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GENERAL ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR GCFR

General Abdulsalami Abubakar was born in Minna, Niger State on June 13, 1942. He attended Minna Native Authority Primary School between 1950 and 1956, before proceeding to the famous Government College, Bida for his secondary education. For his post-secondary school education, he attended Kaduna Technical College from January to October 1963.

 

Imbued with patriotism to serve the fatherland, Abdulsalami enlisted in the Nigerian Air Force on October 3, 1963 as Officer Cadet. In June 1964, he was sent to Germany for flying training. Due to exigencies prevailing at the time, he was seconded to the Army and commissioned Second Lieutenant and was posted to the infantry. By dint of hard work, he progressed steadily in the service, earning his promotions regularly and becoming a General on the 9th of June 1998.

 

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From 1967 he held various staff and command appointments ranging from platoon, company, battalion and Brigade Commander. He became General Officer Commanding in 1988 and was posted to 82 Div after being Military Secretary from 1986 to 1988. He was appointed Commandant National War College from where he became Chief of Defence Staff from 1993 to 1998 when destiny made him Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1998.

 

Since leaving office in 1999, he has been involved in various international assignments such as Chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Group for Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Election; United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo; Leader of the Carter Center delegation for the monitoring of the Zambian National Elections; President of the African Strategic and Peace Research Group; ECOWAS Facilitator/Mediator for the Liberian Peace Talks, Special Envoy of the Chairman African Union to Chad and Sudan; Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Republic of The Gambia; United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Republic of The Gambia; Member of African Union High- Level Implementation panel on Sudan (AUHIP); ECOWAS Chief Mediator to Niger Crisis; and is currently working for African Union on the Sudan Negotiation.

 

His numerous national and international decorations and awards include Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS), Distinguished Service Star (DSS), Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), Companion of the Star of Ghana, Medal of Grand Officer France, Grand Order of Monor of Togo, National Distinction in the Order of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia, Grand Maitre des Ordres Nationaux of the Republic of Niger (GRAND CROIX), ECOWAS International Gold Award, The Peace Prize Award by Rainbow Push Coalition USA, The National Distinction in the Order of Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia, Golden Image Award of Liberia, Outstanding Leadership Qualities Award by MABDEC, USA, First Lecture Series instituted by the Chicago State University, USA in his honour; and numerous Honorary Doctorate Degrees.

 

He has a passion for sustainable development and youth empowerment, and his hobbies include football, hockey, squash, jogging and photography.

 

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JUSTICE UMAR FARUK ABDULLAHI, WALIN HAUSA (CON)

Justice Abdullahi was born on the 30th of November 1939 at Katsina, Katsina State. His primary education was at Kayelwa Primary School and Secondary education at Provincial Secondary School (now Government College, Katsina) both in Katsina State. He attended Abdullahi Bayero College, Kano for Arabic Studies between 1962 and 1963, and attended the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and passed the Bar Part 1 examinations in 1964. He proceeded to Noble Society of Lincoln’s Inn London, Council of Legal Education, London and School of oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London and passed the Final Bar Examinations and was called to the English Bar in November 1966.

 

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He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1968, and joined the Civil Service in the then North-Central State in 1969 as State Counsel, later as Magistrate, and served as Principal State Counsel and later as Chief Registrar of the High Court of North-Central State before his appointment as Attorney-General of Kaduna State. In 1977, he was elevated to High Court Bench as a High Court Judge in Kaduna State Judiciary and was elevated as a Justice of the Court of Appeal in 1983. Following the creation of Katsina State in 1987, he was seconded to the Katsina State Judiciary as its first Chief Judge. He returned to the Court of Appeal in 1992 and served in the Lagos Division, later becoming the Presiding Justice in Enugu Division and later Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal. He served as a Member of the Republic of the Gambian Court of Appeal between 1994 and 1995, and was elevated as the Honourable President of the Court of Appeal in January 1999 where he served until his retirement on the 30th of November 2009.

 

Key Judicial assignments he undertook include: Chairman, Commission of Inquiry into the affairs of the Federal Government of Nigeria 1984; Chairman, Body of Benchers; Member, Federal Judicial Service Commission; Member, National Judicial Institute; Member, National Judicial Council; Member, Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, Member, Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee; Member, Board of Governors, Katsina Education Development Fund; Member, World Jurists Association; Member, International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law; and currently Life Bencher since 1998.

 

Numerous honours, awards and accolades have been bestowed upon Justice Abdullahi, some of which include: Commander of the Order of the Niger, Walin Matasan Arewa, Beacon of Hope, Fellow of the Nigerian Muslim Students Association, Fellow of the Nigerian Law School and Patron of the Institute of Chartered Management Auditors. His hobbies include reading, writing, sports and philanthropy especially to the educationally disadvantaged. Justice Abdullahi is a devout Muslim and believes in the philosophy of his late colleague Justice Chukwudifu Oputa: “Our efficiency without God’s sufficiency is utter deficiency”.

 

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JUSTICE OLUFUNLOLA OYELOLA ADEKEYE JSC CON CFR (Rtd)

Born on the 28th of October 1942 in Ilesha, Osun State, she attained her primary education in St. Andrews Primary School, Ondo State and her secondary education at St. Anne’s School, Ibadan, Oyo State. She went on to Northwestern Polytechnic, Leeds University and Sheffield College of Commerce, before attending the Nigerian Law School between 1967 and 1968 when she was called to the Nigerian Bar and admitted into Legal practice in Nigeria.

 

She commenced legal practice at Akin Oloko & Co Omonigbehin Chambers in Ibadan between 1968 and 1970, when she was appointed as State Counsel, State Ministry of Justice, Ibadan Defunct Western State – a position she held until 1974 when she was appointed Chief Magistrate Grade II, Ondo State. She rose through the ranks to Chief Magistrate Grade I, Deputy Chief Registrar, Ondo State High Court, then Chief Registrar until her appointment as High Court Judge in 1987.

 

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In 1998, she was elevated to Justice Court of Appeal first in Ibadan Division, then followed by Enugu and Abuja Divisions. In 2008, she was made Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin and sworn in s a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria where she served from 2009 to 2012. Following her retirement as a Justice of the Supreme Court, she was appointed Commissioner, Police Service Commission in 2013 where she serves till date. Local and national assignments she has been involved in include Member National Committee for the Unification of the Criminal Code and Penal Code in Nigeria 1990-1992; Chairman, Adekeye Commission of Enquiry into Civil Disturbances in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State 1998; Chairman, Governorship/Legislative House Election Petition Tribunal, Kaduna Zone 1998; Chairman and Member of Governorship Election Petition Appeals – Ilorin, Calabar, Enugu, Abuja, Port Harcourt Divisions.

 

Justice Adekeye has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Child of Distinction Award  from the Business and Professional Association of Ondo State; First Inter-State Hall of Fame for Ondo and Ekiti States; Ekiti Women of Excellence Award; Ewi of Ado Ekiti Outstanding Award; Distinguished Career Award, New York; International Federation of Women Lawyers Award; Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON); Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, St Matthews Anglican Church Maitama Abuja Outstanding Award, Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; The virtuous Woman Award; Eyetuase of Ado-Ekiti Chieftancy; Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR); and Mother in Zion Award. Her hobbies and interests include music, reading, travelling and Christian evangelism.

 

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SENATOR ABU IBRAHIM

Born in October, 1945 in Musawa, Katsina State, Senator Ibrahim holds an M.Sc in Economics  from the University of Wales, United Kingdom from where he graduated in 1976. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business administration in 1969 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Diploma in Economic Planning from the Central School for Economics and Statistics Warsaw Poland in 1971. His early education was in Musawa Primary School, Katsina; Katsina Secondary School and Government College, Keffi.

 

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He joined the North- Central State Civil Service in 1970 as an Assistant Secretary Internal Affairs, rising too Principal Assistant Secretary Government House Kaduna, and Under-Secretary Economic Planning and Under-Secretary Ministry of Works and Housing between 1976 and 1978. Between 1978 and 1979, he served as the first Secretary of the Kaduna State Housing Authority, and coordinated the take-over of over 5,000 housing units transferred from the Federal Housing authority to the State. In 1979, he joined the Federal Public Service as Director of administration Federal Capital Territory, and then as Director, Nigerian Merchant Bank between 1979 and 1988. He went on to serve as Director of Nigerian Agricultural and Cooperative Bank between 1988 and 1991. He has also worked in the private sector first as an Area Manager for UTC Nigeria Limited, and then as Chairman of several petroleum and energy companies.

 

He got involved in active politics in 1987, and contested and won the lection for the Katsina South Senatorial Zone (Funtua Zone) in 2003, where he is a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria till date. His hobbies are reading, writing and playing golf.

 

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DR PETER OTUNUYA ODILI KSGG CON

Born on the 15th of August 1948 in Ndoni, Rivers State; Dr Peter Odili received his early education in St. Michael’s School Oguta, Sacred Heart School Onitsha, and Christ the King College (CKC), Onitsha between 1953 and 1967. He was Senior Prefect and College Captain in CKC Onitsha in 1967. While at CKC, he excelled not only in academics, but also in sports –  representing the school in soccer, high jump, long jump, and lawn tennis. After the Nigerian Civil War, he proceeded to the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Enugu Campus in 1970, and served as Speaker of the Medical Students Association of the University in 1972 and President, League of Human Affiliates (Students Humanitarian Association) between 1972 and 1974. He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1977. In 1985 he attained a degree in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

 

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He commenced his medical practice first as a House Officer with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, and Senior House Officer between 1977 and 1979. After his stint as a Senior House Officer, he relocated to Port Harcourt with his wife and infant daughter and secured a job as Staff Physician at the Medical Consultation Centre in Port Harcourt. Two years later, he set up his private hospital – PAMO Clinics and served first as Resident Clinician, and subsequently as Consultant in Tropical Medicine and Venereology, Clinical Director and then Medical Director following its rapid expansion to a hospital. In 1994, he ventured into agriculture with the setting up of RockMay Farms and Industries Ltd.

 

Between 1981 and 1982, he served as Secretary of the Nigerian Medical association, Rivers State Branch; and Secretary, Association of Private Medical Practitioners Association, Rivers State between 1985 and 1987. Other roles he played, included Member, Medical Advisory Council Rivers State Ministry of Health; President University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Port Harcourt and National Vice President, University of Nigeria Alumni Association between 1985 and 1988. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Michelin Nigeria Limited and served on the board for three years, between 1987 and 1989. He was elected as a Member and Leader of the Rivers State Delegates of the of the Constituent Assembly of 1988 – 1989. This heralded his foray into active politics, and in 1992 he was elected Deputy Governor of Old Rivers State; a position in which he served until the coup of November 1993. He was once gain elected as Delegate and Leader of the Rivers State Delegates in the National Constitutional Conference of 1994 – 1995, and served as the Chairman of the Committee on Creation of States and Local Government Areas at the Conference. In furtherance of his commitment to serve humanity, he played active politics and served in leadership positions as National Vice-Chairman (South-South), Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN); Founder and Leader, Rivers Front Movement; and National Chairman, People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria (PDP) Fund-Raising Committee. He chaired the Presidential Committee on Housing and Urban Renewal in 2001 and was President of the Swimming Federation of Nigeria between 2001 and 2005. He served as the 13th Executive Governor of Rivers State between 1999 and 2007, and in 2014 was a Delegate and Elder Statesman at the National Conference.

 

Over the years, Dr Peter Odili has received numerous awards such as Commander of the order of the Niger (CON), Knight Commander of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict 16th, Papal Medal Knight of St Gregory the Great (KSG) by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Victor Ludorum of C.K.C Onitsha, Bishop Shanahan Cup Winner, Top 5 in Class Winner, Best performing Governor in 2002, Presidential Nominee of President Bill Clinton to 10 – Member Round Table Committee on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Order of Merit Benemerenza by Region of Lombardi, Italy; Labour-Friendly Governor of the Year 2001; Ambassador for Peace Award by Inter-Religious and International Federation for World Peace 2003; Zik Prize for Good Governance; Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree by Lincoln University, Pennsylvania USA; Agro Business Award by the European Marketing Research Centre (EMRC), Brussels 2003; European Marketing Research Centre (EMRC) International Award, Brussels 2003; Kwame Nkrumah Award for Excellence in Governance; NUJ Golden Jubilee Award for Transparency and Good Governance; Confederation of African Football (CAF) Merit Order Achievement Award; King Jaja Manila Tree Award; Lincoln University President’s Appreciation Award; Nehemiah award by the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, and numerous other awards, honorary doctorate degrees and recognition titles from communities across Nigeria.

 

A statesman, humanitarian and avid sportsman, his hobbies and interests include reading, writing, sports and music. He self-published his autobiography “Conscience and History” detailing his early years and political experiences in 2012.

 

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