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Ibikunle Amosun Biography: Education, Career, Family, Controversies, and Net Worth

Ibikunle Amosun is a Nigerian politician and former governor of Ogun State, as well as a two-term senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Senator Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressive Congress Political Party is a presidential candidate (APC). He is affectionately known as SIA.

Early Life and Education

Amosun was born on January 25, 1958, and attended African Church Primary School in Abeokuta (1965-1970) before moving on to African Church Grammar School in Abeokuta (1971–1977). He then attended Ogun State Polytechnic, where he earned a Higher National Diploma (HND) in 1983.

In 1990, Amosun became an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). In 1996, he was elected as a fellow of the Institute. He also became an Associate Member of the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Taxation (1998). He then went on to the University of Westminster in London, where he earned a Master of Arts in International Finance in 2000.

Career

In 1984, Amosun started his career as an audit trainee with Lanre Aremu & Co. (Chartered Accountants). Later, he worked as a managing consultant for XtraEdge Consulting. He was the principal partner of Ibikunle Amosun & Co. (Chartered Accountants) in Lagos beginning in 1990.

Ibikunle Amosun entered politics and was elected Senator to represent the Ogun Central Senatorial District between 2003 and 2007. During his tenure in the Senate, he served in the following capacities: Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Member of the Senate Committee on Privatization, and Member of the Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence.

He ran for governor in 2007, but was unsuccessful. He ran again in 2011 and was elected on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), with Bola Tinubu as the party’s national leader. Senator Amosun was sworn in as Ogun State’s fourth elected governor on May 29, 2011. He was re-elected for a second term in the 2015 gubernatorial election, where he chose Yetunde Onanuga, who worked in the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, as his running mate over three other possible candidates. In 2019, he handed over the governorship of the state to Dapo Abiodun.

Personal Life

Senator Amosun is married to Mrs Olufunso Amosun and the blissful union has produced five lovely children.

Senator Amosun believes in social development through philanthropy. He instituted a scholarship scheme in 1986 several years before venturing into politics, which he later institutionalized by setting up the Senator Ibikunle Amosun Scholarship Foundation (SIASF) on Thursday, 7 July 2005. He has awarded scholarships to over 1,000 students of Ogun State origin, in various institutions of higher learning.

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Controversy

On 24 June 2019 Premium Times reported in an exclusive story that Ibikunle Amosun illegally purchased and imported four million rounds of ammunition, 1,000 units of AK47 assault rifles, 1,000 units of bulletproof vests and an armoured personnel carrier (APC) into Nigeria as the Governor of Ogun State without obtaining necessary approvals from the Office of the National Security Adviser and in violation of the Nigeria Firearms Act. The report generated a strong reaction from Nigerians with civil society organisations, citizens across the country and the Ogun State chapter of his political party calling for his immediate arrest.

In a reaction to the report, Ibikunle Amosun stated that he got the necessary approval for the arms and ammunitions he imported as well as the end-user certificate from the office of the National Security Adviser, stating that it is a common practice by Governors in Nigeria to have an armoury. In a swift response, twenty State Governors in Nigeria denied having an armoury in the Government Office or House.

In another reaction to the claim of Ibikunle Amosun, the Nigerian Government via the Budget Office of the Federation stated that Amosun only got approval for the importation of Armoured Personnel Carrier and not that of AK-47 rifles and ammunition. In another exclusive report by Premium Times, showing documents from the offices of the National Security Adviser, the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Ministry of Finance and Ogun State Government, Premium Times reported that Ibikunle Amosun did not get approval for the ammunitions and weapons he brought into Nigeria.

Impacts and Influence

Ibikunle Amosun through his various philanthropic acts has instituted subsisting empowerment initiatives for trade groups, artisans, communities, women and other vulnerable groups in the society.

His Alma Maters – African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta and Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic), also in Abeokuta – have benefited from his generous disposition to give back to the society. He built and commissioned the Administrative Block at African Church Grammar School, among other similar gestures.

Awards and Recognitions

He has been recognized by various organisations and institutions for his contributions to the growth and development of Ogun state. Some of the awards he has received are:

  • Investment Development Icon Award for 2013 by African Leadership Magazine in New York (September 2013).
  • Best Security Conscious State Governor in West Africa by Security Watch Africa, in Accra, Ghana (October 2012)
  • Good Governance Award: Governor of the Fastest Growing State Economy by Business day Newspaper in Lagos (November 2013).
  • National Honour Award: Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – September 2014

Net Worth

His net worth is not known at the time of writing this report.

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