Michael Kaase Aondoakaa, SAN, was Nigeria’s former justice minister from July 2007 to February 10, 2010. He was born on June 12, 1962.
On June 12, 1962, Michael Kaase Aondoakaa was born in Benue. After graduating from Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, he was accepted into the University of Maiduguri’s Faculty of Law, where he earned his LL.B Certificate. He spent 18 years as a senior partner in a law firm.
He was invited to meet President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua while assisting two of his friends, Ogiri Ajene, a former deputy governor of Benue State, and Professor Daniel Saror, to secure nomination for ministerial appointments. During the interview, he was offered the position of attorney general until February 10, 2010, when he was fired under questionable circumstances by the acting president, Goodluck Jonathan.
He was named minister of justice on July 26, 2007. He was a participant in a group that examined the election reform report from the Justice Mohammed Uwais committee.
The subcommittee contributed to the creation of a white paper that caused controversy since it overturned some of the Uwais committee’s recommendations.
Among other reforms, it suggested that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman remain a presidential appointment.
Despite criticism of Maurice Iwu’s handling of the 2007 elections, he was against ousting Iwu as INEC chairman. Despite a High Court in Ondo supporting the action, he opposed to Olusegun Mimiko, the new governor, dissolving local governments in Ondo State.
The drug giant Pfizer recruited private detectives to gather information against Aondoakaa in order to put pressure on him to withdraw charges against the corporation over suspicions that a new antibiotic had harmed infants, as revealed by the leak of US diplomatic cables.
Several petitions filed against him for activities taken while in office as the Attorney General of the Federation led to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee stripping him of the position of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2010.
Since then, he has had his rank returned to him. After leaving politics, Aondoakaa started farming rice, and his business is still one of Nigeria’s largest local rice growers and processors.
Read about Peter Enahoro
Peter Enahoro was also known by the pen name “Peter Pan” due to his well-liked column in New African magazine under that name. Peter Enahoro (21 January 1935 – 24 April 2023) was a Nigerian journalist, author, businessman, and publisher who has been called “perhaps Africa’s best known international journalist.”
Early life and education
A political family of Enahoro raised Peter Osajele Aizegbeobor Enahoro, who was born on January 21, 1935 in Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria. His parents were princess Inibokun (born Okojie) and educator Asuelimen Okotako Enahoro. Ogbidi Okojie, the Onogie of Uromi, was his maternal grandpa. His older brother, Chief Anthony Enahoro, was a politician and statesman. One of ten siblings, he was. He attended St. Stephens Elementary School in Akure, Ondo State; CMS Primary School in Ado-Ekiti, Ondo State; Government School in Ekpoma, Edo State; St. David’s School in Akure, Ondo State; and Government School in Warri, Delta State, before earning his diploma from Government College in Ughelli, Delta State, in 1948.
In 1954, Enahoro began working in the media as an assistant publicity officer for what is now the Federal Ministry of Information. At the age of 20, he began working for Daily Times as a sub-editor. A year later, in 1957, he was appointed assistant district manager at Rediffusion Services, Ibadan. At the age of 23, he was appointed Editor of the Nigerian Sunday Times. He also held the positions of Features Editor of the Daily Times in 1958, Editor of that publication in 1962, Daily Times Group Editorial Adviser in 1965, and Editor-in-Chief of that publication in 1966.
Enahoro embarked on a 13-year exile of his own choosing in the 1960s. In addition to serving as Africa Editor of National Zeitung in Basel, Switzerland, from 1966 to 1976, he also served as Contributing Editor of Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. He later accepted the position of Editorial Director of New African magazine in London in 1978. He began publishing Africa Now, a pan-African news publication, in 1981. In 1996, he was named Daily Times Nigeria Plc’s sole administrator. He started writing his “Peter Pan” column in 1959, and it ruffled some political feathers. Enahoro was referred to by Frank Barton as “arguably Africa’s best journalist writing in the English language” in his book The Press of Africa (Macmillan Press Ltd.).
Enahoro admits leaving Nigeria in the 1960s at the age of 31 in an interview with Anote Ajeluorou of the Vanguard Saturday Magazine. This had nothing to do with the Civil War of 1966. He left for the first time in 1979. He returned once more in 1990 but this time was “unable to settle down.”
At the age of 88, Enahoro passed away in London on April 24, 2023.
- How to be a Nigerian in 1966
- You Gotta Cry to Laugh in 1972
- The Complete Nigerian in 1992
- Then Spoke the Thunder in 2009