Well, around 1982-83, my child was interested in joining the Nigerian Army and even passed the test. 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. Even when they were just three, North, East and West, there were agitations and Mid-West was created. I am very worried about that because my children are coming up. 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 … I remember that electricity was stable and things were affordable. PROMOTE MUSIC; CONTACT US; ADVERTISE WITH US; More. Didn’t the family insist that he must be buried where he wanted to be buried? What do you think of your father’s legacy in the light of the current state of the country? I dare not see an elder carrying a bag and not collect it from him, let alone criticise him in public. The Chief of Army Staff, police boss, and others were easterners. So, today, that is what is happening now; people are blowing his trumpet. You said earlier that your father wasn’t corrupt, what do you think about corruption among public office holders now? Go and check how it was during the administration of the immediate past government. google_ad_height = 250; Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. 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. 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. I don’t think it was necessary. 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. That was when I broke the news to them at home. 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. The name of his birthplace was appended to Abubakar’s name (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa). google_ad_width = 300; I even stayed there sometimes, but he was not killed in the house, he was removed from the house and killed him somewhere else. 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? If you are going to Abuja through Jos, you’ll almost faint if you get to a pothole. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa had Four wives – Jummai, Umma, Zainab and Laraba. Menu. Balewa’s father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Gere ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was half Gere half Fulani. 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. They left a beautiful legacy but they didn’t complete the work they started. There are people that do that but because of the decorum in the North; the old system is such that you don’t come out and criticise. If you tell me now, what will I do with the information? He said we should follow him because he saw my wife with a hijab. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. And it has continued. I learnt that even the then Prime Minister of England told him to come and stay with him in his ship but he didn’t. But people don’t learn. Balewa's father, Mallam Yakubu, was a minor official in the Native Authority, part of the British colonial administration. Have you ever had any experience yourself that frightened you? 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. You can see that with the leadership of these days, that is where the problems lie. He took me on a motorbike as if we were going somewhere, and he told me that there was a problem. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. I don’t think they had any genuine reason for doing what they did. But before, it was neglected. Kindly Share This Story. The only thing I do when I think about him is to pray for him. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interest as one of the few educated Nigerians of his time. In Bauchi, for instance, if a crisis breaks out in one remote local government area, you will find out that he won’t be there and his secretary will also not be there. It’s the 54th anniversary of the coup this year, what do you think about the coup? The name, meaning "Father of young camel" (Abu meaning 'Father of' and Bakr meaning 'young camel'), is widely used by Sunni Muslims. He wanted to know if everything was okay there. 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. 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 . But suddenly, modern arms were introduced and if you give people AK-47 rifles, you know what’s going to happen. I just had to let them continue. 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. The army was strictly under the federation. 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. I know some of those houses that are still here till today in Bauchi. If you travel, for instance, from here to Kano, just don’t speed. People had employment. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in the village of Tafawa Balewa in the modern Bauchi area of northeastern Nigeria. 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. A school teacher, politician. But like I told you, I wasn’t in Lagos then. The leaders of the First Republic, first and foremost, had the interest of the country at heart because, before independence was given, they were able to sit down together under the supervision of the British and agree on a constitution for Nigeria. I was in Bauchi when my father died. The bad roads did not start with this administration; they started long before it and haven’t been addressed. He asked me if I was a Muslim and I said yes. Don’t you think the states will do better with their own infrastructure? When you came out, they would give you employment, a vehicle and a furnished three-bedroom flat. READ ALSO: Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. It cannot work. Somebody will steal N1bn, for what? But some argue that the security under the Federal Government has not fared well. Do you remember crying when you heard about his death? Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. It is very good to allow every state and region to control its own resources; I support that 100 per cent. Abubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. We wanted to finish school and start working. Tragedy As Metal Bridge Collapse In Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi / Wole Soyinka: Pa Ikhide Ikheloa Pays For 2 Seats On A … I know some people who were getting paid via the post office then, but all these are gone now. All these troubles, including religious and tribal conflicts are part of that. We will get there someday. 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. I was nearly killed because we were going to the stadium and, as young people; I was cruising in my friend’s car. She was a devoted Christian and took her faith seriously. 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. Kindly Share This Story: By Charles Agwam. @sofson, we do not only help you get into the right Institution, we provided insightful tips to help you ace your time in school. This can be attested by those who knew her. Will I kill him? Something is wrong somewhere. “He is not one of us,†Saddik Abubakar Tafawa Balewa told the BBC, after the operation to rescue Jhalil. /* Punch_Sidebar_Articlepages300x250 */ 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. The university regained its autonomous status in 1988 following a general demerger of such institutions. 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. Many Nigerians, particularly southerners, believe northerners contribute to the problem of this country because they hardly criticise the government when one of them is the leader. Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar Malami probably encountered Balewa as a historical piece. There’s no society where there will be herdsmen and farmers and there won’t be problems. 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. But you’ll have to sit down with the security agents to know the threat that Nigeria is facing. They will be somewhere in Bauchi or even far away from Bauchi. Early life and career. I think that was what led to the counter-coup. Some would starve themselves. We, the younger ones, were motivated. How happy and hopeful was your father when we got independence? I won’t say they didn’t succeed because they brought Nigeria into a very unpromising situation and up till now, the effects are still there – issues Christians, Muslims, North, East, South, and so on, have against one another are the foundation of our problems today as a nation. Copyright PUNCH. May those who are not working along that line see reasons to do that because we are heading somewhere! Gone are those days. “He is neither the nephew, neither the son, neither the grandson of my father,†the fourth son of the late Sir Abubakar said. 2015: Tafawa Balewa’s son to drag PDP to court over presidential forms.. - Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. So I learnt. Isa’s widow then took her infant son to Bauchi, where the Madaki of Bauchi took her in. So what happened afterwards? You can’t give me an AK-47 with two magazines and say I should face an anti-aircraft gun. From Bashir Abdullahi El-bash Here is the speech of the first prime minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Sir. He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. He was a founding member of the conservative Northern Peoples’Congress, and acted as its vice president. I will never forget that because I was very scared; I could see places in flames and hear gunshots. Do you think this is what is happening with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)? All of them will leave this world. That okada man was a Christian. I did not even cry. Tafawa Balewa didn’t get his wish to be buried at home –Yakubu, son of ex-Prime Minister. There was seriousness; they saw the task of nation-building as the priority. She was a devoted Christian and took her faith seriously. After a week, they brought his corpse. That was what the Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi Decree was about, to try to unify the country. It is just that we are overambitious by trying to get to where we don’t deserve to be yet because speed doesn’t bring progress. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. It didn’t. Restructuring in the sense of what some people are saying cannot be possible now. There have been calls in some quarters for the restructuring of the Nigerian security architecture due to the growing insecurity across the country. But today’s politicians are known to amass wealth. If you asked him, he would say it was because if they, the founding fathers, could not hold Nigeria together, then what would happen after them? Kindly Share This Story: By Charles Agwam. 2015: Tafawa Balewa’s son to drag PDP to court over presidential forms.. - Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. Northern Nigeria at that time would even provide transportation to and from school. When the crisis started because of tribal politics, my father broke down and cried. My father had four wives. On 1 October 1984, the university was merged with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria with a change of name to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College, Ahmadu Bello University, Bauchi campus. For more details on ATBU – Abubaka Tafawa Balewa University’s Cut off mark, Available Courses and Departments. They wanted him to leave the place. They were really committed. It … Abubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. You should tell me because whatever I say will bring back the memory as I am involved and my father was killed. We are talking about corruption, nepotism, and so on, there was none of that. So, it metamorphosed. 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 … The Tafawa Balewa … We will be thankful if more (honour) comes. Ga Jawabin Mai Girma Firaministan Nageriya Na Farko, Alhaji Sir. What do you think about that? The question is about leadership. May his soul rest in peace. It is only this Boko Haram issue that I will say is different. You live in the North. He was his father’s only child. 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. I left Nigeria in 1982 for the United States of America. How can you contain a crisis that way? I was shocked when I came back because most of the things I knew were working had collapsed. 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? Even those that killed some of them, where are they now? We didn’t know a crisis had started, so we were nearly killed because we went to the wrong camp. That is just what comes to my mind always; the good that my father did. All rights reserved. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa : biography 1912 – January 15, 1966 Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – January 15, 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria. But when we came out of the same umbrella, the masses continued with their trade and the politicians came in looking for votes, so they tried to divide the people but it wasn’t as bad as it is now. 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. Do you see it as a consolation that those who killed your dad didn’t taste the victory? The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. 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. What was Nigeria like while you were growing up? I can’t do that because my father didn’t bring me up that way. Everybody in Nigeria during the First Republic or even up to the 1980s would tell you that people were happy. 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? The name, meaning "Father of young camel" (Abu meaning 'Father of' and Bakr meaning 'young camel'), is widely used by Sunni Muslims. They copied what they were doing to get everybody involved but earlier on, everything was going on smoothly. As for restructuring the economy, I am for that; they will be giving the government at the centre royalties. The news first broke after they took the Prime Minister. I was with my wife, and a commercial motorcyclist (okada man) saved me by showing me the road to take. It was regional then. It provoked widespread shock because he was believed to be the son … I remember his friend from Gombe, Mallam Jauro, who has also passed on. Once it happened, I couldn’t bring him back to life, so it is only appropriate for me to pray for him. How was life after the death of your dad? He trained as a teacher, and was a respected member of the elite of the northern region of Nigeria after the end of World War II. Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. It didn’t. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, a key political ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, was abducted from his home on Friday. He was his father’s only child. He was his father’s only child. Inside, I saw people crying. I think he would go crazy because the stage we are in cannot be explained, seriously. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. What happened to her? There are bad roads everywhere. A school teacher, politician. I was the first person to break the news of my father’s death to my mother who was also here in Bauchi. Some of them are even from Katsina. Where did they see Nigeria in the future at that time? I got there and told them what happened. Soyinka: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Son Says It May Be 'Unlawful' To Take Pic Of Man - Nairaland / General (2) - Nairaland. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Early Life . These insurgents have come out with sophisticated weapons and they are even ready to take on the Nigerian Army. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. The disturbances in Nigeria today can be linked to what happened at that time. I think they are doing their best, but the insecurity situation is getting out of hand and you know when people are dying; they complain that things are really bad. It is just prayer that I say or what more can I think? We don’t think the army had anything to do with what happened to my father. There was a time students were going to Britain for holidays. My mother said I should tell them to bring his body to where he wanted to be buried. 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. We shouldn’t compare ourselves with the US or Britain; it took them a long time to get to where they are and in that regard, it is through this trial and error that we will get to where we want to be. Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Abubakar Tafawa Ɓalewa wanda ya gabatar a karon farko a matsayin … It taught me to be what I am now, to be hard, strong and dedicated. My prayer is for Nigeria to succeed. If your father was to witness the situation in Nigeria now, what do you think would be his reaction? Before, the Nigerian Army used to run away. What are your thoughts on that? The other wives came from Lagos and they were talking. When your father was in office, he had people from other regions working very closely with him but now, Nigerians, especially those in the South, feel the appointments of heads of security agencies are skewed to favour the North. When they were to take him, his wife was in the room. It has just come to this position. He was the only son of Yakubu Dan Zala, who was the district head of Bageri Muslim Bauchi state division of Lere. This is because the regions have been split into states. Where is Chukwuemeka Ojukwu now? It was on the following day that we learnt about some of the things that happened. I saw her trying to perform her ablutions in preparation for prayers but the other kids started crying and I went out. Sometime in 1970, I visited him and he told me a story. He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. Since you were not in Lagos, how did you hear about your father’s death? Two of his wives, including my mother were here in Bauchi while the other two were with him in Lagos. A school teacher, politician. Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa wasn’t corrupt and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello wasn’t corrupt either; they didn’t find anything against them, so, what more did they want? As a Muslim, I don’t hold a grudge against anybody. Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. In the days of your father, we had federalism with each region managing their affairs and some people have been calling for restructuring to return the structure of the country to that, what is your view? Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) is a federal university of technology located in Bauchi State, Nigeria. But I wasn’t there when he was killed. Many people even travelled at night. Tribal politics played itself up again; then the political parties came. When some of these politicians have resolved their issues, you would never see them again and they would have caused trouble for people. We remained in our house here in Bauchi. 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