Colonel Mohammed Bello Kaliel (RTD) was the first Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria after it was created on 3 February 1976 when North-Eastern State was divided into Bauchi, Borno, and Gongola states, during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo. He held office until July 1978.

Army career

Mohammed Bello Kaliel joined the army in 1967. From 1972–1974, he was an instructor at the Nigerian Defence Academy.In February 1976, Mohammed Kaliel was appointed governor of Bauchi State by the head of state, General Murtala Muhammed, shortly before he was killed in an abortive coup attempt. Taking office in March 1976, he brought a team of experienced civil servants from Maiduguri to establish the new state’s administration. He found a state with no electricity and limited water supply from boreholes, and made improving this basic infrastructure his first priority.

Kaliel was Commandant at the Nigerian Resettlement Center, Lagos from 1978–1980, Director of Logistics and Defence (1980–1981) and Commandant, Brigade of Guards, Lagos (1981–1984).[2] In December 1983, while Kaliel was on leave from the Brigade of Guards, a coup resulted in Major-General Muhammadu Buhari becoming head of state.

Later career

Kaliel retired shortly after the coup in 1984. After the restoration of democracy in May 1999, he was appointed federal minister of Water Resources between 1999 and 2001. In January 2001, he met the Zamfara State Governor, Ahmed Sani Yerima, who told him that Gusau Dam could dry up soon, and asked the Federal Government to transfer water from the Bakolori Dam to the state capital, Gusau. Kaliel said the Federal Government was committed to providing quality water to all Nigerians, and would soon provide assistance to the states, with priority given to Gusau.He was replaced in a cabinet shuffle on 13 June 2001.

In May 2005, he was appointed to the board of All States Trust Bank Plc. On 10 March 2015, Kaliel died in a hospital in Turkey.

Garba Duba (born 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army Lieutenant General who was Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria from July 1978 to October 1979 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo, and Administrator of Sokoto State from January 1984 to August 1985 during the military regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

Early career

Garba Duba was born in 1942.He was educated at Kontagora Primary School, Kaduna (1951–1954) and Provincial Secondary School, Bida, Niger State (1956–1962).He joined the Nigerian Army as a Cadet Officer, entering the Nigerian Military Training College on 10 December 1962.One of his school classmates and army colleagues was Ibrahim Babangida, who married Duba’s cousin Maryam in September 1969.Duba later attended the Indian Military Academy, and was appointed ADC to the Military Governor of the old Northern Region.

Duba was one of the northern officers who participated in the Nigerian Counter-Coup of 1966 which led to the murder of the head of state, General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, and after which General Yakubu Gowon came to power. Others involved in the mutiny were Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha, both to later become heads of State. As a Captain, he served in the Nigerian Civil War (1967–1970), commanding a squadron of armored vehicles.

Governor of Bauchi State

Colonel Garba Duba was appointed Military Governor of Bauchi State in July 1978. He provided infrastructure in the form of residential accommodation and offices, including secretariats for the 16 Local Governments. Steyr Nigeria Limited, a tractor manufacturing company, was founded during his tenure. He established the Bauchi State Polytechnic, using one of the Teachers Colleges as premises. The rector was given Duba’s brigade commander’s guest house as his quarters, and army offices for administration. He expanded the number of Teacher Training Colleges and introduced Schools of Basic Studies on the site now used by the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University. His administration supervised orderly elections for the Nigerian Second Republic in 1979, handing over to the elected governor Tatari Ali on 1 October 1979.

Later career

Later he was appointed Military Administrator of Sokoto State (1984–1985). Other posts included Commanders of 2nd Mechanised Division (1987–88), Commander of 3rd Armoured Division and Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (1990–1992).

He retired in 1993, after thirty-one years of active military service. After retirement, he entered business, holding positions that included Chairman of the New Nigerian Development Company, Chairman of SGI Nigeria Limited, Director of First Bank of Nigeria, a non-executive director of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc since August 1998, and Chairman of the Board of Leadway Pensure, a pension fund administration company

Alhaji Abubakar Tatari Ali (c. 1929 – 28 May 1993) was elected Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria in 1979, holding office until the military coup on 31 December 1983 that brought General Muhammadu Buhari to power.

In 1971, Ali was head of the Ministry of Information. He visited Washington, D.C., that year during preparations for planning the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, to be held in Lagos in 1974.

Ali was elected in 1979 at the start of the Nigerian Second Republic on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). His government was active in constructing roads, housing projects and industries, and opened 16 model farms across the state. He initiated and constructed the five-star Zarand Hotel. He created 43 local governments in the state, which were later abolished after the coup of 31 December 1993 that brought in a new military government.

Ali attempted to revive the Bauchi Meat Factory, establishing complementary outfits like the Gubi Dairy Farm, Madangala Sheep Ranch, Galambi Cattle Ranch and Gombe and Takko poultry farms. These enterprises, run by civil servants, were generally not profitable.

He also introduced a car loan scheme for mid-level and senior civil servants.

When the Buhari government took control, Ali was out of the country on pilgrimage. He traveled to the UK where he died of a heart complication. His body was brought back to Nigeria and buried in his home town of Zaki, according to Islamic rites.

Ali’s health suffered from the harsh treatment he received in jail and he died shortly after being released.

Brigadier Mohammed Sani Sami was Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria from January 1984 to August 1985 during the military regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

Early life

Mohammed Sani Sami was born in Zuru in Kebbi State. He joined the army on 10 December 1962, and attended training courses with Ibrahim Babangida. He attended the Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot (United Kingdom), and was commissioned on July 25, 1963. General Murtala Muhammed, head of state from July 1975 to February 1976, appointed Lieutenant Colonel Sani Sami commander of the Brigade of Guards.

Mohammed Sani Sami was appointed governor of Bauchi State after a coup on 31 December 1983 that brought General Muhammadu Buhari to power. He held office until August 1985,  General Ibrahim Babangida took over from Buhari. He upgraded medical facilities, and undertook a major agricultural development program named “back to land”. During his governorship the world handball championship was held in Bauchi State.

In October 1984, facing a new wave of religious fanaticism, he warned that prohibitions on open air religious preaching remained in force. He also stated that the decision to demolish some Christian churches to make way for a new ring road was not in any way an attack on that religion, and said that the government had allocated land for the Catholic mission to build a new church.

Mohammed Sani Sami retired as a major general on 3 September 1990.He later became the Emir of Zuru, in Kebbi State.

Major General (retired) Chris Abutu Garuba was Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria from August 1985 to December 1988 during the military regime of Major General Ibrahim Babangida. Garuba was born in Ipole, Otukpa Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State

Military career

As Commander of 34 Self Propelled Artillery Brigade, Jos, Garuba lent his support to the coup of 27 August 1985 that brought General Ibrahim Babangida to power, leading the team that arrested the GOC of the 3rd Armoured Division, Brigadier Salihu Ibrahim. Immediately after the coup, he was promoted to Colonel and was appointed Governor of Bauchi.

Garuba was an energetic administrator in Bauchi. He initiated the Rural Transformation Programme to develop roads, water, electricity, agriculture and education. He upgraded the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium and built the Multi-Purpose Indoor Sports Hall and various other sports venues. He established Bauchi State Polytechnic (now known as Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic), the Inland Bank, Bauchi State Television Authority and Bauchi Printing and Publishing Company.

After returning to the army, Garuba held a series of local and foreign appointments, and rose to the rank of major general before retiring.[3] During the attempted coup of 22 April 1990 by Major Gideon Orkar, Brigadier Garuba was Corp Commander, Artillery. While the centre of the military command in the Dodan Barracks was being retaken, he deployed additional units within and around Lagos on standby. He was Chief Military Observer to the United Nations Angola Verification Mission II from July 1994 to February 1995, monitoring the cease fire between the rebel UNITA forces and the government troops. He was appointed Commandant, National War College, Abuja (colonels and brigadiers), and was a member of the Provisional Ruling Council in the Sani Abacha regime.Garuba was chief of staff during the transitional regime of General Abdusalami Abubakar, who handed over power at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic.

Later career

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In 2006, Garuba attempted to buy his official residence in Lagos when it was put up for sale, but the Presidential Implementation Committee under the Chairmanship of the Minister of State for Housing and Urban development, Grace Ekpiwhre, rejected his bid.In July 2008 there were rumors that Garuba would be appointed Chief of Staff to President Umaru Yar’Adua after General Mohammed Abdullahi had resigned from that position.

Major General Joshua Mamman Madaki (6 July 1947–7 May 2003) was Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria from December 1987 to August 1990 and then of Plateau State from August 1990 to January 1992 during the military regime of Major General Ibrahim Babangida

Joshua Mamman Madaki was born on 6 July 1947 in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State. He attended St. Paul’s College Wusasa. After joining the army, he was among the fourth intake to the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Military career

During the coup of 27 August 1985, when General Ibrahim Babangida took power, Lt. Colonel Madaki was in command of the 6th Guards Battalion in Bonny Camp. His battalion was placed on standby on Lagos Island, and charged with securing the eastern approaches to Victoria Island.Madaki was promoted to Commander of the Brigade of Guards after the coup.

Babangida promoted Madaki to Colonel and appointed him Governor of Bauchi State in December 1987.He was transferred to Plateau State from August 1990 to January 1992.There was a crisis among the Dong, Tudun Wada and Kabong communities in Jos North, Plateau State during the census of 1991 which prevented the census creating records of these areas. Colonel Madaki set up a judicial commission to determine the ownership of those areas.

Later Career

After retiring from the army, Madaki became a member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), a predominantly Yorubu group pressing the Sani Abacha regime for return to democracy.In the lead-up to the Nigerian Fourth Republic, Madaki became a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In August 2001, Madaki was appointed President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Association. In June 2002, it was reported that he was planning to run for governor of Kaduna State in April 2003 on the All People’s Party) (APP) platform, allied with the All Nigeria People’s Party.

In October 2002, he moved to the Alliance for Democracy (AD).He planned to run for governor of Kaduna on that platform.

Madaki died in a car crash on 8 May 2003, when one of the tires on his jeep burst, causing the vehicle to somersault

Brigadier General Abu Ali was Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria from August 1990 to July 1992 during the military regime of Major General Ibrahim Babangida and is now the current Etsu of Bassa Nge in Kogi State, He is a complete Bassa Nge by tribe from Kpata. North Central Nigeria. He is a first class title holder who is widely respected.

As governor of Bauchi State he commissioned the Bauchi Township Water project, formed the Wikki Tourists Football Team, consolidated the Tomato Processing Company project and completed some hospital projects.

In 1991 there were riots in Tafawa Balewa, where Christians and Muslims disputed a shared abattoir. The trouble spread to Bauchi and other towns. After some delay, Abu Ali imposed a dusk to dawn curfew, banned all public gatherings and deployed police and soldiers in all troubled areas to keep the peace. In all, perhaps 1,000 people died.

Abu Ali was a down to earth military man who gave his full concentration to his work.

He handed over to a democratically elected government in January 1992.

He retired from the Nigerian Army in 1999 at the rank of a Brigadier General.

He is also the father of Late Lt. Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali who was killed by Boko Haram troops at Mallam Fatori, Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria.

Alhaji Dahiru Mohammed Deba (born 1942) is a Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria between January 1992 and November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic, leaving office after the military coup that brought General Sani Abacha to power.

Deba was born on 24 September 1942, in Deba, then in Bauchi State and now in Gombe State.He was given the traditional title of Wazirin Deba.

Dahiru was elected governor in 1991 on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC). His achievements as governor included construction of hospitals, including the Alkaleri General Hospital and Primary Health Centres at Dambam, Zambuk, Bambam and Burra, and the foundation for the Gombe Referral Hospital. His government built two new state hotels at Jama’are and Ningi. He launched the 200 million Naira Education Trust Fund. His tenure was cut short in November 1993 when General Sani Abacha seized power.

Dahiru became a member of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN), formed during the Abacha regime. He assisted Danjuma Goje, who later became governor of Gombe State, in the 1998 Senatorial elections held by Abacha, which were annulled after Abacha’s death.

Wing Commander (retired) James Yana Kalau was Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria, from December 1993 to September 1994 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He achieved little, in part handicapped by crippling fuel shortages.

Navy Captain Rasheed Adisa Raji was Military Administrator of Bauchi State in Nigeria from 14 September 1994 to 22 August 1996 and then of Sokoto State from 22 August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.

Rasheed Adisa Raji was born in Abeokuta in Ogun State. As governor of Bauchi State, Raji’s tenure was relatively uneventful. He enforced all government programs and policies, and supported traditional institutions. He initiated, built and commissioned the Legislative Quarters, often called the “Raji Quarters” today.

On April 20, 1996, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, was officially deposed by the military government. As governor of Sokoto State in 1997, Raji assured his successor, Muhammadu Maccido, that “traditional rulers would always be given consideration in the scheme of things in view of their relevance in the administration of the state”.

In September 1997 he officially commissioned the Women Centre For Continuing Education, Sokoto.

In September 2000, a commission investigating federal properties heard that Rasheed Raji was said to have converted a duplex belonging to the federal government in Ikoyi, Lagos into his personal property. He had demolished the building and rebuilt it as the old house was too small for him.  In November 2000, Rasheed Raji declared for the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Theophilus O Bamigboye (born 1951) is a retired Nigerian Colonel who served as Military Administrator of Bauchi State and then Osun State before the return to democracy in May 1999. He later entered politics, competing for governorship of Kwara State in 2007

Theophilus O Bamigboye was born in 1951 in Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government in Kwara State. His brother is Brigadier General David Bamigboye, Military Governor of Kwara State from May 1967 until July 1975.He married the socialite Enitan Allen, who was conspicuous during his tenure as governor of Bauchi and Osun states. They later were divorced.

Theophilus O Bamigboye served as Military Administrator of Bauchi State (August 1996 – August 1998) during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. He invested in education, constructing primary and secondary schools buildings and providing equipment and improved incentives for teachers. He provided a new permanent site for Bauchi Radio Corporation (BRC). During his tenure Gombe State was created out of Bauchi.

He was appointed Military Administrator of Osun State in August 1998, handing over power to the civilian governor Adebisi Akande in May 1999.

Theophilus Bamigboye entered politics as a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), later moving to the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), and then to the Accord Party. In April 2007 he competed on the Accord Party platform for governorship of Kwara State, without success.At one point in the campaign, gun wielding youths started shooting when Bamigboye was speaking at a rally of his supporters, but he escaped unharmed.Bamigboye appealed the electoral result where Dr Bukola Saraki had won the race for governor, claiming there had been widespread malpractices, corruption, violence, intimidation and exclusion of the photograph and logo of the Accord Party from the ballot papers, but in July 2008 an electoral appeal court upheld Saraki victory.

In September 2009 Theophilus Bamigboye returned to the PDP and was reconciled with Olusola Saraki, father of the incumbent governor. He said that his decision to leave the PDP had been a mistake, and it was time to retrace his steps. He also said he would be willing to serve as governor of Kwara State if needed.

Wing Commander (retired) Abdul Adamu Mshelia was Administrator of Bauchi State, Nigeria from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.When he took over Bauchi was a sleepy and backward state. Only three the 20 local government areas had electricity.Mshelia made few improvements during his brief term in office, but managed the elections for the first administration of the Nigerian Fourth Republic successfully, handing over to Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu on the 29 May 1999.In June 1999 Mshelia was required to retire, as were all former military administrators.

Life and Education

Born in Boto, Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State (then part of the Northern Region), Mu’azu attended primary school from 1962 to 1968. Between 1971 and 1975, he attended the Gindiri Boy’s Secondary School in the then Benue-Plateau State where he obtained Division one (Distinction) in the West African School Certificate Examination. He then attended the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying. He returned to his alma mater in 1983 and received a Masters of Science degree in Construction Management. He served as property manager of the Bauchi State Investment and Property Development Company before attending Birmingham University in the United Kingdom and receiving a second master’s degree, this time in the area of Construction Economics.

Mu’azu, a Muslim, is married and the father of nine children.

Career

From 1980 to 1983, Mu’azu worked as a Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager in the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Welfare, Youth, Sports and Culture in Kano State. Between 1984 and 1987, he was chairman of the Federal Polytechnic in Idah and chairman of the Benue-Plateau Construction Company in Jos from 1986 to 1990. He was also a member of the Bauchi State Scholarship Board during this period. Between 1987 and 1997, he served in a number of capacities including director of the Nigeria Ports Authority and a member of the Bauchi State Rural Development Council.

Politics

From 1984 until his election as state governor in 1999, Mu’azu worked as a businessman in the private sector. He won 56 percent of the vote in the 1999 gubernatorial election and took office on 29 May 1999. He was re-elected for a second four-year term in 2003. He ran for a Senate seat in the 2007 general election, but was defeated.

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Mallam Isa Yuguda (born 15 June 1956) was Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria. He was first elected in April 2007, on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. In April 2009, he changed allegiance from the ANPP to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).Yaguda was reelected governor on 28 April 2011.His networth was estimated to be $2.6billion.

Background

Isa Yuguda (CON) is an ethnic Fulani, born on June 15, 1956 in Yuguda. He studied at the North East College of Arts & Science in Maiduguri (1974–1976) and then at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1976–1979), graduating with a BSc in Economics. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration in 1998 at the University of Jos in Plateau State.

Yuguda started work at the Federal Mortgage Bank, Bauchi Area Office as a Mortgage Manager (1981–1984). He moved to the Savannah Bank working as a Credit Manager in Sokoto (1986–1987) and then as a Manager in Abuja (1987–1991). He moved to Inland Bank as Acting General Manager (1991–1992) and then Managing Director and Chief Executive (1992–1999). He was Managing Director & Chief Executive of NAL Merchant Bank (1999 – June 2000).

Federal minister

In June 2000, Yuguda was appointed Minister of State for Transport in the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was moved to the Ministry of Aviation (May 2003 – June 2005).[4] In December 2003, visiting the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, he expressed concern at the delays in constructing the new terminal and threatened to cancel the contract.

 Bauchi State governor

In April 2007, Yuguda contested and won the gubernatorial race of Bauchi State on the platform of All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP). He was sworn in on May 29, 2007. Yaguda was reelected governor on 28 April 2011. He gained 771,503 votes. He was followed by Alhaji Yusuf Tuggar of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with 238,426 votes, former Senator Baba Tela of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with 157,237 votes and Senator Suleiman Nazif of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) with 102,093 votes.

Personal life

He has four wives: Hajiya Aisha Isa Yuguda, Hajiya Hauwa Abiodun Isa Yuguda, Hajiya Mariya Isa Yuguda, and Hajiya Nafisa Isa Yuguda. The fourth and most recent, Nafisat, is the daughter of the former Nigerian President, Late Umaru Yar’Adua. Mariya is the daughter of a Second Republic Senator, Late Ahmadu Danyami. During an interview with BBC Africa radio, he was questioned on the newly signed Nigerian anti-gay bill, he stated that “I am not gay, so my son will never be gay”. He went further to explain that he will resign from office, if it ever happened but assured the interviewer that “gay blood does not flow in his family”.

APC

In 2016, Yuguda announced his decision to leave the PDP. He switched to the APC in December 2018, Yuguda announced his decision to join the APC at a press conference held at the NUJ Secretariat, through his former Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Community Relations, Salisu Ahmed Barau. Yuguda explained that he joined the APC in other to continue to contribute to the development of the state.

Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar (born 11 December 1956) is the former governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria. He is popularly known as Makama Baba and Garzali. He began his career in the Civil Service where he rose through the ranks to become the Bauchi State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. He ran for public office as Governor of Bauchi State in 2015 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, the state’s opposition party. He won the election, defeating the incumbent party’s candidate by over 370,000 votes. He began his tenure as the governor of Bauchi on 29 August 2016, succeeding Isa Yuguda.

 Early life

Mohammed Abubakar was born in Gombe, to the family of Late Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar (ACP rtd). He attended Jos Native Authority Primary School from 1963 to 1968 and proceeded to Tudun Wada Primary School Kano in 1969. He then gained admission into Government College Kano (Rumfa College) for his Secondary School education from 1970 to 1974. he crowned as first Makama Babba of Bauchi.

Education

On completion of his Secondary School education, Barrister Mohammed A. Abubakar proceeded to School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for one year pre-degree programme. He was among the first set of students of School of Basic Studies of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1974. From 1975 to 1978 he studied at the Faculty of law, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he got his LLB Hons.

He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos from 1978 to 1979 for his BL course. He was called to bar after successfully completing the course and from 1979-1980, during his National Youth Service Corps, he lectured at Rivers State College of Science and Technology (presently University of Science and Technology, Rivers State).

Civil Service Career

On completion of his youth service, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar joined the civil service as a Pupil State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Bauchi State. He rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Parliamentary Counsel and Head of Legal Drafting Department of Bauchi State House of Assembly in 1983.

Private practice, INEC and political career

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When the military intervened again in 1993, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar went into private practice as Managing Partner of Fortuna Chambers. He became the Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, Bauchi State Branch from 1996 to 1998 and was elected Deputy National Secretary of the Democratic People’s Party in 1997. He was appointed Resident Electoral Commissioner of the INEC – The Independent National Electoral Commission and served in Kogi, Delta, Plateau and Rivers States between 1999 and 2003. In 2003, he was promoted to National Electoral Commissioner in charge of Legal Services and supervisor of Borno, Jigawa, and Yobe states. He retired from INEC in 2008 and went back to legal practice as Managing Partner of M A Abubakar & Co. (Fortuna Chambers). This law firm has offices in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Bauchi State.

In June 2013 Barrister Mohammed Abubakar was appointed a member of the National Judicial Council, NJC, and on 11 April 2015 he was the elected Governor of Bauchi State, Nigeria on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In the 2019 Election, he lost to the PDPs Bala Mohammed in the process becoming the first ever governor in Bauchi to not win his reelection bid.

Personal life

Barrister Abubakar is married with children. He is an avid supporter of football clubs – Manchester United and Wikki Tourists.

Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed (born 5 October 1958) was elected Senator for Bauchi South, in Bauchi State, Nigeria in April 2007. He was appointed Minister of FCT (Federal Capital Territory) on 8 April 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his new cabinet. He was elected Governor of Bauchi State in the 2019 governorship election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP). His networth was estimated to be $1.4billion.

Background

Mohammed was born in 1958 .He studied English at the University of Maiduguri (1979–1982), where he gained a BA. He joined The Democrat as a reporter in 1983, then worked in the public service as an administrative officer from 1984–2000. He worked in the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Solid Minerals, Power and Steel and Transportation and Aviation. He retired as Director of Administration in the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. He then served as a senior special assistant to Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State from 2000 to 2005. He was Director of Administration at the Nigerian Railway Corporation from 2005 to 2007.

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 Political career

Mohammed was elected Senator for Bauchi South in April 2007 for the All Nigeria People’s Party. He reportedly fell out with Yaguda after the state Governor married President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter and decamped to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In March 2010, he accused Yuguda of being behind a move by people in his constituency to recall him from the Senate. He was the first to call for declaring President Umaru Yar’Adua incapacitated and making Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan the acting President.

After assuming office as Minister for FCT in April 2010, Mohammed stated his determination to attack the problems of waste and lack of potable water in the FCT.

The Independent National Electoral Commission on March 26, 2019, declared Mohammed, the candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the Bauchi State governorship election after a protracted contest. He was sworn in on the 29 May 2019 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.

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