The Pandora Papers, unveiled on 3 October, is a trove of almost 12 million leaked documents shedding light on tax avoidance via secret offshore companies by some of the world’s elite. The data was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) working in collaboration with more than 140 media organisations. An elite London solicitors’ firm serving Queen Elizabeth II throughout her reign has represented a politician accused by US prosecutors of corruption, reports The Guardian. While there’s no indication of wrongdoing or breaking the law, Farrer & Co, which boasts a long history of representing members of the royal family, finds itself in the crosshairs following the bombshell revelations laid bare by the so-called Pandora Papers. After the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published the dossier of more than 11.9 million leaked financial documents, Farrer & Co’s legal representation of Abubakar Bagudu over the years has come to light. The Nigerian politician has been accused by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) of playing an “instrumental role” in a corruption scheme that resulted in the plundering of billions of dollars from the coffers of West Africa’s most populous nation. Bagudu has consistently denied any wrongdoing. International Treasure Hunt After General Sani Abacha – Nigeria’s late military leader – died in 1998, the country’s new government accused him of having overseen a conspiracy to steal billions from Nigerian state coffers. According to corruption watchdog Transparency International, the ruler was estimated to have plundered as much as $5 billion
First Lady Aisha Buhari, born 17 February 1971, is the wife of Muhammadu Buhari. In the area of women empowerment, she has so far trained over 5000 women in revenue generating activities to make them self-reliant. She is also a strong voice in the campaign against gender-based violence including battery, rape and rape of minors. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari Biography and Profile.
Olaudah Equiano was born in approximately 16 October 1745 in what is now Nigeria. He wrote an autobiography about his life, which recounts being kidnapped from Africa as a child and sold into slavery. He bought his freedom and became part of the abolition movement. Equiano’s account is considered an originator of the slave narrative. He died on March 3, 1797, in London. Equiano was an African writer whose experiences as a slave prompted him to become involved in the British abolition movement.
In his autobiography, Olaudah Equiano writes that he was born in the Eboe province, in the area that is now southern Nigeria. He describes how he was kidnapped with his sister at around the age of 11, sold by local slave traders and shipped across the Atlantic to Barbados and then Virginia.
Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili, was born on 28 April 1963, Anambra State, Nigeria. Obiageli Ezekwesili, a Chartered Accountant and former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa overseeing more than 1,500 staff with responsibility for the delivery of projects, economic and sectoral work in 47 Sub-Saharan countries with a lending portfolio of nearly $40 billion.
She is a Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative at Open Society Foundation, advising nine reform-committed African heads of state on their economic development strategy, policies, and implementation. Before this, Ezekwesili who holds a Masters Degree in International Law & Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, a Masters Degree in Public Policy & Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Nigeria, worked with Deloitte & Touche as an auditor, management, and financial services consultant. She then served as a founding Director of Transparency International (TI) and as its Director for Africa from 1994 to 1999. From 2000 to 2002, she worked with Professor Jeffrey Sachs as Director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy program, during which time she was also appointed as an aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Muhammadu Buhari was born on 17thDecember, 1942 in Daura, Katsina State to Adamu and Zulaiha Buhari. Muhammadu Buhari was raised by his mother, following the death of his father when he was about four years old. He had his primary school education in Daura and Maidua from 1948 to 1952, before proceeding to Katsina Middle School in 1953.
Subsequently, he attended the Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College, Katsina) from 1956–1961, where he earned his West African School Certificate. President Buhari was married to Safinatu Yusuf from 1971 to 1988, and since 1989 to Aisha Halilu. He is blessed with ten children.
Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian who graduated from University of Lagos and was President of the Students Union Government while he was there. He quickly became a model of leadership that reverberated across the University campuses in Nigeria at the time. The Nigerian students of that era will bear testimony to his rare breed since the age of 21 years old. He saw into the future and continues to prepare himself for the role of emancipator of Africa into the modern digital world.
He was born on February 16, 1971 in Nigeria. Throughout his adult life till present, he has consistently supported social justice and fairness for all. Even in the most difficult circumstances that include threat to his life and his family, Sowore never relented and testimonies abound of his doggedness.
Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru (born April 10, 1958) in Port Harcourt to a father whose hometown was Abraka and a mother from Umukwata. Ovedje Ogboru, a Nigerian businessman and politician, was the gubernatorial aspirant for Alliance of Democracy, Democratic Peoples’ Party and Labour Party in the 2003, 2007 and 2015 Delta State governorship elections.
Chief Ovedje Ogboru received early education at Municipal Primary School, Port Harcourt but left the city to continue studies at a primary school in Abraka, and finished primary education at Oharisi Primary School, Ughelli.
Often called The Peoples General by his political followers for the persistent political struggles he leads in civilized manners on their behalf, Great Ogboru comes across to so many as a political icon. He was born on the 10th day of April, 1958 in Port Harcourt into the famous Ogboru Dynasty of Abraka in Delta Central and the Okolocha family of Umukuata in Delta North. A Christian, he is married to Stella Ebi Ogboru, an Ijaw from Bayelsa State. They have four children. Amongst numerous others, he holds the traditional chieftaincy titles of The Omamuyovwi (The Good Head) of Ughelli Kingdom and also The Omamuyovwi of Abraka Kingdom.
Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola was born in Iragbiji in Boripe LGA of Osun State on 29 September 1954. Oyetola, a man of many parts with vast experience in politics, finance management, business and public administration, has deep conviction and a religious devout who has progressed in his endeavours by the grace of God, dint of hard work and uncompromising stand on integrity.
He has been described by many within and outside the government circle as a major pillar behind The Ogbeni Aregbesola administration. For his cool and calm demeanour and the wisdom with which he has handled staff relations both the political and civil servants, other sensitive matters of the state.
Abiola Ajimobi was born on 16 December 1949 to the Ajimobi of Ibadan at Oja-Oba, Ibadan. It was a political family. His grandfather was Sobaloju of Ibadan Land (a chief in the royal court of Ibadan). His uncle, Hon. N.A. Ajimobi was minister of works and transport in the Western Region.
His father, Pa Ajimobi, was also an Honourable member of the House of Assembly in the Old Western region. He started his education at Saint Patricks Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan. He completed his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin. His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School. As a high school student he was active in athletics, table tennis, and football including serving as the school’s games prefect.
Abiola Ajumobi university education was in the United States of America, where he studied Business Administration and Finance at the State University of New York, in Buffalo, New York graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. His MBA was in Operations Research and Marketing with a concentration in Finance at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. As a result of his academic credentials and excellent performance at the New York Insurance examinations, he was engaged in Buffalo, New York as a state certified underwriter, by Equitable Life Assurance Corporation, which was then the 2nd largest Insurance Company in America.
Born June 13, 1942 in Minna, Niger State, to Hausa parents, Abdulsalami Abubakar was educated at Native Authority Primary School in Minna, the Provincial Secondary School in Bida, and finally the Technical Institute, Kaduna. Afterwards, he joined the military. Abubakar led Nigeria’s contingent in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and eventually rose to the position of Chief of Defence Staff.
Abdulsalami Abubakar is not run-of-the-mill. He is exceptional. The distinction is critical when discussing the man widely acknowledged as one of Nigeria’s finest elder statesmen and political revolutionaries. His foray in Nigeria’s civic years emphasizes his value as a representative of new realities and possibilities. Indeed, those remarkable forays have conferred upon him what towering audacity and individuality usually lacks: prudence, superior acumen and irrefutable authority.
Since he voluntarily handed power to a democratically elected government on May 29, 1999, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has been on some other national and international assignments. He added yet another feather to his cap on Saturday,October 15, 2016, when he was honoured with a honorary degree by the Crescent University, Abeokuta. He was honoured with the Doctor of Science (HonorisCausa) in Public Administration by the institution.