Patrick Anwuzia, Nenadi Usman: Where are they now?

The names of the trio: Patrick Anwuzia, Nenadi Usman, and Idi Hong, will certainly not be missing if there is a roll call of Nigerians who made headlines in their time. In this report, SUNNY IDACHABA asks: Where are they now?

Patrick Anwuzia

Pastor Patrick Anwuzia, as he was popularly called in the 90s, was one Nigerian clergy who mesmerised his members and adherents of his styled- preaching with miracles of prosperity when his church, Zoe Ministries Worldwide, was very popular in the country, especially in Lagos.

This Delta state-born-charismatic preacher, popularly called Pastor Anwuzia, was a toast of many Christians and non-Christians alike. The headquarter of his church located along Jimoh Odutola Street in Iganmu Lagos was usually a beehive of activities in the 90s as there were several programmes almost on daily basis leading to heavy vehicular and human traffic that stretched from the Eric Moore end of the street up to Orile Iganmu. Pastor Anwuzia was not particularly sound in grammatical verbosity but the acrobatic style of his preaching was an attraction in itself. To this end, the sea of human heads that adorn his programmes in the days that televangelism was not popular was great.

Some years back, precisely in 1998, there was an attempt on his life, a development that was allegedly linked to a fallout of a ‘fraudulent’ business deal involving him and the assailants, an allegation he denied.

He, however, went into oblivion and not much has been heard about him.

According to a popular newspaper in 2016, “The Zoe Ministries pastor made no pretence about his predilection for prosperity and he truly practised what he preached as he cruised about town in exotic cars with customised number plates of Zoe 1, Zoe 2, Zoe 50, but like a forgotten Shea butter in the sun, Anwuzia disappeared suddenly from the scene with his ministry.” His disappearance may not have been unconnected with series of scandals over alleged impoverishment.

He, however, seemed to have regained his voice in what has been termed a come-back of the stylish preacher; just as told everyone he was back and better.

Many months down the line Anwuzia is yet to live up to his words as a preacher that he was in the 90s. For a while now, not much has been heard about him again.

Idi Hong

Dr Idi Hong was minister of state for culture and tourism; foreign affairs; as well as health; during the administrations of late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan.

This Adamawa state-born politician is a trained medical practitioner, who appeared to abandon the profession for politics. He was actively involved in politics in the years that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power; and was elected as secretary of PDP in Adamawa.

While he was in the cabinet, he was said to be the youngest member but he wasn’t intimidated by the presence of more powerful, experienced ministers. According to Hong, “Rather than being intimidated by them, the same older members of the cabinet often protect me.”

Hong, who at other times indicated interest to run for the governorship seat of Adamawa, while speaking on how he left the medical practice to join politics, said: “I was not born into a political family; neither was my father a politician. I still believe that some invisible forces pushed me into it. It is destiny and once it has been written, you will find yourself toeing that path. I started politics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where I was in the students’ union Government.”

Speaking further, he said, “I also served as the director-general of the Professor Jibril Aminu Campaign Organisation where I successfully handled his re-election to the Senate.

“I was also the Adamawa state secretary of the PDP between 2006 and 2007 before I became a minister.”

It’s not clear where he is now.

Nenadi Usman

Mrs Nenadi Usman, was perhaps the most beautiful woman in the Federal Executive Council (FEC) under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. She was the minister of state for finance and was later deployed to as senior minister to the ministry of finance following Okonjo Iweala’s redeployment to the ministry of foreign affairs.

Usman later became a senator. She represented Kaduna-South on the platform of the PDP.

She also served as a member Kaduna state caucus of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC).

Prior to this, she was elected into the House of Representatives, for Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency under the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1998.

Looking back at her career in public service, she was a commissioner in Kaduna state from 1999 to 2002 during which time she was deployed to different ministries before being appointed as minister.

Usman was also the coordinator, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Campaign Committee in Kaduna state in 2003.

As senator, she pushed for the government to give more attention to women and children whom she called the most vulnerable members of society.

She played a major role in women empowerment through the formation of an NGO called ‘Education and Empowerment for Women’ which was sited at Jere, southern part of the state. It’s, however, not clear if the NGO still exists.

For her alleged role in the misappropriation of campaign fund of the 2015 general elections, she was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 17-count charge bothering on money laundering and theft, alongside Femi Fani-Kayode and one Danjuma Yusuf. However, prosecution of the wasn’t sustained an indication that the allegations were probably ‘trumped up’.

In recent times, her whereabouts is so unknown as she has continued to maintain a low profile.