It was 52 years ago that he celebrated his last Christmas. Tafawa Balewa village takes its name from two corrupted Fulani words: “Tafari” (rock) and Baleri (black). Balewa's father, Yakubu Dan Zala, was of Gere ethnicity,[1] and his mother Fatima Inna was of Gere and Fulani descent. If you call him a Northerner, you are right, but he is definitely not a Fulani man. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912- January 15, 1966) was Nigeria’s first Prime Minister. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1912 in modern-day Bauchi State, in the Northern Nigeria Protectorate. The district head was moved to Zwal Village. For instance, the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was and still is often called a “Hausa-Fulani” by the southern press even though he was Gere, a minority ethnic group in Bauchi. Balewa’s father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Gere ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was half Gere half Fulani. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1922 and was killed on January 15, 1966. Tafawa Balewa is a local government area in the Southern part of Bauchi State in northern Nigeria. Rapheal Related Posts. He is egged on to a destructive stiff-neckedness by his ostensible obsession with the defence of his Fulani kin. In 1941, he became acquainted with a young Aminu Kano, who was posted to the school as a teacher. Thereafter, he proceeded to Bauchi Provincial School. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa official visit to USA in 25–28 July 1961, YouTube. Rifkatu Samson Danna, representing Bogoro Constituency and the only female member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, was suspended from her post after her opposition to the decision. Balewa retained the post as Prime Minister of Nigeria when Nigeria gained independence in 1960, and was reelected in 1964. Yakubu Dogara (PDP/Bauchi) The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on House Services, said "the attempt to relocate the headquarters of the local council from Tafawa Balewa town to Bunu was not only a contravention of the constitution but an action designed to cause disaffection among the people of the state. During holidays, which was twice a year, Balewa trekked home, a journey of more than 400 kilometers. He supported hesitance by the North to become independent, based on the objection that the north and south regions were not on an equal footing. In total, the journey took him 10 days. Ahmadu Rabah, later known as Ahmadu Bello, was student number 87 and was two years his senior, while Abubakar Imam was a year ahead of him. [10][11], In 2011, Bauchi State, Governor Isa Yuguda "threatened to demolish Tafawa Balewa town with the exception of government institutions like hospitals and schools," telling residents “You should either embrace peaceful coexistence or stand the risk of total ejection from Tafawa Balewa. This may have contributed to the “Black Rock” nickname he acquired in later life. As part of his plans to unify the country towards the move for independence in 1960, he formed a coalition government between the NPC and the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), led by Nnamdi Azikiwe and also invited the Action Group (A.G.), the 1957 cabinet was constituted as an all party cabinet. In 1957, NPC won the plurality of votes in the Federal House of Representatives and Balewa became the Chief Minister and designated Prime Minister. [20], Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in December 1912 in Tafawa Balewa village. 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