Alhaji Gafari Alani Rabiu was born on the 7th of February early 1950s to the family of Alh. Fadare Alagbe Rabiu and Madam Shera Omobolaji Arike Rabiu, Baamolu’s compound Oke- Adan Iwo.
He attended D.C School Elemo Iwo in the 1960s and processed to Ebenezer Nursery home in 1970s. Because of the quote that says Education is the best legacy, Alh. Gafar Alani further his education by attending Teachers Training School Grade II in 2000.
Alh. AbdulGafar Alani Rabiu was the first born to Alh. Fadare Alagbe Rabiu and the only son to Madam Shera Anike Omobolaji. ALH. Gafar is an accommodating person that most of his friends choose his house as playing ground, and he is very active to the extent that elders always choose him as a representative to represent in any program(s) that involves the development of the community.
During the war of Agbekoya, he was the only representative for the whole Akala land in the distribution of letters to various villages and updated them from time to time about the village’s programs.
Alhaji AbdulGafar Alani Rabiu started his working experience as General Labourer (GL) during the old Oyo State at CDU in the Ministry of Agriculture. He was later promoted as the Special labourer in 1977. He resigned as a Cocoa field assistant in 1984. Also, he was appointed as a General supervisor for Samoster Okesola Ashiru Farm and resigned voluntarily in order to contest for councillorship in 1987.
According to Monica Croweey, he says True equality means holding everyone accountable in the same way, faith ethnicity or political ideology. Alh. AbdulGafar Alani Rabiu made up his mind to join partisan politics in order to fight for the betterment of society. In 1978, when political parties gained a full sense of belonging, he was appointed as the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) secretary for West under the leadership of Late Alh. Abdulazeez Eniola Atanda (Lawyer Atanda).
For being an agile young politician, he was appointed by Chief Ajibola Ige. (Former Governor of Old Oyo state) as town planning Authority in 1983. He used his sincerity and political experience to serve for the improvement of the society under the Chairmanship of Late Prince Adekola Akabi.
In 1987, Alh Gafar Alani Rabiu was nominated as a councillorship candidate under the umbrella of Zero Party (Non-Political Party) and was returned unopposed as the councillor. When serving as a councillor, he was the Vice-Chairman of finance for Iwo Local Government.
After Solidarity Democratic Party was formed in 1991, he was elected as publicity secretary for the party and it was an unopposed ground. In 1997, he was elected as Vice Chairman for United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in Iwo Local Government.
Alh. Gafari Alani was focused and determined in order to achieve his aims and objectives for the development of Iwoland. He was elected as Vice Chairman for Alliance for Democracy (A.D) in 1998 and it was unopposed.
In 1999, Alh. Gafar Alani was appointed as a supervisory councillor for Health under the Chairmanship of Hon. Mutiu Omotayo Kareem.
In 2002, he was appointed as a member of Caretaker committee for Iwo Local Government. He was later elected as Chairman Alliance for Democracy (A.D) and it was unopposed in 2004.
In 2006, he was the Party Chairman for Action Congress (AC) which metamorphosis to Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) and was elected as Party Chairman again. He was appointed as Chairman of all Chairmen throughout the Osun State.
In 2011, he was appointed as Governor Liaison Officer to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. In 2018, Alhaji AbdulGafar Alani Rabiu was appointed as Chairman Ilerioluwa Campaign and Election committee till date.
Alhaji Gafari Alani Rabiu popularly baptized and addressed as BABA-BABA has contributed positively to the progress of Iwolan, Osun state and Nigeria at large. God has used him for many politicians in this land to attain any political office from Ward level to Federal level.
Alhaji Gafari Alani Rabiu is a political philanthropist, Man of Integrity, Man of Sincerity, Political Icon, Generous, Humble and Honest.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
He has received many chieftaincy titles such as Bashorun Adini of Kodiriya, Asiwaju of Oke Adan, Baba Adini Albayan International, Baba Adeen Allahu Nuru As-Sakinah Al-Ajagun-Nla, BASORUN ADEEN of DA’ARUL SALAM SCHOOL FOR ARABIC AND ISLAMIC STUDIES UNDER DAOLTU ASALAFIYAT AL-ISLAMIYA DHAWA IN NIGERIA.
- He was conferred with “Leader Of Our Time Award” by NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS MEMBERS.
- Also, he received a Quality Leadership Award by OYAT FILMS PRODUCTION.
- Meritorious Award by PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF IWOLAND UNDER THE OBA DR ABDULRASHEED ADEWALE AKANBI Oluwo of Iwoland, Meritorious Award from AINU RIDOR ISLAMIC FOUNDATION.
- Also, a Meritorious Award of DA’ARUL TAQWA INSTITUTE OF WESTERN EDUCATION AND ISLAMIC STUDIES, GRAND PATRON OF AL-ISTIJAABAH WAL-FAOZ IWO.
- Meritorious Award by Federation of Iwoland Students’ Union IREE Chapter.
- ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER OF THE YEAR by FEDERATION OF IWOLAND STUDENTS’ UNION NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS to mention but few.
Alhaji Gafari Alani Rabiu is happily married and blessed with Children.