If you look at the banditry in the North-West, it just mushroomed overnight. These roads have been deteriorating for some time and nobody has done anything about it. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. He wanted to know if everything was okay there. I left Nigeria in 1982 for the United States of America. The disturbances in Nigeria today can be linked to what happened at that time. As students, upon your graduation, your state government would tell you not to go anywhere because they had employment for you. 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. â€œHe is not one of us,â€ Saddik Abubakar Tafawa Balewa told the BBC, after the operation to rescue Jhalil. We are not mature enough for every region to control its own security. But you’ll have to sit down with the security agents to know the threat that Nigeria is facing. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. 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. Did you not have any reservation when he decided to join the military? I was the first person to break the news of my father’s death to my mother who was also here in Bauchi. I think he would go crazy because the stage we are in cannot be explained, seriously. Published February 8, 2020 February 8, 2020. Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar Malami probably encountered Balewa as a historical piece. We will get there someday. Gone. @sofson, we do not only help you get into the right Institution, we provided insightful tips to help you ace your time in school. There have been calls in some quarters for the restructuring of the Nigerian security architecture due to the growing insecurity across the country. The Tafawa Balewa … He asked me if I was a Muslim and I said yes. Since I got there and they had already started the process of burial, there was nothing else I could do. He took me through that road and told me to drive very fast to the place we were going and that was what saved us that day. She was a devoted Christian and took her faith seriously. But it happens in the North. Isa’s widow then took her infant son to Bauchi, where the Madaki of Bauchi took her in. They would keep the money; they wouldn’t do the work. Join Now. During my father’s time, all the heads of defence establishments were from the East. If you tell me now, what will I do with the information? When some of these politicians have resolved their issues, you would never see them again and they would have caused trouble for people. 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. Few radicals from Benue, Plateau or even Southern Kaduna have come out to criticise a policy that they felt was an injustice. But before, it was neglected. I remember that electricity was stable and things were affordable. Will I kill him? google_ad_height = 250; Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. But I wasn’t there when he was killed. Abubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Even Chief Ladoke Akintola (Premier of the Western Region) went to Kaduna to meet the late Premier of the Northern Region (Sir Ahmadu Bello), telling him that they should leave the country but he said he would not go anywhere. 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? If you talk about my father, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ozumba Mbadiwe and other politicians, where are they now? What do you think about the counter-coup of the same year? Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. 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. google_ad_width = 300; How was life after the death of your dad? This is because the regions have been split into states. Everybody in Nigeria during the First Republic or even up to the 1980s would tell you that people were happy. 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. They are not the ones doing the fighting. May his soul rest in peace. There was seriousness; they saw the task of nation-building as the priority. He said we shouldn’t go farther because it was a Christian axis. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Early Life . The university regained its autonomous status in 1988 following a general demerger of such institutions. Then later, I learnt the Prime Minister had been taken somewhere. 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. On November 3, 2019 6:25 am In News by Nwafor. They left a beautiful legacy but they didn’t complete the work they started. You live in the North. 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. You know they were trained by the British. The name of his birthplace was appended to Abubakar’s name (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa). He was a founding member of the conservative Northern Peoples’Congress, and acted as its vice president. Soyinka: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Son Says It May Be 'Unlawful' To Take Pic Of Man - Nairaland / General (2) - Nairaland. They will be somewhere in Bauchi or even far away from Bauchi. 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. What happened to her? 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. We are talking about corruption, nepotism, and so on, there was none of that. 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. READ ALSO: Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. Go and check how it was during the administration of the immediate past government. Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. That was what caused it. The news first broke after they took the Prime Minister. 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? 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. I think that was what led to the counter-coup. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. A local government area chairman will not live in his area. What memories of your father do you still have? Kindly Share This Story: By Charles Agwam. It was during the interview that they saw his name – Tafawa Balewa, and I don’t know what problem they had with it because they denied him. I told them they had just brought his corpse to Ajiya’s house (the house of one of the six kingmakers in the area); that was how I broke the news to them. Will I bring him back if I have memories of him? \ n Abubakar Tafawa is celebrating 55 years of death. Inside, I saw people crying. It’s the 54th anniversary of the coup this year, what do you think about the coup? Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. Once it happened, I couldn’t bring him back to life, so it is only appropriate for me to pray for him. I can’t do that because my father didn’t bring me up that way. Well, around 1982-83, my child was interested in joining the Nigerian Army and even passed the test. Some would starve themselves. They would pay you allowances and pocket money. PROMOTE MUSIC; CONTACT US; ADVERTISE WITH US; More. If you are going to Abuja through Jos, you’ll almost faint if you get to a pothole. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in late 1912 in Tafawa Balewa, North East State, (Bauchi) Nigeria. How Tafawa Balewa’s widow was abandoned after husband’s death. No, I can show you some videos where people from the core North have come out publicly to abuse him (President Buhari). There were no states but now there are tribal sentiments. Did that stop a coup? Where did they see Nigeria in the future at that time? 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 … I don’t think they had any genuine reason for doing what they did. I will never forget that because I was very scared; I could see places in flames and hear gunshots. Morenike set up a trading company called Monicotora in 1975 and flourished in business while raising her children. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. The university was established in 1980 as the Federal University of Technology, Bauchi. â€œHe is neither the nephew, neither the son, neither the grandson of my father,â€ the fourth son of the late Sir Abubakar said. 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 Tafawa Balewa family disowned Jhalil in 2008, claiming he wasn't a son. 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. ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA YAKE CIKA SHEKARA 55 DA RASUWA. So, with these kinds of hiccups and the destruction of esprit de corps in the army, things started to go awry. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in the village of Tafawa Balewa in the modern Bauchi area of northeastern Nigeria. What do you think about the agitations and reasons given by the coup plotters to do it? I saw her trying to perform her ablutions in preparation for prayers but the other kids started crying and I went out. When the crisis started because of tribal politics, my father broke down and cried. It cannot work. 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. I was in Bauchi when my father died. By the time I got there, they had started the funeral prayer and there was no way I could start discussing that with anybody, so I just let it be. What are your thoughts on that? Around 8am or 9am, somebody came to inform me. 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. Even in those days in the First Republic, there was a federal police. You have to follow up because if you are making progress, at least, the people are supposed to see changes. 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. Kindly Share This Story. Many people even travelled at night. Those who are old enough to have experienced the First Republic would know that these people were committed to this country. The university is named after the first Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. I got there and told them what happened. It didn’t. Kindly Share This Story: By Charles Agwam. Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. So, today, that is what is happening now; people are blowing his trumpet. How happy and hopeful was your father when we got independence? Apparently a young officer of the Nigerian Army at the time Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the Nigerian Prime Minister from 1957 – 1966, it goes without saying that President Muhammadu Buhari must know of Balewa, even if he didn’t know him. I remember his friend from Gombe, Mallam Jauro, who has also passed on. They copied what they were doing to get everybody involved but earlier on, everything was going on smoothly. I told you that these things started little by little and, to my little understanding and in my own opinion, suddenly, politicians came in. Isa’s widow then took her infant son to Bauchi, where the Madaki of Bauchi took her in. Menu 1; Menu; twitter; facebook; google; rss; linkedin; dribbble ; pinterest; Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) is a federal university of technology located in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. If you look at the terrorism in Borno State, it started as a small thing, but look at what has happened within a few years. I saw them trying to bring out his body from the coffin. 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? Some of them are even from Katsina. Do you know if your dad had any premonition or warning before the incident? Abubakar Tafawa Ɓalewa wanda ya gabatar a karon farko a matsayin … 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. But now, I would visit Zaria sometimes and see students looking haggard. The bad roads did not start with this administration; they started long before it and haven’t been addressed. Where were the other wives when all that was going on? The younger Tafawa Balewa stated this while commenting on the state of the nation. You can see that with the leadership of these days, that is where the problems lie. 2015: Tafawa Balewa’s son to drag PDP to court over presidential forms.. - Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. 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. 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 know some of those houses that are still here till today in Bauchi. Balewa’s father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Gere ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was half Gere half Fulani. 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. It taught me to be what I am now, to be hard, strong and dedicated. 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. But people don’t learn. Just listen to what has been going on. You can’t give me an AK-47 with two magazines and say I should face an anti-aircraft gun. He was the only son of Yakubu Dan Zala, who was the district head of Bageri Muslim Bauchi state division of Lere. The name of his birthplace was appended to Abubakar’s name (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa). What do you think about the state of the nation as Nigeria celebrates its 60th independence anniversary? TODAY SIR. If your father was to witness the situation in Nigeria now, what do you think would be his reaction? All these troubles, including religious and tribal conflicts are part of that. Two of his wives, including my mother were here in Bauchi while the other two were with him in Lagos. They were classmates and very close friends. They could even provide for your feeding. Now, the scenario is that some people are exploiting these grievances and providing people with weapons to cause trouble. google_ad_slot = "5984819487"; Don’t you think the states will do better with their own infrastructure? Abu Bakr (Arabic: أبو بكر ) was a sahabi, one of the companions of Muhammad and the first Caliph of Islam.He was also Muhammad's father-in-law through Aisha.His real name was Abdullah or Abul-Kaaba and Abu Bakr was his kunya.. Early life and career. I would say yes. Where were you taken to live after his death? It is only this Boko Haram issue that I will say is different. We, the younger ones, were motivated. I was with my wife, and a commercial motorcyclist (okada man) saved me by showing me the road to take. All of them will leave this world. Did it stop the deterioration? 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. He said we should follow him because he saw my wife with a hijab. What do you think were the dreams of your father and other founding fathers like him? He took me on a motorbike as if we were going somewhere, and he told me that there was a problem. Abubakar Tafawa Galewa, who presented for the first time as a prime minister in the year (1957). He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. From Bashir Abdullahi El-bash Here is the speech of the first prime minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Sir. Abubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Sometime in 1970, I visited him and he told me a story. That’s a different thing entirely; to me, a coup is a coup. That’s how deep the rot has gone. Tragedy As Metal Bridge Collapse In Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi / Wole Soyinka: Pa Ikhide Ikheloa Pays For 2 Seats On A … There was no change. 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. If you travel, for instance, from here to Kano, just don’t speed. Something is wrong somewhere. He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. On November 3, 2019 6:25 am In News by Nwafor. The army was strictly under the federation. What about your mother? It is very good to allow every state and region to control its own resources; I support that 100 per cent. ... Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa… 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. Do you think this is what is happening with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)? My mother said I should tell them to bring his body to where he wanted to be buried. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interests as one of the few educated Nigerians of […] She was a devoted Christian and took her faith seriously. Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Soyinka: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Son Says It May Be 'Unlawful' To Take Pic Of Man (36876 Views) . 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. Menu. I am very worried about that because my children are coming up. Didn’t the family insist that he must be buried where he wanted to be buried? I don’t think it was necessary. He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. Did any of his children join the Nigerian military? What do you think of your father’s legacy in the light of the current state of the country? Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. 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 . Abubakar Tafawa Ɓalewa, Wanda Ya Gabatar A Karon Farko A Matsayin Firaminista A Shekarar (1957). 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. Before, the Nigerian Army used to run away. Cikakken jawabin mai girma Firaministan Nageriya, Alhaji Sir. Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE(1) (December 1912 â January 15, 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria. Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the son of late Nigerian Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has said his father would go crazy if he were to see the current situation of Nigeria. But today’s politicians are known to amass wealth. 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. But suddenly, modern arms were introduced and if you give people AK-47 rifles, you know what’s going to happen. 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. That was when I broke the news to them at home. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. I was shocked when I came back because most of the things I knew were working had collapsed. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. I felt abnormal, but what would I do? Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interest as one of the few educated Nigerians of his time. When you came out, they would give you employment, a vehicle and a furnished three-bedroom flat. How Tafawa Balewa’s widow was abandoned after husband’s death. That is just what comes to my mind always; the good that my father did. Your father was said to have lived a decent life and, after he died, he was said to have just one house and a piece of land. I didn’t sleep at home that night because there was no way we could get home. 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. But some argue that the security under the Federal Government has not fared well. Copyright PUNCH. A school teacher, politician. From there, they started looking for Major Okafor. It wasn't immediately clear if the man kidnapped was the same Jhalil. What do you think about that? READ ALSO: Few multi-billionaires control Nigeria’s resources, unlike in 1960s –Yakasai. Ga Jawabin Mai Girma Firaministan Nageriya Na Farko, Alhaji Sir. Abu Bakr (Arabic: أبو بكر ) was a sahabi, one of the companions of Muhammad and the first Caliph of Islam.He was also Muhammad's father-in-law through Aisha.His real name was Abdullah or Abul-Kaaba and Abu Bakr was his kunya.. I think it (corruption) was there but not as serious as some people assumed it was. So, how could the country move again? And it has continued. It didn’t. People were doing tribal politics, but at least they had their national representatives and they always came together when things were coming to a head. For more details on ATBU – Abubaka Tafawa Balewa University’s Cut off mark, Available Courses and Departments. Morenike set up a trading company called Monicotora in 1975 and flourished in business while raising her children. 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? You could travel from here (Bauchi) to Lagos at night; you wouldn’t be afraid of anything. In the ministries, they used to have what I think was called ‘end of year.’ They would just sit down and divide the monies that were left among themselves; everybody would take their share. 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