This is a list of  Governors  and Administrators of Katsina State. Katsina State was formed in 1987 when it was split from Kaduna State.

 1.  Major General ABDULLAHI SARKI MUKHTAR (Rtd) was born on July 5, 1949, in Kano State. He was formerly the National security adviser to the president of Nigeria. Rtd Major General Mukhtar was also a former military governor of Kaduna state and Katsina State, in the case of the latter he was the first administrator or governor.


In office May 2006 – 8 March 2010

PRESIDENT: Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Preceded by Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, Succeeded by Aliyu Mohammed Gusau


In office July 1988 – August 1990

PRESIDENT: Ibrahim Babangida Preceded by Abubakar Dangiwa Umar Succeeded by Tanko Ayuba


In office September 1987 – July 1988

PRESIDENT: Ibrahim Babangida, Succeeded by Lawrence Onoja


Born: July 5, 1949 Kano State, Nigeria


He had a fairly prominent army career culminating with his appointment as the general officer commanding the first division, Nigerian army in Kaduna state, before that, he was the Chief of Staff of a peace keeping force in Liberia. The retired general was one of the few serving high-ranking officers in the middle of the 1990s who voiced concerns over the detention and trial of the former President Obasanjo and his former deputy Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. He is known as a principled and charismatic officer who earned the respect of President Obasanjo when he refused to bulge to the demands of Sani Abacha, on the treatment of coups suspects in 1995. From January 23, 2002, to May 30, 2003, he administrated the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow and was also accredited to Minsk.

 2.  Major General (retired) LAWRENCE ANEBI ONOJA was the military governor of Plateau State, Nigeria from 1986 to July 1988 and then of Katsina State until December 1989 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. He later became Principal Staff Officer to General Sani Abacha, before being arrested for alleged involvement in a coup attempt. He retired from the army in 1998, and after the return to democracy in May 1999 with the Nigerian Fourth Republic entered into politics.


In office 1986 – July 1988 Preceded by Chris Alli Succeeded by Aliyu Kama


In office July 1988 – December 1989 Preceded by Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar Succeeded by John Jahaya Madaki


Born: 10 August 1948 (age 71) Ohimini LGA, Benue State, Nigeria

MILITARY SERVICE: Allegiance  Nigeria

BRANCH/SERVICE: Flag of the Nigerian Army

RANK: Major General


Onoja was born on 10 August 1948 at Idekpa Okpiko, Ohimini local government in Benue State of Idoma origins. He attended St. Francis College, Otukpo and then Government College in Lafia, Nasarawa State (1962–1966). He joined the army in 1966 as a cadet officer.

Onoja attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and the Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot, England. Onoja was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in October 1968. While in the army, Onoja attended Cameron University, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, earning a degree in Political Science. He later obtained an M.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Jos, and a PhD in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Jos.

Onoja held various appointments including Defence Adviser at the Nigerian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.  Onoja was Principal Staff Officer to General Ibrahim Babangida before being appointed military governor of Plateau State in July 1988.


As Plateau State governor, in an effort to defuse tension between Christians and Moslems, Onoja (a Christian) announced that all public places of worship would be destroyed. In April 1988 he was forced to shut down the University of Jos following student disturbances.

As military governor in Katsina State Onoja was noted for his honesty.[3] In March 1989 he announced that a US $20 million loan from Saudi Arabia was being negotiated for the Zobe Dam agricultural irrigation project.

Later career   

After leaving office as governor of Katsina, Onoja was appointed director of the Faculty of Joint Studies in the Command and Staff College, Jaji, and then in 1991 became principal officer to the Chief of Defence Staff and Minister of Defence. He was then appointed General Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Jos, and General Staff Officer in the Presidency of General Sani Abacha. In 1998 he was arrested for allegedly being involved in a plot to depose Abacha, but was set free when no charges were brought against him.

Onoja retired from the army in 1998 as a Major General. In 2003 he was a board member of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. Onoja was a Governorship aspirant in the 2003 Benue State elections on the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP) platform. He competed against incumbent David Mark in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries to be candidate for Senator in Benue South in December 2006. In the bitter fight, Onoja went as far as signing an advertorial in a national newspaper that support former Benue governor George Akume. The contest was close, with Mark gaining 1,719 votes and Onoja 1,605. Although Mark did not gain the 2/3 majority required by the PDP, Onoja accepted the result.

In April 2009, President Umaru Yar’Adua named Onoja as Chairman of the National Institute for Sports. In 2009, the Idekpa Community of Ohimini local government area in Benue State honored Onoja with the chieftaincy title of Ooyame K’Idekpa, or “Achiever Par Excellence”. They also urged him to run for Senate in 2011.


Lawrence Anebi Onoja (1996). Peace-keeping and international security in a changing world. Mono Expressions. ISBN 978-32052-5-0.

 3.  Colonel JOHN YAHAYA MADAKI was military governor of Katsina State, Nigeria in December 1989, during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. He handed over to the elected civilian governor Saidu Barda in January 1992 at the start of the Nigerian Third Republic.

GOVERNOR OF KATSINA STATE: December 1989 – 2 January 1992, Preceded by Lawrence Onoja, Succeeded by Saidu Barda


Born: Gurara LGA, Niger State, Nigeria

Died: 8 January 2018


MILITARY SERVICE: Allegiance Nigeria


RANK: Colonel

EARLY YEARS         

Madaki was born in Gawu Babangida in Gurara local government, Niger State. He was nicknamed “jungle expert” after attending a course in Malaya on Advanced Jungle Warfare and Combat Survival. At the time of the 1985 coup in which General Ibrahim Babangida came to power, Major John Madaki was commanding officer of the 123 Guards Battalion at Ikeja, and assisted in the success of the coup.


Madaki was promoted to Lt. Colonel and became governor of Katsina State in December 1989. Katsina was the center of the Islamic Movement that had been established in 1985 with the goal of establishing an Islamic state in Nigeria. In May 1990, Madaki warned all religious leaders to stay out of politics, and established a religious board to licence and control the activities of all Islamic preachers in the state. Tensions rose, and after rioting many of the Islamist leaders were arrested. After handing over to the civilian governor in January 1992, Madaki returned for two more tours of duty as Commander, Brigade of Guards before retiring as a Colonel.

Later Career   

After retiring from the army, Madaki became a keen amateur golfer and first captain of the IBB Golf and Country Club. In April 2006, he was named a member of the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Tour Sponsorship Committee. Madaki is an influential member of the Catholic Church. In October 2003, he met with church leaders, assuring them of Ibrahim Babangida’s support should he be reelected President in 2007. In 2009, he was chairman of the FCT Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board. He is a holder of the Order of St. Gregory (KSG) awarded by the Pope in 2009.

Madaki was appointed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in May 2001.[13] In August 2007, President Umaru Yar’Adua approved his appointment as Special Advisor on Security to the FCT Minister Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar. In this role in May 2009, he endorsed a crack-down on traffic violations in the FCT, not exempting VIP convoys.

KATSINA DELEGATES VISIT PRESIDENT ELECT GEN BUHARI 00. L-R; President Elect Gen Muhammadu Buhari and Former Governor Katsina Alhaji Saidu Barda when KATSINA Delegation paid a congratulatory visit on his victory held at the APC campaign office in Abuja. Saturday APR 4 2015

 4. Alhaji SA’IDU BARDA is a Nigerian politician who was elected on the National Republican Convention (NRC) platform as Governor of Katsina State, Nigeria, holding office between January 1992 and November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic. He remained active in politics in the Nigerian Fourth Republic.


In office January 1992 – November 1993, Preceded by John Jahaya Madaki, Succeeded by Emmanuel Acholonu



POLITICAL PARTY: National Republican Convention (1990s)


AFFILIATIONS: United Nigeria People’s Party (2000s)


In the December 1991 elections for governor of Katsina State, Barda defeated Umaru Yar’Adua, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate. Yar’Adua later went on to be elected president in April 2007. Umaru’s elder brother General Shehu Yar’Adua, then a prominent politician with presidential ambitions, had failed to give his full backing to Umaru’s bid. Barda was favored by the military president at the time, General Ibrahim Babangida.

KATSINA DELEGATES VISIT PRESIDENT ELECT GEN BUHARI 1. R-L;Former Governor Katsina Alhaji Saidu Barda, President Elect Gen Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Mamman Daura as General Buhari exechanges greetings with Senator Kanti Bello and other KATSINA Delegation on his victory held at the APC campaign office in Abuja. Saturday APR 4 2015

Barda completed construction of a flour mill in Katsina, initiated in 1981, but later abandoned. In June 1993, Barda set up a committee on the Rehabilitation of Education “to look into the educational decadence in schools … and proffer solutions.” He also laid the foundation for the Othman Dan Fodio Institute, intended to be the first Islamic university in Nigeria but later abandoned. Barda supported Babangida’s annulment of the 12 June 1993 election of MKO Abiola as president, saying “blood will flow on an unprecedented scale” if the annulment were to be reversed. The political struggles that followed the annulment led to the coup in which General Sani Abacha took power in November 1993, when all elected governors were dismissed.


Barda was active in politics in the Nigerian Fourth Republic, becoming leader of the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP). In January 2003, as chairman of the UNPP primary convention, Barda announced that Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo would be the party’s candidate in the April 2003 presidential elections. In May 2003, Barda was a member of the Arewa Consultative Forum, a group of Northern political leaders. In October 2009, Barda was at a meeting where former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari announced the formation of a new political alliance, the National Democratic Movement. In 2010, Barda was deputy chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum.

 5. UMARU MUSA YAR’ADUA (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 13th president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007.


In office 29 May 2007 – 5 May 2010

VICE PRESIDENT: Goodluck Jonathan, Preceded by Olusegun Obasanjo, Succeeded by Goodluck Jonathan Governor of Katsina

In office 29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007, Preceded by Joseph Akaagerger (Military) Succeeded by Ibrahim Shema


Born: 16 August 1951 Katsina, Northern Region, British Nigeria, (now Katsina, Nigeria)

Died: 5 May 2010 (aged 58), Aso Villa, Abuja, Nigeria

POLITICAL PARTY: Peoples Democratic Party, (1998–2010)


AFFILIATIONS: Peoples Redemption Party (1979–1983), Peoples Front of Nigeria (1988–1989), Social Democratic Party,(1989–1998)

SPOUSE(s): Turai Yar’Adua (1975–2010), Hauwa Radda (1992–1997)

RELATIONS: Musa Yar’Adua (father), Shehu Musa Yar’Adua (brother)


ALMA MATER: Barewa College, Ahmadu Bello University

He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

In 2009, Yar’Adua left for Saudi Arabia to receive treatment for pericarditis. He returned to Nigeria on 24 February 2010, where he died on 5 May.



Yar’Adua was born into a titled Fulani family in Katsina;[5] his father, Musa Yar’Adua, was a Minister for Lagos in the First Republic and held the chieftaincy title of Matawalle (or custodian of the royal treasury) of the Katsina Emirate, a title which Yar’Adua inherited. He started his education at Rafukka Primary School in 1958, and moved to Dutsinma Boarding Primary School in 1962.

He attended the Government College at Keffi from 1965 until 1969. In 1971 he received a Higher School Certificate from Barewa College.[8] He attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria from 1972 to 1975, where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in Education and Chemistry, and then returned in 1978 to pursue an M.Sc. degree in Analytical Chemistry.


Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua married Turai Umaru Yar’Adua of Katsina in 1975; they had seven children (five daughters and two sons) and several grandchildren. Their daughter Zainab is married to Kebbi State governor Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari. Their daughter Nafisa is married to the former Isa Yuguda the former Governor of Bauchi State; also their daughter Maryam is married to Ibrahim Shema the former Governor of Katsina State. Yar’Adua was married to Hauwa Umar Radda from 1992 to 1997, and had two children.


In 2007, Umaru Yar’Adua, who suffered from a kidney condition, challenged his critics to a game of squash in an endeavor to end speculations about his health. On 6 March 2007 he was flown to Germany for medical reasons, further fomenting rumors about his health. His spokesperson said this was due to stress and quoted Yar’Adua as saying he was fine and would soon be back to campaigning. Another report, which was rejected by Yar’Adua’s spokesperson, claims that Yar’Adua collapsed after suffering a possible heart attack.


On 28 June 2007, Yar’Adua publicly revealed his declaration of assets from May (becoming the first Nigerian president to do so), according to which he had ₦856,452,892 (US$5.8 million) in assets, ₦19 million ($0.1 million) of which belonged to his wife. He also had ₦88,793,269.77 ($0.5 million) in liabilities. This disclosure, which fulfilled a pre-election promise he made, was intended to set an example for other Nigerian politicians and discourage corruption.


Yar’Adua’s first employment was at Holy Child College in Lagos (1975–76). He later served as a lecturer at the College of Arts, Science, and Technology in Zaria, Kaduna State, between 1976 and 1979. In 1979, he began working as a lecturer at College of Art Science, remaining in this position until 1983, when he began working in the corporate sector.

Yar’Adua worked at Sambo Farms Ltd in Funtua, Katsina State, as its pioneer General Manager between 1983 and 1989. He served as a Board Member of Katsina State Farmers’ Supply Company between 1984 and 1985, Member of the Governing Council of Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology Zaria and Katsina Polytechnic between 1978 and 1983, Board Chairman of Katsina State Investment and Property Development Company between 1994 and 1996.

He also served as a director of many companies, including Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd, 1995–99; Lodigiani Nigeria Ltd, 1987–99, Hamada Holdings, 1983–99; and Madara Ltd, Vom, Jos, 1987–99. He was Chairman of Nation House Press Ltd, Kaduna, from 1995 to 1999.citation needed

Nigerian President Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (L) and South African President Thabo Mbeki (R) walk to the podium at the South African Parliament, in Cape Town on June 3, 2008 to receive the National Salute during the Nigerian president’s four days official. AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)



During the Second Republic (1979–83), Yar’Adua was a member of the leftist People’s Redemption Party, while his father was briefly the National Vice Chairman of the National Party of Nigeria. During the transition programme of General Ibrahim Babangida to the Third Republic, Yar’Adua was one of the foundation members of the Peoples Front of Nigeria with other members such as Atiku Abubakar, Baba Gana Kingibe, Bola Tinubu, Sabo Bakin Zuwo, Wada Abubakar, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a political association under the leadership of his elder brother, the late Major-General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. That association later fused to form the Social Democratic Party. Yar’Adua was a member of the 1988 Constituent Assembly. He was a member of the party’s National Caucus and the SDP State Secretary in Katsina and contested the 1991 Governorship election, but lost to Saidu Barda, the candidate of the National Republican Convention and an ally of Babangida.


In 1999, Yar’Adua won the state governorship. He was the first governor to publicly declare his assets. Yar’Adua’s administration saw various developments in the state. Katsina became the fifth northern Nigerian state to adopt sharia, or Islamic law. Education was prioritised and several schools were built in local areas. Yar’Adua also delivered on his promise of running an efficient public administration, with corruption significantly hampered. He was later re-elected in 2003.

According to a public hearing that was carried out shortly after his death in May 2010, there has never been a Governor like him in the history of Katsina State.


Further information: 2007 Nigerian presidential election

On 16–17 December 2006, Yar’Adua was chosen as the presidential candidate of the ruling PDP for the April 2007 election, receiving 3,024 votes from party delegates; his closest rival, Rochas Okorocha, received 372 votes. Yar’Adua’s success in the primary was attributed to the support of incumbent President Olusegun Obasanjo; At the time of his nomination he was an obscure figure on the national stage, and has been described as a “puppet” of Obasanjo who could not have won the nomination under fair circumstances. Shortly after winning the nomination, Yar’Adua chose Goodluck Jonathan, governor of Bayelsa State, as his vice-presidential candidate. Another view of the support he received from President Obasanjo is that he was one of few serving governors with a spotless record, devoid of any suspicions or charges of corruption. He also belonged to the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) – a powerful political block founded by his late brother, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, who was also Obasanjo’s vice president during his military rule.

In the presidential election, held on 21 April 2007, Yar’Adua won with 70% of the vote (24.6 million votes) according to official results released on 23 April. The election was highly controversial. Strongly criticized by observers, as well as the two primary opposition candidates, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Atiku Abubakar of the Action Congress (AC), its results were largely rejected as having been rigged in Yar’Adua’s favour.


At the 33rd G8 summit in Heiligendamm in 2007 (Yar’Adua at the very right)

After the election, Yar’Adua proposed a government of national unity. In late June 2007, two opposition parties, the ANPP and the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), agreed to join Yar’Adua’s government.


Yar’Adua’s new cabinet was sworn in on 26 July 2007. It included 39 ministers, including two for the ANPP.


In August 2007, the administration unveiled a seven point agenda to be the focal point of the administration’s solution to developmental challenges and stated goal of elevating Nigeria to be among the twenty largest economies in the world by 2020.

Critical infrastructural development in power, energy and transportation

Focus on development issues in the Niger Delta. The government created a new ministry for Niger Delta affairs.

Wealth creation through diversification of the economy and source of government revenue. A movement away from a fossil fuel dependent economy to a diversified economy.

Human capital development

Review of land tenure regulations towards a reform oriented goal Security Food security.

Due to his illness and death, the administration was unable to realise the agenda. The power sector was not adequately funded, infrastructural deficit was not closed down and the troublesome process of reforming land use regulations hampered a reform of the land tenure law.


Yaradua established a presidential electoral reform committee to look into the legal factors, social and political institutions and security issues that affects the quality and credibility of elections in the country and also, to make recommendations on improving the credibility of elections. The reform committee was headed by Muhammadu Uwais, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Among the recommendations of the committee was constitutional measures to make INEC truly independent, removing some of the activities of INEC with the creation of an electoral offenses commission and a parties registration agency. It also recommended speedy resolution of legal challenges of elections, presumably before the swearing in ceremony of the victor of the seat being challenged.


President Yar’Adua left Nigeria on 23 November 2009, and was reported to be receiving treatment for pericarditis at a clinic in Saudi Arabia. He was not seen in public again, and his absence created a power vacuum which was usurped by a cabal. On 22 January 2010, the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had fourteen days to decide a resolution on whether Yar’Adua was “incapable of discharging the functions of his office”. The ruling also stated that the Federal Executive Council should hear testimony of five doctors, one of whom should be Yar’Adua’s personal physician.


On 10 February 2010, the Senate controversially used the “doctrine of necessity” to transfer Presidential Powers to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, and declared him Acting President, with all the accompanying powers, until Yar’Adua returned to full health. The power transfer, considered illegal by some, has been called a “coup without the word” by opposition lawyers and lawmakers. However, there are others that felt the power vacuum would lead to instability and a possible military takeover.


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On 24 February 2010, Yar’Adua returned to Abuja under the cover of darkness. His state of health was unclear, but there was speculation that he was still on a life support machine. Various political and religious figures in Nigeria had visited him during his illness saying he would make a recovery. Yar’Adua died on 5 May at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. An Islamic burial took place on 6 May in his hometown in Katsina.

The Federal Government of Nigeria declared a seven-day mourning period. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan said “Nigeria has lost the jewel on its crown and even the heavens mourn with our nation tonight. As individuals and as a nation we prayed for the recovery of Mr President. But we take solace in the fact that the Almighty is the giver and taker of all life.”

US President Barack Obama offered condolences, stating: “He was committed to creating lasting peace and prosperity within Nigeria’s own borders, and continuing that work will be an important part of honoring his legacy.”

 6.  IBRAHIM SHEHU SHEMA (born September 22, 1965) is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who was elected Governor of the north western State of Katsina during the 2007 general elections. He was re-elected for another four-year term on 28 April 2011, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. His second four-year term ended on 29 May 2015 after which he handed over to Aminu Bello Masari, elected governor on the platform of All Progressives Congress.


In office 29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015 Preceded by Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Succeeded by Aminu Bello Masari


Born 22 September 1956, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Nigeria


POLITICAL PARTY: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

EDUCATION: LLB (1983), MBA (1998)

ALMA MATER: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria



Ibrahim Shema was born on 22 September 1952 at Dutsin Ma town in Katsina State. He attended Nasarawa Primary School, Katsina (1964–1971) and Government Secondary School, Kafanchan (1972–1976). He studied at the College of Arts, Science & Technology, Zaria from 1977 to 1980, when he gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating with an LLB in 1983. A year later, he obtained his B.L at the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. While practicing law, he studied for a Master of Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, which he obtained in 1998.


Shema was the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice (August 1999 – May 2003) during Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s first term as Governor of Katsina State, after which he returned to his private legal practice in Kaduna. In January 2005, he was appointed as a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Special Committee on the Anambra Crisis. He then served as the deputy national chairman (North-west zone) of the People’s Democratic Party (September 2005 – November 2006), At the same time, serving as Chairman of the PDP National Disciplinary Committee, and Chairman, Governing Council, Peoples Democratic Institute. Shema also served as Chairman, National Reconciliation Committee for the South-South PDP (May to June 2006). He also served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) from December 2005 to November 2006, when he won the PDP’s ticket to contest the 2007 gubernatorial elections in Katsina State.


Location of Katsina state in Nigeria

Ibrahim Shema was elected Governor of Katsina State on 12 April 2007, as successor to Umaru Yar’Adua, who had been elected President. He took office on 29 May 2007. Shema has been described as a “stingy governor,” for his refusal

to open the State’s vault for Katsina politicians, a characteristic he shares with his predecessor, Yar’Adua.

Shema was reelected for another four-year term on 28 April 2011, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. Shema won 1,027,912 votes, followed by Masari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with 555,769 votes. The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate came third with 19,990 votes.


After the demise of late Yarad’ua, it became obvious that governor Shema was in amazing terms with all of the late president’s relatives and this caused nothing within the then ruling party and people of the state. In fact he even married yaraduas first daughter and her children loved him like a father which he is for them now they even had a baby boy together know they have 3 healthy children the eldest Rukayia the middle child Maimuna and their youngest child Umar.

A PDP leader in Katsina, Tasiu Umar Mashi, died in November 2009, in the office of the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Danazumi Doma. Controversy over the circumstances leading to his death stirred up tensions between rival PDP factions, one supporting Shema and the other led by the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Dr. Abba Sayyadi Ruma. In December 2010, Shema again won the Peoples democratic party’s governorship primaries, in a contest in which he was the only candidate.

 7.  AMINU BELLO MASARI (born 29 May 1950) is a Nigerian politician and current Governor of Katsina State. He was the speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007. Masari hails from Masari village of Kafur local government, Katsina State.



Assumed office 29 May 2015, Preceded by Ibrahim Shema


In office 2003–2007, Preceded by Ghali Umar Na’Abba, Succeeded by Patricia Etteh


Born: 29 May 1950 (age 69), Masari, Katsina

NATIONALITY: Nigerian Political party, All Progressives Congress (APC)


Masari contested for the office of Katsina State Governor in the 2011 election under the platform of defunct Congress for Progressive Change. He lost the Election to PDP’s Ibrahim Shehu Shema.

In December 2014 he emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 elections.

Aminu Bello was declared winner of the 11 April 2015 Katsina State Governorship election, defeating Musa Nashuni.

Aminu Bello Masari was sworn in as the Executive Governor of Katsina State on 29 May 2015.

Immediately after his inauguration, amid financial recession in the country, Governor Masari accused his predecessor of literally stealing the state treasury after 2015 elections and a few days to handing power to his new government. This accusation along with similar financial cases amounting to N11 billion compelled EFCC to invite and later charge Barrister Shema to court along with some of his cabinet members. Governor Masari also dissolved local government chairmen who were all from the ousted party. On its part, PDP challenged the state in court for dissolving democratically elected local government chairmen.

Aminu Bello Masari was elected for a second term as Governor of Katsina in the March 9, 2019 Katsina State gubernatorial election under the platform of All Progressives Congress having polled 1, 178, 864 votes against Peoples Democratic Party’s Senator Garba Yakubu Lado who had 488, 621 votes.


 1. Commodore (retired) EMMANUEL A. ACHOLONU was Administrator of Katsina State in Nigeria from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.


In office 9 December 1993 – 22 August 1996, Preceded by Saidu Barda, Succeeded by Samaila Bature Chamah

Lt, Commander, Acholonu was Directing Staff Junior Division Navy at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji from August 1986 – May 1988.Appointed governor of Katsina State in December 1993 after the coup that brought General Sani Abacha to power, Group Captain Acholonu defined improvements in water and education as his primary objectives. In 1996 he said a law making it illegal to withdraw girls from schools would soon be enacted. In September 1998, General Abdulsalami Abubakar appointed him a member of the military Provisional Ruling Council. After the return to democracy in 1999, Acholonu was required to retire, as were all other former military administrators.

 2.  Brigadier General SAMUEL BATURE CHAMAH was Administrator of Katsina State in Nigeria from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha, and then of Kebbi State from August 1998 to May 1999 during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, handing over power to the elected civilian governor Adamu Aliero on 29 May 1999.


In office 22 August 1996 – August 1998, Preceded by Emmanuel Acholonu, Succeeded by Joseph Akaagerger


In office August 1998 – 29 May 1999, Preceded by John Ubah Succeeded by Adamu Aliero

All military governors and administrators in the Babangida, Abacha and Abubakar regimes were retired by the Federal Government in June 1999, including Brigadier-General Samuel Chamah. Later he became the Managing Director /CEO of Falpas Ventures Limited and the Representative of “My Africa” magazine in Nigeria. Brigadier General (Deacon) Samaila Bature Chamah died at the IBB Golf club in Abuja in 2007.

 3.  Lt. Colonel JOSEPH IORSHAGHER AKAAGERGER (born 5 May 1956) was the Military Administrator of Katsina State, Nigeria from August 1998 to 29 May 1999. After the return to democracy, in April 2007 he was elected to the Senate representing Benue North East.


In office August 1998 – May 1999, Preceded by Samaila Bature Chamah , Succeeded by Umaru Musa Yar’Adua


In office 29 May 2007 – May 2011, Preceded by Daniel Saror, Succeeded by Barnabas Andyar Gemade


Born: 5 May 1956 (age 63), Konshisha LGA, Benue State, Nigeria

POLITICAL PARTY: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

MILITARY SERVICE: Allegiance Nigeria


RANK: Lieutenant Colonel


Akaagerger was born on 5 May 1956 in Konshisha local government area of Benue State, of Tiv origins. He attended Government Secondary School, Gboko (1969–1973). Joining the army, he attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna (1976–1977), the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom (1977–79). He also obtained LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Jos and a doctorate degree in International Economic Law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds the traditional title of Ambe u Konshisha (the Konshisha Crocodile). He is a kinsman of former Attorney-General and Justice Minister Michael Aondoakaa.


Akaagerger held various posts in the army, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was a Directing Staff at the Command and Staff College, Zaria when he was appointed Military Administrator of Katsina State during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar in August 1998. He was said to have provided state funding for the successful Katsina governorship campaign of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (later to become president), who took office at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic in May 1999. After the handover it was found that the state had a liability of N35 million from the ministries, N174 million from the parastatals and an overdraft from Bank of the North in the region of N75 million, as well as other debts. Following the return to democracy, as a former military administrator he was required to retire from the army.


Akaagerger joined the United Nigeria Peoples Party (UNPP). In the 2003 elections, he was UNPP candidate for election to the Senate in Benue State for the Benue North East constituency, but was not elected. In June 2004 he crossed over to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In the 2007 elections he ran again for Benue NE, this time on the PDP platform. In the primaries, he did not obtain the required 2/3 majority, but was elected as candidate on a straight majority, as was Senator David Mark in the Benue South senatorial zone. Unongo gave him his support, and he was elected, taking office in May 2007. In January 2008, an election petition tribunal in Makurdi nullified his election on the basis that there had been massive allocations of votes, as opposed to actual voting, and ordered fresh elections to be held. He appealed the judgement . In February 2008, Akaagerger was named Publicity Secretary for the Northern Senators Forum.

Akaagerger made provision of health care his priority. In December 2008, he stated that his free medical scheme in the state, which was being executed in partnership with the Grassroots Doctors Society, had spent N50 million and had benefited 23,000 people. In October 2009, he raised the alarm over the Lake Nyos natural dam, located in the Cameroons, which empties into the Benue River. The lake sits on a magma chamber and is saturated with CO2, which has erupted in the past. The dam wall has been weakening, and a seismic event could cause a disaster in downstream Nigeria. Akaagerger called for precautions including speeding up work on the Kashimbilla buffer dam project.

In May 2009, Akaagerger and nine other senators were referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions for investigation in regards to a controversial expenses paid trip to Ghana. In July 2009, a Senate Committee named ex-directors of 13 failed banks as being involved in credit abuse which had led to the banks’ failure. Akaagerger was opposed to making the names public, since they included the chairmen of boards of some federal government agencies. A list issued in October 2009 by the Central Bank of Nigeria of non-performing loans in five banks that had to be bailed out showed that Akaagerger was indebted by N534 million to Spring Bank Plc In a March 2010 interview Akaagerger expressed optimism that the proposed electoral reforms would be resolved before the 2011 elections.


In January 2011 former PDP National Chairman Barnabas Gemade defeated Akaagerger and others to become the PDP candidate for Senate in Benue North East. In March 2011, Akaagerger said change had become necessary. If the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was voted into power, Audu Ogbeh would develop Benue and would stem the rubbish inflicted by the PDP in the last four years. In October 2014, Akaagerger was among the PDP elders of Benue North-East senatorial District who supported Governor Gabriel Suswam for the 2015 senatorial race. In May 2015, Akaagerger was among leaders of the six states of the north central zone who pushed for the candidature of George Akume as Senate President.


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