Abdul Rahman Abdul Razaq, born February 5, 1960, is a businessman and philanthropist turned politician. He is currently the governorship candidate of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kwara State, in North Central Nigeria. Abdul Rahman’s desire to serve his people began in 2011 when he ran for the office of Kwara governor under the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party founded by the country’s incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. However, he is better known for his exemplary business acumen and his indomitable can-do attitude
Born in Zaria into the family of the first lawyer from the country’s northern region, AbdulGaniyu F. (AGF) Abdul Razaq (SAN) who holds the prominent traditional titles of Mutawalin Ilorin and Tafida of Zazzau (Zaria), Abdul Rahman a muslim, comes from Ilorin West local government, which is in the Kwara central senatorial district of the state. He speaks Yoruba, English and Hausa languages fluently.
Abdul Rahman attended Capital School Kaduna between 1966 and 1968; Bishop Smith Memorial School Ilorin between 1970 and 1971; and Government College Kaduna where he sat his West African School Certificate Examination (WASC).
As a young man, Abdul Rahman opted to become an entrepreneur. Hence he makes no pretence to higher educational degrees save for several short executive management courses.
Abdul Rahman’s innate entrepreneurial spirit drove him to making history at the age of 31 when he founded Nigeria’s first indigenous oil and gas trading companies, NOPA Oil Services and First Fuels, the first indigenous company to lift crude oil and petroleum products to the United States, Europe and Asia. His success story inspired other young people who also have become accomplished oil & gas magnates.
Renowned for his immense knowledge of the petroleum industry, his managerial skills and competence cut across agriculture, construction, information technology, shipping and real estate. He is a consultant to various multinational oil companies and governments including Ghana and Cote D’Ívoire.
Abdul Rahman’s humanitarianism in Kwara began long before his foray into partisan politics. This included educational sponsorship of indigenes, granting of scholarships, and provision of potable water in disadvantaged areas of the state. Hundreds of women and youths have also benefited from his empowerment schemes, vocational training, provision of start-up capital for small scale businesses and provision of tools post vocational training.
Abdul Rahman is also a renowned supporter for the cause of people living with disabilities. His contributions include donation of Braille, educational aids and equipment to School of the Blind in Ilorin and Pacelli School of the Blind in Lagos.
His philanthropy transcends Kwara State or Nigeria. As an investor, he has been involved in Corporate Social Responsibility projects and donations in Cote D’Ívoire. Abdul Rahman partners with the Children of Africa Foundation whose brainchild is the Mother-Child Hospital. His philanthropy knows no bounds. A great football enthusiast, Abdul Rahman has contributed immensely to sports development in Nigeria. He is known to sponsor football tournaments across various wards of his native Ilorin West, with participating clubs getting jerseys, trophies and cash rewards.
Abdul Rahman’s father, Alhaji AGF Abdul Razaq (SAN), is a prominent statesman who fought for Nigeria’s Independence and a Federal Minister the First Republic in 1965. At the dawn of democracy in 1999, Abdul Rahman’s brother Dr Alimi Abdul-Razaq was the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Kwara State Governorship candidate in 1999. His sister Senator Khairat Razaq-Gwadabe was the Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory from 1999 to 2003.
It therefore comes as no surprise that Abdul Rahman has become a politician. He ran for the office of governor as the CPC candidate in Kwara State but lost to PDP’s Abdulfattah Ahmed in 2011. In the 2015 General Elections, Abdul Rahman ran on the PDP ticket for the Kwara Central Senatorial Seat. Followers of Kwara politics say Abdul Rahman has an appreciably strong political structure and goodwill spanning the state’s three senatorial districts, oiled with numerous social empowerment programmes, free healthcare services and community interventions.
Abdul Rahman has been a consistent critic of the poor governance in his native Kwara State, one of Nigeria’s first generation yet least developed states. He believes the state deserves a clean break from the status quo, presenting himself as a dependable wealth creator and effective manager of human and material resources.
He won the gubernatorial primary election in the October 2018 APC’s keenly contested direct primaries, Abdul Rahman was declared the party’s candidate for the governorship election slated for 2nd March, 2019. His earliest mainstream backers include heavyweights like Muhammad Dele Belgore (SAN) and Ambassador Yahaya Seriki who stepped down for the businessman two days before the primaries.
Abdul Rahman Abdul Razaq is married with children.
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