Kindly Share This Story: By Charles Agwam. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. Many people even travelled at night. People were doing tribal politics, but at least they had their national representatives and they always came together when things were coming to a head. If you travel, for instance, from here to Kano, just don’t speed. Copyright PUNCH. All of them will leave this world. It … When some of these politicians have resolved their issues, you would never see them again and they would have caused trouble for people. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interests as one of the few educated Nigerians of […] The coup eventually failed but those who had been killed, like your father, Bello and Akintola, had been killed, what do you make of that? He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. In the First Republic, the army was in disarray because some people took sides and this has continued. But it happens in the North. But some argue that the security under the Federal Government has not fared well. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. That is just what comes to my mind always; the good that my father did. For more details on ATBU – Abubaka Tafawa Balewa University’s Cut off mark, Available Courses and Departments. He wanted to know if everything was okay there. â€œHe is not one of us,â€ Saddik Abubakar Tafawa Balewa told the BBC, after the operation to rescue Jhalil. I did not even cry. He retired from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency in 2018 and is currently a farmer and businessman. google_ad_slot = "5984819487"; Tafawa Balewa was a vocal […] The army was strictly under the federation. That was what the Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi Decree was about, to try to unify the country. You could not have imagined it. If you are going to Abuja through Jos, you’ll almost faint if you get to a pothole. Abubakar Tafawa Galewa, who presented for the first time as a prime minister in the year (1957). But I wasn’t there when he was killed. You said earlier that your father wasn’t corrupt, what do you think about corruption among public office holders now? It was during the interview that they saw his name – Tafawa Balewa, and I don’t know what problem they had with it because they denied him. What do you think of your father’s legacy in the light of the current state of the country? From Bashir Abdullahi El-bash Here is the speech of the first prime minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Sir. Abu Bakr (Arabic: أبو بكر ) was a sahabi, one of the companions of Muhammad and the first Caliph of Islam.He was also Muhammad's father-in-law through Aisha.His real name was Abdullah or Abul-Kaaba and Abu Bakr was his kunya.. Visit www.atbu.edu.ng. How happy and hopeful was your father when we got independence? Alhamdulillah, whatever it is, nothing can be better than what it is; that is life and we have to accept it just the way it comes. I told you that these things started little by little and, to my little understanding and in my own opinion, suddenly, politicians came in. USMAN Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has kicked against the restructuring of Nigeria security stating that the Federal Government has to be responsible for security. ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA YAKE CIKA SHEKARA 55 DA RASUWA. A school teacher, politician. 2015: Tafawa Balewa’s son to drag PDP to court over presidential forms.. - Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. The question is about leadership. They would save from their allowances. As a Muslim, I don’t hold a grudge against anybody. Will I kill him? Cikakken jawabin mai girma Firaministan Nageriya, Alhaji Sir. I remember that electricity was stable and things were affordable. Did you not have any reservation when he decided to join the military? I dare not see an elder carrying a bag and not collect it from him, let alone criticise him in public. I told them they had just brought his corpse to Ajiya’s house (the house of one of the six kingmakers in the area); that was how I broke the news to them. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Early Life . READ ALSO: Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. If you talk about my father, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ozumba Mbadiwe and other politicians, where are they now? My father didn’t sleep; he had very little sleep because he always had a late night with his circle of advisers, ministers and the others as they tried to get Nigeria working. Even in those days in the First Republic, there was a federal police. Isa’s widow then took her infant son to Bauchi, where the Madaki of Bauchi took her in. On the day the coup was carried out, I learnt that General Yakubu Gowon went to the State House around 5am because they were aware that something was going on. They would pay you allowances and pocket money. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. People tried to come together but, after that, the politics became something else: ‘If I don’t get it, let everybody lose it.’ That was how Nigeria got to this state. It was then that I followed the convoy and when they entered Ajiya’s house, I also went in. Do you remember crying when you heard about his death? This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Menu 1; Menu; twitter; facebook; google; rss; linkedin; dribbble ; pinterest; Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. Another time was when I was travelling to Jos and a crisis erupted. Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the son of late Nigerian Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has said his father would go crazy if he were to see the current situation of Nigeria. There’s no society where there will be herdsmen and farmers and there won’t be problems. Once it happened, I couldn’t bring him back to life, so it is only appropriate for me to pray for him. But suddenly, modern arms were introduced and if you give people AK-47 rifles, you know what’s going to happen. It was regional then. But before, it was neglected. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. READ ALSO: Few multi-billionaires control Nigeria’s resources, unlike in 1960s –Yakasai. It didn’t. I know some of those houses that are still here till today in Bauchi. Isa’s widow then took her infant son to Bauchi, where the Madaki of Bauchi took her in. I can’t do that because my father didn’t bring me up that way. Apparently a young officer of the Nigerian Army at the time Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the Nigerian Prime Minister from 1957 – 1966, it goes without saying that President Muhammadu Buhari must know of Balewa, even if he didn’t know him. I think that was what led to the counter-coup. He was a founding member of the conservative Northern Peoples’Congress, and acted as its vice president. We didn’t know a crisis had started, so we were nearly killed because we went to the wrong camp. I remember his friend from Gombe, Mallam Jauro, who has also passed on. A local government area chairman will not live in his area. The problems started after the January 1966 coup because people felt it was a tribal thing and politicians went to the locals and tried to influence them, so Nigeria started declining. I was with my wife, and a commercial motorcyclist (okada man) saved me by showing me the road to take. Don’t you think the states will do better with their own infrastructure? He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. They wanted him to leave the place. google_ad_width = 300; After that, there were agitations from places like Benue, Middle Belt and so on and it has continued till today, except we have another conference. I think he would go crazy because the stage we are in cannot be explained, seriously. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. The son of the late Prime Minister’s oldest surviving daughter, Alhaji Ahmad Yakubu Wanka (who holds the traditional title of Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tutan Bauchi), graciously contacted me a day after my column was published. It cannot work. I left Nigeria in 1982 for the United States of America. Where is Chukwuemeka Ojukwu now? By Henry Umoru ABUJA- SON of Nigeria’s late prime minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr Abdul Jelil who was denied the Presidential forms and … He took me through that road and told me to drive very fast to the place we were going and that was what saved us that day. The government has tried its best but if you’ve studied Nigeria very well, you’ll know that there have been forces pulling the country apart and trying to tear it since Nigeria got its independence. Published February 8, 2020 February 8, 2020. We, the younger ones, were motivated. So what happened afterwards? He said there was a time when some people were putting pressure on the Prime Minister (Tafawa Balewa) to blow his own trumpet and say all the good things that he had done, but what he said was that “if you have confidence in your work, someday, somehow, somebody will blow it for you”. What do you think about the agitations and reasons given by the coup plotters to do it? Copyright PUNCH. No, I can show you some videos where people from the core North have come out publicly to abuse him (President Buhari). Where did they see Nigeria in the future at that time? My prayer is for Nigeria to succeed. Abu Bakr (Arabic: أبو بكر ) was a sahabi, one of the companions of Muhammad and the first Caliph of Islam.He was also Muhammad's father-in-law through Aisha.His real name was Abdullah or Abul-Kaaba and Abu Bakr was his kunya.. They could even provide for your feeding. Even in the Second Republic, people were at least decent. This is because the regions have been split into states. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, the man who claimed to be the son of Nigeriaâ€™s first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa, has been exposed as not only a name dropper but also from Yoruba. Northern Nigeria at that time would even provide transportation to and from school. If you look at herdsmen and farmers’ crises, it used to be with bows and arrows and machetes. Someone told me there was a time he entered the Prime Minister’s ((Tafawa Balewa’s) office and saw a minister on his knees crying because of some bribes that he had taken somewhere. Then I turned back and left; I can’t remember exactly what happened again, but I remember taking someone’s bicycle and riding fast to our house. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5689805440782123"; Where were the other wives when all that was going on? People were going on trains. /* Punch_Sidebar_Articlepages300x250 */ Dr. Tafawa Balewa, 60, says he is the son of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first prime minister, who was killed in the country’s 1966 coup. This can be attested by those who knew her. 2015: Tafawa Balewa’s son to drag PDP to court over presidential forms.. - Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. By the time I got there, they had started the funeral prayer and there was no way I could start discussing that with anybody, so I just let it be. Now, the scenario is that some people are exploiting these grievances and providing people with weapons to cause trouble. Ga Jawabin Mai Girma Firaministan Nageriya Na Farko, Alhaji Sir. Abubakar Tafawa Ɓalewa, Wanda Ya Gabatar A Karon Farko A Matsayin Firaminista A Shekarar (1957). Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. Balewa’s father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Gere ethnicity, and … Morenike set up a trading company called Monicotora in 1975 and flourished in business while raising her children. So, with these kinds of hiccups and the destruction of esprit de corps in the army, things started to go awry. The management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH, Bauchi, on Thursday said it has set up a probe panel to investigate alleged … Balewa, a U.S trained Surgeon and the National Chairman of Goodluck Na Kowa, a support group urging President Goodluck Jonathan to run for the 2011 Presidential election was kidnapped in his home at the Utako District of Abuja. If you do, you will die because of the potholes on the road and nobody is doing anything about it. Abubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Join our Mastermind Group . The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. Tafawa Balewa's Son Set To Drag PDP To Court 6 years ago read comments by Legit.ng Dr Abdul Jelil, the son of Nigeria’s First Republic Prime Minister, the late Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa has vowed to drag the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to court for being denied the Presidential form . What are your thoughts on that? Do you see it as a consolation that those who killed your dad didn’t taste the victory? Your father, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, was murdered was overthrown and murdered in a military coup on January 15, 1966, 54 years ago, what memories do you have of the day? You can see that with the leadership of these days, that is where the problems lie. I have a very strong will. The coup plotters claimed some government officials were corrupt, do you think your father also believed that there was corruption in government at the time? In this interview with ARMSTRONG BAKAM, he speaks on Nigeria at 60, issues of insecurity and unity, among others. Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Before, the Nigerian Army used to run away. Tafawa Balewa didn’t get his wish to be buried at home –Yakubu, son of ex-Prime Minister. He was elated. Whenever I remember him, I just prayer for him. You should tell me because whatever I say will bring back the memory as I am involved and my father was killed. It was at the last minute that Shehu Shagari started bringing these things and Shagari was a minister in Sir Tafawa Balewa’s administration. From there, they started looking for Major Okafor. How would you describe the insecurity in the country – killings in Southern Kaduna, insurgency in the North-East, kidnappings across the country, banditry in the North Central and North-West, etc? Inside, I saw people crying. They had hopes because they had developmental plans and were implementing them religiously but, along the way, things just stopped moving. Then later, I learnt the Prime Minister had been taken somewhere. Morenike set up a trading company called Monicotora in 1975 and flourished in business while raising her children. Early life and career. He was his father’s only child. He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. But today’s politicians are known to amass wealth. Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. A school teacher, politician. There was a time the Nigerian Air Force was grounded because they said they attempted a coup. Even those that killed some of them, where are they now? The counter-coup didn’t happen because my father died, it happened because Nigeria was trying to be what it used to be during the time the late Prime Minister was in power – that is, one country. I heard the siren when they came to our area but they didn’t even enter the house; they passed our place and went to Ajiya’s house. google_ad_height = 250; Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. How was life after the death of your dad? Dr. Tafawa Balewa, 60, says he is the son of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria's first prime minister, who was killed in the country's 1966 coup. While confirming the accident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, DSP Ahmed Wakil, said police deposited 20 corpses of the victims at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa … The only thing I do when I think about him is to pray for him. â€œHe is neither the nephew, neither the son, neither the grandson of my father,â€ the fourth son of the late Sir Abubakar said. When the crisis started because of tribal politics, my father broke down and cried. What memories of your father do you still have? Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar Malami probably encountered Balewa as a historical piece. They are not the ones doing the fighting. The disturbances in Nigeria today can be linked to what happened at that time. Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE(1) (December 1912 â January 15, 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria. We are not mature enough for every region to control its own security. Last week I requested that a family member of the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa should reach out to me to set the records straight on their patriarch’s ethnic identity. Your father was said to have lived a decent life and, after he died, he was said to have just one house and a piece of land. So, he said to her, “Don’t bother, it is Major (Don) Okafor that is taking me home.” So, I think it was from there that they knew the people involved. There was a sports festival in Bauchi when there was a crisis. The Chief of Army Staff, police boss, and others were easterners. What are you going to do with N1bn? His paternal grandfather Isa was murdered in front of his family by his rival’s agents. ... Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa… You could travel from here (Bauchi) to Lagos at night; you wouldn’t be afraid of anything. He was the only son of Yakubu Dan Zala, who was the district head of Bageri Muslim Bauchi state division of Lere. Somebody will steal N1bn, for what? They were really committed. USMAN Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has kicked against the restructuring of Nigeria security stating that the Federal Government has to be responsible for security. That was when I broke the news to them at home. Your father’s corpse was said to have been found by the roadside, did you ever visit again the State House where your dad lived in Lagos and must have been taken? When you came out, they would give you employment, a vehicle and a furnished three-bedroom flat. It is to equip and train the security forces. Nigeria was beautiful. That was what caused it. The … Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. The university was established in 1980 as the Federal University of Technology, Bauchi. Will I bring him back if I have memories of him? DAGA Bashir Abdullahi El-bash. But like I told you, I wasn’t in Lagos then. So, today, that is what is happening now; people are blowing his trumpet. How Tafawa Balewa’s widow was abandoned after husband’s death. God made it so and made them (victims of January 1966 coup) sacrifice their lives for this country, so it is a big history and I am proud of that. If you look around you, you will find somebody who had nothing when they went into politics; soon, they have accumulated wealth that didn’t come from their salary or allowances. google_ad_slot = "5984819487"; google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5689805440782123"; An FCT High Court judge in Nyanya Abuja, Justice Peter Kekemeke on Thursday gave order that one Abdujalil Balewa should produce the originals of documents he seeks to tender in court to prove that he is the son of late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. It’s the 54th anniversary of the coup this year, what do you think about the coup? We were just coming together then and that there was trade that was going on between the North and the South; the various tribes of Nigeria. If you look at the terrorism in Borno State, it started as a small thing, but look at what has happened within a few years. You go through some channels. Tribal politics played itself up again; then the political parties came. I didn’t sleep at home that night because there was no way we could get home. There was no change. Since I got there and they had already started the process of burial, there was nothing else I could do. Just listen to what has been going on. Tafawa Balewa was a vocal […] Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Kindly Share This Story. The security under the Federal Government has not fared very well because the head of a security agency will just take the entire money and put it in his pocket, simple. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in late 1912 in Tafawa Balewa, North East State, (Bauchi) Nigeria. Balewa’s father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Gere ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was half Gere half Fulani. I know some people who were getting paid via the post office then, but all these are gone now. Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar […] Did any of his children join the Nigerian military? It is very good to allow every state and region to control its own resources; I support that 100 per cent. Everybody in Nigeria during the First Republic or even up to the 1980s would tell you that people were happy. I got there and told them what happened. Since you were not in Lagos, how did you hear about your father’s death? Around 8am or 9am, somebody came to inform me. Some of them started crying, so I went back for the funeral prayer. We wanted to finish school and start working. Even Chief Ladoke Akintola (Premier of the Western Region) went to Kaduna to meet the late Premier of the Northern Region (Sir Ahmadu Bello), telling him that they should leave the country but he said he would not go anywhere. It is only this Boko Haram issue that I will say is different. These insurgents have come out with sophisticated weapons and they are even ready to take on the Nigerian Army. Something is wrong somewhere. What kind of country are they going to live in? Do you think this is what is happening with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)? It was on the following day that we learnt about some of the things that happened. Soyinka: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Son Says It May Be 'Unlawful' To Take Pic Of Man - Nairaland / General (2) - Nairaland. For some people, what they mean by restructuring is that all the powers of the Federal Government should be taken away to allow the states to have their own security, which is not possible, because the Federal Government has to be responsible for security. Mature enough for every region to control it but now, to be hard, strong and dedicated were somewhere... 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