Education. found: Dictionary of African Biography, accessed November 26, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Tafawa Balewa, Abubakar; teacher; prime minister of Nigeria; born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in Bauchi province, Northern Nigeria; received a teacher's certificate in history from the University of London's Institute of Education (1945-1946); … Yau a jihar Bauchi masana zasu fayyace wasu lamura da suka shafi rayuwar sa. Instead, some of them are quoting British archives when already I said the British intelligence on the coup in Nigeria at that time was a total failure; so you cannot rely on such or use a failed report of failed people and intelligence as history, that is my argument. The … When they reached the parked vehicles, Ezedigbo had arrested the finance minister, Chief Okotie-Eboh, and had tossed him like a bag of groundnuts into the back of the 3-Ton truck while the prime minister was assisted into the backseat of Ifeajuna’s luxurious car, a red Mercedes Benz, as the convoy drove off to the rendezvous. How did you get the information about the dumping of Tafawa Balewa’s corpse on that spot and you now went for verification? Why now? If I didn’t leave immediately as I left that day, perhaps those who evacuated the body would have done so before I got there. And so that was how I took my Vespa which was like having a car then. Yayi karatu a makarantar horas da malamai ta Katsina daga (1928 zuwa 1933), sannan ya zamo malami, kuma shugaban makarantar Bauchi Middle School. Forty-four years after, a fresh controversy is brewing over the death of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first and last prime minister …. January 10, 2021. They ran away. The PUNCH learnt funeral prayers will hold at 1.30 pm at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Central Mosque on Monday. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. When the OAU was being formed which broke into factions then, the Casablanca group, the Nkrumah group and all kinds of groups, he was involved in bringing all the African countries together and, out of the respect he had worldwide for sorting out the issue of East and Southern Rhodesia then which had gone out of the British government, that Commonwealth conference hosted by Nigeria was the first to be held outside UK, it show the kind of respect and affection for Tafawa Balewa. The Golden Voice of Africa had been silenced. The 'revolution' had failed and the prime minister had become a liability to their movement anyway. We had heads of government of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and others from all over the Commonwealth gathered in Nigeria, yet the British intelligence didn’t know. In 44 years, nobody has denied, whether in government or outside, nobody has said anything contrary to what I wrote in the Sunday Times of 23 January 1966. Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Sam Omatseye, in his column, made a profound statement that there was a failure of intellectualism. And before the body was taken to Bauchi, they would have cleaned it up, prepared it and wrapped it up in the Islamic way and so there would be no need to expose the body. The prime minister fell from the bullet of Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna the day he was captured from his home. The death of Tafawa Balewa may have been influenced by elements in government who wanted to cover certain things up and now had to put his body on the same spot with Okotie-Eboh so that the story would be that the coupists put the two bodies there. Muslims detest marking of graves, Muslims detest having a statue on graves, they see it as paganism, they detest it. LAGOS, Nigeria, Jan. 22-- The federal military Government announced today that the body of the kidnapped Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, was found yesterday. Some of the soldiers at the airport accompanied the plane on its journey. Okotie-Eboh was killed on January 15, 1966 alongside the prime minister, Tafawa Balewa, premier of the north, Sir Ahmadu Bello, premier of the west, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola and some senior military officers. President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the late Prime Minister, on the loss of Hajiya Jummai Aishatu Abubakar, Balewa’s last surviving wife who died today at the of age 85.. The students who identified as Aminu Ahmed, a 500 level student of Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Abubakar, also 500 level, has died in ghastly motor accidents on Wednesday, September 2, and Thursday, September 3. That cannot be true because the late Professor Odunjo, the brother of Soji Odunjo, was in LUTH then when I wrote the story and I remember that Soji and I saw him that same Sunday that my report was published and we talked extensively on the matter .So, if there had been autopsy, he would have told me in the course of our discussion. The prime minister fell from the bullet of Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna the day he was captured from his home. A school teacher, politician. He didn’t make a claim of it. Aguiyi Ironsi, in answer to a question on the whereabouts of Alhaji Abubakar replied, “Every attempt is being made to locate his whereabouts. He was the first Nigerian dean of engineering and head of civil engineering at the University of Lagos.He was the founding vice chancellor of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi and emeritus professor of the University of Lagos. Tafawa Balewa was a vocal […] The Management of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State has confirmed that four of its students were killed following the collapse of a bridge in the Gubi campus. His father, Yakubu Dan Zala, was of Gere and his mother Fatima Inna was of Gere and Fulani descent. Yes, Balewa’s body was a fresh one. Tafawa-Balewa fell as Ifeajuna stared in horror at the darkness whether he got his target. A British captain and an Indian first officer, both employees of Airways, were the only civilian crew on the plane. Why is it that 44 years after, some people are now talking of their own story. Mid-night Flight That was the situation and after that, all the heavy weights in politics took flight. I could not imagine, even as a young reporter, that a well grounded and well informed security network would allow world leaders to assemble in Nigeria for the Commonwealth conference few hours to a major political upheaval and a military intervention, the first in the history of the country, would be in the offing and they didn’t know. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. What was the situation of the bodies at the time you got there? The military too at that time were hamstrung because for communication network, they had to depend on the police communication system as they did not have signal department in the army of that time. The first cliche they teach in journalism is facts are sacred. But the announcement came exactly one week after it had been officially stated that “in the early hours of this morning, Saturday, January 15, 1966, a dissident section of the Nigerian Army kidnapped the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance and took them to an unknown destination.”, At his first news conference after he had been handed the Government of the Federation, Major General J.T.U. I interviewed people in the villages who also saw the body. Their intelligence situation was totally flawed. Alhaji Abubakar was buried at the Muslim cemetery in the presence of a large number of sympathizers. Quickly, he moved towards the still body of the prime minister and after confirming he was dead, dragged him to a tree trunk and rested the body in a seating position with his clothing still intact. DATE OF BIRTH 1912. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is one of the only four Nigerian leaders that the media and everyday scorecards remain generally favourable to. By yesterday morning, the corpse had been removed from the spot. \ n Abubakar Tafawa is celebrating 55 years of death. Source: A Carnage Before Dawn: A Historical Novel on Nigeria's First Coup D'etat by Ayomide Akinbode. Would any serious government have risked the head of their government in a country where the military was about to strike? M.T. His body was discovered at a roadside near Lagos six days after he was ousted from office. PAUL OMOKUVIE, BAUCHI. So why are they making an issue on whether his body was displayed or not? Hajiya Jummai Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the only surviving wife of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, is dead. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. University_College_London. Then he and Okafor brought out Largema’s corpse from the boot of the car and laid it down beside Tafawa-Balewa’s body. THE coronavirus pandemic has contributed a lot to the current food inflation ravaging Nigerian families. In the first place, there was a coup of some majors which became very bloody in some parts of the country. M.T. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has sympathized with the family of late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, over the death of Jummai Abubakar, the last surviving wife of the first prime minister of independent Nigeria. Murtala’s body was already prepared and taken straight away for burial. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University is a federal university of technology located in Bauchi, northern Nigeria. He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa who was killed during Nigeria's first military coup in 1966, was the country's prime minister during the First Republic. Tafawa Balewa was abducted and captured. So, tell me, which Muslim head of state’s body has ever been displayed? The Right Honourable Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. “Or would you like some fresh air?”. It was a funny situation there was a coup where Ironsi survived. That means one cannot rely on such source for information on what actually happened. Trouvez les Abubakar Tafawa Balewa images et les photos d’actualités parfaites sur Getty Images. He said two female passengers survived with varying degrees of injuries and were receiving treatment at ATBU-TH. Your report of January 23,1966 has become a reference point on the death of Balewa. Technical Feedback: whatsapp 08023469027 Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the first and last Prime Minister of the First Republic of the Federation of Nigeria, is dead, it was officially announced in Lagos at 12 noon yesterday by the Federal Military Government. Biography. that Friday and saw the two bodies placed in a ditch by the road side. As at the time I wrote my story, the body was already being flown out of Lagos to the north but I guess they had to take it first to Kaduna because I was not sure there were landing facilities in Bauchi where it was buried; they probably had to take the body in the morning to Bauchi and I stated in my report the Indian pilot and the co-pilot that accompanied the body. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1912 in Bauchi State. He was killed on 15 January 1966 in Lagos. Fani-Kayode was just being sentimental that I should have gone with a photographer. Your father, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, was murdered was overthrown and murdered in a military coup on January 15, 1966, 54 years ago, what memories do you have of the day? And he is getting emotional about it and the evidence he is producing are third party:’ General Danjuma told me,’‘ M.D, Yusuf told me’. How Tafawa Balewa died is not something I want to talk about. Tafawa Balewa est une zone de gouvernement local de l'État de Bauchi au Nigeria. Northern_People's_Congress. These newspapers were all owned by government. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in late 1912 in Tafawa Balewa, North East State, (Bauchi) Nigeria. Not even the officials of the Nigerian Airways were allowed to come near. He writes: Dr. Hassan, a Commissioner of Health during the immediate past administration of Mohammed Abubakar, died at the age of 46. He said immediately the police were called, they rushed to the scene for the rescue operation and conveyed all the victims to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi. Teslim Opemipo Omipidan. “While the body of Alhaji Balewa was still fresh, that of Chief Okotie Eboh was swollen and in a decomposed state. Fani-Kayode’s father was abducted and captured. To Tafawa-Balewa, it was a rhetorical question and the decision to answer or not rested on him. The former vice president took to his twitter handle to express his deepest condolences to the family of the former prime minister. He was overthrown and murdered in a military coup on 15 January 1966, as were many other leaders, including his old companion Sir Ahmadu Bello. How Tafawa Balewa died is not something I want to talk about. Read the statement by the presidency below. Segun Osoba, Sunday Times staff reporter, reports that Alhaji Abubakar was found on the road side on Mile 27 on the Lagos-Abeokuta road. So many people. Lokaci karfe 11 Wuri Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Tomb Ajiya Adamu Road Bauchi. The body was robed in a big white agbada with a cap lying at its feet. TODAY SIR. He was killed by Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna the day he was captured from his home. In a statement issued by Muntari Gidado, his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Muhammed, described the death as a great loss, not only to her immediate family members but to the people of the state and Nigeria in general. There was no traffic because there were fewer vehicles on the road and I raced there to see the body. Références. Are there other persons that can corroborate your claim or photographs of the scene to lay to rest the controversy concerning your claim? The Okotie-Eboh body had decompsed and I didn’t even see any sign of gunshots on his body. Even the late General Sani Abacha that died in Abuja, his body was already prepared by the time it got to Kano. E- Branch was like today’s SSS. The presidency announced the death of Jummai Aishatu Abubakar in a statement on Sunday. You can imagine if the ants got into your body, you had to strip naked. At the moment, I have no information.”. Read the statement by the presidency below. 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", “Alright,” the prime minister replied gently, “allow me to dress up.”, READ ALSO: President Buhari meets Saraki, Dogara over Benue killings, others. He served from 1957 to 1966. In a message sent through the Bauchi … Wakil, who did not disclose the cause of the accident, said the remains of the victims had been deposited of morgue at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH) in Bauchi. His head was mangled, I suspect he was maltreated and manhandled. Osoba speaks, in this interview, on his experience of January 21, 1966 when he saw the corpses and other issues surrounding the death of Balewa. And that this is why I think there was a foul play. Creator: Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Interviewer: Emmanuel Omatsola Date of Interview: May 7, 1964 Place of Interview: Lagos, Nigeria Length: 4 pages Biographical Note Balewa, Prime Minister of Nigeria from 1960 to 1966, discusses his memories of President John F. Kennedy’s (JFK) character, JFK’s influence on world affairs, and the He was born on July 18, 1912 to an Itsekiri chief, Prince Okotie Eboh, and got married to his wife, Victoria, an Itsekiri lady, in 1942. READ our Privacy-policy and cookie policy. Northern_People's_Congress. A school teacher, politician. I am still suspicious of the involvement of the then government in the whole saga. Tafawa Balewa’s Death. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Nigeria. Ga Jawabin Mai Girma Firaministan Nageriya Na Farko, Alhaji Sir. A former external affairs minister,Chief M.T .Mbu, sparked off a controversy recently when he claimed that the Nigerian prime minister in the first republic, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa,died of asthma. The unfortunate reference to the death of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was made to The Nation Newspaper reporter after the completion of a marathon interview about ‘Nigeria at 50.’ “It was not meant to be in any way inflammatory and has obviously been taken completely out of context. Ifeajuna did not bother to pursue. DAGA Bashir Abdullahi El-bash. I was at the airport at about 11 p.m., on Friday, 14th of January 1966 when Tafawa Balewa saw off Harold Wilson on his journey back to the UK. If such politicians ran away, what makes you think the other ministers would be around when they had already handed over power to the military and particularly at a time Major Nzeogwu was making serious statements on the radio that any major offence became death sentence? Today Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has reached 55 years of death. The Golden Voice of Africa had been silenced. Zamu kawo muku shirye Shiryen kai tsaye a wannan kafa na Labari Daga Bauchi. If they didn’t kill his father who was highly controversial in the politics of that time and highly visible, what makes him now believe that Tafawa Balewa, a gentle man, a highly respected individual, somebody that was loved by Nigerians for his humility and mild disposition in his life time, would be killed? After attending Katsina Teacher Training College (1928-1933), he was a teacher and later headmaster of the Bauchi Middle School. Kabarin Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Fani- Kayode had many mistakes and flaws in his argument. She was, until her death, the Head of Department, Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi. After the coffin had been taken into the plane, it took off at exactly 30 minutes after midnight. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Supreme Court To Hear Atiku’s Appeal On Wednesday, October 30. “There was a little strip of stripped pyjamas left on his right leg. Biography. Wane darasi ne kuke ganin … Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. If people are enterprising enough, I think they should go to Ilogbo or Iyana Ilogbo, they would find people who saw the bodies. That was just 24 hours to the time the coup took place. Having realised the coup had failed on their part, they sped, en route Abeokuta-Sagamu, towards Enugu in the East, which was nearly 450 kilometres away. “He had a snow white toga a part of which was wrapped over his head. Abubakar Tafawa Ɓalewa wanda ya gabatar a karon farko a matsayin … You don’t fly a decomposed body and stay in the aircraft for one or two hours and you survive .These are some of the flaws in his claim.   Let’s meet one of Nigeria’s heroes of independence. Teslim Opemipo Omipidan. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa: Date of birth: 1912 Bauchi: Date of death: 15 January 1966 Lagos. JUST IN: Nigeria’s inflation climbs to 15.75%, Breaking: E.F. 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By Usman Abdullahi Koli Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Bauchi state Death of Balewa’s wife Jummai Abubakar palace of the Emir of Bauchi Protracted illness. So, no matter what anybody says ,you hold on to your story on what you saw at the spot where Balewa and Okotie Eboh’‘s bodies were found.? Abubakar Tafawa Galewa, who presented for the first time as a prime minister in the year (1957). Widow of Nigeria’s former Prime Minister, Jummai Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has been confirmed dead. All this happened within fours hours after I saw the body. Hajiya Jummai Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the only surviving wife of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, is dead. It shows you that any reference to the British archives on this issue, especially by those who claimed that Balewa had been shot by the coup plotters, would be a fruitless exercise. Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Oral History Interview – 5/7/1964 Administrative Information Creator: Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa ... your opinion made him tick so much in his death that East and West were brought closer together and I think that the North and the South moved closer together, too. Balewa’s father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Gere ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was half Gere half Fulani. Place Of Death. No, because the then prime minister of Britain himself, Harold Wilson, was still in this country 24hours to the coup. Northern_Nigeria_Protectorate. But as an eye witness, the body (of Balewa) that I saw was a fresh body. Adewale Oke Adekola FIStructE FICE CON (26 March 1932 – March 1999) was a Nigerian engineer, academic, author, and administrator. Okay.ng gathered that the late Hajiya Jummai died in Lagos in the early hours of Sunday after a protracted illness before her death. 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