Dec 9, 2022

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6 Things To Know About Late Arthur Nzeribe Who Lived in 5 Star Hotels for 20 Years –

Arthur Nzeribe, one of Nigeria’s leaders, has finally said goodbye to this world. According to a family source, Nzeribe died in a British hospital on May 5.

Nzeribe was seen as a self-serving rebel who befriended and befriended pan-African pioneers worked together and revered democrats like Kwame Nkrumah, the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana.

He was also involved in the annulment of Nigeria’s freest and fairest general election ever.

Here are some interesting things you should know about him

  1. He became a millionaire at a young age

Nzeribe was born on November 2, 1938 to an influential family in Oguta, Imo State. However, he was raised in the care of Catholic priests after his mother died while he was still at primary school and his father was studying law in the UK. He attended Bishop Shanahan College in Orlu and Holy Ghost College in Owerri before traveling to Lagos State in 1957. He was hired by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) as an engineer cadet.

Eager and talented for further education, Nzeribe won an NPA scholarship and went on to study Naval Engineering at Portsmouth College of Technology and at Chesterfield College of Technology in England.

It was in the UK that Nzeribe first showed his business acumen by selling life insurance to black immigrants in the country at the age of 22. And a year later he bought his first Rolls Royce.

2. He worked for Kwame Nkrumah

In 1960, while selling life insurance in Britain, Nzeribe met Kwame Nkrumah, who had led Ghana to independence three years earlier. Nzeribe won over Kwame and became his PR officer, which led to a stint in Ghana.

Nzeribe grew wealthy and influential among the Ghanaian elite, becoming one of the most influential immigrants in the Country.

3. He was involved in the removal of Joseph Ankrah as the head of state of Ghana.

On February 24, 1966, Nkrumah was overthrown in a coup d’état, but the influence of the Nzeribe among the Ghanaians did not falter by elite. He found favor with the newly enthroned National Liberation Council (NLC) and Joseph Ankrah, the head of state.

On April 2, 1969, however, Ankrah admitted his involvement in a bribery scandal , which led to Nzeribe rigging an opinion poll in the country. A commission of inquiry found that the Nzeribe head of state received C6,000.00, which may have affected the outcome of the elections. As a result, Ankrah had to resign.

4. Annulled 12 June

He also entered the political scene in Nigeria and became Senator for the Orlu constituency in the 1983 election.

“>Ahead of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. While the whole country wanted a change from the protracted rule of successive military regimes, Nzeribe wanted the opposite. He founded the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN), a group of private individuals who sponsored a campaign calling for Ibrahim Babangida, then military head of state, to remain in office for at least four more years.

On June 10, 1993, two days before the election, the organization obtained a Supreme Court injunction against the holding of the election on alleged corruption charges.

On June 15, while the votes were still being collected, ABN obtained another injunction to stop the counting and verification. This time, however, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) accepted the injunction and announced on June 16 that it was suspending the results announcement, suggesting a court order prohibiting it.

Eight days later, Babangida announced the cancellation of the election.

5. He was suspended by the Senate.

After Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, Nzeribe ran for the Senate constituency of Orlu and won.

“>In November 2002, however, he was suspended indefinitely by Anyim Pius Anyim, then President of the Senate, for his alleged involvement in a N22 million fraud. Nzeribe is banned from the legislature for nine months until his re-election in 2003.

He would eventually lose the seat in 2006 after winning against Osita Izunaso in the primaries The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had suffered defeat.

Then began the decline of the politically strong from the limelight.

6. He lived in hotels for over 20 years

At the peak of his life, he lived in the Presidential Suite of the Nicon Hilton Hotel Abuja for over 20 years. So does the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.