kano. He was a Student union leader at the Ahmadu Bello University , Zaria before leading the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). After that he became the Secretary General of African Youth Council and then that of the Commonwealth Youth Council. [ citation needed ] These positions won him the African youth of the year award among many other citizens of 54 competing Commonwealth countries in 2005 after which he was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo to chair the Presidential Advisory Council on Youths.
He studied Geography from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Over 30 undergraduates are enjoying scholarship under his education empowerment fund, sinking of boreholes in various villages in his constituency, and has donated drugs worth several millions to hospitals in various villages and has instituted a continuous widow empowerment program.
Melaye was a member In the House of Representatives, where he openly opposed President Jonathan Goodluck, calling his government the most corrupt one in Nigeria.
In the 2015 Senatorial election he was elected a member of the Senate of Nigeria from the Kogi West Senatorial District.
Political controversies and scandals
Melaye’s political career has not been spared of scandals and accusations. As a senator, it was alleged that Melaye continued to operate a checking and savings account with a US bank, in violation of Nigeria law, a report he has not denied.
Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Bureau strongly and clearly prohibits the use of foreign accounts by elected and public officials.
One transaction on Melaye’s Bank of America debit card is an approved payment to the New York-based Schweiger Dermatology for $1,000. The company describes itself as a medical and cosmetic dermatology service offering a variety of skin healthcare needs. Melaye has repeatedly dodged questions that he operates these bank accounts, despite evidence provided including transaction dates, bank statements, card numbers, and location of the transactions.
Melaye had at one time threatened to beat up Senator Oluremi Tinubu and ‘impregnate’ her on the floor of the Senate. In June 2017, a process to recall Senator Melaye from the National Assembly was kickstarted.
Melaye further said, “Spending over N1bn of taxpayers’ money on an unproductive venture, when salaries and pensions have not been paid, is wicked. “I will continue to defend the poor and defenceless masses of Kogi State. If I die, I die. We must rescue the state.”
Melaye was involved in various certificates scandals in 2017 including his claim to have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University and a degree from the prestigious Boston-based Ivy League Harvard University in the United States.
However, his colleague and former majority leader of his party (APC) Sen. Ali Ndume calls for the house to probe Melaye’s claims. Melaye claims not only did he graduate legitimately from ABU Zaria, but also, he has successfully earned seven degrees from various other institutions around the world, among them are Harvard’s University Kennedy School for Educational Leadership and London School of Economics and Political Science; a claim that was since refuted by both institutions, with Harvard claiming Mr. Melaye only presented himself for a week long professional development course in late 2016. While LSE claimed there’s no evidence on its database that Mr. Melaye ever Obtained any degree there.
Melaye was eventually cleared by the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University who appeared before the Senate Committee to confirm that Senator Dino Melaye graduated from the school, although under a different name.
In May, 2016, Dino Melaye launched a book titled “Antidotes For Corruption: The Nigerian Story” which received enormous backlash given the perceived reputation of author. The backlashes were further deepened by the launch event headed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki , and former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan , who were both entangled in different corruption cases.
The book was also berated for its poor syntax, as ‘antidotes’ was expected to take the preposition ‘to’ against the ‘for’ that was used in title. Some quarters also described it as a “cut and paste” of newspapers articles.
Awards and recognitions
Melaye has won several awards, including Best Honourable Representative of the Year by Global Youth Awareness and Development Initiative, Protector of the Youth P.D.P National Youth Vanguard, Epitome of Servant by National Association of Kogi State Students, Youth Libra for Award by the Visioners Club of Kogi State, the Great Motivator of Students by Nigerian Economic Student Association, Icon of Good Leadership by Kogi Peoples Forum, 2008 Diplomatic Member of the year by St. Monica’s College Kabba and the most performed National Legislator by Vision 2020 Youth Group. Most vibrant Honourable member, Abuja merit Awards African Parliamentarian of the year 2005 in U.S.A.
You may want to ask what is Borisky doing on this list, well just know he has much followers who took after is code of dressing as a feminist.
Bobrisky is a Nigerian internet personality, cross dresser and entrepreneur who is known for his social media skill most notably with the use of Snapchat , a social media application.
Early life and education
Born Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju in 1992, Bobrisky finished his secondary school education from King’s College situated at Lagos State. He also attended graduate school at the University of Lagos , (UNILAG).
He became recognized by being highly controversial on social media. Bobrisky was able to gather traffic to his Snapchat account when he claimed he had a lover who is assumed to be of masculine gender despite the Nigerian constitution at that point in time which made such same sex relationships an offence punishable by serving 14 years in a penitentiary.
Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google ‘s Communications and Public Affairs
Manager , Anglophone West Africa , said Bobrisky was most searched individual from October 26 to November 2016.
Nigerian male Barbie and Snapchat queen, Idris Okuneye, most popularly known as Bobrisky, was arrested in Lekki, Lagos. There was many speculations as to why he was arrested, but it was being reported that the social media celebrity admitted to being gay. People thought it was one reason behind his arrest while others claimed that his arrest is linked to Toyin Lawani after Lawani and Bobrisky engaged in fiery social media exchange. However, Frontline lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo said Bobrisky cannot be jailed for publicly admitting he is homosexual unless caught in the act.“For me, you have to be caught in the act,” he said
9. Daddy Freeze
Ifedayo Olarinde popularly called
Freeze is a Nigerian radio host and presenter. He was born in Osun State to a Nigerian father and a Romanian European mother, Smaranda Olarinde. He attended the International School Ibadan. He also earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan .
Ifedayo started his radio career in 1996 with the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan and joined Cool FM in 2001 working in radio presenting, television and general entertainment. He is a senior broadcaster at Cool Fm Lagos.
He won the favorite Nigerian OAP at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
Freeze allegedly chided T. B. Joshua for his failure to predict the Synagogue Church building collapse . However, T. B. Joshua has claimed that he foresaw the tragedy which befell his ministry. Freeze is several known for his critical criticism for Men of God, and has always stand against paying tithe which has causes so many men of God in Nigeria to tagged him as “satanic.”
10. Abdulrasheed Maina
In search of Maina Borno politics and 2019 elections
Maina was relatively known in his Biu town – in southern Borno until few years ago when he sought for a traditional title. A source in Biu said Maina had bulldozed his way into some high chiefs in the area, the third largest town in Borno but was denied. “He came looking for traditional title after contacting some chiefs but he was told it would not be possible,” the source who preferred anonymity told Saturday Sun.
Maina was reportedly denied the title because he was not well known in the town and among the people, the source said. He was said to be warming up for the Borno 2019 governorship race. “He was determined to contest the seat,” the source maintained. Some residents of Biu confirmed that his campaign posters have been placed in some strategic locations in the town. “His plan is to get reinstated in the civil service and then disengage after three to five months to join full politics,” the source claimed.
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