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Abacha & Useni: Throwback of Two Jolly Friends

In this photo, Brigadier-General Sani Abacha (then the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Mechanized Division, seated left) was on an official visit to Benin to see his friend, Military Governor Jeremiah Timbut Useni (seated right) of Bendel State (Bendel State was later split into Edo and Delta States). This photo was taken in 1984. Later, Abacha became the Head of State in November 1993 and under his regime, he made Useni the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

Useni aka Jerry Boy would later rise to the rank of a Lieutenant-General in the Nigerian Army and became Deputy Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). In March 2015, his people elected him Senator for the Plateau South constituency of Plateau State under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. In October 2018, Jeremiah Useni won the party primaries in the PDP to run for Office of the Governor of Plateau state under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party but he narrowly lost the gubernatorial election. Useni is 76 years old and he is presently a Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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