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Buhari Mourns Soleye, One Of Four Surviving Members Of His Military Cabinet



Soleye Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the death of Dr. Onalaopo Soleye, finance minister in his cabinet as Military Head of State 1983-1985, describing him as a rare gentleman and an expert in financial matters.

 In a message to the family of the deceased and the government and people of Ogun State, the former President said Soleye “played a pivotal role in that short, corrective administration. His rich administrative and financial experiences were contributory to whatever achievements we recorded at that time. He diligently served Nigeria. His wit, intellect, diligence and warm personality were legendary.

 “ May the Almighty give those he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” said the former President.

 Until his death, Dr Soleye was one of the only four remaining members of the federal cabinet with the then Maj-General Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State. reports that Soleye was also a friend of President Olusegun Obasanjo and was reportedly nominated into that Buhari government by his fellow Ogun State indigene who was the last military ruler before the advent of the military government that came on board at the end of December, 1983.

Apparently to win legitimacy, Buhari had repeatedly claimed that his military government was an offshoot of the Murtala-Obasanjo military regime, a claim that Obasanjo subsequently came forward to disavow following the harsh human right policies of the new government.

The four surviving from the cabinet include Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Foreign Affairs;  Ibrahim Yerima Abdullahi,  Education,  Dr. Emmanuel Nsan, Health and Buhari himself.

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