Duro Onabule, Ruqayyah Rufai Ahmed: Where are they now?


They distinguished themselves in the service of their country, long after their disengagement, despite the hive of activity across the country, we do not hear about them today. ELEOJO IDACHABA in this room wonders where they are now and what they are doing.

Duro Onabule

Chief Duro Onabule was the first journalist to become editor of the National Concord at a time when journalism was a profession unparalleled in the country. Apart from that, he was also former President Ibrahim Babangida’s chief press secretary, in charge of the government’s information machinery under a president who was a military man. His tenure as presidential spokesman was, painfully, when the government gagged many newspapers and magazines with a temporary ban on others to make them comply with the code of conduct put in place by the administration.

Chief Onabule, who was once a board member of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in 2017 as chairman, is said to be a controversial person, especially when it comes to stating his belief on his stance on any question. For example, even though he is a fellow Yoruba from Ogun State, former President Obasanjo’s home state, he is not a fan of Obasanjo.

He once said of the former president: “It was always predictable that given his notoriety, it was a way of life for former president Olusegun Obasanjo to resume his hobby of undermining his military successors and civilians by making President Muhammadu Buhari its latest victim of attack. . Amusingly, the rabble that Obasanjo stirs up on such occasions has honored his deplorable tactics with some sort of distinction. There is this latent personality complex of striving never to be eclipsed or overshadowed by a living or dead Nigerian. Thus, at the slightest prospect of being threatened, Obasanjo comes to charge. Obasanjo’s main weakness of feeling superior to everyone else is the cause of his contemporaries being crushed.

Chef Onabule, a staunch supporter of Buhari, put together Blueprint Weekend, features prominently, but not much has been heard of this London-trained journalist whose wealth of experience is worth tapping into. younger generations of journalists.

Ruqayyah Ahmed

Until 2013, she was Minister of Education under former President Goodluck Jonathan; a post she held in 2010. A university professor, she has served as a commissioner in her home state of Jigawa several times. As commissioner, she said she was always ashamed of the challenge of low enrollment of girls in the state, and wondered why the state couldn’t enroll more girls in schools.

During her tenure as Minister of Education, she gained notice for banning the use of mobile phones in secondary schools due to their distracting influence on students. Following the defection of seven PDP governors and dozens of lawmakers who split the party, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan relieved her and nine other ministers of their posts in 2013. Shortly after she was relieved, she told reporters she was going back to class. teach.

“I am returning to resume my work as a professor of curriculum studies at Bayero University in Kano; that’s where I come from on detachment. We should know that a time like this would come because if it doesn’t, surely death is an end.

Beneath it was speculation that the University Matriculation Examination (UME) and National Examinations Council (NECO) were to be scrapped. She, however, denied such a move saying, “As far as I am concerned, it is a white paper based on the Orosonye committee but the white paper has not been officially communicated to me; therefore, I am not in a position to make a decision or comment on this. At this time, we are unable to say anything.

She hasn’t been in the public square since then.

Daniel Akintonde

Colonel Daniel Akintonde (Retired) was the Military Administrator (MILAD) of Ogun State between 1993 and 1996. He served under the late General Sani Abacha when the latter was head of state. He was, however, removed from the army in June 1999 by presidential directive along with all officers who had held political office and served as ministers, governors or administrators under the Babangida, Abacha and Abubakar regimes, respectively. This was during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure as President.

One of Akintonde’s notable accomplishments as a MILAD in Ogun was that in 1994 he renamed the State College of Education as Tai Solarin College of Education in honor of the late sage, Dr. Tai Solarin. Akintonde was, however, among the military officers arrested for their alleged involvement in the December 1997 coup against the late General Abacha.

On April 20, 1998, however, it was announced that he had been cleared of the charges and had retired in 1999. According to unconfirmed reports, this former retired military officer later joined the clergy to spend his last years. retired, but no specific report on the church he leads or serves.

One thing is certain, since he left the civil service despite the political developments in the country both at state and national level, we have not seen him show any interest.


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