Robert Akonobi

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Robert Nnaemeka Akonobi
Military Governor of Anambra State
In office
December 1987 – August 1990
Preceded by Samson Omeruah
Succeeded by Herbert Eze

Colonel (retired) Robert (Bob) Nnaemeka Akonobi was appointed military governor of Anambra State, Nigeria from December 1987 to August 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.[1]

On 27 June 1988 Akonobi reconstituted the board of Nigeria Mineral Water Industries, empowering it turn the company into a profitable private venture.[2] In 1989 he established the Anambra State Oil Palm Development Agency.[3] He officially commissioned the Anambra State University of Technology Teaching Hospital, since renamed the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, on 19 July 1991.[4] Akonobi got entangled in the struggle between the Wawa (Anambra North) and Ijekebee (Anambra South) groups, which had reached its peak in a bloodbath at Nkpor junction in 1983.[5]

In a controversial book titled Akonobi Brothers and Sisters (ABS), a later governor of Anambra State Christian Onoh accused Akonobi of using his position to acquire property in Enugu.[6] Onoh, who himself owned 510 undeveloped lots of land, described "monumental corruption" and said the Akonobi brothers had stolen huge amounts of Federal funds. Akonibi denied the allegations.[7]

After the restoration of democracy with the Nigerian Fourth Republic, Akonobi joined the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and became a force in Anambra State politics. In 2002, he was coordinator of President Olusegun Obasanjo's Campaign Organization in Anambra State for the 2003 elections.[8] He became a member of the New Anambra Elders Forum, set up after a political crisis that followed the 2003 elections.[9] In February 2008 Akonobi's home in Enugu was destroyed by fire.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  2. ^ Ezema Jonas Uwakwe (October 2003). "Influencing of the Commercialization and Privatization Programmes on Narketing of New Products and Innovation Programmes". University of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Commodities > Fruits, Nuts and Oils". OT Africa Line. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  4. ^ "About NAUTH". Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  5. ^ C. Nna-Emeka Okereke PhD (September 21, 2008). "OPENSORE OF A DEMOCRACY: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF THE ANAMBRA POLITICAL CRISIS". Peace, Conflict and Development Research. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  6. ^ Chioma Gabriel and Tony Edike (9 May 2009). "C.C. Onoh - the Exit of a Statesman". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  7. ^ Bamidele A. Ojo (1998). Nigeria's Third Republic: the problems and prospects of political transition to civil rule. Nova Publishers. p. 158. ISBN 1-56072-580-X. 
  8. ^ Amby Uneze (October 9, 2002). "Igbo 'Ll Reap From Obasanjo's Re-Election, Says Akonobi.". This Day. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  9. ^ Oke Epia (2004-01-16). "Ngige: APGA Opposes Elders Forum". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  10. ^ Francis Ugwoke (15 February 2008). "Ex-Governor Akonobi's House Gutted By Fire". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-10.