Abubakar Tafawa Balewa would have been 107 years old, if he were alive today. Even when they were just three, North, East and West, there were agitations and Mid-West was created. Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. I felt abnormal, but what would I do? My mother said I should tell them to bring his body to where he wanted to be buried. If one party is aggrieved and it is not addressed, they will seek revenge; that’s how things got worse. 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. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. Published February 8, 2020 February 8, 2020. 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. So I learnt. 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. 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? As students, upon your graduation, your state government would tell you not to go anywhere because they had employment for you. Originally a trained teacher, he became a vocal leader for Northern interests as one of the few educated Nigerians of […] 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. Did any of his children join the Nigerian military? Where were the other wives when all that was going on? It was then that I followed the convoy and when they entered Ajiya’s house, I also went in. This is because the regions have been split into states. It didn’t. Do you remember crying when you heard about his death? We are not mature enough for every region to control its own security. 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? Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. That was what the Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi Decree was about, to try to unify the country. They were really committed. You said earlier that your father wasn’t corrupt, what do you think about corruption among public office holders now? ... Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa… How can you contain a crisis that way? He asked me if I was a Muslim and I said yes. A school teacher, politician. All these troubles, including religious and tribal conflicts are part of that. Even those that killed some of them, where are they now? There was no change. All rights reserved. There was a sports festival in Bauchi when there was a crisis. From there, they started looking for Major Okafor. 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. 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? The disturbances in Nigeria today can be linked to what happened at that time. I saw them trying to bring out his body from the coffin. I was nearly killed because we were going to the stadium and, as young people; I was cruising in my friend’s car. May his soul rest in peace. 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. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, son of Nigeria's first Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa has been kidnapped by suspected kidnappers. READ ALSO: Few multi-billionaires control Nigeria’s resources, unlike in 1960s –Yakasai. It is only this Boko Haram issue that I will say is different. You can see that with the leadership of these days, that is where the problems lie. So, today, that is what is happening now; people are blowing his trumpet. We thank God; I can’t say the government has done enough or not. What do you think about the agitations and reasons given by the coup plotters to do it? We wanted to finish school and start working. I did not even cry. What about your mother? You go through some channels. Abubakar was born in December 1912 in the village of Tafawa Balewa, in modern day Bauchi state. 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. 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. A local government area chairman will not live in his area. During my father’s time, all the heads of defence establishments were from the East. He retired from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency in 2018 and is currently a farmer and businessman. Some of them are even from Katsina. 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 not have imagined it. I was in Bauchi when my father died. Soyinka: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Son Says It May Be 'Unlawful' To Take Pic Of Man - Nairaland / General (2) - Nairaland. Do you know if your dad had any premonition or warning before the incident? You could travel from here (Bauchi) to Lagos at night; you wouldn’t be afraid of anything. This can be attested by those who knew her. Since I got there and they had already started the process of burial, there was nothing else I could do. I left Nigeria in 1982 for the United States of America. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, a key political ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, was abducted from his home on Friday. That was what caused it. I was with my wife, and a commercial motorcyclist (okada man) saved me by showing me the road to take. Visit www.atbu.edu.ng. I was the first person to break the news of my father’s death to my mother who was also here in Bauchi. 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. \ n Abubakar Tafawa is celebrating 55 years of death. google_ad_height = 250; Few multi-billionaires control Nigeria’s resources, unlike in 1960s –Yakasai. What kind of country are they going to live in? Somebody will steal N1bn, for what? Tafawa Balewa didn’t get his wish to be buried at home –Yakubu, son of ex-Prime Minister. I think it (corruption) was there but not as serious as some people assumed it was. They had hopes because they had developmental plans and were implementing them religiously but, along the way, things just stopped moving. 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. 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.. 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. The name, meaning "Father of young camel" (Abu meaning 'Father of' and Bakr meaning 'young camel'), is widely used by Sunni Muslims. I have a very strong will. That is just what comes to my mind always; the good that my father did. It is very good to allow every state and region to control its own resources; I support that 100 per cent. They are not the ones doing the fighting. Kindly Share This Story: By Charles Agwam. It is just prayer that I say or what more can I think? There have been calls in some quarters for the restructuring of the Nigerian security architecture due to the growing insecurity across the country. If you do, you will die because of the potholes on the road and nobody is doing anything about it. All rights reserved. Something is wrong somewhere. Once it happened, I couldn’t bring him back to life, so it is only appropriate for me to pray for him. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5689805440782123"; 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. There was a time students were going to Britain for holidays. His paternal grandfather Isa was murdered in front of his family by his rival’s agents. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. 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. READ ALSO: Terror group worse than Boko Haram may emerge, says Sultan. Now, the scenario is that some people are exploiting these grievances and providing people with weapons to cause trouble. You can’t give me an AK-47 with two magazines and say I should face an anti-aircraft gun. People are talking about him and all the good things that he did while he was alive. Will I kill him? Sometime in 1970, I visited him and he told me a story. 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 were classmates and very close friends. It is to equip and train the security forces. My father had four wives. The other wives came from Lagos and they were talking. 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. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s mother – Fatima Inna is a Fulani woman. What do you think of your father’s legacy in the light of the current state of the country? Do you think the government has done enough to honour the name of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and his family? As a Muslim, I don’t hold a grudge against anybody. When the crisis started because of tribal politics, my father broke down and cried. 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. How Tafawa Balewa’s widow was abandoned after husband’s death. The management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH, Bauchi, on Thursday said it has set up a probe panel to investigate alleged … Tragedy As Metal Bridge Collapse In Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi / Wole Soyinka: Pa Ikhide Ikheloa Pays For 2 Seats On A … It has just come to this position. 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. 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. We don’t think the army had anything to do with what happened to my father. They left a beautiful legacy but they didn’t complete the work they started. When you came out, they would give you employment, a vehicle and a furnished three-bedroom flat. How was life after the death of your dad? Conversely however, if his official birthday of April 17, 1967 is indeed real, Abubakar Malami probably encountered Balewa as a historical piece. But you’ll have to sit down with the security agents to know the threat that Nigeria is facing. The name of his birthplace was appended to Abubakar’s name (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa). 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 name Tafawa Balewa means ‘black rock’. But like I told you, I wasn’t in Lagos then. Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Soyinka: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Son Says It May Be 'Unlawful' To Take Pic Of Man (36876 Views) . I will never forget that because I was very scared; I could see places in flames and hear gunshots. The Chief of Army Staff, police boss, and others were easterners. He was a “cool figure” who preoccupied himself with integration of Nigeria’s over 250 ethnic groups as before and during his tenure. What do you think about that? Usman Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the 60-year-old son of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Join Now. After that, there were agitations from places like Benue, Middle Belt and so on and it has continued till today, except we have another conference. In the First Republic, the army was in disarray because some people took sides and this has continued. She was a devoted Christian and took her faith seriously. 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. They copied what they were doing to get everybody involved but earlier on, everything was going on smoothly. Just listen to what has been going on. The first Prime Minister was from Bauchi State. Do you see it as a consolation that those who killed your dad didn’t taste the victory? Isa’s widow then took her infant son to Bauchi, where the Madaki of Bauchi took her in. Inside, I saw people crying. In July 1974 she gave birth to another son, Abubakar, Olusegun Tafawa-Balewa for the Late Ambassador Balarabe Tafawa-Balewa. He was a founding member of the conservative Northern Peoples’Congress, and acted as its vice president. As for restructuring the economy, I am for that; they will be giving the government at the centre royalties. So, it metamorphosed. Where were you taken to live after his death? But it happens in the North. Do you think this is what is happening with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)? People were going on trains. It didn’t. 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