But it happens in the North. Will I bring him back if I have memories of him? How your father died is still not known, do you know the soldier who actually killed him? 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. From Bashir Abdullahi El-bash Here is the speech of the first prime minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Sir. google_ad_height = 250; Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. If you look at the banditry in the North-West, it just mushroomed overnight. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. Northern Nigeria at that time would even provide transportation to and from school. After a week, they brought his corpse. The news first broke after they took the Prime Minister. 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.. Somebody will steal N1bn, for what? You could travel from here (Bauchi) to Lagos at night; you wouldn’t be afraid of anything. Did you not have any reservation when he decided to join the military? Ga Jawabin Mai Girma Firaministan Nageriya Na Farko, Alhaji Sir. Will I kill him? Another time was when I was travelling to Jos and a crisis erupted. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa had Four wives – Jummai, Umma, Zainab and Laraba. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. I saw them trying to bring out his body from the coffin. It was at the last minute that Shehu Shagari started bringing these things and Shagari was a minister in Sir Tafawa Balewa’s administration. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5689805440782123"; The Chief of Army Staff, police boss, and others were easterners. Abubakar Tafawa Galewa, who presented for the first time as a prime minister in the year (1957). In this interview with ARMSTRONG BAKAM, he speaks on Nigeria at 60, issues of insecurity and unity, among others. So, it metamorphosed. He asked me if I was a Muslim and I said yes. 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? 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? 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. 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. There is respect for elders but it has gone down; some of them can even hit you on the chest. They wanted him to leave the place. They copied what they were doing to get everybody involved but earlier on, everything was going on smoothly. It is very good to allow every state and region to control its own resources; I support that 100 per cent. So I learnt. 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 … All rights reserved. It is only this Boko Haram issue that I will say is different. Balewa's father, Mallam Yakubu, was a minor official in the Native Authority, part of the British colonial administration. I was shocked when I came back because most of the things I knew were working had collapsed. google_ad_width = 300; Didn’t the family insist that he must be buried where he wanted to be buried? google_ad_slot = "5984819487"; You can’t give me an AK-47 with two magazines and say I should face an anti-aircraft gun. DAGA Bashir Abdullahi El-bash. Whenever I remember him, I just prayer for him. What do you think about the state of the nation as Nigeria celebrates its 60th independence anniversary? I would say yes. Once it happened, I couldn’t bring him back to life, so it is only appropriate for me to pray for him. What do you think were the dreams of your father and other founding fathers like him? My prayer is for Nigeria to succeed. What was Nigeria like while you were growing up? Where were you taken to live after his death? But some argue that the security under the Federal Government has not fared well. Then later, I learnt the Prime Minister had been taken somewhere. The management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH, Bauchi, on Thursday said it has set up a probe panel to investigate alleged … The army was strictly under the federation. Published February 8, 2020 February 8, 2020. He told me that they didn’t know exactly what happened but that the Prime Minister had been killed. 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. 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? May those who are not working along that line see reasons to do that because we are heading somewhere! The university regained its autonomous status in 1988 following a general demerger of such institutions. It didn’t. What do you think about the counter-coup of the same year? 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. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. There have been calls in some quarters for the restructuring of the Nigerian security architecture due to the growing insecurity across the country. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. 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. All rights reserved. @sofson, we do not only help you get into the right Institution, we provided insightful tips to help you ace your time in school. /* Punch_Sidebar_Articlepages300x250 */ He said we should follow him because he saw my wife with a hijab. 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 … So, with these kinds of hiccups and the destruction of esprit de corps in the army, things started to go awry. During my father’s time, all the heads of defence establishments were from the East. It taught me to be what I am now, to be hard, strong and dedicated. What are you going to do with N1bn? As a Muslim, I don’t hold a grudge against anybody. 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. They would go there just for their holiday, do some shopping and return to Nigeria. 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. TODAY SIR. An FCT High Court judge in Nyanya Abuja, Justice Peter Kekemeke on Thursday gave order that one Abdujalil Balewa should produce the originals of documents he seeks to tender in court to prove that he is the son of late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. READ ALSO: Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. 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. Then I turned back and left; I can’t remember exactly what happened again, but I remember taking someone’s bicycle and riding fast to our house. People had employment. That’s a different thing entirely; to me, a coup is a coup. Changing the heads of the security agencies is not a remedy for what’s going on. But you’ll have to sit down with the security agents to know the threat that Nigeria is facing. Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. If you do, you will die because of the potholes on the road and nobody is doing anything about it. Even those that killed some of them, where are they now? May his soul rest in peace. \ n Abubakar Tafawa is celebrating 55 years of death. Kindly Share This Story. He was a founding member of the conservative Northern Peoples’Congress, and acted as its vice president. Join our Mastermind Group . Something is wrong somewhere. What do you think about that? How happy and hopeful was your father when we got independence? He was his father’s only child. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, the man who claimed to be the son of Nigeriaâ€™s first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa, has been exposed as not only a name dropper but also from Yoruba. I know some people who were getting paid via the post office then, but all these are gone now. /* Punch_Sidebar_Articlepages300x250 */ 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. 2015: Tafawa Balewa’s son to drag PDP to court over presidential forms.. - Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. 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 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. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interests as one of the few educated Nigerians of […] Isa’s widow then took her infant son to Bauchi, where the Madaki of Bauchi took her in. What about your mother? Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. PROMOTE MUSIC; CONTACT US; ADVERTISE WITH US; More. I told you that these things started little by little and, to my little understanding and in my own opinion, suddenly, politicians came in. A school teacher, politician. Abubakar Tafawa Ɓalewa wanda ya gabatar a karon farko a matsayin … We are not mature enough for every region to control its own security. Gone. My mother said I should tell them to bring his body to where he wanted to be buried. Few radicals from Benue, Plateau or even Southern Kaduna have come out to criticise a policy that they felt was an injustice. People were going on trains. Abubakar Balewa was the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Even in those days in the First Republic, there was a federal police. 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. Somebody showed me a meal ticket for Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; it was a whole meal with a whole chicken in it for Sundays or so. 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. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. Well, around 1982-83, my child was interested in joining the Nigerian Army and even passed the test. 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? There were no states but now there are tribal sentiments. The name of his birthplace was appended to Abubakar’s name (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa). It cannot work. The name, meaning "Father of young camel" (Abu meaning 'Father of' and Bakr meaning 'young camel'), is widely used by Sunni Muslims. They left a beautiful legacy but they didn’t complete the work they started. Go and check how it was during the administration of the immediate past government. There are bad roads everywhere. They had hopes because they had developmental plans and were implementing them religiously but, along the way, things just stopped moving. Where did they see Nigeria in the future at that time? We will be thankful if more (honour) comes. Don’t you think the states will do better with their own infrastructure? Do you know if your dad had any premonition or warning before the incident? Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) is a federal university of technology located in Bauchi State, Nigeria. The name Tafawa Balewa means ‘black rock’. Copyright PUNCH. There was no change. When they were to take him, his wife was in the room. I was the first person to break the news of my father’s death to my mother who was also here in Bauchi. google_ad_width = 300; He wanted to know if everything was okay there. If one party is aggrieved and it is not addressed, they will seek revenge; that’s how things got worse. How Tafawa Balewa’s widow was abandoned after husband’s death. So, how could the country move again? So what happened afterwards? Soyinka: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Son Says It May Be 'Unlawful' To Take Pic Of Man - Nairaland / General (2) - Nairaland. 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? It didn’t. 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. She was a devoted Christian and took her faith seriously. We don’t think the army had anything to do with what happened to my father. The Tafawa Balewa … That was when I broke the news to them at home. I dare not see an elder carrying a bag and not collect it from him, let alone criticise him in public. 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 got there and told them what happened. 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. The name of his birthplace was appended to Abubakar’s name (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa). Even when they were just three, North, East and West, there were agitations and Mid-West was created. Did any of his children join the Nigerian military? He was the only son of Yakubu Dan Zala, who was the district head of Bageri Muslim Bauchi state division of Lere. What are the striking changes between Nigeria of today and the country during your father’s time? I was in Bauchi when my father died. They could even provide for your feeding. He was elated. 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. Have you ever had any experience yourself that frightened you? 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. All these troubles, including religious and tribal conflicts are part of that. 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. You know they were trained by the British. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interest as one of the few educated Nigerians of his time. But I wasn’t there when he was killed. It is to equip and train the security forces. When some of these politicians have resolved their issues, you would never see them again and they would have caused trouble for people. What do you think about the agitations and reasons given by the coup plotters to do it? It has just come to this position. There was a sports festival in Bauchi when there was a crisis. Two of his wives, including my mother were here in Bauchi while the other two were with him in Lagos. Visit www.atbu.edu.ng. It was regional then. It is just prayer that I say or what more can I think? 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. The disturbances in Nigeria today can be linked to what happened at that time. Some of them are even from Katsina. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. Menu 1; Menu; twitter; facebook; google; rss; linkedin; dribbble ; pinterest; Welcome to Talktalkcity Blog. We, the younger ones, were motivated. What kind of country are they going to live in? google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5689805440782123"; That’s how deep the rot has gone. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. 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. They would keep the money; they wouldn’t do the work. What happened to her? We remained in our house here in Bauchi. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. 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? I left Nigeria in 1982 for the United States of America. Do you remember crying when you heard about his death? And it has continued. 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