This is a list of  Governors and Adminstrators of Jigawa State. Jigawa State was formed in 1991-08-27 when it was split from Kano State.

 1. ALI SA’AD BIRNIN-KUDU is a Muslim barrister and former governor of Jigawa State, northern Nigeria. He was a member of the now-defunct Social Democratic Party and served as governor from January 1992 until November 1993.


In office January 1992 – November 1993 Preceded by Olayinka Sule Succeeded by J. Aliyu


POLITICAL PARTY: Social Democratic Party

 2.  ALHAJI IBRAHIM SAMINU TURAKI (born 14 July 1963) is a Nigerian politician and former governor of Jigawa State in Nigeria. He was a Jigawa state chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and UNCP (United Nigeria Congress Party).

CONSTITUENCY Jigawa North West


In office 29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007 Preceded by Abubakar Maimalari Succeeded by Sule Lamido


In office 29 May 2007 – May 2011 Preceded by Dalha Ahmed Danzomo Succeeded by Danladi Abdullahi Sankara


Born 14 July 1963



All Progressives Congress (APC)


All Nigeria People’s Party (1999-2006).

People’s Democratic Party (2006-2011).

Action Congress of Nigeria (2011-2015).



Ibrahim Saminu Turaki was born on 14 July 1963. He attended the Federal Government College Kaduna and the Ahmadu Bello University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science in 1985.


He was governor of Jigawa State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He was elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2003 on the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP). In 2000, Turaki decentralized the Jigawa state government, allocating many aspects to the five Emirate councils of Hadejia, Dutse, Gumel, Ringim and Kazaure.

Turaki championed the development of ICT stressing the importance in nation building and that was largely one of his priorities as a governor. He established what was known as the biggest biotechnology centers in Nigeria then in Kazaure, a town situated outside the state capital, Dutse. Some of these attracted the number one British developmental agency, DFID to co-fund the Jigawa State microcredit scheme to provide funding for small scale businesses. The DFID also partnered with the then state government to sponsor its student for extensive education on informatics abroad, mostly in Japan.

In year 2000, Turaki established a free trade zone in Jigawa, the first to be achieved by any state, to boost the ease of doing business and attract prospective investors. Taking cognizance of the importance of electricity in the success of any form of development, Turaki established various solar powered power plants of up to 7.5 MW at various Local Government Areas at a time most state governments and indeed the Federal Government has not even mulled the idea investing in renewable energy sources. This prompted the CNN to feature Jigawa State in its programme ‘Global Challenges’ acknowledging the governor’s developmental strides and the effects on the lives of the Jigawa citizens. The short documentary was aired on November 25, 2006 and earned Turaki accolades from his peers in Nigeria and around the world.

Jigawa state pioneered the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) to ensure compulsory basic education for pupils and students in the state which was later adopted by the then federal government. The state became the first to introduce the contributory pensions scheme in 2001, long before Lagos State in 2004 and subsequently the Federal government in 2006. During this same era, Jigawa State introduced the first housing mortgage by any state of the federation with the establishment of Jigawa Savings and Loans bank to cover mortgage for intending house owners thereby drastically tackling the problem of housing in the state. Some of these laudable feats earned the state the label ‘Jigawa, a State of Firsts’

In September 2006, Turaki was attacked by angry crowds when he tried to calm down a mob who burned churches and shops belonging to Christians after an alleged blasphemous statement by a Christian woman about the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

In December 2006, he transferred his allegiance to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Turaki joined Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in December 2015, reuniting with his former ally and the current governor of Jigawa, Badaru Abubakar


In April 2007, he ran for the Senate as a member of the PDP and was elected for the Jigawa North West constituency. He was appointed to committees on Upstream Petroleum Resources, Sports, Navy, National Planning and National Identity Card & Population. As senator, a May 2009 report said he had not originated any bills, but had co-sponsored six motions. He was active in the Sports Committee where he is Vice Chairman. Turaki wanted to run for reelection in April 2011, but the PDP favored Danladi Abdullahi Sankara, PDP vice chairman in charge of the Northwest as their candidate. Turaki therefore defected to the Action Congress of Nigeria. In the April 2011 elections, Danladi was the winner. Turaki declared that there had been vote-rigging and he intended to take the case to court.


In June 2003, Turaki said Jigawa had entered into agreements with American companies to start processing and exporting high-grade gum arabic to the United States, replacing imports from the Sudan. An article in the Los Angeles Times on 2 March 2004, described an arrangement with Rosa Whitaker, a US Trade Representative for Africa, with whom he formed a Trade and Investment Foundation for Africa to attract Foreign Direct Investment for gum arabic production.

In 2004, the Niger Republic, which was due to host a summit of Francophone countries in Niamey gave Wallong Camco Nigeria, a company in which Turaki had an interest, free land in exchange for building 86 housing units to accommodate visiting foreign dignitaries. In November 2008, Turaki was involved in a dispute over contract terms for sale of these units.

A 2006 report said he was involved in acquiring companies in Nigeria’s insurance industry for president Olusegun Obasanjo.

In July 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Turaki over allegations of corruption and money laundering. Turaki faced a 32-count charge of money laundering, and was said to have laundered about N36 billion of public funds into private accounts. He was released on bail with stringent conditions.

On July 4, 2017, Turaki was re arrested by the EFCC while in a public function in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja riding on a 2013 court document ordering his arrest for evading court summons. Turaki denied ever evading trial and accused the anti graft agency of misleading the Judge in granting such order. He also denied being on the run or evading arrest from the time the order was granted four years ago, since he has attended well publicized official, social and business functions around Nigeria and beyond. Upon this premise, Turaki was detained by the EFCC for about 14 days without any charge. This prompted the former governor to institute a fundamental human right suit against the anti graft agency. He prayed the court to commit the head of the agency to prison for denying him his freedom even after he was granted bail by the law court. Turaki was released on bail on 27 July with the commencement of his trial slated for 19 September 2017.

The case borders mostly on concealment of the actual nature and use of some certain funds during his period as governor. Turaki denied any wrongdoing and has maintained that the case instituted against him was politically motivated. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

 3.  SULE LAMIDO (born 30 August 1948) served as Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria from 1999 to 2003. He was elected governor of Jigawa State in April 2007. He is a member of the former ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011. In 2015 he and his sons were put on trial for embezzling state fund by the EFCC.


In office 1999–2003 Preceded by Ignatius Olisemeka Succeeded by Oluyemi Adeniji


In office 29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015 Preceded by Saminu Turaki Succeeded by Badaru Abubakar


Born 30 August 1948 Bamaina, Northern Region, British Nigeria (now Bamaina, Birnin Kudu, Jigawa, Nigeria)


POLITICAL PARTY People’s Democratic Party (PDP)


Lamido was born on 30 August 1948 in Bamaina, Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State Nigeria.

Lamido entered politics as a member of the left-of-center People’s Redemption Party (PRP) in the Nigerian Second Republic. He became National Secretary of the Social Democratic Party during the Nigerian Third Republic, where he received criticism for his handling of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections won by Moshood Abiola, who was prevented from taking office.

When the military ruler General Sani Abacha announced his plan to return to democracy, Lamido was a founding member of the Social Progressive Party, and was National Secretary of the new party. He was imprisoned in 1998 by Abacha for criticising Abacha’s plan to perpetuate himself in office. After Abacha’s unexpected death in June 1998, General Abdulsalami Abubakar announced a revised transition strategy and new parties were formed to contest the 1999 elections. Lamido became a member of the PDP. He ran for Governor of Jigawa State in the 1999 elections at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, but was narrowly defeated by the All People’s Party (APP) candidate Ibrahim Saminu Turaki.


President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Lamido Foreign Minister in June 1999, causing friction with Lamido’s patron Abubakar Rimi who had been turned down as Obasanjo’s Vice-Presidential partner and was lobbying for the Foreign Minister job. Tensions between Lamido and Rimi lingered on. In December 2003 the two disagreed over the choice of chairman of a committee to investigate the zonal chairman of the party, with the argument degenerating into what one delegate described as “unseeming behavior”. In October 2006, Lamido described Rimi as “a contradiction of his political past”. However, during a courtesy visit to Rimi in December 2007 Lamido described him as a major factor that cannot be ignored in Nigerian politics.

In January 2001, Nigeria turned over the Chairmanship of Group of 77 to Iran. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Lamido gave an enthusiastic account of G77 progress under Nigeria’s leadership. Delegates from other countries agreed that much had been achieved. After a September 2001 meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London, Lamido told the BBC that Britain was passionate over the numerous problems retarding Africa’s peace, progress and prosperity, described the meeting as “fantastic”. The same month, he inaugurated a committee to organize an international conference on human trafficking, child abuse, child labor and slavery. He noted that hundreds of trafficked Nigerians had died while trying to cross the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. Speaking at the United Nations in November 2001, Lamido described the corrosive impact of corruption on new democracies such as Nigeria, and called for “an international instrument” against transfer of looted funds abroad.

In January 2003, a nine-member Joint Committee of the House of Representatives visited Pakistan, apparently seeking to mediate in the dispute over Kashmir, without consulting the Foreign ministry. Lamido wrote to Sadiq Yar’Adua, the president of the Committee, pointing out the risk of such a trip without background knowledge of the delicate balance of alliances. Yar’Adua reacted angrily, saying “…nobody is here as an appendage of Sule Lamido’s Ministry. We are not his boys; we are not bound by his whatever foreign policy strategy.”

In March 2003, Lamido reacted to a claim by Governor Turaki of Jigawa State that the Federal government had neglected the state, calling on him to account for the way in which he had spent federal funds.


In May 2003, after the PDP had again lost the elections in Jigawa State, Lamido claimed that the polls had been rigged in favor of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP). In August 2006, it was reported that the North West zone of the PDP had rejected Lamido as a candidate for the 2007 governorship election. However, in April 2007, Lamido contested and won the governorship election in Jigawa State. He took office on 29 May 2007. After the election, his predecessor Saminu Turaki was jailed and was unable to raise bail. Turaki accused Lamido of intimidating Jigawa leaders to not stand as sureties.

In June 2007, Lamido accused new generation banks of helping state governors to loot their treasuries, and called for tighter regulations. In July 2007, Lamido announced plans to spend N2 billion in the next six months on education, using the money to rebuild schools and provide basic teaching materials. The state also invested N450 million naira for training teachers teaching core courses in junior secondary schools. He initiated major construction programs, led by the Dutse Capital Development Authority and the Jigawa State Housing Authority. In September 2009, Lamido offered to provide free plots of land and basic infrastructure to investors in the tourism and hospitality business in Jigawa State. In December 2009, Lamido announced a plan by which beggars would be given a basic monthly payment to stay off the streets.

In December 2009, it was reported that Olusegun Obasanjo had started to lobby for Lamido to be the PDP’s vice presidential candidate in the 2011 elections.  Lamido ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011. He polled 676,307 votes, with runner-up Badaru Abubakar of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) scoring 343,177 votes.

In 2015 Lamido and his two sons were briefly jailed after being arrested and tried for allegedly arranging for contracts to be placed by companies that they controlled. Lamido blamed this on his enemies.

In October 2017, Lamido wrote his political associates and senior members of his party (PDP) declaring interest to run for president in the 2019 presidential election. In February 2018, Lamido formally declared his candidacy in the run for PDP’s presidential nomination for the 2019 presidential election at a rally he organised in his native Birni Kudu Local Government in Jigawa State. Lamido at the rally declared that he shall be Nigerian president in 2019 to the sheers of his supporters. In June 2018, Lamido supporters organised a prayer session in Dutse for the success of his presidential campaign but was foiled by the police citing security reasons. The prayer was organised by Jigawa State students on foreign scholarships awarded by Lamido when he was governor of the state.

Lamido was one of the 12 candidates that ran for the PDP presidential nomination in November 2018. Other contenders were former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar (Adamawa State) , Ibrahim Dankwabo (Yobe State) same north eastern province as Lamido. This was a major challenge for Lamido because delegate votes from the region would be split among the candidates from here. Ahead of the party’s primary, Atiku Abubakar asked Lamido to withdraw from the race and support him but Lamido refused saying he is a senior to Atiku Others were Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Jonah Jang, David Mark, Kabiru Turaki, Dati Baba-Ahmed, Attahiru Bafarawa and Ahmed Makarfi.

In the PDP presidential primary conducted 6 October 2018, Lamido scored 96 votes placing distant 6th behind Atiku Abubakar who scored 1,532 thus winning the party’s nomination.

 4.  MOHAMMED BADARU ABUBAKAR (MON) (born in Babura in 1962) is the 4th democratically elected Governor of Jigawa State in Nigeria. He is the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Fertilizer and also the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Non oil Revenue.



Assumed office 29 May 2015


Alhaji Umar Namadi Preceded by Sule Lamido


Born 29 September 1962 (age 57) Babura



Abubakar is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a B.Sc Accounting degree. While studying at the University, he became involved in community activism, sport and business. Badaru is also an alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru.


After his graduation he established his business, the Talamiz Group, a conglomerate with diverse interest in automobiles, manufacturing, agriculture and animal husbandry, as well as commodity distribution.


Abubakar was Vice President II of the Federation of the West Africa Chamber of Commerce and a Fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria. Prior to that, he was a member of the National Council on Privatisation.

Badaru is currently the National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture. He also was a gubernatorial candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria but lost to Sule Lamido. Abubakar also contested for governorship under the platform of the All Progressives Congress in 2015 along with PDP contender Mal. Aminu Ibrahim Ringim. The Independent National Electoral Commission on 13 April 2015, declared him the winner of that election.

On 9 March 2019 Jigawa state gubernatorial election, Badaru was re-elected as governor having polled a total of 810,933 votes, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Aminu Ibrahim Ringim scored 288,356 while the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Bashir Adamu Jumbo scored 32,894 votes, thereby making him the winner of the election.


In recognition of his hard work, philanthropic activities, Abubakar was conferred with the traditional title of Sardaunan Ringim and Walin Jahun in Ringim and Jahun emirate council respectively. He was also conferred with the national honour of the Member Of The Order Of Niger (MON) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


 1.  Brigadier General (retired) OLAYINKA SULE was the Administrator of Jigawa State, Nigeria from August 1991 to January 1992 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.


In office 28 August 1991 – 1 January 1992 Preceded by Idris Garba (Kano State) Succeeded by Ali Sa’ad Birnin-Kudu

In 1983 Lt. Colonel Sule was military attache to the permanent mission of Nigeria to the United Nations. Promoted to Colonel, Sule was the first Administrator of Jigawa State, Nigeria after it was formed from part of Kano State in August 1991. He handed over to the elected civilian governor Ali Sa’ad Birnin-Kudu in January 1992 at the start of the Nigerian Third Republic. In 1996 he was General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 1st Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army. He retired from the army that year.

After his retirement, he became captain of the Ikeja Golf Club. He was an excellent golf player, winning several tournaments.

 2.  Brigadier GENERAL IBRAHIM ALIYU was the Military Administrator of Jigawa State from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. On January 13 1996 he installed Nuhu Sanusi as first class Emir of Dutse. Following the return to democracy, as a former military administrator he was required to retire from the army.


In office 9 December 1993 – 22 August 1996 Preceded by Ali Sa’ad Birnin-Kudu Succeeded by Rasheed Shekoni

 3.  Colonel RASHEED SHEKONI was a Military Administrator of Jigawa State from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha, and then of Kwara State from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.


In office 22 August 1996 – August 1998 Preceded by Ibrahim Aliyu Succeeded by Abubakar Maimalari


In office August 1998 – 29 May 1999 Preceded by Peter A.M. Ogar Succeeded by Mohammed Lawal

He built the Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital in Dutse, capital of Jigawa state, but it was then abandoned for ten years before it could be equipped and put to use. In Kwara State he completed building the 360-unit Adinimole Housing Estate. However, the succeeding government of Mohammed Lawal took four years to allocate the flats. Reportedly they then went to Lawal’s favorites.

 4.  Lt. Colonel ABUBAKAR SADI ZAKARIYA MAIMALARI was the Military Administrator of Jigawa State from August 1998 to 29 May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, when he handed over to the elected Executive Governor Ibrahim Saminu Turaki. His father was Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari, a senior army officer who was murdered during the January 1966 coup that brought General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi to power. Following the return to democracy, as a former military administrator he was required to retire from the army.


In office August 1998 – May 1999 Preceded by Rasheed Shekoni Succeeded by Ibrahim Saminu Turaki


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