Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to President Buhari of Nigeria
Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa has several times been described as a Sterling Nigerian Amazon, an outstandingly brilliant broadcaster who later transitioned to an even more outstandingly, brilliant Parliamentarian. A worthy, compassionate, fair, firm, respected and courageous leader.
Fondly called “Mother of Teresa of the tube” because of her compassion for the less privileged, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa spent 15 years of meritorious service at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) where she stood out for her ability to use journalism to bring succor to millions of Nigerians, especially children, women and the less privileged. We can’t forget the story of Mary, the miracle baby, the story of a girl being claimed by 3 women, which Abike painstakingly investigated for 8years to a logical conclusion. The girl, who is now in university, is one of many children on Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa’s scholarship scheme.
She represented the people of Ikorodu Division in the House of Representatives from June 2003 to June 2015, She served as Chairman House Committee on Media and Public Affairs (June 2003 to June 2007). As Chairman Media, she worked at giving the House a credible image through absolute openness and transparency. She also introduced the Program “We Serve You” where the House Leadership met with various constituencies in various zones on a regular basis thereby enhancing effective meetings between the House members and constituents.
As Chairman House Committee on Diaspora Affairs (June 2008 till 2015), her major spotlight has been in her advocacy and calls for justice and fairness for Nigerians abroad. For instance, visiting Nigerians in prisons abroad including South-Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, saving 24 Nigerians on a death row in Libya, interventions in China, Russia, Cyprus, Ghana, U.S.A, Saudi Arabia and several others.
She voluntarily did not seek re-election into the House of Representative after 12years of a distinguished service.
She championed and sponsored the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI bill) which has now been signed into law in Nigeria, the Nigerian Infant Welfare Scheme Bill, Nigerians with Disabilities Bill, Bill to amend the railway act to allow private sector and state participation, Nigeria Diaspora Commission Bill, An Act to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Life, A Bill to Promote the Advancement of Nigerian Women and Girls, A bill to amend the National Women Development Centre Act and rename it after Mariam Babaginda, and several bills and motions.
A proud wife and mother, she has won over 200 awards both internationally, nationally and one of the three Nigerian women listed amongst the top 200 women in the world by Richtopia, an online UK Company and top 50 Women in Nigeria by YNaija and Access Bank. Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa has been a voice for the voiceless and remains a symbol of hope and inspiration to many. She is currently the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.
Her comportment, integrity, virtues and ideals are indeed qualities worthy of emulation, whose guiding philosophy at all time is that, success is not about age, it is not about character, it is not by how much you have in your account but how many lives you touch.