SHUWA GABANNI NA KWARAI.
It’s exactly 56 years since the assassination of Nigeria’s prime minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa.
These are the assets he left behind.
~ 1 house in Bauchi
~ 50-acre farm where he vacationed when he wanted to relax.
~ Rain boots,
~ wrist watch
Balewa was described as modest and self-effacing. At his death, his major assets mean nothing compared to assets of today’s public holders.
Balewa was among the children sent to Tafawa Balewa Elementary School, after his Koranic school.
Thereafter, he proceeded to Bauchi Provincial School.
Like many of his contemporaries, he studied at Barewa College (1928-1933) , then known as Katsina College.
The College was several kilometers from Bauchi and was not close to a railway station nor other public transportation. During holidays, which was twice a year, Balewa trekked home, a journey of more than 400 kilometers.
He trekked for 40 kilometers a day, before finding a resting place at a nearby village. In total, the journey took him 10 days.
In January 1960, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire .
He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield in May 1960.
He was also awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the New York University in July 1961.
Rest In Peace