Alhaji Tanko Yakasai
Alhaji Salihu Abubakar Tanko Yakasai ventured into politics in the early 50s, when he joined the defunct Northern Elements Progressive Union, NEPU. He served as Commissioner for Information, Kano State, 1967 to 1971 and was later moved to the Ministry of Forestry, Community Development and Cooperatives where he served as Commissioner from 1971 to 1972. From there, he became the Commissioner for Finance, a position he held till 1975.
In the Second Republic, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai served ex-president Shehu Shagari as Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters. The elder statesman was also a chieftain of National Party of Nigeria, NPN in the Second Republic. In 2002, he resigned from All Peoples Party, APP, where he served as chairman, Strategy and Planning Committee and member, Elders’ Committee of the party. Yakasai who participated in the 1994 Constitution conference is also a delegate in the 2014 Confab.
He spoke to MADUABUCHI NMERIBEH on why the United States refused to help Nigeria during the administration of the immediate-past President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. And he advised Nigerians to shine their eyes over the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to President Barak Obama.
What is your feeling about the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari and his entourage to the United States recently?
The visit opened a new chapter in Nigeria/US, relationship; which was put in the cooler during the tenure of the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Now, let me tell you one truth, there were many views as to why the US decided to downplay her relationship with Nigeria. These views entailed the decision of the US Government to withdraw her interest to buying Crude Oil from Nigeria.
When President Barak Obama and his people withdrew their patronage from Nigeria’s oil market, there were many speculations on the reason for that …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper