Bukola Saraki, a present member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who was the governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011, turned the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after the March 2015 elections. Before he emerged because the Senate President, he represented the Kwara Central Senatorial District.
Bukola Saraki’s Biography, Education
Bukola Saraki was born on December 19, 1962, to Abubakar Olusola Saraki and Florence Morenike Saraki. His father Olusola, was a member of the National Party of Nigeria (NPA) and a one-time Senate President (1979–1983) of Nigeria. Born on May 17, 1933, in Ilorin, Olusola died November 14, 2012, in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Bukola Saraki has a sister known as Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki. She is a senator and in addition into Insurance. She had her school training on the University of Sussex within the United Kingdom, the place she obtained a bachelor’s diploma in Economics.
Gbemisola started her political profession in 1999 as a member of the House of Representatives underneath the All People’s Party (APP). In 2003, she ran for senate underneath the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), successful a seat within the House. In 2007, she re-contested and gained once more. At the expiration of her tenure in 2011, only a few hours to presidential elections (which came about on March 28), Gbemisola defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nigerian political bigshot Bukola Saraki attended King’s College, Lagos, from 1973 to 1998 when he obtained his West African School Certificate (WAEC). He attended Cheltenham College, London, from 1979 to 1981.
He studied on the London Hospital Medical College of the University of London, from 1982 to 1997 when he obtained his M.B.B.S (London). He was a director of SociétéGénérale Bank (Nig) Ltd from 1990 to 2000.
Bukola Saraki is married to Toyin Saraki, who’s believed to be the founder and president of Wellbeing Foundation Africa and a healthcare philanthropist. The couple has 4 kids – Oluwaseni Saraki, Halimat Oluwatosin Sakari, and twins – Teniola Saraki and Teniayo Sakari.
Tosin is Bukola’s first baby. She lately bought married to her longtime beau, Tunde Olukoya. Oluwaseni, however, is a budding rapper and regulation graduate (he completed from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus), he’s his second baby. He relies within the UK, the place he’s giving his music profession a chase.
Seni can also be the chairman and founding father of Abubakar Bukola Saraki soccer membership, ABS FC and is claimed to have lately graduated from the London School of Economics.
Bukola Saraki’s political profession began off within the yr 2000 when he was appointed by the previous President Olusegun Obasanjo as his particular assistant on funds points. He initiated the Fiscal Responsibility Bill throughout his tenure and in addition served on the Economy Policy Coordination Committee.
In 2003, He contested and gained the Kwara State gubernatorial elections which have been performed on April 19. He was sworn in as Governor of Kwara State on May 29, 2003.
He, once more, contested and gained the gubernatorial elections for a similar state which was performed on April 14, 2007. He was sworn in for a second time as governor of Kwara State on May 29, 2007. During his eight years in workplace, he had principally optimistic critiques about his job.
One of his main achievements was inviting displaced white farmers from Zimbabwe to Kwara State and providing them a possibility to farm.
He additionally launched new well being programmes, together with a marketing campaign in 2008 to scale back maternal and baby mortality, which concerned the distribution of insecticide-treated nets and free malaria medicine to moms and their kids.
In 2011, he was elected to the Nigerian Senate (seventh National Assembly), the place he represented the Kwara Central Senatorial District.
He was appointed the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology and can also be a member of the Senate Committee on Capital Markets and Finance.
Note: Bukola Saraki defected to the All Progressive People’s get together in 2014 after lamenting about repressive insurance policies of the PDP authorities.
In 2015, He was elected unopposed as President of the Senate by an throughout the get together alliance comprising PDP and APC Senators. The election was a tricky one for him as he had confronted stiff opposition from Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, who was a most popular candidate by a bunch of senators-elect throughout the APC.
He was the primary serving Nigerian governor to be awarded the nationwide honour, a Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) in 2010.His charisma amongst his fellow governors bought him appointed the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).On May 27, Saraki obtained the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Other Facts You Need To Know
1. The Code of Conduct Bureau cited a 13-count cost of corruption in opposition to Bukola Saraki in 2015. He was accused of creating false declaration of property in kinds he had filed with the Code of Conduct Bureau whereas he was governor of Kwara state.
2. He was additionally accused of failing to declare some property he acquired whereas in workplace as governor, in addition to buying property past his legit earnings. He was accused of working international accounts whereas being a public officer.
3. The EFCC had performed its investigation on the varied allegations and arrived at incriminating info in opposition to him. On September 18, 2015, Danladi Umar, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, issued an arrest warrant in opposition to Saraki.
4. On March 18, 2016, Saraki’s lead counsel and ex-attorney common of Nigeria, Kanu Godwin Agabi, led a delegation of 79 attorneys to defend him on the tribunal.
5. The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, discharged and acquitted the senate president of the 18 rely cost of corruption within the false declaration of property cost introduced in opposition to him in September 2015 by the Nigerian authorities.