Profile: If You Want Change, Be Part Of It- Hon. Golu Timothy

If you see a disciplined and calm person who has struggled in life to achieve greatness, you will never relent to associate yourself with him. 

A man whose true life story serves as a great inspiration to his generation and other generations to come, is none other than Hon. Golu Timothy.

Hon. Timothy Simon Golu, an indigene of Jos, Plateau State is a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing the Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal constituency of Plateau State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


He attended Gonerit Memorial College, Tuwan Kabwir where he obtained his Senior Secondary school certificate. Thereafter, he proceeded to University of Jos, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political science and he later did his Masters in International Relations/Strategic studies at the same University.


He worked at Leadership Newspapers and rose to the position of Associate Editor, covering State House (Aso Rock Villa). After his stint in Journalism, he joined politics, contesting for the state assembly seat in 2011. He won and became Chief Whip to the Plateau State House of Assembly. The 2015 elections saw him elected into the Federal House of Representatives to represent Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam federal constituency, where he became Chairman House committee on Legislative Budget and Research and a member of various other committees.

Reflecting on how it started for him, he said;

“My story will inspire the younger generation to work hard, be independent and always do the right thing to succeed in life”.


“As a young man, after I finished at the university of Jos, I came to Abuja searching for a white collar job but still, as things were in this country, it was very difficult to secure one. I decided to look for other means to sustain myself in Abuja. That’s when I became a laborer working at a construction company, building houses. I was there for almost a year when I became the foreman and a supervisor of a building site”.


“During that period, I would always invite young men like me to join me, but they thought I was only wasting my time doing laborer work. They thought it was beneath them. Most of the young men didn’t know that I was a graduate of political science from university of Jos. When I eventually became a foreman and supervisor, writing and keeping documents for my boss, that is when some of them started coming to join me and begging me for jobs.”


“However, when I was a labourer I was not reckless in spending. I would use my daily earnings to buy soft drinks and snacks for the following day and sell at the building site and also continue with my work. That’s how I was getting extra money as profit to feed and clothe myself in Abuja”.


“As time went by, working at the site as a foreman, someone introduced me to Advertisement business in the Newspaper industry. He taught me how and where I could get an advert and also what percentage to be given to me on each, depending on the size or numbers. That’s how I left construction work and became an advert executive to some newspaper houses in Abuja. From there I became a full staff of Leadership Newspaper, writing and reporting. After a few years, I rose to the position of associate Editor, covering State House (Aso Rock villa) before I resigned and joined politics.

Why I Joined Politics

“I am a political scientist by training and a journalist by profession and I joined politics because I have seen how people use the institution and the process of politics to add value to lives of their own people.


Golu believes that politics is all about participation in the decision making process by getting involved in decisions that influence your people.

He says, “If you want to change something, be part of that thing. If you are not involved, you will keep talking and shouting.”


“As a journalist, I was merely analyzing, observing, writing features, challenging and then criticizing government officials a lot because I saw that there are opportunities for them to do things for their people and they were not doing it. As a journalist, I worked with ministers, governors as well as political appointees and elected officials of government at different levels. So I was observing and gathering the experience.”

However, I used to get angry with people who were wasting the opportunities they were given. At the same time, I am always impressed by those who have the opportunity to help their people, attract budgets to their constituency, represent and talk on behalf of their people; if there’s injustice anywhere, the person would speak for the people, correct them and if somebody is unjustly sacked from their job, they stand for him or her.


“As part of the work I was doing as a Journalist,” he continues, “if you are in a position to do the right things and you don’t, and want to manipulate somethings or try to deal with people wrongly because you are in a position of authority, we blow it out when we get the facts.


Getting to this level is another way and another level for journalists like us to join politics. I felt, if I am given the opportunity, I can participate in decision making at any level and I will definitely not shy away from representing my people, protecting their interest, defending their own interests and advocating for whatever I feel the society needs. That is the way I can change things and progress for the common good of everybody. That is why I joined politics. I want to contribute my quota to sustaining democracy that’s number one in politics. It is because democracy is the most popular system of government that involves everybody, promotes justice, equity and fair play and brings unity at all levels.


Hon. Golu has done great things for his people that cannot be over emphasized. He has presented many bills from state to federal level, which he’s still in the process of doing. He’s a man to admire and emulate, especially in the aspect of decision taking and mentorship.

About His Mentors

He said his mentors are genuine people who have the people’s interest at heart to see how ordinary people can survive, defend, struggle and bring unity to all irrespective of tribe, religion or region.

He advised youths to engage in something meaningful because his struggle and courage should serve as a lesson to some people. Today, he’s representing his people and he will never lose sight of the fact that he is there because of them.

“Youths should be serious about the future and do the right thing at the right time, because they never know where they will find themselves someday,” he advised.

A Tribute To Ahmed Sardauna Ahman Patigi

Twenty-six years ago, I met a remarkable man who was knowledgeable, intelligent, gentle, caring and charming. That young man was Ahmadu Sardauna Ahman. Fondly called Ahmed, Sardauna or Na Ahmadu by friends, addressed as ‘YaSardauna’ or Uncle Sardauna by family, there was something about him that commanded respect and love by most who came around him.

Ahman Sardauna Ahman

He was unassuming, polite, always had an encouraging or kind word for you. He became the love of my life and one of the best gifts God gave me. It was Allah who brought us together and He preserved our union till the end.

He was witty and humorous and he was always looking on and for the bright side of life. He never spoke harshly to anyone, and was considerate of others’ feelings while expressing his thoughts. His habits in talk, actions set an example for all of us to emulate. He was morally clean in mind and body. He was honest and respectful to everyone especially to the needy, the aged and children. He loved children and he had so much patience with everyone and with life. He was a goal-getter but believed that what is meant to be yours will surely be yours through hard work and diligence. He was a good civic worker promoting good for the welfare of the general public.

Ahman Sardauna Ahman Family

He was a good son, a doting father, reliable friend, my loving husband and rock.

He did not seek for material things of life but was ambitious to earn through honest means in order to meet his financial responsibilities, welfare and happiness of his family and loved ones.
August 15th 2002 was a day I and many others will not forget. The shocking news of his death came as a big blow to us. The day before that, we had had a lengthy discussion over the phone on various issues. He was going to come to Abuja from Ilorin and we were going to return to Patigi in Kwara state to take our new born son Ahmed Baba whom was named after his late father to see the family. That journey was cut short by the cold hands of death. An ambush would end his and his police Orderly’s lives horrifically by a rain of bullets. Till this day we do not know those who ordered your assassination nor why. Only Allah knows, although we are all sad that it could have been politically motivated because of the series if events happening then. It was strange because there you were trying your best to make things right by people but evil-minded ones had their own nasty plans.

Ahman Sardauna Ahman

He was a planner. He had such great plans and hopes for everyone and took his time to implement them. Plans for the children, family and myself, some that have come to fruition already, others that will not see the light of day but Allah knows best!
Ahmadu Sardauna Ahman Patigi, you’re gone but never forgotten. All that’s left is nothing but memories; memories that lead me to silence and tears but also those that leave me comforted in knowing that, in your short time on this earth, you touched many lives with your goodness. Today, 15 years after your passing, people still remember you with fondness. It is a bittersweet feeling that in death, they still talk of your good nature  and how, if you were still alive, their lives would have turned out today. Surely it was the will of Allah that you should return to him when the applause was loudest. Allahu Akbar. May your sweet and gentle soul rest in peace and may your good legacies continue to live on in your children.

Your Wife,  Amina Alhassan-Ahman 

Personality Profile of Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara: Humble, Intelligent And Exceptional Speaker 

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication of a good leader and that has made Rt. Hon Dogara a genius. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer to the people. That is a sign of being intelligent. 
However, it is not only knowledge that can be used to qualify Yakubu Dogara as a true leader but the love of liberty. This liberty translates to having love for others’ wellbeing, creating a bond that connects great leaders to their people.
Hon Dogara
Yakubu Dogara (born 26 December 1967) is the 14th and current Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives.
Dogara is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and has served as member of the House of Representatives, representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal constituency of Bauchi State since 2007.
Yakubu Dogara, who was born to Yakubu Ganawuri and Saratu Yakubu on 26 December 1967, began his education in 1976 at Gwarangah Primary School in the then Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State. Upon graduation in 1982, he proceeded to the Bauchi Teachers’ College for his secondary education, and obtained a Grade II Teachers’ Certificate in 1987. In 1988, he went on to the University of Jos, Plateau State, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Law (LLB Hons.) degree in 1992.
From 1992 to 1993, Dogara was a student at the Lagos campus of the Nigerian Law School and was called to the bar in 1993. He later obtained a Masters (LLM) in International Commercial Law at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Dogara also attended a course on Managing and Leading Strategic Change in 2006, the Oxford University Course on Negotiation in 2013, and a course on Leadership in Crisis at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2014. In October 2016, after he had become Speaker of the House of Representatives, he attended a course on transformational leadership in Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
He first took up employment in April 1988 as a teacher at the ATBU Staff School in Bauchi. In 1993, during the mandatory National Youth Service Corps, he served at NCCF, Akwa Ibom state. Upon completion of the NYSC programme in 1994, he went into private legal practice until 2005 when he was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Transport.
He held this position until 2006, when he decided to contest to represent the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa constituency at the Federal House of Representatives. His bid proved successful and he has been a member of the House since 2007.
Dogara is a strong advocate for the independence of the legislature, and has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2007. His legislative interests include tenancy, regulating monopolies, company law, and intellectual property. He has sponsored many bills and undertaken several assignments, some of which are mentioned below;
During the Sixth Assembly (2007 – 2011), Dogara chaired two House committees, namely the House Committee on Customs and Excise, and the House Services Committee. During this period, he was also a member of the House committees on Judiciary, Capital Markets and Institutions, Foreign Affairs, Rural Development and Power, among others.
Hon Dogara
During the Seventh Assembly (2011-2015), he served as Chairman of the committee on House Services and Welfare, and as a member of others including Judiciary, Land Transport, Labour, Employment and Productivity, Steel Development, and Legislative Budget and Research.
Dogara has also served on panels and adhoc committees in the following capacities;
Chairman, Nigerian Customs Service Probe Panel
Chairman, Adhoc Committee on Composition and Pigmentation of Cement in Nigeria
Chairman, House Adhoc Committee on Disbursement of Public Funds by the Bank of Industry
Member, House Contract Scam Probe Panel
Member, Hijack of fishing vessels and Maritime Security Probe Panel
Member, House Adhoc Committee on Crude Oil Theft
Member, House Adhoc Committee on Constitutional Review.
In 2010, Dogara sponsored the Corporate Manslaughter and the Data Protection Bill. These were followed by Federal Competition Commission Bill in 2011.
In 2013, he sponsored a bill for an act to amend section 143 of the Nigerian Constitution in order to make the process of removal of the President and the Vice President (on charges of misconduct) less ambiguous. In the same year, he also sponsored bills on Public Interest Disclosure, and Hire Purchase.
In the Eighth Assembly, i.e. the current disposition, Dogara has sponsored bills which include the North-East Development Commission Establishment Bill 2015, the Subsidiary Legislation Bill 2015, the Federal Competition Bill 2015, the Data Protection Bill 2015, the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2015 and the Hire Purchase Bill 2015.
Hon Dogara
Dogara has sponsored many motions throughout the duration of his legislative career, some of which bordered on;
An alleged concession agreement between the Ministry of Finance and a technology firm which was signed in secrecy during the government transition period.
The indiscriminate granting of waivers, exemptions and concessions by the Federal Government.
The need for the Central Bank of Nigeria to implement the cashless policy in phases based on the availability of the requisite infrastructure.
Urgent need for both Houses of the National Assembly to activate their constitutional powers under section 58 (1) (5) of the 1999 Constitution in relation to bills over which the President has failed to exercise constitutional responsibilities and powers under section 58 (1) and (4) of the Constitution.
Dogara was elected Speaker on June 9, 2015, after a keenly contested election. Upon winning the contest, he introduced a legislative agenda for the Eighth House which would serve as its guiding document for a period of four years.
Hon Dogara
Dogara also constituted a committee which he charged with the duty of reviewing obsolete laws, with a view to repealing or amending the necessary laws in line with global best practices. Dogara has, on many occasions, spoken about the need to update Nigeria’s laws in order to attract investments and provide jobs for the nation’s millions of unemployed people. As a result of the work of the stated committee, the House of Representatives set a record in December 2015 when 130 bills passed first reading in one sitting. Following that first batch of bills, another 100 were introduced in one day in June 2016. As at June, 2016, after a year in office, the House had passed 85 bills through third reading; the highest in the history of Nigeria’s National Assembly. The Dogara-led House also introduced sectoral debates on the Nigerian economy, during which ministers placed in charge of different vital portfolios engaged members of the House of Representatives with a view to establishing the required legislative framework for economic stimulation and growth.
Dogara has also been lauded for his ability to manage the affairs of the House effectively and for quelling the leadership crisis which engulfed the House of Representatives following his emergence as Speaker. In recognition of this, he was selected as leadership Newspaper’s Politician of the Year in 2015. In March 2016, he was honoured by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Nigeria for passing 130 bills in one day, and on June 10, 2016, he was presented with the Zik Prize in Leadership Award for Public Service. He was also voted Political Icon of the Year 2016 by the Editorial Board of the Sun Newspaper, and named Politician of the Year by City People Magazine at their 2017 award programme.
North-East Initiatives
Dogara is a strong advocate for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and recovery of the North-East region of Nigeria, which has been ravaged by six years of insurgency. He made history as the first ever Speaker to step down from his seat to sponsor a motion when he raised a motion on the urgent need for rehabilitation, reconstruction, recovery and development of the North-East zone of Nigeria.
He has also called on the international community to assist with rebuilding the region, and suggested convening a donor conference to achieve this. Dogara has also visited Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in camps across Nigeria, in Edo, Abuja, Adamawa and other states, and donated relief materials.
Not Too Young To Run
Dogara is an active supporter of the Not Too Young To Run campaign, which aims to secure representation for Nigeria’s youth in the political process by lowering the age of eligibility for elective offices. He first mentioned the need to consider this reduction in the next amendment process during a meeting with student leaders drawn from across Nigerian tertiary institutions. After this, the Not Too Young to Run bill was sponsored by Tony Nwulu, a member of the House of Representatives, and the bill has since scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.
Local Government Autonomy
Dogara, as Speaker, has advocated extensively for local government autonomy in Nigeria. His support for local government autonomy is informed by his belief that it will result in greater and quicker development at grassroots level,and the House of Representatives, under his leadership, is pursuing constitutional amendments which would grant both political and financial independence to local governments.
Hon Dogara
The move has been met with commendation from different segments of the Nigerian population, including socio-cultural group and labour unions such as the National Union of Local Government Employees, among others.
Budget Reforms
The Legislative Agenda for the Eighth House – which Dogara leads – has a section on budget reforms which states that: “The House shall examine the efficacy of conducting public hearings on the Budget before legislative approval as this exposes the National Budget to increased citizen and stakeholder participation”. In February 2017, during the 2017 budget cycle, both chambers of the Nigerian National Assembly – namely the Senate and the House of Representatives – held the first ever public hearing on the Nationalist budget. At the hearing, the Speaker stated that further reforms were being made to the budget process, such as setting a time frame and activity schedule for and activity schedule for the entire budgeting process.
Legislative Intervention on Economic Recession Edit
Due to dwindling revenue from oil and alleged mismanagement of funds by the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian economy slipped into a recession shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in. Upon resumption from the Christmas/New Year recess in 2017, Dogara declared that the House must focus mainly on economic growth and rejuvenation by granting expeditious passage to legislation such as the Public Procurement Act Amendment Bill, the Federal Competition Bill and the Petroleum Industry Bill. Also, in response to the hardship experienced by many Nigerians, Dogara inaugurated an ad-hoc tactical committee in February 2017, which was charged with the mandate of monitoring policies enacted by the Executive, which are geared at ending the recession. The House under Dogara had, in 2016, also introduced sectoral debates, which entailed having selected ministers engage members of the House on legislative interventions required to achieve economic diversification.
Other Legislative Interventions
Dogara has called for the completion of dredging of inland water ways to open up the country and explore the potentials of agricultural and mining sectors. In 2016, his office was instrumental in averting a strike by Nigerian resident doctors.
Professional affiliations
Dogara is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Institute of Management, the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators, the Cyber Bar Association and the Social Policy Association. He is also an associate member of the Institute of Environment Management and Assessment, and the World Jurist Association, among others.
Hon Dogara
He also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Legal Adviser to FAcE-PAM, an NGO operating in Bauchi State .


Remembering Late Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Ahmadu Musa CFR Makaman Nupe (1935 – 2008)

For people that know Late Shehu Musa, knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers in him. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity that he pursue ”

Late Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Ahmadu Musa
Late Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Ahmadu Musa

Late Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Ahmadu Musa, CFR, Makama Nupe, was born on January 16, 1935 in Bida Niger State to the family of Mallam Musa and Hajiya Maimuna. He was married with children, grand children and great grand child. Alhaji Shehu Musa attended South- Elementary School Bida between 1943 and 1947 and Bida Middle School, Bida, in 1948. His Secondary School Education was at Zaria Secondary School now Barewa College, Zaria, between 1949-1954. After a brilliant performance in the Cambridge School Certificate Examination in which he obtained Grade I, he proceeded to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria between 1955-1957 where he studied for the University of London General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced level in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics (Combination that was known to scare many people but exclusively reserved for gifted individuals). He immediately proceeded to the nation’s premier University, the University College, Ibadan now University of Ibadan (the University he is always very proud of and never hide his affection and gratitude to this great institution). He obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours (London) in Mathematics and Physics in 1960. He holds the record of being the first Nupe man from Bida to hold a University degree. Alhaji Shehu Musa’s search for the Golden Fleece (Education) took him to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis’s U.S.A. between 1962-1963 for a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Public Administration.

Dr. Shehu Musa is one individual in Nigeria that his entire life after school has been dedicated to the service of his fatherland. His career in the public service started in 1960 in the Audit Department of the former Northern Region where he rose to the position of Senior Auditor between 1963-1965. He was on service transfer to the Federal Civil Service in 1965 as Senior Assistant Secretary, Board of Customs and Excise – 1967 – 1977. He was later appointed the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, 1971 – 1974 and later Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health, 1974 – 1977. Based on his Wealth of Experience and reliability, he was appointed as Director of Customs and Excise on special assignment by the General Murtala Mohammed Corrective regime to reorganize the Department of Customs and Excise and streamline its operations. This assignment was between September 1975 to March 1976 and it provided the very foundation which the entire department was built for its viable role in the economic life of the nation. Between 1978 – 1979, he was the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Finance. He got to the peak of his career when he was appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the Second Republic. These among others provided a potent source of inspiration to the succeeding generations who witnessed the emergence of a Nupe man to be at the position of authority in Nigeria. He has been a role model to the younger generations for his intellectual gift, humility and patriotism. During his tenure as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation between 1979 and 1983, the then Executive President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari described Shehu Musa as:…

“A man of courteous but authoritative bearing, Shehu Musa was clever, impressively efficient and widely respected by his colleagues. He seemed all the apposite as I felt that our new democratic voyage needed as the first SGF and someone who knew his way around the federal bureaucracy, how it worked, or didn’t work. Moreover, as a non-party man he would not be seen as a rival by ministers or special advisers. As the SGF, the homo type of Britain’s Secretary, Shehu Musa was unarguably the single most powerful official in the Federal Government or indeed in Shehu Shagaris cabinet to serve from Nupe land.”

Shehu Musa is a man of honour, distinction and pride. He is acknowledged not only at home but in the committee of nations for his historic feat and breaking the myth for organizing the only acceptable National Population Census in 1991 when he served as the Pioneer Chairman of National Population Commission, after several unsuccessful attempts. He has been honoured by several local and International Organisations. He is a recipient of Honorary Doctorate Degrees of the University of Jos, Federal University of Technology, Owerri and the University of Calabar. His contributions are of significant bearing in national life. Shehu Musa was also a presidential aspirant of NRC during Babangida regime where he felt he can contribute his best as a Nigerian in 1988. His appointment into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a National Commissioner remains one of such important contributions to the democratic evolution of Nigeria. He has attended several service courses, seminars and conferences in Nigeria and abroad, including representing Nigeria at World Bank, I.M.F., Commonwealth Heads of Government (Officials) and Finance Ministers Meeting.

Alhaji Shehu Musa’s contribution to national development is not only in public service but in other sectors of national life too. The picture of this “National Servant” can be seen from his record of service to his community, the nation and humanity. He has served as a member and chairman to over twenty parastatals including private sector organisations and Non Governmental Organisations.

Alhaji Shehu Musa is indeed a man of honour and a national servant per excellence! In recognition of his tremendous contributions to national development; several communities in Nigeria have honoured him with various traditional titles. These are in addition to national and international awards he had received at one time or the other.

National Honours: Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (C.F.R.) – 1982

International Mercury Award – 1992

Traditional Awards: Makama Nupe (Niger State) – 1980, Onotu of Ogume (Delta State) – 1982, Boba Selu of Osogbo (Osun State) -1983, Ezeanyin of Ibusa (Delta State) – 1988, Jagunmolu of Ikirun (Osun State) – 1990, Onwanitilora of Assah Ibilerem – 1991, (Imo State), Batolu of Lagos (Lagos State) – 1991, Aare Atunluse of Ibadan – 1991, (Oyo State), Seriki Mayegun of Oke Ona Egba – 1991 (Ogun State) and Bajowa of Eefon Alaaye – 1990 (Ondo State).

People he cherishes most in his life are people that contributed in the development of this great Nation as a whole. His hobbies are reading, writing, thinking for meaningful planning and sports.

He wants to be remembered as some one that did his best at every responsibility given to him to contribute in the development of this Nation as service to humani.

In Memory Of Late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki (Waziri of Ilorin)

Oloye’s mission in life was not merely to survive and achieve greatness alone, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. He did his best and made great people before he left a vacuum that has been hard to fill.

His clouds floated into our lives, not to carry rain or usher in storms, but to add color to the sunset skies of those whose lives he touched. 
The only way we can identify this great man is by saying he was a man of success who lived well, laughed often and loved much. May he rest in peace!! 

Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki – Oloye, the Waziri of Ilorin was born on the 17th of May, 1933 at Ilorin, the Kwara State. Saraki is from Agoras compound, Agbaji quarters of Ilorin, coming from an area that has an Islamic background and receiving his Islamic education at an early age from highly respected Islamic scholar Sheikeh Mohammed Kamaladdeen. EI-Adabiyya who was the founder and spiritual leader of Ansarul- Islam Society of Nigeria, where he receive his early Islamic education of studying the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. Dr. Saraki is a truly fulfilled family man. Married to a great unassuming lady Mrs. Florence Morenike Saraki with four children, Dr. Bukola Saraki a medical Doctor and Governor of Kwara state, Senator Rakiya Gbemisola Saraki Fofora an economist, Mrs. Tope Saraki a lawyer and another lawyer Laolu Saraki. He was educated at Eko Boys High School and obtained his School Certificates with beautiful results.

Having come from a very humble family, Saraki was encouraged to realize his ambition of becoming a Medical Doctor. He attended Chatham College of Technology, England, University of London, Licentiate Royal College of Physicians and St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London and obtained his M.B.B.S. in 1962, LRCP and MRCS. In the same year Dr. Saraki came back to Nigeria as a highly experienced Medical Doctor having practiced for many years.

He served as Medical Officer, General Hospital, Lagos and later Medical Officer, Creek Hospital, Lagos.
However, from the world of Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Saraki began his political career in 1964 when he contested for a parliamentary seat to represent Ilorin central at the “Federal House of representative. Although, he lost in the election, but his pried incursion into politics made a significant impression on people.

His first major political victory came when in 1978 he was elected by Ilorin Local Government council Area of Kwara State in the Constituent Assembly, which later ratified the 1979 Constitution. It was at that conference that Dr. Saraki widened his pout horizon that led to the formation of National party of Nigerian NPN. He was one of the major financiers and indeed one of those who made the party thick. Then came 1979 general election.

He contested for the Senate seat in Kwara Central after he failed to get presidential ticket of the party. The NPN succeeded in a political alliance with the Nigeria people’s party to form a national government with Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Due to zoning policy of the NPN, Dr. Saraki was appointed NPN Senate leader, Senator Alhaji Sabo Bakin Zuwo was appointed from peoples Redemption party (PRP) Senate Leader, Senator Alhaji was elected Great Nigeria Peoples Party GNPP Senate Leader and another Senator was equally elected for Unity Party Senate Leader. Saraki became the first Senate leader which is now the senate president in the National Assembly of the Second Republic until the military take over of 1983.

Dr. Olusola Saraki was overwhelmingly elected a Senator of Federal Republic. His election marked the beginning of his greatness in Nigeria’s politics. Saraki’s place in the Senate of that time was a special one. He enjoyed tremendous good will.

He was a strong force in the direction of the Senate, his contributions to the quality of debate in the Senate at that time were widely acknowledged.
It was not a surprise that within four years of service at the Senate, Saraki had established himself as a towering figure of consequential influence.

Dr. Saraki is very simple, humble and unassuming politician. Saraki struck the hearts of the people with his hospitality and kindness. In 1983 Saraki was re-elected into the Senate. This time his political empire had expanded. He did not only emerge victorious but ensured victory for others under the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

He had sponsored candidates into the Ilorin Local Government Council. Under the ratified local government reform masterminded by the then Baraden Sokoto and they won handsomely, one of them being the late Alhaji Babatunde Alanmu his friend from childhood. All these categories of Nigerians found him easily accommodating and the enthronement of public good over considerations.

His life style teaches the virtue of hard commitment, that even at 75, he continues to try to keep pace workaholic way.

Dr. Saraki did not stop at his age to attend to his associates for meetings or providing people with shelter day and night.
In 1991, during the third republic he founded the New Democratic Alliance (NDA) which aligned with political associations of similar ethos that fused into the Social Democratic party (SDP) under whose platform he sought for the Presidency before he, along with twenty-two (22) others were denied that opportunity by the General Ibrahim Babangida regime.

He went further and founded the congress for National consensus (CNC) a political party in 1996/97 was unsuccessful due to the inconsistencies by the then late Sani Abacha military junta. Still undeterred on his ambition, he helped floated the all people party (APP) of this present political dispensation. No doubt about it, the party has witnessed some remarkable success despite series of hitches. He contested for the presidential primaries under the platform of All Peoples Party (APP) before they change to All Nigerians Peoples Party (ANPP).

But before then, as a leader, he did not resign from the APP but stayed away from all its activities and fairness to him, when the party leadership chose to expel him, its state chairmen fought back at the convention. But surprisingly, his state governor who was Dr. Sarakis coordinator could be seen openly and begging the people to vote against Saraki.

When all signs showed that Saraki was about to leave the party and join PDP, some PDP members were paid by the ANPP to reject him. At one point, a top PDP member was heard saying if Saraki joins the party he will take it over. And to this the then Minister of state for Health Dr. Ndalolo hit back, “We need Saraki even if he will take over the party, she queried,”

Oloye as lots of people called him is also well known as Baba grassroots, Baba Governor, Baba Senator and Baba Commitment. All these names are due to his hard work, mentoring and commitment to his people. Dr. Olusola is well known as The Father of politics in Kwara and Kogi States throughout the second, third and fourth republics. He established political machinery that is absolutely relevant, tested and unbeatable in Nigeria.


However, The Waziri is a title giving to the most
senior kingmaker of a community or most respected person inside the emirate council of traditional rulers and as we all know, Oloye became Waziri of Ilorin after he served the emirate council as Turaki for so many years and now the same traditional title is now installed on his first son, Bukola Saraki then the Governor of Kwara State.

When the history of political kingmakers in Nigeria is written one day, no doubt, the name of Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki will stand were others will wavered, because he his fully equipped with political experiences.

Dr. Olusola Sarakis name is not also not left behind when names in the Council of the Arewa Consultative Forum are called. Moreover, Alhaji Aminu Dantata and Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, Waziri Ilorin remain the highest contributors to the running of the Arewa Consultative Forum secretariat.

For those who are not too familiar with the polity and politics of Kwara State, the governor’s father, Dr Olusola Saraki, the Waziri of Ilorin, has remained the dominant figure till date. He has been in active politics for almost fifty years, and has displayed a somewhat intimidating knowledge, an impressive understanding of the nuances of the politics of the state more than any of his contemporaries in any of the states across the federation.


Bukola Saraki though his son was the third elected governor he installed as the executive Governor of Kwara State.

His track record therefore marks him out as a genius in Kwara politics. Dr Olusola Saraki, could easily tick off at his fingertips all the wards in the local government councils in the state; off handedly he could recall all the names and villages in the state, and the people that matter in the affairs of their respective communities at a particular time and how best to get at them, whenever he wants them. Saraki knows the secret of Kwara politics, to simply say the least.

As expected many of those who disagree with him often had cause to want to realign with him when it comes to the issue of struggle for political power again.

Oloye cherish and love education most in his life. Which he took very serious with a passion and as a demonstration of this he built and funded several Schools. Saraki did not stop there. He awarded Scholarships not only to indigenes of Kwara and Kogi States but extended it to the children of the poor wherever they come from.

Dr. Saraki want to be remembered as some one that is completely selfless and detribalized Nigerian whose entire life is dedicated to the service of humanity.

Olusola Saraki died in Lagos November 14, 2012.

Personality Profile: Meet Eng Y Y Sani – Jakkadan Nupe

Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani was born on 1st July 1954 in Bida Local Government of Niger State. He is the first son of Alhaji Yusuf Sani, Ciroman Samarin Nupe.


Engr. Sani started his early education in 1961 at East Primary School Bida in Niger State. After his Primary Education, he attended Secondary Technical School, Kontagora from 1970-1974.

Eng YY Sani
Eng YY Sani

He went on to attend the Institute of Technology , New York in the united States of America from 1975-1976 , and later transferred to School of Engineering Colombia University also in New York from 1976-1978 where he was awarded Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management Engineering in 1978 , by the Colombia University , New York.

On his return to Nigeria in 1979, he did his National Youth Service at Universal Textiles Kano in 1980.


Engr Sani began his career with NNPC and was appointed the Administrative Officer/Depot Chief of the PPMC Depot in Kano from 1980-1983. While at PPMC he carried out a motion and time study of the operations at the depot and consequently introduced some innovations in the loading operations at the depot.

Engr Sani is undoubtedly a man of novel ideas and creative systems that focus on solving human socio-economic problems. The few examples below attest to that:


In order to solve what he saw as one of the major constraints in the acquisition and proper accounting of fuel by fleet operators and private motorists in Nigeria,

Engr Sani carried out a feasibility study into the idea of using vouchers instead of cash to purchase fuel at petrol stations nationwide .

He consequently resigned his appointment with NNPC in 1983 and established for the very first time in this country a company known as Fuel Vouchers Nig. Ltd. The outfit was marketing petroleum products to motorists nationwide through the use of vouchers. The novel idea was very successful until 1991 when fuel supply by NNPC to the petroleum stations in the country became erratic and unmanageable.


The ingenuity of Engr Sani came to fore in 1986 when the then Federal Government of Nigeria was frantically looking for a way out of the imbroglio of removing subsidy on petroleum products without causing social uprising by the labour and the masses of Nigeria in the already very tense political situation in the country.

Engr. Sani proposed to the Federal Government the idea of two- tier system of selling petrol to motorists in Nigeria such that the productive sector (commercial vehicles) would pay an economic price.

The idea was accepted by the Federal Government and introduced with the 1986 budget. Through this idea subsidy was removed without any protest from the labour and Nigerians who were growing very hostile to the government at the time.



1. Engr Y.Y Sani is a founding member of ANPP.

2. Engr. Y.Y Sani was a member of the Board of Trustees of All Nigeria Peoples Party – ANPP.

3. Engr Y.Y Sani was the 1999 Gubernatorial Candidate of All Peoples Party – APP in Niger State who clearly won the Elections at the polls but was denied victory through rigging/court actions and manipulations.

4. Engr Y.Y Sani was the former National financial Secretary of the Liberal Convention , which later merged with other associations to become National Republican Convention (NRC) party in 1991.

5. Engr Sani was one of the gubernatorial aspirants in Niger State on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention NRC in 1991.

6. Largely due to his doggedness and popularity in the North Central Zone he was appointed the North Central Zone presidential candidates’ coordinator for the National Republican Convention NRC presidential candidate of Alhaji Bashir Tofa in the 1993 presidential elections.

7. Engr Sani was one of the nominees from the North Central Zone that contested the position of the National Secretary of NRC at the National Convention of the party in Port-Harcourt 1983.

Engr. Sani is married to Hajiya Fatima and blessed with many children.

He is widely traveled and enjoys Reading , Traveling , Swimming, Jogging and playing Golf.

Y Y Sani as well known, is the new Jakardan Nupe (Ambassador of Nupe land).

Personality Profile: Ibrahim Isah – Niger State’s Diplomat Extraordinaire

What diplomats possess more than the rest of us is practical understanding of affairs of the world. This is so because of their wealth of experience as first-hand witnesses to cultures, traditions and politics of other nations in their itinerant career.

Ibrahim Isah’s engagements with the foreign and international affairs didn’t begin with his employment in the nation’s foreign mission. He was educated to serve in this capacity, earning his first degree in International Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1982 and then Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy at the University of Lagos, amongst other qualifications.

Isah’s career in Foreign Service began as Third Secretary in the African Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, and tasked with responsibilities ranging from examining political and economic reports of countries in the Maghreb region of Africa and rendering appropriate recommendations to serving as Desk Officer for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He served in this capacity until 1985, transferred to Finance and Budget Department to serve as Assistant to the Executive Director until 1988.

This tasking foundation prepared the rising diplomat for an eventful career in the service of the nation outside the shores of Nigeria. He served as Head of Chancery, otherwise known as Second Secretary, at the Nigerian High Commission in Freetown, Sierra Leone, between 1988 and 1992.

On returning to Nigeria in 1992, he left the service of the African Affairs Department for a more challenging role at the European Affairs Department as First Secretary or Desk Officer in charge of the affairs of Spain, Italy and the European Union. He left this role to serve as Counsellor (Assistant) to the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs until 1998.

In February, 1998, Isah left the shores of Africa, settling down in New York to serve as Senior Counsellor/Head of Chancery at the Consulate General of Nigeria. He left New York in 2000 for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to continue in his management of the security and general administration of the Chancery at the Kingdom’s Consulate General of Nigeria.

He returned to Nigeria in 2002, this time engaged as Assistant Director at the Airport Protocol Unit, Presidential Lounge, Abuja. He was the Chief Airport Protocol Officer responsible for seeing off and receiving the nation’s topmost federal executive and legislative heads and also foreign Heads of State and Government.

He left Abuja for Beijing in 2007, taking up his new role as Deputy Director at the Embassy of Nigeria in the Chinese city. His range of responsibilities there included Nigeria’s economic relations with Nigeria, through investment promotion programmes, liaison with China Commerce Ministry to advertise Nigeria’s investment opportunities and potentials and also serving as the mission’s Protocol Officer who saw off and received delegations to China.

He left China for Nigeria in 2010, and was stationed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ National Assembly Liaison Office, first as Deputy Director at the Public Communication Division from January to March, 2011. In April, he become Director at the Division.

Since 2014, Ibrahim Isah has been at the Embassy of Nigeria in Ankara, Turkey. He started as Deputy Head of Mission from June, 2014 to August, 2015 when he become the mission’s Charge D’Affaires, a position he currently holds, with his name already on the list of ambassadorial nominees released by the federal government, representing Niger State.

Isah’s rise through the cadre of Foreign Service is a story of sheer diligence, discipline and commitment to serving the nation and protecting its interests home and abroad. His astounding achievements over the past 32 years of service is motivating, noting his earliest education: First School Leaving Certificate at the LEA Primary School, Ebbo, Niger State, in 1972; West African School Certificate at Government College, Bida, Niger State, in 1979; and College Preparatory Course at Zungeru College of Advanced Studies, Bida, Niger State.
Isah had undergone professional training in Diplomacy, and has taken part in conferences and membership of various committees as a representative of Nigeria in and out of Africa. He’s received local and international honours, including his recognition as Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill in 1998 and Honourable Citizen of Nashville and Davidson County in 1999. He was also made an Honorary Member of Rivers State Foundation of Nigeria, United States, in 1999. The well-travelled and accomplished diplomat is married, and has children.
May God Guide you in this new Office you are about to occupy.

PERSONALITY PROFILE: Professor Jerry Gana (HASKE Nupe)

Professor Jerry Gana was born on 30th November, 1945, at Busu in Lavun LGA, Niger State; Jerry Gana attended Government College, Bida and Okene Secondary School before entering Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, for his undergraduate course. He graduated with Second Class honors Upper Division in 1970 and went on for his Masters and PhD four years later at Aberdeen University. ABU appointed him Geography lecturer in 1973. He became senior lecturer three years later, reader in 1980 and professor in 1985.
However, his chairmanship of Mass Mobilization for Social and Economic Recovery (MAMSER) by General (rtd) Babangida’s government brought him into national prominence as the “mobiliser.”

He made MAMSER a household name nationwide and distinguished himself as he strived to inculcate nationalism and patriotism in Nigerians. He subsequently moved on to become, for four times, a cabinet minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Information and Culture, Cooperation and Integration in Africa and once again, Information and National Orientation.

Professor Gana resigned as political advisor to the President Obasanjo in order to contest the elections on the platform of the factionalized Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He founded the party jointly with other prominent political leaders in Abuja. Not only was he the founding PDP national secretary, but he was the secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees.

As a politician, Jerry Gana travelled all over Nigeria throughout his tenure in public service. He does not need to be told how bad or how well things are anywhere in the country. He has seen them himself. So it is easy for him to evaluate how the bad ones can be remedied and the good ones can be made better.

He summarized the “perennial and debilitating problems” of Nigeria as “pervasive poverty, inefficient resource allocation, corruption, insecurity, decaying infrastructure and lack of accountability, transparency and due process” in government business transactions. Gana attained the peak of cerebral excellence as a professor of Geography. That achievement would placate intellectuals seeking one of their kinds to lead the country intelligently as contrasted with the intellectual-bashers who see muscle-flexing, crude force as the cure-all in governance that it never is – and could never be.

Moreover, he served meritoriously as a minister in four different governments over the past 24 years of his political life. That is another authenticating criterion that he wanted as a successful President of Nigeria, if he was elected.

The following were statement from Jerry Gana’s office, for his exposure in Nigeria political environment and for some one that travelled round the country with lots of experiences, he gain these following reasons that motivated him to contest for Nigeria President.

“As the foundation secretary of the PDP and the pioneer Secretary of the Board of Trustees which was designed to be the conscience of the party, Professor Gana remains genuinely shocked by the numerous violations of the principles, values and ideals upon which the party was founded, especially the democratic principles of power to the people. “He is therefore sad to see that in a number of situations, peoples’ aspirations and choices have been undermined and even subverted.”
• “Prof. Gana remains convinced that any democratic system that refuses to acknowledge and respect the sanctity of voter’s choice as the final arbiter in any election will ultimately lead to confusion, chaos and acrimony.

“Unless and until we restore the power back to the voter, the crises of succession will continue. No amount of self help, either by the power of might, manipulations or pseudo legislation can replace the real and genuine power of the people to choose their own leaders at all levels.

“He therefore hopes that elections will be free, fair and credible and transparent in all parts of the country. If this happens, the Nigerian people will be delighted to see the emergence of new and credible leadership across the country. “In other words, Prof. Gana believes that genuine democracy is the key to social peace, harmony, stability and progress.
• “Prof Gana is totally opposed to any attempt to manipulate, rig or truncate the elections because that will create enormous problems for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“If Nigerians cannot enjoy genuine development, if they cannot enjoy light in their homes, if they cannot enjoy adequate security of life, if they cannot afford adequate food on their tables, if they cannot find jobs for millions of unemployed youths, if they cannot have access to good healthcare, let them at least have peace to live their lives in their hope of better tomorrow by the grace of God.
• “Prof. Gana calls on Nigerians to continue to pray for the unity, peace and progress for our cherished fatherland and prays that elections will indeed be peaceful, credible, free and fair.”

However, Professor Gana joined politics for the well – being of Nigeria citizens and for them to be united. In fact, Gana’s vision of accelerating the national advancement project to speeds hitherto unattained in the country’s history according to rational, scientific planning that made him to join the presidential race. For Nigeria and its citizens certainly deserve much better and Gana believed he has the intellectual acumen, first-hand experience and the vision to take the country up the requisite steps to make Nigeria count.

Which unfortunately he did not scale thru primary election of PDP. Professor Jerry Gana is an icon that is respected with full passion in the National leadership, lead by Prince Vincent Ogbulafor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Therefore, due to his leadership quality as the former Secretary, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party he was recently appointed the chairman of the peace and reconciliation Committee for the lingering crisis in the Anambra State PDP.

Professor Gana is also an icon when we talk of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); where he was one time deputy chairman. He was also the Chairman of the board that sees to succession of the new Equilibrium Christian Center in Abuja. Jerry Gana as he is well known, is a man of every moment and a man that do not relaxes to see to the end of every occasion that he is given any small opportunity to talk , to give a speech or to contribute his best.

Professor Gana is very intelligent and well respected among the elite that know what Education and Politics is all known about. With such qualities and his greatest learning experience that is vast and also having travelled round the world, Jerry Ganas experience in life is beyond limitation and it was due to that, that the traditional title HASKE of Nupe land was introduced for the first time in Nupe kingdom of Bida and was given to him to serve his emirate.

Professor Jerry Gana is a man that never play with any opportunity given to him to contribute his best in development of this great nation.

In Memory Of Late Dr. (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili

Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly, and even long for it in the face of great suffering. However, the life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living and we can never forget a real woman who was independent and very courageous to fight for her right and that of others .
Dr Dora Akunyili was always ready to deal with the problems and affairs of others as a leader, just to see people happy. In anything- business, job, hobbies or interests- she wouldn’t give up but would rather stand on her feet to see the success of it. Not only for her own benefit but for everyone and the nation as a whole.
Dora was never selfish or arrogant but a Nationalist and a woman that stood amongst great men and women. She was an extraordinary woman of substance.
Good people must die, but death cannot kill their names. Therefore, we shall not forget our Dora.

Dora Akunyili was born in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria on the 14th of July 1954. She hails from Nanka and got married in Agulu, both in Anambra State, Nigeria. Dr. Akunyili’s educational career started at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Isuofia, Anambra State in 1966 and Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Nsukka, where she earned her First School Leaving Certificate with Distinction and West African School Certificate (W.A.S.C.) with Grade I Distinction in 1973 both in Nigeria.

These exceptional results earned her the Eastern Nigerian Government Post Primary Scholarship and the Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship. She got her First Degree in Pharmacy B.Pharm (Hons) in 1978 and her PhD in 1985 from U.N.N. Dr. Akunyili is a Post Doctorate Fellow of University of London and a Fellow of the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists. Dora Akunyili was always first in her class – a record that has not been broken in the school to date. To prepare her for managerial positions, she was trained in Senior Management skills Course in RIPA, London and Computer Education Programme by WHO/UNDP/World Bank Sponsored, Enugu in 1994 and 1998 respectively. Dr. Akunyili has enjoyed many academic awards and recognitions. 

Dr. Akunyili started her working career as a Hospital Pharmacist from 1978-1981, in the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (U.N.T.H) Enugu, after which she ventured into academics as a Graduate Assistant (Research Fellow) in Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, U.N.N. from 1982-1986. In the University system, she made a steady progress from Lecturer I in 1986 until she was made Senior Lecturer in 1990. She transferred to College of Medicine, U.N.N. in 1992, where she was made a Consultant Pharmacologist in 1996, a position she held until 12th April 2001.

Due to her love for Teaching and nurturing young ones, she was also a part time lecturer of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists Lagos, Nigeria from 1992-1995. She also served as a member of Anambra State Hospitals Management Board and State Advisory Council for Women Commission in 1992-1994 and was appointed Supervisory Councilor for Agriculture in Anaocha Local Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 1994 – 1996. Prof. Dora Akunyili was appointed Zonal Secretary of Petroleum Special Trust Fund (P.T.F.), coordinating all projects in the five South Eastern States of Nigeria from 1996 – 2000. 

Dr. (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili, assumed office on the 12th of April 2001, as the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). She is an internationally renowned Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Erudite Scholar, Seasoned Administrator, and a visionary leader. As a scientist and a scholar, she has presented 20 papers in various local and international scientific conferences, and published a book and 18 Journal Articles. She has supervised PhD and Masters Candidates in Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and U.N.N, both in Nigeria. Even as the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Akunyili still finds time to supervise six Postgraduate students in the College of Medicine U.N.N. She has also been Chief Examiner in Pharmacology for 3rd M.B.B.S College of Medicine, Abia State University Uturu, Nigeria. 

Dora Akunyili, the first woman to head NAFDAC, outlined the importance of drug regulation and having women in leadership positions in African nations. Before April 2001, when NAFDAC was established to heighten drug regulation, the country had one of the world’s highest levels of fake drugs. Akunyili commented that an unpredictable consumer drug market is a form of public health terrorism: Nigerian patients on prescription medications cannot rely on drugs purchased from pharmacies and legitimate multinational drug manufacturers have struggled in Nigerian markets because they are unable to sell quality products in a market infiltrated by inferior drugs.

These inferior drugs include expired or uncertified drugs; drugs with very little or no active ingredients; and drugs sold to the general public without contact information printed on the label. By fighting corruption through drug regulation, education, and training programs, NAFDAC has been able to reduce the number of fake drugs in the market by 90 percent. This reduction has enabled other West African countries to lift bans on Nigerian drugs, open the Nigerian market to new drug manufacturers and pave the way for the return of multinational drug companies. Public education has increased consumer awareness, and incentive programs are spurring high-school students to study drug control. 

However, these improvements to Nigerian drug markets have not come easily. Since fake drugs are a lucrative business, NAFDAC employees—including Akunyili—have faced intimidation, harassment, and vandalism from fake-drug sellers. To demonstrate the seriousness of the situation, she reported her own experiences dealing with fake-drug dealers, including an assassination attempt.

Therefore, women in leadership positions throughout Africa, Akunyili said, could help reduce corruption. “Women tend to be less corrupt and more focused,” she said, and noted, “there are many more great women leaders out there who need to be given a chance.” Citing hurdles for women such as early marriage, poverty, unequal female inheritance rights, unequal employment practices and unequal education expectations, Akunyili called for a concerted effort from national leaders to empower women through favorable policies, education and community-based strategies. She believes that these measures if accomplished will show that in Africa “the best man for the job is a woman.’’ 

Dr. Dora Akunyili is a very active member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and she has served in the following capacities: PSN Education Committee as Secretary from 1994 – 2000 Organizing Committee for Enugu State PSN Annual Conference as Secretary- 1995, Nigerian Association of Academic Pharmacists as National Asst. Sec. from 1990 – 1994. Association of Lady Pharmacists as National Vice-President from 1992–1995, National Ex-Officio Member 1995-2000 and President of Enugu State branch from 1992-1998. She is a member of other learned societies among which are: Nigerian Society for Pharmacology, West African Society for Pharmacology, International Union of Pharmacology and International Pharmaceutical Federation.

However, Dr. Akunyili held positions of responsibility in University of Nigeria Nsukka Senate in the following capacities: Senate Careers Board Committee – Member 1986 – 1993 Board of Institute for Development Studies-Member 1986 – 1993. Senate Representative for Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences 1990 – 1992. Staff Welfare Committee for Academic Staff Union of Universities, Nigeria – Member 1991 – 1993. Investigation Committee on Alleged Examination Malpractice in Drama 202 Re: Ugwuja C., 86/49917 of Sub-Department Dramatic Arts, (U.N.N); Secretary 1991-1992. Her high sense of responsibility made her a member of the following: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Committees (U.N.N.) Medicinal Plant Committee Examination Committee Continuing Education Committee, Publications and Colloquial Committee on Specialization Courses for Pharmacists Consultancy Management Board. 

Dr. Akunyili is a devout Catholic and is happily married to Dr. J.C. Akunyili, they are blessed with children. She wants to be remembered as a woman who is always ready to help reduce corruption and focus on the development of her fatherland – Nigeria by reducing fake drugs and providing good health for every African and non – Africans in this world. Her hobbies are reading and writing. 

She went into politics and contested for senate, where she lost to Sen Ngige. And her last official duty was at NJI as one of the delegate to national conference, before she died June 7, 2014 at India and was buried August 28, 2014. 
May She rest in peace. …

In Memory Of Alhaji Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule (Dan’Masanin Kano)

 “To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think, people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge but that was the genuine way that Maitama Sule – Dan’Masanin Kano excel to be a great man.

Alhaji Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule (Dan’Masanin Kano)
Alhaji Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule (Dan’Masanin Kano)

Dr. Maitama Sule’s was born in 1929 in Kano state and had so many children, he was a school teacher in his early career, was elected in 1954 to the Federal House of Representatives. In 1958 he became the Kano Native Authority’s Chief Information Officer and in 1959 the Federal Minister of Mines and Power, serving until the military delegation to the Addis Ababa Conference of Independent African States in 1960 and was also a member of the first Nigerian delegation to the United Nations the same year. When Nigeria created states in 1967, he became Commissioner for Local Government, then moved to the Ministry of Forestry, Co-operatives and Community Development and finally to that of Information.

At Public Complaints Commission: The rise of economic nationalism during the 1970s led to the enactment of a decree stipulating minimum requirements for local content in many companies doing business in Nigeria. To capitalize on the benefits of indigenous control of the economy, many permanent secretaries, federal commissioners, state governors and their cronies established firms to conduct business with the government. It was with the intent of patching the revolving door and to stem small time corruption that the public complaints commission was created in 1975. It was meant to hear and tackle complaints fielded by the common man in a simple and efficient manner. Maitama Sule, as head of the commission was known to have taken his job seriously, partly because he was a potent political commodity and had a lot to gain from the good will of the people when a transition to civilian rule was in place. As a result of the commission’s effort, corruption during the period was temporarily curtailed.

After, the re-election of President Shagari in 1983, Maitama Sule was made the Minister for National Guidance, a portfolio designed to assist the president in tackling corruption. He as a major reason for the incursion returned to a familiar role, this time under a democratic government as the head of a ministry to tackle corruption. The new but short-lived ministry was created solely to invest time in an ethical re-orientation of Nigerians. Maitama, who had acquired a solid reputation as a tough U.N representative, when he was chairman of a U.N. special committee on apartheid was asked to lead the ministry. However, his appointment was not satisfactory to critics. Shagari’s administration was removed by a coup, with the coupists citing corruption

Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule was quoted to have said,

“Everyone has a gift from God. The Northerners are endowed by God with leadership qualities. The Yoruba man knows how to earn a living and has diplomatic qualities. The Igbo man is gifted in trade, commerce, and technological innovation. God so created us equally with purpose and different gifts.”

The statement has been used by some to stir up fears of northern political domination in the country. Alhaji Yusuf MAITAMA SULE, became Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, who presented his credentials to Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. Maitama Sule’s was also assign as representative of the President of Nigeria to the Lancaster House Talks on Zimbabwe in London and also Counsel African Leaders On Zimbabwe Crisis.


A former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule who was part of the delegates to the Lancaster talks that ushered in black rule in Zimbabwe, has called on African leaders to be honest, just and fair in seeking a lasting solution to the Southern African Country political crisis.


In his words, “I do hope that the African leaders would summon courage and be honest enough to tell President Robert Mugabe what he should have done and tell him what he has done wrong. Because unless we tell ourselves the truth, we will never get out of the woods, we will have to do that”.


Alhaji Sule who spoke extensively on several other issues on Voice of Nigeria Current Affairs Programme “Global Guest On VON” told a team of journalists that it was necessary that African leaders realize the need to promote good governance, rule of law and other democratic norms.


He said that without free, fair elections and peaceful environment for people to freely express their rights, the sustainability of Democracy would be under threat in Africa. A former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule who was part of the delegates to the Lancaster talks that ushered in black rule in Zimbabwe, has called on African leaders to be honest, just and fair in seeking a lasting solution to the Southern African Country political crisis.

The retired Diplomat who had been involved in high profile peace negotiations across the world also recalled his involvements in finding solution to the Sudan crisis in the 60s adding that lack of trust and injustice has been stalling progress in achieving peace in the Central African Country.


He was quoted as saying that “It is like the case of Sudan in 1964, I led the Nigerian delegation to the conference of Southern Sudan with the rest of Sudan. I told them look, unless you exalt yourself to do justice, be fair with one another and patient with one another, you will never get out of the woods”.

When he was asked about Nigeria politics and democracy, he said in his own view and as an advocated of change, the current system of governance is to reflect the peoples way of life and other critical issues in our national life. The elder statesman who served as minister under Shagari’s administration, said rather than stick to the western form of democracy which has proved very ineffective, our leaders should summon the courage to midwife a workable model that is indigenous and in tune with practical realities.

“What Nigeria needs now is good leadership to develop and excel. Nigeria wants good leaders not rulers, for it to take its pride of place in Africa, a country without good leadership cannot have good government,” he said.

Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule

Chairman of the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid, 1981-1983

Speeches and Statements on Apartheid


  • International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions against South Africa, 11 January 1982
  • Southern Africa: “The time to act is now”, An appeal to the British people, March 1982
  • Pan Africanism and the Struggle for Liberation in South Africa and Namibia, 22 March 1982
  • International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions against South. Opening Address at Asian Regional Conference for Action Against Apartheid, Manila, 24 May 1982
  • Campaign for the release of South African Political Prisoners, 11 October 1982
  • Twenty Years of United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid 1982.

May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace And May Almighty Allah Grant Him With Aljannah..  Ameen