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Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

(1912—1966) prime minister of Nigeria


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(1912–66)

Nigerian statesman. He entered politics in 1946, and became a member of the Central Legislative Council in 1947. The first Prime Minister of the Federation of Nigeria, he retained his office when the country became independent (1960) until he was killed in an army coup.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).


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