Abubakar Saleh Michika (1941 – 10 March 2018) was a Nigerian civilian governor of Adamawa State, Nigeria from 2 January 1992 to 17 November 1993. He was a member of the then ruling National Republican Convention (NRC). He worked with the British Bank of West Africa in 1966, then John Holt company before joining politics. He was born in Michika, headquarters of the MichikaLocal Government Area (LGA), in what is now known as Adamawa State Northeast Nigeria. He attended his primary school and Secondary schools in Yola Middle School (now known as the General Murtala Mohammed College Yola) and done his post secondary education at the School for Arabic studies. He is married to four wives with 38 children, 17 boys and 21 girls, 105 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, all from his four wives; HajiyaDaudu, Mairama, Aisha and Nana Saleh Michika of Algerian and Nigerien descent from Tamanrasset Province, Algeria. Prominent among his children are Jalal-Eddeen Abubakar Saleh, PhD, an associate professor of public health, a consultant public health physician, a board-certified epidemiologist of the American College Of Epidemiology, a board-certified physician of the American College Of Physicians, member of the American Association for physician leadership, and an alumnus of the famous Imperial College London, the London School Of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Walden University U.S.A, And Lubna Jibril, a spoken word poet and motivational speaker, she is also the only person to have translated the Human rights declaration in fulfulde. Among all these, she is a women’s right activists, a Tv/radio broadcaster, a liscenced educationist and she offers free counseling to women.
Saleh Michika created a stir when he said in 1992 that he would be willing to relocate to the neighbouring Cameroun if there were a military coup in Nigeria. Fourteen years later, he made a controversial statement that the solution to the problems of corruption and misrule in the country would be a diarchy, a mixture of military and civilian personalities, with a military head of state.
A pragmatist, before the 1993 elections he refused to meet Bashir Tofa, the presidential candidate of his NRC party, but he was helpful when M.K.O. Abiola, candidate of the rival Social Democratic Party (SDP) came to his state. However, in July 1993, after the Ibrahim Babangida administration had annulled Abiola’s presidential election, he said “Much as I personally admired MoshoodAbiola as an individual, the idea of a southern president was unrealistic”.
In January 2002, Michika described the National Assembly members as corrupt officials for whom he had no respect, and warned of the danger of another military coup. In October 2002, Saleh Michika was a strong contender to become the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) candidate for the Adamawa governorship.
In 2005, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as the chairman governing council of the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi
In May 2006 a police corporal was killed by suspected armed bandits at his residence. However, the state commissioner of police, Alhaji Muhammad Sambo, said the attack was not an assassination attempt. The bandits just wanted to snatch the corporal’s gun.
Saleh Michika retired from active politics. He died after a brief illness on the 10 March 2018.
Air Vice Marshal Gregory Agboneni (born 30 August 1948) is a former Nigerian soldier and military administrator of Adamawa and Cross River states
Agboneni attended US Air Force Pilot Training as a foreign student in 1971–1972, after which he served as a soldier and fighter pilot for the Nigerian Air Force. Furing the military regime of Head of State General Sani AbachaAgboneni was appointed as Military Administrator of Adamawa State, an office in which he served between December 1993 and September 1994, and of Cross River State, where he served between September 1994 and August 1996.He was also the Commander of the Order of the Niger.
AVM Gregory has a degree in Aeronautics and masters in strategic studies. He is also a winner of the British R.A.F Andover Award.
Joe A. Kalu-Igboama was a Nigerian Navy (Captain) and was the Military Administrator of Adamawa State between August 1996 and August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha
Lt-Colonel Ahmadu G. Hussaini was a Military Administrator of Adamawa State between August 1998 and May 1999 during the transitional regime of General AbdulsalamiAbubakar, handing over to the elected civilian governor BoniHaruna at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic. He was required to retire, as were all previous military administrators, in June 1999.
Boni Haruna (born 12 June 1957) is the current Nigerian Minister for Youth Development. He was governor of Adamawa State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He was a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
BoniHaruna was born on 12 June 1957. He studied Political Science at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Governor of Adamawa State
BoniHaruna was elected Adamawa state governor in April 1999, and reelected in April 2003. The 2003 result was contested by the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), which claimed massive electoral fraud. An electoral tribunal declared the election invalid. However, an appeal court upturned the judgement of the Tribunal and reinstated Haruna.
In March 2006, BoniHaruna spoke against a third term for president Olusegun Obasanjo, saying most of the pro-third term governors were supporting it because they had something to hide. He repeated his opposition during an April 2006 meeting of 20 state governors.
In September 2006, Governor Ahmed Yerima of Zamfara State, BoniHaruna of Adamawa, and other senior politicians joined United States Ambassador John Campbell to cut the ribbon launching full Visa Services at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja. The same month, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), MallamNuhuRibadu, said that BoniHaruna was among 31 state governors under investigation by the commission. In February 2007, the Adamawa State House of Assembly served BoniHaruna with an impeachment notice for alleged gross misconduct and for inability to perform the functions of office as demanded by the 1999 constitution.
Shortly before the April 2007 national elections, Haruna switched allegiance to the newly formed Action Congress (AC) party. In April 2009, BoniHaruna said that he was dropping support for former Vice-President AtikuAbubakar, due to Atiku’s failure to listen to advice from his associates. The split may have been due to Haruna’s decision to return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while Atiku was still remaining with the Action Congress.
In August 2008, he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission headed by Farida Waziri over allegations of corruption while serving as governor of the State between 1999 and 2007. His application for bail was refused. In November 2008, an Abuja Federal High Court granted Haruna leave to travel to the United States for medical treatment, adjourning the case until February 2009 for the accused to take a fresh plea following the EFCC’s amended charges.
In May 2009, BoniHaruna was re-arraigned by the Federal Government over alleged money laundering involving N100 million, after the discovery of new evidence related to his period in office as the governor of Adamawa State. In August 2009, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) brought a 28-count charge against BoniHaruna for forgery and illegal movement of about N150m to an unknown destination. In October 2009, the EFCC filed 28 amended charges against BoniHaruna and three others. In November 2009, the EFCC opposed an application by Haruna to again obtain travel documents for medical treatment in the United States.
Haruna competed in the 9 April, 2011 election for the Adamawa North Senatorial district on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform. BindoJibrilla (PDP) defeated him, polling 75,112 votes to Haruna’s 70,890 votes. The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) candidate, Abba Mohammed, scored 22,866
Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), GCON, CFR: rcds, D.Agric. (H.C.) was elected Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Nigeria, taking office in May 2007. Prior to then he served in the Navy, at one time being military governor of Niger State, and being appointed Chief of Naval Staff in December 1989.
Murtala Hamman-YeroNyako was born at Mayo-Belwa, Adamawa State on 27 August 1943. His father, Alhaji Hamman-Yero, was a notable merchant and produce buying agent, whose mercantile activities was directly responsible for the establishment of John Holts and Sons Ltd centre at Mayo-Belwa. His mother, Hajiya Maryam Daso, was a housewife who was keen on Islamic studies and herbal medicine.
He started his western education at Mayo-Belwa Elementary School in January 1952, proceeded to Yola Middle School in January 1955 and commenced his secondary school education in the same school in January 1958. He was noted whilst there for his academic achievements and sporting prowess.
Naval Career Service
Nyako joined the Royal Nigerian Navy in June 1963 as an officer cadet, commenced his officer training at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England in September 1963, was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in September 1965 and completed his initial naval training in September 1965.
Nyako returned to Nigeria in October 1966 to serve in the Nigerian Navy until September 1993. During that period, he held a number of on-board and shore appointments. He was at one time a Commanding Officer of a Patrol craft, a Landing craft and the first missile carrying ship of the Nigerian Navy. In February 1976, General Murtala Muhammad appointed Nyako governor of the newly formed Niger State, which had been split out from Sokoto State. He served in this post until December 1977. Later he became the Chief of Naval Operations at the Naval Headquarters, the Flag Officer Commanding the Western Naval Command and the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Training Command from where he was appointed the Chief of Naval Staff in January 1990. Two years later, he was appointed the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff and retired from the Service in September 1993 with the rank of Vice Admiral.
Post Naval Career and Agricultural Activities
Nyako was born a cattle owner as his mother had been allocated some cows for her offspring before he was born. He was, therefore, most involved with cattle rearing and later general agricultural development while he was in the Naval Service. The main issue as he understood it was improving substantially the productivity of Nigeria’s agricultural units and the quality of their products. He commenced a sustainable cross-breeding programme of his local cattle with exotic superior sires in 1990 with very satisfactory results. He also got involved in the production of horticultural crops, and his first commercial export of musk melons to Europe using chartered aircraft took place in January 1990. Exotic mangoes from his mango orchard of 50,000 trees were first exported to Europe in 1993. He is also presently involved in the modern production of dates, passion fruit, banana, pasture development, breeding of goats and fish farming.
Nyako is the President of the Horticultural Crops Growers Association of Nigeria, the Practicing Farmers Association of Nigeria and the Apex Farmers Association of Nigeria. He is a patron of numerous farmers’ commodity associations in the country. Admiral is a successful integrated farmer of international repute. He is sole owner of one of the largest dairy farm in the country, Sebore (EPZ) Farms. In addition, Nyako owns the largest mango farm in the country leading to him being known as Baba Mai Mangoro (BMM).
Political career and controversy
Nyako entered politics in 2006. He was elected Governor of Adamawa State in April 2007.In February 2008 the Election Petition Appeal Tribunal annulled his election, alleging electoral malpractices. The House Speaker James Barka was sworn in as Acting Governor on 26 February 2008.
A fresh election was run, and Nyako was reelected with a landslide victory taking all 21 Local Government Areas, resuming office on 29 April 2008. Soon after, the House initiated moves to impeach Nyako, but was dissuaded after the personal intervention of President Umaru Yar’Adua. The relationship improved, and in March 2010 the Adamawa State House of Assembly passed a vote of confidence in Governor Nyako, describing him as a “messiah” to the people of the state. In 2012 after the Governor’s first tenure, he ran for a second term and was once again re-elected.
On July 15, 2014, the governor was impeached as the state House of Assembly deliberated on the report of an investigative panel that probed allegations of financial misconduct against him. The report found the governor guilty of all the 16 allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him by the House.
On 11 February 2016 the Federal Court of Appeal declared the impeachment null and void and ordered that all his entitlements accrued from the date of impeachment be paid to him. The judgment was upheld on 16 December 2016 by the Supreme Court of Nigeria but declined to reinstate him.
Nyako has been a recipient of an honorary Doctorate Degree of Agriculture from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; University of Technology Minna, (2008); University of Technology, Yola (2009) and the National Awards of Commander of Federal Republic (CFR) in 1993, Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) in 1999 and another Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 2002.
Nyako is married with children.
James Shaibu Barka was elected a member of the Adamawa State, Nigeria House of Assembly, and was appointed Speaker. When Adamawa State Governor MurtalaNyako’s election was nullified in February 2008, Barka became Acting Governor, handing back to Nyako after he had been reelected on 29 April 2008.
Barka was elected to the Adamawa Assembly for the Hong constituency. In July 2003, as Majority Leader of the Assembly, he successfully moved a motion to dissolve the State Civil Service Commission, State Independent Electoral Commission and the Judicial Service Commission, replacing them by management committees with members nominated by the governor.
After the Election Petition Appeal Tribunal upheld the nullification of governor Nyako’s election, Barka was sworn in as Acting Governor on 26 February 2008.Barka immediately sacked all of Nyako’s appointees including commissioners, committee chairmen, area administrators, special advisers and assistants.Barka handed back power to Nyaka on 29 April 2008 after the former governor had won the re-run election.
In March 2010, the House of Assembly passed a law to award Barka a lifetime pension for his service as governor. The law was disputed as being unconstitutional.In April 2010, he was being considered a possible candidate for governor in the April 2011 elections
Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri born (October 27, 1967) is the current governor of Adamawa State.He was a member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, and was appointed the Speaker of the House. He became the acting Governor of Adamawa State Nigeria, following the impeachment of admiral Murtala Nyako in July 2014,handing later to Bala James Ngilari after serving for three months.
Fintiri won the governorship election of Adamawa State that took place on the 9th of March 2019, however, the election was declared inconclusive because the number of cancelled votes was more than the margin between the winner and his close opponent.Umaru Fintiri was declared winner of the election in the early hours of Friday after having secured 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 336,386 votes.
In the March 9, 2019 Adamawa State Governorship Election and upon the completion of March 28, 2019 Adamawa State supplementary election, Ahmad was declared winner of the Election having polled 376,552 votes defeating the Incumbent governor BindoJibrilla of the All Progressive Congress who polled 336,386 votes
Bala James Ngilari is a Nigerian lawyer and former governor of Adamawa State, Nigeria from October 1, 2014 to May 29, 2015. He was succeeded by Bindo Jibrilla, the winner of the 2015 Adamawa gubernatorial election. Ngilari was sentenced to five years in jail without option of fine by a Yola High court for corruption, but was soon afterward acquitted and freed by the Court of Appeals.
Bindo Umaru Jibrilla is a Nigerian businessman who became the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 9 April 2011 Senatorial election for the Adamawa North district, and went on to be elected to the Nigerian Senate. His candidature was unsuccessfully disputed by the incumbent Senator Mohammed Mana.Bindow was elected governor of Adamawa State after defeating Nuhu Ribadu and Markus Gundiri in the April 2015 governorship polls. In 2019, he sought re-election for a second term in office but was defeated by opposition People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri
Bindo Umaru Jibrilla is described as a business tycoon, new to politics. He is an industrialist who has established three companies in Mubi, employing about four hundred people, and is a vibrant speaker. He was reportedly called upon by several youth organisations to challenge Mana, who was said to have neglected his senate district. He is known for his philanthropy and for creating jobs, and as the youngest contender would have an advantage with the youth vote.
In the January 2011 PDP primaries for the Adamawa North Senatorial race, Jibrilla Bindo got 626 votes, Mohammed Mana was second with 474 votes, Zira Maigadi secured 162 votes, while Terry Vahyla got 21. Another incumbent Senator, Grace Bent of Adamawa South, was also defeated.On 7 February 2011, well after the deadline for the parties to change their candidate lists had passed, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published a list showing Jibrilla as PDP candidate for Adamawa not North.
Mana and Bent independently filed appeals against the primary results.Newspapers reported that there would be a re-run of the primaries, which the (INEC) said it would not recognise. The PDP state chairman, Alhaji Minjinyawa Kugama, also denied knowledge of the re-run, saying he had heard nothing about it from the party leadership, and saying that the primary election had been free and fair.
On 15 March 2011 both Governor MurtalaNyako and the state chairman of the party, Mijinyawa Umaru Kugama, said that they would not support Mana and Bent in their appeals. Later in March 2011 a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed the appeal as lacking in merit. Mana appealed this ruling. Justice Kafarati affirmed the election of Jibrilla as PDP Candidate for Adamawa North Senatorial district. A PDP leader in the state, Malam RabiuRara, advised the two to obey the court orders.
In the 9 April 2011 election, Jibrilla polled 75,112 votes, while the runner-up BoniHaruna of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a former governor of the state, polled 70,890. This result was confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as of 16 April.