Ibrahim Gambari, professor and diplomat, 69, November 24. Born in Ilorin, Kwara State, he was educated at King’s College, Lagos, 1963-1964; London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, England, 1965-1968; Columbia University, Morningside Heights, new York, USA. Gambari was appointed assistant professor, State University of New York, Albany, New York, 1974-1977; senior lecturer, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1977 and later associate professor of political science, ABU; director-general, Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, 1983-1984; minister of external affairs, 1984-1985. He was appointed special assistant to the secretary-general of the United Nations, UN, in 2000.
Samson Ewang, retired group captain and former military administrator of Ogun and Rivers States, 61, November 24. He studied in Nigeria, Britain, Russia and Australia. Ewang was commanding officer, Air Defence, Nigeria Air Force, Kano. He was appointed military administrator of Ogun State in 1996 and Rivers State in 1998. Ewang is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and Insurance Institute of Nigeria. He was one of the governorship candidates that contested the 2011 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.
Simeon Itanyi Yusuf, chemical engineer and politician, 43, November 23. Born in Igebije, Ofu local government area of Kogi State, he was educated at Qua-Iboe Primary School, QIM, Ankpa, Kogi State, 1980; Government Secondary School, Okenya, Kogi State, 1985; Federal School of Arts and Science, Sokoto, 1987-1988, and Federal University of Technology, Minna, 1999. Yusuf was made safety engineer with Foby Engineering Company Limited, 2001-2002; project engineer, Foby Engineering Limited, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, 2002; project manager, Fitzpatrick Continental Limited, 2002-2006; general manager, Patu Services Limited, Port Harcourt, 2007. Yusuf became managing director, Simita Engineering Company Limited, Lagos, 2008 and later became chairman, Simita Group of Companies.
Gabriel Suswam, lawyer, politician and governor of Benue State, 49, November 15. Born in Anyin, Logo local government area of Benue State, he studied law at the University of Lagos, 1986-1989. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, and was called to the bar in 1990. After his National Youth Service Corps scheme at Trendex Finance Firm, Lagos, he worked with Tokode and Company, a law firm in Lagos, 1991-1994. Suswam holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Jos and another in public administration from the University of Abuja. In preparation for the challenge of public service, he took a certificate course in management from the University of Lagos, another in good governance from Harvard University as well as certificate in Public Finance from Duke University, USA. In 1994, he formed Tingir and Associates, a law firm in Lagos. He later relocated to Abuja, where he partnered with a colleague to establish Suswan, Ogbole and Company. It was while practising law in Abuja that he decided to vie for the House of Representatives seat for Katsina-Ala-Ukum-Logo federal constituency at the National Assembly, which he won under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 1999. He was elected governor of Benue State in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.
Selimot Ebudola Adeniyi, 96, community leader and businesswoman. Adeniyi, a native of Ago-Iwoye Ijebu, in Ogun state, died on October 13, and her final burial rites will be on Friday December 13. Adeniyi was an enterprising, accommodating and jovial woman who drew a large followership to herself through love and caring. She was a very bright, brilliant and knowledgeable woman. She is survived by Adunni Ifenuga, Tola Adeniyi, Abdul Tawab Ile-Aje Adeniyi, a renowned actor of Arelu fame, Bola Adeniyi and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
— Nov. 25, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT