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BREAKING: GOV. ABDULRAZAQ OF KWARA LOSES DAD

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Alhaji A.G.F. AbdulRazaq (SAN), father of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has passed on this morning.

A.G.F. AbdulRazaq, who is also Mutawalli of Ilorin and Tafida of ZauZau (Zaria) is a consummate lawyer

Alhaji Abdul Ganiyu Abdulrazaq, SAN, who would have clocked 93 years of age on November 13, 2020, is the first lawyer from the Northern part of Nigeria, being called to the Inner Temple, London in 1955. He was also the first Northerner to be gazetted, a substantive appointment as a High Court Judge in 1968, an appointment which he politely declined.

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A graduate of Trinity College, University of Dublin, Alhaji Abdulrazaq holds a BA Hons, LLB, MA and H.Dip-Educ. He attended the Kalabari National College, Buguma, and the Africa College, Onitsha, where he was contemporaries with Prof Ben Nwuabueze, SAN.

An eminent jurist. He has been a Life Bencher since 1971, and was the Chairman of the Body of Benchers in 1984. A nationalist, he was the Legal Adviser to the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC), and attended all the Constitutional Conferences leading up to Nigeria’s Independence in 1960. He was a member of the House of Representatives (1964-1966), Nigeria’s Ambassador to Cote D’Ivoire (1962-1964), Federal Minister of State for Railways (1965-1966), and the first Kwara State Commissioner for Finance, and later, Health & Social Welfare (1967-72). He is the Founder and Proprietor of the first Private Secondary School in Kwara State, Ilorin College, Ilorin (ICI). Alhaji Abdulrazaq has been a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the NBA since 1995, and was the President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (2000-2003). He holds the titles, Tafida of Zaria and Mutawali of Ilorin, as well as Grande Officer De La Ordre National De Cote D’Ivoire and Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).

Details of his burial are yet to be announced.

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