Ex-INEC National Commissioner, Oniyangi Dies At 85

Late Dr. Abdulkadir Salman Oniyangi

A former National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Abdulkadir Salman Oniyangi is dead.

Dr Abdulkadir Salman Oniyangi (OFR) died on Thursday at the age of 85 after a protracted illness in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

He served as INEC national commissioner from 2010 to 2015, representing the north-central zone.

A statement issued by a member of his family, Alhaji Nuraini Oniyangi and forwarded to Solacebase said the late elder state man would be buried tomorrow, Friday in Ilorin by 11.00 am.

The statement said Dr Abdulkadir Salman Oniyangi was a pioneer student of Government College, Keffi in 1954, after which he left for the Nigeria College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria from 1955 to 1958.

He later went to the University College, Ibadan from October 1958 to 1965, then known as College of London University. He had his post-graduate course in Medicine from 1968 to 1970.

Dr Abdulkadir Salman Oniyangi was a member of the Board of Directors, Northern Nigeria Development Company, Kaduna (1984-1985) and became secretary to the military government, and Head of Service, Kwara State, from 1984 to 1985 under Group Captain Salaudeen Latinwo.

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He was the proprietor of a 50-bed private hospital in Ilorin, Hassanat Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by a wife and seven children among whom are Ronke Osagie, Jibola Bello, Abdulazeez Yinka Oniyani, a former governorship candidate in Kwara, Abdulmumini Banji Oniyangi, a TETFund staff, Aminat Olatudun Emiola, INEC staff and  Jumoke Owolabi.