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. Do you know if your dad had any premonition or warning before the incident? Two of his wives, including my mother were here in Bauchi while the other two were with him in Lagos. When they were to take him, his wife was in the room. Balewa, a U.S trained Surgeon and the National Chairman of Goodluck Na Kowa, a support group urging President Goodluck Jonathan to run for the 2011 Presidential election was kidnapped in his home at the Utako District of Abuja. Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Well, around 1982-83, my child was interested in joining the Nigerian Army and even passed the test. You cannot blame the institution for what happened; it was just a few people that were responsible for what happened. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, the man who claimed to be the son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa, has been exposed as not only a name dropper but also from Yoruba. May his soul rest in peace. Menu 1; Menu; twitter; facebook; google; rss; linkedin; dribbble ; pinterest; Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. What kind of country are they going to live in? Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. Another time was when I was travelling to Jos and a crisis erupted. 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. 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. The local chiefs, emirs and others tried to control it but now, all the traditional institutions are not there. Join Now. He was elated. 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 know some people who were getting paid via the post office then, but all these are gone now. If you tell me now, what will I do with the information? So, it metamorphosed. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interests as one of the few educated Nigerians of […] Have you ever had any experience yourself that frightened you? If you look at herdsmen and farmers’ crises, it used to be with bows and arrows and machetes. Copyright PUNCH. But before, it was neglected. They would keep the money; they wouldn’t do the work. We will be thankful if more (honour) 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. /* Punch_Sidebar_Articlepages300x250 */ The university was established in 1980 as the Federal University of Technology, Bauchi. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. He asked me if I was a Muslim and I said yes. The other wives came from Lagos and they were talking. Some of them started crying, so I went back for the funeral prayer. Abubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. You could travel from here (Bauchi) to Lagos at night; you wouldn’t be afraid of anything. Balewa's father, Mallam Yakubu, was a minor official in the Native Authority, part of the British colonial administration. The army was strictly under the federation. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s mother – Fatima Inna is a Fulani woman. During my father’s time, all the heads of defence establishments were from the East. Visit www.atbu.edu.ng. 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. The name, meaning "Father of young camel" (Abu meaning 'Father of' and Bakr meaning 'young camel'), is widely used by Sunni Muslims. They could even provide for your feeding. I was nearly killed because we were going to the stadium and, as young people; I was cruising in my friend’s car. 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? As a Muslim, I don’t hold a grudge against anybody. Abubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. google_ad_height = 250; Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. You have to follow up because if you are making progress, at least, the people are supposed to see changes. Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar […] We wanted to finish school and start working. Some of them are even from Katsina. Everybody in Nigeria during the First Republic or even up to the 1980s would tell you that people were happy. You can’t give me an AK-47 with two magazines and say I should face an anti-aircraft gun. I left Nigeria in 1982 for the United States of America. I know some of those houses that are still here till today in Bauchi. Since you were not in Lagos, how did you hear about your father’s death? It was on the following day that we learnt about some of the things that happened. For more details on ATBU – Abubaka Tafawa Balewa University’s Cut off mark, Available Courses and Departments. Join our Mastermind Group . So, how could the country move again? Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. google_ad_slot = "5984819487"; The university regained its autonomous status in 1988 following a general demerger of such institutions. You live in the North. The name of his birthplace was appended to Abubakar’s name (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa). People tried to come together but, after that, the politics became something else: ‘If I don’t get it, let everybody lose it.’ That was how Nigeria got to this state. But some argue that the security under the Federal Government has not fared well. They would save from their allowances. 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. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, a key political ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, was abducted from his home on Friday. She was a devoted Christian and took her faith seriously. What happened to her? My father didn’t sleep; he had very little sleep because he always had a late night with his circle of advisers, ministers and the others as they tried to get Nigeria working. The university is named after the first Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. 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. I was in Bauchi when my father died. A local government area chairman will not live in his area. The disturbances in Nigeria today can be linked to what happened at that time. We are not mature enough for every region to control its own security. 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. 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. What do you think about the agitations and reasons given by the coup plotters to do it? What are the striking changes between Nigeria of today and the country during your father’s time? I got there and told them what happened. 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. Tafawa Balewa was a vocal […] Tafawa Balewa was a vocal […] Those who are old enough to have experienced the First Republic would know that these people were committed to this country. I think he would go crazy because the stage we are in cannot be explained, seriously. Soyinka: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Son Says It May Be 'Unlawful' To Take Pic Of Man - Nairaland / General (2) - Nairaland. All rights reserved. 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? Northern Nigeria at that time would even provide transportation to and from school. May those who are not working along that line see reasons to do that because we are heading somewhere! Changing the heads of the security agencies is not a remedy for what’s going on. How Tafawa Balewa’s widow was abandoned after husband’s death. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. Go and check how it was during the administration of the immediate past government. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5689805440782123"; You can see that with the leadership of these days, that is where the problems lie. It was regional then. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. Abubakar Tafawa Ɓalewa, Wanda Ya Gabatar A Karon Farko A Matsayin Firaminista A Shekarar (1957). So I learnt. Did any of his children join the Nigerian military? 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. Even in those days in the First Republic, there was a federal police. The Chief of Army Staff, police boss, and others were easterners. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in late 1912 in Tafawa Balewa, North East State, (Bauchi) Nigeria. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar Malami probably encountered Balewa as a historical piece. 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. People were going on trains. In this interview with ARMSTRONG BAKAM, he speaks on Nigeria at 60, issues of insecurity and unity, among others. 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. Morenike set up a trading company called Monicotora in 1975 and flourished in business while raising her children. A school teacher, politician. Early life and career. He told me that they didn’t know exactly what happened but that the Prime Minister had been killed. Abubakar Tafawa Galewa, who presented for the first time as a prime minister in the year (1957). 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 … We were just coming together then and that there was trade that was going on between the North and the South; the various tribes of Nigeria. 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. It is only this Boko Haram issue that I will say is different. After a week, they brought his corpse. These roads have been deteriorating for some time and nobody has done anything about it. I told you that these things started little by little and, to my little understanding and in my own opinion, suddenly, politicians came in. 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. Then later, I learnt the Prime Minister had been taken somewhere. It has just come to this position. He wanted to know if everything was okay there. My prayer is for Nigeria to succeed. He was his father’s only child. 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. What are you going to do with N1bn? Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. It didn’t. So, today, that is what is happening now; people are blowing his trumpet. His paternal grandfather Isa was murdered in front of his family by his rival’s agents. It’s the 54th anniversary of the coup this year, what do you think about the coup? Kindly Share This Story. If you do, you will die because of the potholes on the road and nobody is doing anything about it. You said earlier that your father wasn’t corrupt, what do you think about corruption among public office holders now? 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. From there, they started looking for Major Okafor. Tafawa Balewa didn’t get his wish to be buried at home –Yakubu, son of ex-Prime Minister. He said there was a time when some people were putting pressure on the Prime Minister (Tafawa Balewa) to blow his own trumpet and say all the good things that he had done, but what he said was that “if you have confidence in your work, someday, somehow, somebody will blow it for you”. He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. 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. 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. Isa’s widow then took her infant son to Bauchi, where the Madaki of Bauchi took her in. How was life after the death of your dad? We didn’t know a crisis had started, so we were nearly killed because we went to the wrong camp. Few radicals from Benue, Plateau or even Southern Kaduna have come out to criticise a policy that they felt was an injustice. The bad roads did not start with this administration; they started long before it and haven’t been addressed. They had hopes because they had developmental plans and were implementing them religiously but, along the way, things just stopped moving. On the day the coup was carried out, I learnt that General Yakubu Gowon went to the State House around 5am because they were aware that something was going on. They will be somewhere in Bauchi or even far away from Bauchi. 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? In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. 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.. 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. It didn’t. “He is not one of us,†Saddik Abubakar Tafawa Balewa told the BBC, after the operation to rescue Jhalil. When you came out, they would give you employment, a vehicle and a furnished three-bedroom flat. The younger Tafawa Balewa stated this while commenting on the state of the nation. I don’t know if it is true that the last time they bought weapons for the army was during the administration of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua. My mother said I should tell them to bring his body to where he wanted to be buried. What do you think about the state of the nation as Nigeria celebrates its 60th independence anniversary? From Bashir Abdullahi El-bash Here is the speech of the first prime minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Sir. I did not even cry. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) is a federal university of technology located in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Where did they see Nigeria in the future at that time? People are talking about him and all the good things that he did while he was alive. Do you think this is what is happening with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)? They would go there just for their holiday, do some shopping and return to Nigeria. The Tafawa Balewa … What about your mother? He said we should follow him because he saw my wife with a hijab. He took me through that road and told me to drive very fast to the place we were going and that was what saved us that day. The 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. If one party is aggrieved and it is not addressed, they will seek revenge; that’s how things got worse. Tragedy As Metal Bridge Collapse In Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi / Wole Soyinka: Pa Ikhide Ikheloa Pays For 2 Seats On A … Gone. There was seriousness; they saw the task of nation-building as the priority. You go through some channels. We don’t think the army had anything to do with what happened to my father. What was Nigeria like while you were growing up? It taught me to be what I am now, to be hard, strong and dedicated. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interest as one of the few educated Nigerians of his time. You could not have imagined it. I didn’t sleep at home that night because there was no way we could get home. 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? 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 . He was a founding member of the conservative Northern Peoples’Congress, and acted as its vice president. There was the Northern Elements Progressive Union that metamorphosed into the People’s Redemption Party. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. There was a time students were going to Britain for holidays. He took me on a motorbike as if we were going somewhere, and he told me that there was a problem. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Early Life . Whenever I remember him, I just prayer for him. Published February 8, 2020 February 8, 2020. As students, upon your graduation, your state government would tell you not to go anywhere because they had employment for you. If you travel, for instance, from here to Kano, just don’t speed. This can be attested by those who knew her. That is just what comes to my mind always; the good that my father did. I am very worried about that because my children are coming up. google_ad_width = 300; What do you think were the dreams of your father and other founding fathers like him? google_ad_slot = "5984819487"; They were classmates and very close friends. Balewa’s father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Gere ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was half Gere half Fulani. They were really committed. Where is Chukwuemeka Ojukwu now? 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. Something is wrong somewhere. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. Did it stop the deterioration? 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? All these troubles, including religious and tribal conflicts are part of that. The son of the late Prime Minister’s oldest surviving daughter, Alhaji Ahmad Yakubu Wanka (who holds the traditional title of Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tutan Bauchi), graciously contacted me a day after my column was published. And it has continued. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa had Four wives – Jummai, Umma, Zainab and Laraba. /* Punch_Sidebar_Articlepages300x250 */ But I wasn’t there when he was killed. When the crisis started because of tribal politics, my father broke down and cried. They wanted him to leave the place. We remained in our house here in Bauchi. Through the papers, I later learnt that he was warned by the British High Commissioner. I just had to let them continue. Inside, I saw people crying. They left a beautiful legacy but they didn’t complete the work they started. Did that stop a coup? He was his father’s only child. Alhamdulillah, whatever it is, nothing can be better than what it is; that is life and we have to accept it just the way it comes. I dare not see an elder carrying a bag and not collect it from him, let alone criticise him in public. If you talk about my father, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ozumba Mbadiwe and other politicians, where are they now? 2015: Tafawa Balewa’s son to drag PDP to court over presidential forms.. - Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. But you’ll have to sit down with the security agents to know the threat that Nigeria is facing. 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.. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. There are bad roads everywhere. The name Tafawa Balewa means ‘black rock’. All of them will leave this world. We will get there someday. There’s no society where there will be herdsmen and farmers and there won’t be problems. How happy and hopeful was your father when we got independence? ... Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa… There was no change. Kindly Share This Story: By Charles Agwam. 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. 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. Kindly Share This Story: By Charles Agwam. We are talking about corruption, nepotism, and so on, there was none of that. Restructuring in the sense of what some people are saying cannot be possible now. If you are going to Abuja through Jos, you’ll almost faint if you get to a pothole. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. My mother told me that my father had shown her where he wanted to be buried in the house and she asked me to inform them (at Ajiya’s house) when I went back there, if it would be possible. I saw them trying to bring out his body from the coffin. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, son of Nigeria's first Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has been kidnapped by suspected kidnappers. 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 … Abubakar Tafawa Balewa would have been 107 years old, if he were alive today. It provoked widespread shock because he was believed to be the son … 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. 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. 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