Brief History of Late Prince Abubakar Audu
Prince Abubakar Audu was born on 24th October 1947 to the family of his Royal Highness, the late Pa Audu Oyidi, Orego Atta of Igala Land, and the paramount ruler of Ogbonicha-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State. He was a career banker and a former Commissioner of Finance & Economic Planning in old Benue state; before he joined Nigerian politics. As a politician, he was the first civilian Governor of Kogi State in the 3rd Republic (January 1992 to November 1993).
He ruled Kogi State again in the Fourth Republic (29 May 1999 to 29 May 2003). He re-contested the election in 2015 under the platform of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Unfortunately, the sad news of his death was made public when election results was being announced in his favor.
He started his education at the Native Authority Junior Primary School, Alloma, and later Native Authority Senior School Ankpa, from where he proceeded to Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha in present Anambra state.
He later transferred to the Jos Commercial College where he obtained both the GCE O and A levels. After a stint as a bank worker, Audu later proceeded to London from 1975-1978 where he studied Banking and personnel Management, obtaining professional qualification as a certified secretary, and as a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants of London, as well as the fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria… He also made history as his bank’s first training officer of African descent and also as one of the first black senior management staff of Standard Chartered Bank in London and New York. banking career lasted for a total of 25 years, which he spent with First Bank – formerly known as Standard Bank. In 1991, he was appointed Executive Director of FSB International Bank PLC.
A highly traveled politician, Prince Abubakar Audu brought so many honors to the country through his personal relationships with foreign statesmen. He enjoyed a relationship with the former British Prime Minister, John Major. In 1993, he and the member of his family were special guests of the British Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street where he hosted them to a state banquet.
Prince Abubakar Audu died on 22nd November 2015. May his soul rest in peace.
CREDIT: KOGI IN HISTORY