The Tinubu Phenomenon! All You Need To Know About His Aide, Sunday Dare Who Made Buhari’s Ministerial List

The tentacles of the All Progressives Congress National Leader continues growing by the day and does not seem will wane anytime soon.

This much can be gleaned from the President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list just recently sent to the Senate for confirmation.

His footprints can be seen in quite a number of the names nominated.

A good example of this is that of Mr. Sunday Dare, Oyo State’s ministerial nominee.

There is no doubt that the influence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s looms large in the selection of Mr. Sunday Dare as the ministerial nominee of Oyo State.

Here are brief facts about the ministerial nominee who is being tipped to be the next Communications Minister:

Mr. Sunday Akin Dare, who hails from Ogbomoso is the Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission and until his appointment was the Convener of the Social Media Clinic (SMC), A Media/Information Technology initiative with a commitment to educating private citizens on trends in IT.

This role he combined with being the Chief of Staff/Special Adviser (Media) to former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Apparently, his journey with Tinubu dates way back.

Education

Mr. Sunday Dare graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University in 1991 with  Bachelor of Science in International Studies after which he proceeded to the University of Jos to study for his Masters in Arts in Law.

He was a Freedom Fellow and Visiting Scholar, School of Journalism – New York University in 1998.

He later proceeded to Harvard University under the prestigious Harvard Nieman Journalism Fellowship between 2000 and 2001 where he studied Media and Public Policy.

Interestingly, Mr. Sunday Dare was a gubernatorial aspirant during the 2019 general elections in Oyo State under the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He once served as the Chief, Hausa Service, African Division of the Voice of America in Washington, DC from 2001 to 2009

Mr Sunday Dare was a founding member of the Nigerian weekly magazines The News and Tempo in the heat of Nigeria’s military dictatorship where he served as Editor of Tempo Magazine and the pioneer Online Editor/General

 It was in 2009 he became the Senior Special Assistant on Media/ Chief of Staff to the Minister of Information and Communications where he handled and directed on all issues relating to media and communications

He also participated in strategic meetings between the office of the Minister, Information and Communications and the NCC leadership at the time, including being a member of the Minister’s advisory team on the sale of the 2.3GHz spectrum frequency.
A member and associate of quite a number of professional bodies including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), American University and was a former Knoght Fellow,Internatioanl Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Washington DC.
An author, he has several published works which include; Guerrilla Journalism: Dispatches From The Underground (Xlibris Corporation, USA. – March 2007); Making A Killing – The Business of War (Public Integrity Books, Washington DC – March 2003), which won the Sigma Delta Chi International investigative award; We Are All Journalists – Africa In The Age Of Social Media (Oxford University Press, UK – 2011) the product of Mr. Dare’s research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University; and Datelines – A Journalists’ Narrative (May 2016).
The conclusion that comes to the mind of many is that this is likely one of President Buhari’s finest decisions and round peg for a round hole.
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