Abdulsalami A. Abubakar
Abdulsalami Abubakar; born June 13, 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army General who was Military Head of State from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha’s death. During his leadership, Nigeria adopted a modified version of the 1979 constitution, which provided for multiparty elections. He transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999.
He is the Chairman of the National Peace Committee
Matthew Hassan Kukah
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, is one of Nigeria’s foremost public intellectuals, Bishop Kukah has delivered numerous public lectures across Nigeria and world wide, written several books and hundreds of articles on various aspects of Governance, Faith, Human Rights and Public policy in Nigeria. His contributions have added moral input, shaped public policy and service. He served as Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference and in several federal government panels. He single handedly negotiated an end to the long drawn out conflict between Shell Petroleum Development Corporation and the people of Ogoniland.
Bishop Kukah’s humble background, his wide pastoral experience and networks across the country, have motivated his work in promoting stronger Nigeria national unity through Interfaith Dialogue and promotion of Economic and Social justice for all citizens. As a result of his wide range of experience and exposure, he has often been referred to as a rabble rouser for peace and nation building in Nigeria.
He is the Secretary of the National Peace Committee and Founder of the Kukah Centre.
Okoh Ebitu Ukiwe
Dame Priscilla Kuye
Chief (Mrs.) Priscilla Kuye, is the first female President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). She was also the Vice-President of the Nigerian/American Chamber of Commerce.
She is indeed a justice administrator, wife, mother and a true role model to the core.
Born to the late Akija of akija-Ijebu in Ogun State; Oba Luke Adenola Adekogbe and mother; late Mrs. Elizabeth Adekogbe, both were teachers, who studied at what was known as Yaba Higher College, in those days. For 8 years, she has been representing Nigeria as a Member of Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome and most interestingly, she has been married for over fifty years to a devout Muslim.
She is a Member of the National Peace Committee.
HRH Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto
Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III (born August 24, 1956 in Sokoto) is the 20th Sultan of Sokoto, the titular ruler of Sokoto in northern Nigeria, head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (Society for the Support of Islam – JNI), and president-general of the Nigerian National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). As Sultan of Sokoto, he is considered the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s seventy-million Muslims, roughly fifty percent of the nation’s population. Sa’adu Abubakar succeeded his brother, Muhammadu Maccido, who died on ADC Airlines Flight 53, the flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and had been destined for Sokoto.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, GCON
Aliko Dangote GCON (born 10 April 1957) is a Nigerian business magnate, investor, and owner of the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities in Nigeria and other African countries. As of March 2018, he had an estimated net worth of US$14.1 billion.
Dangote is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 100th-richest person in the world and the richest in Africa, and peaked on the list as the 23rd-richest person in the world in 2014. He surpassed Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi in 2013 by over $2.6 billion to become the world’s richest person of African descent.
Archbishop Nicholas Okoh
The Most Revd. Nicholas Dikeriehi Orogodo Okoh was born on 10th November, 1952 at Owa-Alero, Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State to Mr. Stephen Chinakwe and Mrs. Nwagho Okoh. Without intending to be modest, his parents were poor peasant farmers, who carried out mere subsistence farming.
He attended St. Michael’s (Anglican) School, Owa-Alero from 1958-1964 where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He had a four-year stint in business under one of his uncles. He later established his own business, only to abandon it and joined the Nigerian Army in 1969, while still a confirmation candidate. He was to be confirmed 6years later by Bishop Idowu at St. Stephen’s Cathedral Ondo while at VCLC, Akure. The terrible experience and uncertainty of life in the war-front made the young Nicholas to surrender to God. In 1970, at the end of hostilities, under the wrong influence of fellow soldiers, he backslided, until early 1971, when under a circumstantial experience he broke down completely and offered himself to the LORD. Within three months, he read the whole bible from Genesis to Revelation. His life was transformed. Thereafter he became a freelance Evangelist, gathering and leading many young people in his group. He continued his education and passed his O/L G.C.E. in 1974 and A/L G.C.E. in 1976, by which time he was already at Vining Christian Leadership Centre, where he trained as Catechist from 1975-1976. He was admitted to Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan for his Pastoral Studies (1976-1979). There he obtained a Diploma in Religious Studies, and Diploma in Theology.
After his Ordination in July, 1979 he was appointed 3 Armoured Division Garrison Chaplain, Jos. Later that same year, he left for the University of Ibadan (1979-1982), where he obtained his B.A. (Hons). He returned to the same University (1984-1985) for the M.A. Degree.
He got married to Miss Nkasiobi Amaechi on October 4, 1986. The marriage is blessed with 5 children.
Mr. Brown Ade
Mr. Sam Amuka
Sam Amuka Pemu (born 13 June 1935) is a Nigerian journalist, columnist and founder of the Vanguard, Nigeria’s leading newspaper. He co-founded The Punch, the most widely read newspaper in Nigeria. Sam Amuka Pemu was born in Sapele, a city in Delta State, southern Nigeria into the family of the late Pa Amuka-Pemu and Madam Teshoma Amuka-Pemu, who died in May 2014.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu
Prof. Amezi Gobadiya (Prof of Law)
Professor Ibrahim Gambari
Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR (born November 24, 1944 in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian scholar and diplomat. He was Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. Gambari has been appointed by the Secretary-General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur effective from 1 January 2010.He is currently the Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he served as the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations(USG) for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). He was appointed on June 10, 2005 and assumed the post on July 1 of that year.
John Cardinal Onaiyekan
John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan (born 29 January 1944) is a Nigerian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Abuja since 1994 and was made a Cardinal in 2012. He has served as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and Bishop of Ilorin.
Onaiyekan was born in the town of Kabba, in what is now Kogi State, to Bartholomew and Joann Onaiyekan. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Kabba from 1949 until 1956, Mount St. Michael’s Secondary School in Aliade, Benue State, from 1957 until 1962, and Ss. Peter & Paul Major Seminary in Bodija, Ibadan, from 1963 until 1965. He completed his religious studies in Rome in 1969 and was ordained as a priest on 3 August of that year by Bishop Auguste Delisle of Ilorin. Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Nigeria’s Northern Region, had offered him a scholarship to study abroad.
Dr. Supo Ayokunle (CAN President)
Olasupo Ayokunle, a pastor, teacher and sociologist, was born in Oyo town in Oyo State Nigeria on January 25, 1957.
Mr. Ayokunle attended the Oniyanrin Baptist Central Day School, Iware Road, Oyo State, graduating in 1971. Six years later, he completed secondary education, earning a West African School Leaving Certificate, Ordinary Level.
Thirsty for more education, the young Mr. Ayokunle studied further and obtained a Higher School Certificate in1979/80.
He then proceeded to the University of Ibadan in 1980 where he enrolled for undergraduate studies in sociology. He graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Three years later, in 1986, he enrolled for a post graduate diploma in Education. He then went on to study for a Masters of divinity degree in Theology in 1992 at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho.