Friday, 28 December 2018

SHEHU SHAGARI (GCFR) THE MAN LIVES ON


Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari
Born on February 25, 1925 and passed on December 28, 2018.


He was the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria October 1, 1979 - December 31, 1983





He was born in February 25, 1925, at Yabo in Shagari Community of Sokoto State, Nigeria. He attended Yabo Elementary School, 1931-1935; Middle School, 1935-1941; Kaduna College (now Barewa College) Kaduna 1941-1994; and Teacher Training College, Zaria 1944-1945. 




He served as Science Teacher, Sokoto Middle School, 1945-1950; Headmaster, Argungu Senior Primary School, 1951-1952; and Senior Visiting Teacher, Sokoto Province, 1953-1956. He was elected into the House of Representative for Sokoto West, 1954-1958; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, 1958-1959; Acting Federal Minister of Commerce and Industry 1959; Minister of Economic Development 1959-1960; Minister of Pensions and Establishment 1960-1962; Minister of Internal Affairs, 1962-1965; and Minister of works 1965-1966. One time Secretary, Sokoto Province Educational Development fund 1967-1968; Commissioner for Establishment, North Western (Sokoto) 1968-1969; Federal Commissioner for Finance, 1971-1975; member, constituent Assembly (1977-1978). He was elected the first Executive President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces 1979, with a total vote scored of 5, 688, 857, beating Chief Obafemi Awolowo to a vote of 4, 916, 651. He was topple in a Military Coup on December 31, 1983 and was subsequently placed under house arrest. He was member, Nigerian Scholarship 1954-1958; He was conferred with Honorary Doctor of Laws (Hon. LLD) by the Ahmadu Bello University (1976) was the Secretary of the defunct Northern People’s Congress (NPC) 1951-1956. Some of his publications are: Wakar Nigeria (1983), Song of Nigeria and Shehu Usman Dan, The Turakin of Sokoto.  He is fondly called Shagari.




SOME DATES IN THE TENURE OF ALHAJI SHEHU USMAN ALIYU SHAGARI

1979, October 17:      President Shehu Shagari submitted the list of 33 ministers to the Senate for approval. The Ministers in accordance with the Constitution are drawn from all the States of the Federation. Twenty-four of them are of cabinet rank while 14 are of non-cabinet rank. Of the cabinet of ministers, two each are picked from Benue, Kaduna, Anambra, Imo and Plateau States. Others are drawn from each state. The following is the full list of the ministers: FEDERAL CABINET MINISTRIES: Anambra, Mr. D.C. Ugwu, Mr. Chimezie Ikeazor; Bauchi, Mr. M.I Hassan; Brono, Mr. Adamu Ciroma; Bendel, Mr. I.A. Emina; Benue, Mr. I. Shaahu, Mr. Paul Unongo; Cross River, Prof. S.M. Essang; Gongola, Prof. Iya Abubakar; Imo, Dr. Sylvester Ugoh, Dr. I. I. Maduike; Kaduna Alhaji U. Dikko, Prof. Ishaya Audu; Kano, Alhaji B.M. Yusuf; Kwara, Alhaji A. Oniyangi; Lagos, Dr. W.O. Dosunmu; Niger, Alhaji N. Mamudu; Ogun, Mrs. A.E. Oyagbola; Ondo, Mr. S.A. Ogedengbe; Oyo, Chief R.O. Akinjide; Plateau, Mr. J.J. Kadiya; Rivers, Mr, Victor Masi: Sokoto, Alhaji I. Gusau.  NON-CABINET MINISTERS: Bauchi, Alhaji Ahmed Musa; Bendel, Chief Bolokor; Borno, Alhaji A. Jarma; Cross River, Chief E. Okoi-Obuli; Gongola, Alhaji Ali Baba; Kaduna, M.l.A. Dan-Musa; Kano, Alhaji B. Usman; Kwara, Mallam M.A. Makele; Lagos Mr. A. Thomas; Ogun, Chief Olu Awotesu; Ondo, Mr. C.A. Bamgboye, Oyo, Chief (Mrs.) J. Akinrinade; Rivers, Dr. J. Igbani; Sokoto, Alhaji Mahu.
1979, October 22:     President Shehu Shagari swore-in new permanent secretaries and laid down a firm guideline for them in the performance of their duties. The President expects them to possess a sense of purpose, to be creative, to keep good and decent company, to give responsible leadership by example, be dedicated to duty and show loyalty to the government and the nation. He warned the 31 permanent Secretaries that if any of them breached the code of conduct, he would be disciplined.
1979, November 15: President Shehu Shagari said in Lagos that he has no objection to the amendment of our constitution on the issue of freedom of the Press. The President was speaking at the State House, Ribadu Road, after an eight-man team of the Nigerian Guild of Editors presented a memorandum on issues affecting the operation of the Press. The Guild of Editors requested the President as “the primary proposer of legislation, chief lobbyist, diplomat-in-chief and Nigeria’s number one citizen” to initiate a bill to the effect that the National Assembly shall make no laws to abrogate the freedom of expression and freedom of the Press. President Shagari said he would accept such an amendment if it had the support of the majority of the legislators, but added that the initiative should not come from the executive but from the legislature.



1980, February 6:      The President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, received in audience, the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Mr. Shridat Rampal. While exchanging views with the visiting Secretary-General, the President expressed the hope that an amicable settlement would be achieved in Zimbabwe
1980, February 19:    The president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, in the course of his official visit to Bendel state, visited the Aladja steel project to see the progress so far made in the project construction.
1980, February 27:    President Shehu Shagari made his first official visits out side Nigeria to Republic of Benin.
1980, February 28:    The President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari met the representatives of the Nigerian Community in Cotonou, during his one day official visit to Benin Republic. Later at a press conference held in Cotonou at the end of his one-day visit, the President expressed satisfaction with the progress made on the various aspects of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Benin republic. He made particular reference to the joint partnership between the two countries in cement, sugar and road projects and expressed happiness that some of them had come to fruition.
1980, March 5:          President Shehu Shagari gave a directive that two million naira worth of relief materials should be distributed to the oil spillage areas of the Niger Delta. Another report says the federal Minister of housing and Environment Dr. Wahab Dosunmu and a separate three-man team of relief officials have started a tour of areas affected by the oil spillage.
1980, October 7:        President Shehu Shagari visited the United States of America and was
                                    hosted by President Jimmy Carter.
1980, October 17:      President Shehu Shagari presented his cabinet list for approval to the Senate.
1980, October 25:      President Shagari commissioned the Kaduna Oil refinery built at the cost of N503 million.
1980, November 22: President Shehu Shagari held first meeting with his National Council of State.
1981, November 1:    President Shehu Shagari laid foundation stone of the Jos Steel Rolling Mill.
1981, December 17:  President Shehu Shagari proposed N10.9 billion in the
                                    1982 budget.
1981, November 3:    President Shagari declared open the first made in Nigeria
Consumer and Industrial Goods Trade Fair in Lagos.


1983, December 31: Military coup in Nigeria ended the second term of President Shehu Shagari in office.
1984, January 3:        Deposed president, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, was flown from Kaduna to Lagos amidst water-tight security.
 He died December 28, 2018 at the National Hospital, Abuja At 7:03pm


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Friday, 21 December 2018

8th oldest Secondary School in Nigeria - Kings College Lagos needs our help

Dr. Raphael James standing in front of Kings College library  


On December 17th 2018, I visited the 8th oldest secondary school in Nigeria, the Kings College Lagos, (originally called King’s School, Lagos), located at 3, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos, Nigeria. One of the oldest Government secondary schools in Nigeria founded by an Act of British Parliament on Monday September 29, 1909 with 10 students, (including J.C. Vaughan, Isaac Ladipo Oluwole, Frank Macaulay, Herbert Mills (from the Gold Coast), O.A. Omololu and Moses King) for the purpose of giving a higher education. Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity of meeting with the Principal Mr. Kolawole Isaac Sola during my visit but comments have it that he is a great man, a product of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state and the University of Ibadan where he bagged Master’s Degree in Educational Evaluation.

O. A. Oluwole one of the foundation students became the first Senior Prefect of the school. The school building was erected and furnished at a cost of £10,001. It was made up of a hall to accommodate 300 students, 8 lecture rooms, a chemical laboratory and an office.  The school started with a staff of three Europeans (a principal who gave instruction in English Language, Literature and Latin, a Mathematical and Science Master) with two African assistant teachers. Occasionally, members of the Education Department were engaged as lectures of the classes.

Kings College first building 1914

Students were prepared for Matriculation Examination of the University of London, provided useful course of study to those who eventually qualified for professional life and those that entered Government or Mercantile service. It was also used then for the Cambridge Local Examinations. In fact, from among the very first set of twenty-five students that sat for the Cambridge examinations in 1914, twenty passed; eleven senior and nine junior. Presently the school conducts exams for the West African School-Leaving Certificate and the National Examinations Council.

Dr Raphael James standing in front Kings College building


History has it that in 1908, Mr. Henry Rawlingson Carr - the Nigerian Acting Director of Education in Lagos, advised Governor Walter Egerton among many others to the formation of King's College. Carr convinced the London Board of Education that King's College's education mission would not overlap but supplement the education initiatives of missionary societies. The school uniform consists of a white shirt (long-sleeved for those in the senior school and short-sleeved for those in the junior school), a school tie and/or a school badge, white trousers, black belt, socks and black laced shoes and a blue blazer. 


Front view of Kings College gate from the main road


I was conducted on a guarded tour of the school premises by one of the staff and an old student Mr Jamezany Ofonimeh 03set. I was told that the College occupies about 10 Acres of land, with Day and Boarding facilities. The main building is a long-stretched-L-shaped two story block, consisting: the Introductory Technology Workshop, Assembly Hall and the College Clinic on the ground floor. The first floor is a long stream of hostels, which accommodate the Harmans and Panes Houses. On the top of the Houses is the penthouse of four flats for Housemasters.

Kings College roll call of Principals 1909-date

The ground floor of the second segment of the building has three classrooms, while the first and second floors accommodate the McKee Wright House. The third segment, is the Administrative Block or Brick block. The complex is of Colonial British architecture.  The building has brick walls and wooden floors. It accommodates a classroom, three offices and the College Library adjoining the building at the rear end of the ground floor; while the first floor consists of staff rooms and offices. The Principal’s office, the General Office and the Bursary are located on the third floor. The fourth segment of the structure is a storey building that houses the Science Laboratories.

Other buildings include a two storey block housing 12 classrooms and 8 offices for teachers, beside the Laboratory Block.  This block was put up in 1999 by the College Parents’ Teachers Association (PTA). Behind the PTA block is the Senior Boarding Housemaster’s (SBHM) House. A block of residential rooms is also located near the SBHM’s quarters. Towards the Western end of the College is a storey building, which accommodates the Dining Hall (ground floor) and the oldest Dormitory in the College – Hyde Johnson House above. Beside Hyde Johnson is a residential block of two flats for teachers and a Squash Court building.

Dr Raphael James with an old student of KC, Alhaji Lateef Jakande,
former Governor of Lagos State and former Federal Minister of Works & Housing

The school has sporting and recreational facilities including a standard Football field, Badminton and Squash courts, Cricket pitch, Basketball court and Table Tennis facilities.

Their library as well as the entire school need support and rehabilitation. on that note i will be presenting books to their library come 2019.  
  
The first Principal was Mr. Lomax who was seconded from the Survey Department, not long after he was replaced by Mr. Hyde-Johnson who lasted for nine months and was succeeded by Mr. Rowden, but the first African principal was Rex Akpofure. 

Dr Raphael James with an old student of KC, Gen. Odumegwu Ojukwu, 
Head of State of the defunct Republic of Biafra

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Thursday, 20 December 2018

EXCLUSIVE STORY OF 'IYA ORISA' OF OLUMO (MOTHER GODDESS OF THE ROCK) - SINATU ADUKE SANNI @ 134 Years Old

Chief Mrs Sinatu Aduke Sanni


In 1864, Abeokuta was attacked by Dahomey, during this period the parents of Sinatu, migrated to the top of the Olumo rock to hide for protection, so it was no surprise that they got so use to the rock that they returned there years back. Sinatu Aduke Sanni was born on Friday August 15, 1884, that was 3 months before the Berlin conference commenced in Germany to partition African countries among European rival states, there Britain successfully laid claims to the territory of the Niger Basin and that was on November 15.

Chief Mrs Sinatu


Sinatu was just 6 years old when, father Conquard arrived at Abeokuta in 1890. On January 18, 1893, Sinatu was only 9 years old when the people of Abeokuta signed a treaty with British Governor Gilbert Carter and a quasi-independent state was granted to Abeokuta and by 1895, Father Conquard Built the first hospital in Nigeria at Abeokuta. When Abeokuta Grammar School started in July 16, 1908, Sinatu was encouraged to start school but it did not last, she felt ridiculous, for she was already 24 years and married, as she has taken over her mother’s trade of farming.

Chief Mrs Sinatu


On September 6, 1917, Sinatu was a part of the mass rally at the palace of Alake of Egbe land, just like most women her age and by 1918, when there was a massive Abeokuta riot, the 34 years old retired back to Olumo rock and she leaves there even as I write. 


artworks representing the war lords of Abeokuta on Olumo rock


Sinatu grew up under the Olumo rock and she has witnessed the coronation of about four Alake of Egbaland, including the September 28, 1963, coronation of Prince Adesina Gbadebo as the Alake of Abeokuta.       

the baobab tree where certain sacrifices are made for the gods


'Abeokuta' (Under the rock or 'beneath the rock'. Chief Sinatu is the Chief Priest of ‘Orisha Igun’
shrine, managed by women under her directives. They worship their own personal god ‘Orisa Igun’ (god of longevity) within the shrine

Dr Raphael James in the frontage of one of the huts under the rock where Sinatu grew up 


Olumo Rock is one of the tourist destinations in Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria. It is the original safe ground of the indigenes of Egbaland, during the wars between the Kingdom of Dahomey people and Egba people. The people lived in caves,  inside the rock and they remain protected throughout the war period.

Dr Raphael on Olumo rock


She believes in the ‘god of the rock’ which, she says has kept her protected and directed her life all the years. 


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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Promoting Book reading the CRIMMD LIBRARY WAY





Promoting book reading at CRIMMD comes in different ways this was awesome, it was our ‘Reading with Fun series tagged “The 'Ijebu-Garri-Drinking-Book Reading event”.



Facebook friend turn sister madam Atinuke Balogun aka Mama Onigarri donated to us, 10 bags of 1kg ijebu garri, and one bag of 2kg, total of 12kg, we had sugar, milk, two bottles of groundnut, and a pot of hot steaming Aganyin-bean (soft over cooked beans). The program started by 12.30 and ended by 2pm, it was held as usual at our CRIMMD FREE PUBLIC Library venue, 138 Ejigbo-Idimu road, by Ago-Adura bus stop, Idimu, Lagos.



 It was chaired by Mr. Tunde Oduwole. The books read are: ‘Nigeria their Nigeria’ by Dan Agbese; ‘Future tense’ by Richard O. Ikiebe and Taiwo Obe; ‘Live Your Abundant life’ by Aya Fubara Eneli; ‘Writing the wrong’ by Chid Chidi Amuta; ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ by Gozie Udemezue (Nwanyioma Nwachinemelu); ‘Nigerian festivals’ by Pelu Awofeso; ‘Cate saves the Ikopi Rain Forest’ by Adesola Aduke Arit Alamutu and Peju Dawodu; ‘Perspective from my mind’s eye’ by Steve Akadiri; ‘Destined to win’ by Soji Omotunde; ‘The man marches on’ by Jones Arogbofa; ‘My Stepping Stone’ by Jossy Nkwocha; ‘Catch them young through the energy vision’ by Daniel Anikor; ‘Olaitan Oyerinde’ by Lois Otse Adams and ‘A combatant at war’ by Utibe Ukim, Emmanuel Ukpong and Adeola Fadairo.



 It was a great outing as we later descended on the Ijebu garri and dealt with it mercilessly. Readers are leaders and that is what we are doing at the CRIMMD Free library since 2004
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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Giringori Akabogu of the New Masquerade deserves our commendation always

A friend, myself and Mr James Iroha aka Giringori


While I served as Media Assistant to the Governor of Abia State from 1999 to 2000, I had a friend, a very senior friend, a man I respected so much growing up in the 80's. A man with the Midas touch, one of the best script writer, best actor, best producer Nigeria ever had, he was then Director of Programs at the Abia State Broadcasting Service. 

Giringori in action 

When he was not in his office and not at home, he was in my place, he called me 'James Junior' and I called him 'James Senior'. James Iroha a.k.a Giringori Akabogu of the New Masquerade. A 1966 graduate of University of Ibadan, the creator of the television drama - "The New Masquerade", which ruled the screen in the early 80s, on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Network. The New Masquerade started as a radio programme in the then East Central State Broadcasting Corporation radio, Enugu which, at its prime, was the “King of Primetime” on the NTA Network. It ran as a 15-minute radio programme, known as "The Masquerade". 

Albums of New Masquerade featuring James Iroha

The audio format was adapted for an audiovisual recording and was adopted by the NTA Network service in the early 70s. For almost two decades, the half-hour slapstick programme captivated a national audience. He spent about 40 years of his life acting until his death at the age of 70. 

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

MY TRANSITION HOURS BY GOODLUCK JONATHAN

COVER OF THE BOOK

Title: MY TRANSITION HOURS
Year of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 978-978-50522-9-9
Author: Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan
Foreword: John Mahama, President of Ghana 2012-2017
Reviewer: Dr Raphael James
Page: 228 

WITH HIS WIFE

The book is divided into 12 chapters. The author presented his ‘My Transition Hours’ ahead of his memoirs, like he wrote, just in case, someone somewhere awaits the endangered truth in a sea of lies. In his introduction he told us how he was born on the 20th of November, 1957, some moments away from Nigeria's independence in 1960. He told us his story of the circumstances of his birth, childhood and family, the "canoe building" part of his family's mainstay as a clear statement on how downtrodden they were.

He also talked about his unusual entry into Nigerian politics. How he was convinced in 1999, to join in the gubernatorial race of his state, Bayelsa, as a running mate to the Governorship candidate, DSP ALAMIEYESEIGH. He wrote about how he was sworn in as the deputy Governor, how he later served two years as Governor in Bayelsa State (2005-2007) and another two years as the Vice President of Nigeria (2007-2010) followed by the sad, untimely death of his boss, the president and how he was thrust into a political arena that he had no previous intention to participate in.

WITH HIS FORMER BOSS, PRESIDENT YAR' ADUA
He explained to his readers that the book ‘My Transition Hours’ is not his biography. That it is a personal and very honest account of his stewardship in the heady days of the months and weeks leading to his unprecedented telephone call to General Muhammadu Buhari on the 31 of March, 2015 to concede that he won the presidential election.  The book also talked about the personal insults, unfounded negative accusations and calculated vicious attacks directed at him during his presidency and how challenging they were to him.

I like the part were the author talked about the word that most writers used in describing him, the word "clueless" and he described it as being most hilarious because it was quite thoughtless. He wrote thus: “A Nigerian president had too much clue and competence at his beck and call to be clueless. The enormous human and material resource attached to the office of president would appear too much for the "clueless" crowd to wrap their heads around. I consider it good luck and great honour to have had the kind of greats who served in my team.”

PART OF HIS ACHIEVEMENT IN OFFICE
The author went ahead to write about Nigerian political stalemate, his decisions points and how the world responded to it, his last weeks in office and the fight against corruption that followed when he left office and how the new government took up the blame game against him and his team. He also wrote about his wife and wrote extensively about the change game of the new government and the presidential inauguration dinner. 

THE YOUNG JONATHAN

To round the book up he told us about the task of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and he pointed out also “the damaging effect allowing ourselves to be constantly programmed by a section of media establishment with vested interest and negative politics.” He also wrote about how he and his team laboured hard and broke bones to push the Freedom of Information Bill into law, and how he now realized that the ones who should use it for theirs' and the people's freedom are themselves in bondage.

In conclusion he wrote: “I must say that it is my joy that I can hold my head high in my post office life to say that under my watch, no Nigerian fled to exile because of his or her belief and not one political assassination happened under me in spite of the wild accusation that I trained "1,000 snipers".

This book is for people of all races, creeds, colours and all manner of diversities around the world.
Grab a copy 

WITH HIS FORMER BOSS, GOVERNOR ALAMIEYESEIGH

Dr Raphael James is the Master Biographer, the founder of the largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 36, 000 photos. Publisher of African Dame and The National Biographer Magazines; The National Biographer Magazine have interviewed five world Presidents. He has written 56 manuscripts and published only 23 books. He has so far donated over 30, 058 books to schools in Nigeria and Ghana since 2008, to assist in promoting reading culture. He also runs a page on Facebook - Book Review with Dr Raphael James


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Sunday, 25 November 2018

WHAT THEY NEVER TOLD YOU ABOUT ATIKU ABUBAKAR (GCON) @ 72

Our magazine cover

1946 November 25, He was born to Malam Garba Abubakar and his second wife, Aisha Kande, in Jada village of Adamawa State, Malam Abubakar is a Fulani trader and farmer. The young Atiku at a point in time was the only child of his parents when his only sister died at a tender age. Malam Garba Abubakar later divorced Aisha Kande and he passed on in 1957, as such Aisha remarried and lived up till 1984 when she passed on. Malam prevented the young Atiku from registering to attend and obtain Western Education as such his schooling was delayed until the old man was arrested, jailed and fined. The young Atiku was eventually registered into Jada Primary School at the age of eight for his primary school education and he exhibited brilliancy. After his primary school education he moved over to for his secondary school education into Adamawa Provincial Secondary School Yola, in Nigerian independence year of 1960. 
Atiku and his mother 
1965: He graduated, fully armed with a grade three in the West African School Certificate Examination, he proceeded to the Nigerian Police College, Kaduna, he did well there and graduated as a tax officer in the Regional Ministry of Finance.

1965: He became known as Atiku Abubakar, when he substituted his family’s name Kajoli to his family name Abubakar.

His first wife Titi as a young lady

1966 January 14: He left Yola for Kaduna to join the Nigerian Police College.

1966 March 17: He left the Nigerian Police College due to his poor grade in Mathematics; those were the days when Mathematics was compulsory to join the Police. He was at his best with English language and mathematics.  

On their wedding day, Titi and Atiku
1967: He attended the School of Hygiene Kano and graduated with a Diploma before he proceeded to the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University on a scholarship, where he obtained a Diploma in Law.

Outing time, Titi and Atiku

1969 June 30: He got employed by Nigeria Customs Service, as Cadet Assistant Preventive Superintendent where he worked for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service. While in the Customs in 1974 he applied for and received a loan of 31,000 naira, he used it to build his first house and rented it out, and from the proceeds, he was able to build more houses. He retired in April 1989. He served at the Idi-Iroko border, in fact it was while serving at Idi-Oroko that he met then 19 old Titilayo Albert, and they got married in December 1971 and by October 26, 1972, they had their first baby - Fatima. After Fatima came Adamu, Halima and Aminu.

Atiku with Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto


1972: He was posted to Ikeja Airport as officer in charge of Luggage

1974: He was posted to Apapa Sea Port

1974: He bought his first car a Peugeot 404 car, that had the registration number LS7194

1976: He was posted to Kano as Chief superintendent in charge of Customs Preventive Unit


Atiku  with British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright

1977: He was posted to Maiduguri as Customs Area Administrator

1979 January: He married his second wife Ladi Yakubu and in all they have six children: Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukaiyatu.

Atiku with President Muhammadu Buhari
1980: He was posted to Kaduna as an Assistant Area Administrator

1981: He moved into agriculture, acquiring 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton Sessa Derdirabe Farm.

1982 November 19: He was turbaned the Turaki of Adamawa by Adamawa's traditional ruler, Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa.

1983: He married his third wife, Princess Rukaiyatu, daughter of the late Lamido of Adamawa, Aliyu Musdafa, they have: Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu, Asmau, Mustafa, Laila and Abdulsalam. 


Atiku with former American President Bill Clinton

1986 July 22: He married his fourth wife, Fatima Shettima, and they both have: Amina (Meena), Mohammed and two sets of twins Ahmed and Shehu, Zainab and Aisha then her last daughter Hafsat.

1986: He ventured into trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour and sugar.

1987: He was appointed the Deputy Director of Customs & Excise in charge of Enforcement & Drugs.

1989: He was elected the National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria, with Alhaji Shehu Yar'Adua as Chairman, other members were Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Babalola Borishade, Bola Tinubu, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Sabo Bakin Zuwo. Although the party like many others were not registered, two political parties were registered the Social Democratic Party and the National RC, he joined the SDP, before then he won a seat to represent his constituency at the 1989 Constituent Assembly. He owns shares in Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a partnership business with Mr. Gabrielle Volpi, an Italian businessman in Nigeria, it is a company operating within the Ports. NICOTES was later rebranded as INTELS. He is also runs a beverage manufacturing plant in Yola, as well as an animal feed factory.

Atike with Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport

1990 September 1: he announced his Gongola State gubernatorial bid. The following year Gongola State was divided into Adamawa and Taraba States – by the Federal Government. He found himself in the new Adamawa State.

1991 November: He contest and won the SDP Primaries but was soon disqualified by government from contesting the elections.

1991: He contested for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States)

1993: He contested for the Presidency, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.

Atiku with Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minster of Science and Technology

1998 December: He won the election as the governor of Adamawa State on the platform of the People's Democratic Party.

1999 January: He was picked as the vice-presidential candidate to PDP candidate Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

1999 February 27: He was voted in as the vice president in an election that gave him and Chief Obasanjo a total of 62.78 per cent of the vote.

1999 May 29: He was sworn in as Vice-President of Nigeria.

1999: He alongside South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, launched the South Africa Nigeria Bi-national Commission.

Atiku with Comrade Adams Oshimole APC political Party Chairman

2006: He fell out with his Boss, the then president of Nigeria, when he objected to his Boss’ bid to amend certain provisions of the constitution to take a third shot at the presidency.

2006, November 25: He announced his intention to run for president.

2006, December 20: He was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC).

Atiku with Bishop David O. Oyedepo of Winners

2011 January: He 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.



Atiku with Senator Bola Tinubu
2012: He donated $750,000 to the National Peace Corps Association in the United States, "to fund a new initiative featuring global leaders who will discuss Peace Corps's impact." It was the largest ever individual donation in the Association's history.




Atiku with former President Goodluck Jonathan

2014 February 2: He left the People’s Democratic Party to the join All Progressives Congress, with the intent of contesting the Nigerian presidency in 2015 on the party's platform.


Atiku with Hajiya Dada, mother of late President Umaru Yar'Adua, 

2017 June: He was turbaned the Waziri of Adamawa, and his previous title of Turaki was transferred to his son Aliyu.

Atiku with former President Ibrahim Babaginda

2017 November 2: He announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he helped to form.

Atiku with former President Olusegun Obasanjo

2017 December 3: Through a Facebook Live broadcast, he announced his return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Atiku with Vice President Oluyemi Oluleke "Yemi" Osinbajo

2018 October 7: He declared his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the PDP and won the nomination at its convention, he defeated 11 other contestants and got 1,532 votes, 839 more than the runner-up, the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal.


Atiku with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero

He is the founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), the first American-style University to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.

Atiku with former Head of States, Abdulsalami Abubakar 
The entire staff and management of the CRIMMD Lagos wish him a happy birthday and our very best wishes. 

Atiku with Bar. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing

Dr Raphael James is the founder of the largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 36, 000 photos. Publisher of African Dame and The National Biographer Magazines; The National Biographer Magazine have interviewed five world Presidents. He has written 56 manuscripts and published only 23 books. He has so far donated over 30, 058 books to schools in Nigeria and Ghana since 2008, to assist in promoting reading culture. 




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