On this day in 1938, a controversial Nigerian Politician Francis Arthur Nzeribe

On this day in 1938, a controversial Nigerian Politician who was Senator for the Orlu constituency in Imo Statefrom May 1999 to May 2007 on the People’s Democratic Partyplatform, Francis Arthur Nzeribe was born in Oguta, Imo State, South-East Nigeria.

Nzeribe, a multi-millionaire investment mogul, is the Ogbuagu, Osuiji, Damanze Oyimba of Oguta.

He attended Bishop Shanahan College, Orluand Holy Ghost College,Owerri, and then got a scholarship from theNigerian Ports Authorityin 1958 to study marine engineering in England.

By 1960 he was selling life insurance to black immigrants in Britain.

He met Kwame Nkrumahof Ghana that year and started to work for Nkrumah in public relations.

He bought his first Rolls Royce a year later.

After the fall of Nkrumah in 1966 he lost influence in Ghana.

His second wife is the sister of Hajia Asabe Yar’Adua, wife of the late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, who was brother of PresidentUmaru Yar’Adua.

In 1969 Nzeribe started up the Fanz Organization based in London, dealing in heavy construction, arms, oil brokerage, publishing and property investment, with much business in the Middle East and Gulf states.

By 1979 Fanz had an annual trading turnover of £70 million. Today, he is believed to be worth over 1.5 billion dollars.

In 1983 he was believed to have spent N12m to win a Senatorial seat in Orlu.

In 1993, he was a prominent supporter of the Association for a Better Nigeria, which backed General Ibrahim Babangida.

Using the Ibrahim Babangida-supported ABN platform he campaigned for, and dubiously succeeded in the annulment of the June 12 1993 presidential election in Nigeria.

He continued further his mission to legitimize the dictatorship of maximum ruler, General Sanni Abacha, which was resolutely resisted by the Nigerian people and the will of God.

Chief Arthur Nzeribe turns 79 today.

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