This is a list of administrators and Governors of Sokoto State, Nigeria, which was formed on 3 February 1976 when North-Western State was split into Niger and Sokoto states.

 1.  Commissioner of Police (retired) Alhaji USMAN FARUK (born 1935) was the first Military Governor of North-Western State in Nigeria from 1967 to 1975 after it was split off from the old Northern Region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon. He was dismissed from office by General Murtala Mohammed, who took power in a coup on 29 July 1975, and who then launched a probe that found him guilty of illegally enriching himself while in office. He was later reinstated by the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida regime after being cleared of all charges, and was given his full benefits and retirement rank.[citation needed] Shortly after he left office the state was split into Niger State and Sokoto State.


In office 27 May 1967 – 29 July 1975 Preceded by Hassan Katsina (Northern Region) Succeeded by Lt. Colonel Umaru Mohammed


He published a pamphlet in 1988 that attacked the national population control program that the Nigerian military government was advocating. In it he said that “No good Muslim will ever accept any human directive which contravenes the laws of Allah.” He said that widespread promotion of anti-pregnancy drugs and devices would lead to “an earthquake of moral laxity.” This view, common in the North, may have contributed to the spread of AIDS and polio.

He supported establishing a commodity marketing board to fix or control the prices of produce and animals such as cows, goats and sheep. The board would also preserve produce for times of need, and would set up processing companies for perishable produce such as tomatoes and other vegetables.

In a 2006 press interview he said that the poor pay and equipment of the police could not be justified, and was the cause of the state of insecurity in the country. Usman Faruk was awarded Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in September 2006. In July 2009, his sixth son, Police Superintendent Abdulaziz Faruk, was killed during violence in Maiduguri triggered by the Boko Haram extreme Islamist sect.


Usman Faruk (1992). The struggle of the national association for the creation of more states. Northern Nigerian Pub. Co. ISBN 978-169-314-2.

Usman Faruk (1995). My vision. Hudahuda Publishing Co.

Usman Faruk (2006). From farm house to government house: path of destiny. Amana Publishers. ISBN 978-056-261-3.

 2.  Lt. Colonel (later Brigadier) UMARU MOHAMMED was appointed Governor of North-Western State in Nigeria in July 1975 at the start of the military regime of General Murtala Mohammed. In February 1976 North-Western State was split into Niger State and Sokoto State. Umaru Mohammed continued as Governor of Sokoto State until July 1978.


In office July 1975 – July 1978 Preceded by Usman Faruk Succeeded by Gado Nasko


Born: Hadejia, Jigawa State, Nigeria

Died: 26 May 1980

Umaru Mohammed died on 26 May 1980 in a crash of an Air Force Fokker F27 on the way to São Tomé and Príncipe on a diplomatic mission.He was travelling in place of his professional friend Ibrahim Babangida, who had just been approved to travel to the United States for professional training.

 3. Major General MUHAMMAD NASKO(born 1941) was the military governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria between 1978–1979.


In office July 1978 – October 1979 Preceded by Colonel Umaru Mohammed Succeeded by Shehu Kangiwa


In office 1989–1993 Preceded by Hamza Abdullahi Succeeded by Jeremiah Timbut Useni


Born: 1941 Nasko, Magama LGA, Niger State


Nasko retired from the army in 1993 after Abacha took over from Sonekan. He was at the time a Major general and retired to his village Home in Nasko Niger state quietly to his new life as a farmer and community leader. he was decorated by president Olusegun Obasanjo with the national honour award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and recognised as one of the most respected states men in Nigeria. Former Gado Nasko Barracks, now Lungi Barracks, in the nation’s capital Abuja, was named for him. He is married to two wives Fatima and Rakiya with 9 children namely: Umar, Hamza, Ibrahim, Abdulazeez, Abubakar, Aminu, Fatima, Zainab, and Maryam.

Nigeria Military Training School: 1962-1963

School of Artillery, Larkill: 1963-1964

Commissioned Officer, Corps of Artillery: July 1964

Commandant of the School of Artillery: 1969-1975

Commander 2nd Artillery Brigade: 1975-1976

Military Secretary]: 1976-1978

Military Governor Sokoto State: 1978-1979

Commandant 1st Divisional Artillery: 1979-1980

Commandant Corps of Artillery: 1980-1985

Minister of Trade, Agriculture and Water resources: 1985-1989

Minister for the federal Capital Territory, Abuja: 1989-1993

 4. Alhaji MUHAMMADU SHEHU KANGIWA was the first elected civilian governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria in the short-lived Nigerian Second Republic, holding office from October 1979 to November 1981. He represented the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He was a popular governor, providing water, health care, agricultural input, education at all levels and transparent government.


In office October 1979 – November 1981 Preceded by Gado Nasko Succeeded by Garba Nadama


POLITICAL PARTY: National Party of Nigeria

The Bakolori irrigation project, started by the previous military government, had displaced many peasant farmers without providing land or compensation. Confronted by demonstrators in November 1979, Kangiwa promised to address all their grievances. However, on 28 April 1980 police moved in on unarmed demonstrators and shot dead over 380 people. The government played down the incident, claiming only 25 had died. He imprisoned Sheikh Zakzaky of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, along with some of his close disciples, and was said to have intended to execute him.

In 1981, he increased the number of Local Government Areas in the state from 19 to 32. However his successor Colonel Garba Duba reversed this measure in 1984.

He died in November 1981, falling from a horse while playing polo in the 1981 edition of the Georgian League. In 1982 Unisteel Ltd. presented The Shehu Kangiwa Cup in his memory, and the cup is now sponsored by Sokoto State Government.

 5.  Dr. GARBA NADAMA (1938 – 4 May 2020) was the second civilian governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria in the short-lived Nigerian Second Republic, holding office from January 1982 to November 1983. He succeeded Shehu Kangiwa, who had died in a polo accident.


In office January 1982 – December 1983 Preceded by Shehu Kangiwa Succeeded by Garba Duba


Born: 1938

Died: 4 May 2020 (aged 81–82)

Political party: National Party of Nigeria

Garba Nadama obtained a PhD in History from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1977.

Garba Nadama was a fierce rival of Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau for the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) nomination for Sokoto deputy governor in 1979. He was described as a quiet, urbane and principled conservative politician. In July 1982 Sokoto State received a N96 million loan from the World Bank. In December 1982 the Federal government provided N400,000 to Sokoto State to use in reducing gully erosion. Nadama described the amount as meager and insufficient to handle the problem. On 8 March 1993 he commissioned a new transmitter for the Nigerian Television Authority in Gusau. The Federal Polytechnic, Kaura-Namoda (now in Zamfara State) was established during his tenure.

Garba Nadama left office after the 1983 military coup in which Major General Muhammadu Buhari took power.

Garba Nadama became a member of the National Political Reform Council, and later became a prominent member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).[4]Garba Nadama became a director of Societe Generale Bank Nigeria (SGBN). In April 2008 he was deputy National Secretary of a committee to review recommendations for resolving internal differences in the PDP.

Garba Nadama died on May 4, 2020

 6. GARBA DUBA 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.


In office July 1978 – 1 October 1979 Preceded by Saliu Ibrahim Succeeded by Tatari Ali


In office January 1984 – August 1985 Preceded by Garba Nadama Succeeded by Garba Mohammed


In office 1990–1992 Preceded by Salihu Ibrahim Succeeded by Aliyu Mohammed Gusau


Born 1942 Alma mater Indian Military Academy

MILITARY SERVICE Allegiance: Nigeria

Branch/service: Nigerian Army

Rank: Lieutenant General


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.

Garba 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.


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 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.

 7.  Colonel (later Brigadier General) GARBA MOHAMMED was appointed Governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria from August 1985 to December 1987 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.


In office August 1985 – December 1987 Preceded by Garba Duba Succeeded by Ahmed Muhammad Daku

8. Brigadier General AHMED MUHAMMAD DAKU (born 1944) was appointed military Governor of Kano State in Nigeria on 27 August 1985 at the start of the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, and was transferred to become Governor of Sokoto State from December 1987 to August 1990.


In office 27 August 1985 – 1987 Preceded by Hamza Abdullahi Succeeded by Mohammed Umaru


In office December 1987 – August 1990 Preceded by Garba Mohammed Succeeded by Bashir Salihi Magashi


Born: 1944


Allegiance: Nigeria

Branch/service:  Nigerian Army

Rank: Brigadier General

COMMANDS: Brigade Commander, 31 Field Artillery Brigade, Abeokuta (1985). Commander, 3rd Armoured Division (1990)


Ahmed Muhammad Daku was born in Katsina. After joining the army, he rose through the ranks, becoming commanding officer, Medium Regiment, Nigerian Army, Jos in 1982, and being appointed directing staff (senior division) Command and Staff College, Jaji (1982–85). He was promoted to brigade commander, 31 Field Artillery Brigade, Abeokuta in 1985.

Lt. Colonel Daku played a supportive role in the coup of August 27, 1985, when Major General Ibrahim Babangida took control from Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Daku was appointed Governor of Kano State in Nigeria on 27 August 1985, and was transferred to become Governor of Sokoto State from December 1987 to August 1990.  He later became Commander of 3rd Armoured Division, being replaced in September 1993 during the intrigues that brought General Sani Abacha to power.

In 2002, he headed the Directorate of Pilgrims Affairs. He was said to be an upright and forthright man. He was a contender for the Governorship of Katsina State in 2003. In August 2009, Daku said there was a lack of discipline in the country, and described education as the only solution to restore Nigeria’s lost glory.

 9.  BASHIR SALIHI MAGASHI is a retired Nigerian Army Major General and current Defence Minister of Nigeria. He was appointed Governor of Sokoto State from August 1990 to January 1992 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. He was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Defence by President Muhammadu Buhari on 21 August 2019.

Minister of Defence Incumbent

Assumed office 21 August 2019

Appointed by: Muhammadu Buhari Preceded by Mansur Dan Ali


In office August 1990 – January 1992 Preceded by Ahmed Muhammad Daku Succeeded by Yahaya Abdulkarim


In office 1998–1999 Preceded by Al-Amin Daggash Succeeded by P.G Shah


He was admitted to the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1968 and commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1971 as a member of the 5th Regular Combatant Course. He also attended the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he obtained an advanced Diploma in Public Administration, LLB Honors and a call to the Nigerian Bar with a BL Hons in 1984.

He started his career as a platoon Commander and later became Company Commander at the historic and elite 6 infantry Battalion (Bn) of the Nigerian Army. He was later deployed as Adjutant 1st Guards Battalion Bn and later Commander of The 4 Guards battalion in Epe Lagos; He was also Commander 93 Mechanized Bn and Commander 192 Mechanized Bn. He also served as Deputy Military Secretary (DMS 2)1984-1985 and (DMS 1)1985-1987 at the Army Headquarters (AHQ MS A), Cadets Brigade Commander in Nigerian Defence Academy1988-1990 and as the Commander 7 Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Sokoto in 1990.

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The General was, later appointed as Commander of the 15 Brigade of the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) mission in Liberia in 1992 before Commanding the Nigerian Contingent Force in 1993. He served as Commander of The Guards Brigade in Abuja from 1993–96. General Magashi subsequently rose to become General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2nd Division Ibadan and later proceeded to the Lagos Garrison Command as Command. He finally retired from the Nigerian Army as Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna from 1998-1999 as his last official engagement as a Military Officer.

He was a member of the Provisional Ruling Council from 1996–1999, a member of the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers and equally an Honorable Member of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

He has attended various Leadership and Management courses both home and abroad. He is a graduate of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) in Italy and a Member of the Senior Executives Course 14 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru in Jos.

He is a recipient of the Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS) and The Distinguished Service Star (DSS). His decorations also include the ECOMOG MEDAL and Silver Jubilee Medal. He has also received distinguished National awards and titles including Commander Order of the Niger (CON) and the prestigious Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR).

Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) was one time the Military Governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria from August 1990 to January 1992. In the political sphere, he was in 2002 the legal adviser to the ALL Nigerian Peoples Party ANPP and in 2007, the Kano State governorship candidate of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP). He later became the National Chairman of the party before finally retiring from politics in 2014

He is married, blessed with children and enjoys reading, football and Athletics. He also occasionally plays golf.


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During the intrigues leading to General Sani Abacha’s assumption of power in November 1993, Brig. General Bashir S Magashi was given command of the Brigade of Guards in September. He was a member of the Abacha Military Caucus that reviewed the military and the political situation resulting from annulment of 12 June 1993  Shortly after democracy was restored in May 1999, the government announced the compulsory retirement of all armed forces officers who had served for six or more months in military governments, including Major-General Bashir Magashi. In 2002, he was legal advisor to the All Nigeria People’s Party ANPP. In April 2007 he was Kano State governorship candidate of the Democratic People’s Party(DPP).

He is currently the Nigeria’s Minister of Defence. He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on 21 August 2019.


An investigation by Nigerian-based Newspaper – Premium Times, reported that Magashi as army officer was engaged in illegal oil crude oil allocation and funds from trade in tune of $550,000 at Jersey UK, branch of Bank PNP Paribus.

10. MALAM YAHAYA ABDULKARIM was elected governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria between January 1992 and November 1993, during General Ibrahim Babangida’s attempted transition to democracy. After the return to democracy in 1999, he became a power in the Zamfara State branch of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and served for a while in the cabinet of president Olusegun Obasanjo.


In office January 1992 – November 1993 Preceded by Bashir Salihi Magashi Succeeded by Yakubu Mu’azu


Born: 21 August 1944 (age 75) Talata Mafara, Zamfara State, Nigeria


Yahaya Abdulkarim was born on 21 August 1944 in Talata Mafara, Zamfara State. AHis father was a Native Authority officer. He joined the civil service of the North-Western State as a teacher, and held various positions before retiring in 1989 as Director-General in the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning of Sokoto State.


Yahaya Abdulkarim was elected governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria in January 1992, representing the National Republican Convention (NRC). He was forced out of office in November 1993 by the military regime of General Sani Abacha. During his period of office, he feuded with Attahiru Bafarawa, the NRC party chairman in the state. The feud persisted, and when Bafarawa became Governor of Sokoto State in 1999, he followed a policy of neglecting all roads and buildings built by the Abdulkarim administration. In 1992, Yahaya Abdulkarim signed the bill establishing the Talata Mafara Polytechynic, later renamed the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic.


In September 2002, Yahaya Abdulkarim was appointed to a sub-committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission to monitor a multi-billion naira developmental project that had been launched in the nine oil-producing states.

Yahaya Abdulkarim was appointed Minister of State for Works in president Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet in July 2005. He replaced Alhaji Saleh Shehu in this position. In November 2006, he unfolded plans for an extensive and accelerated roads recovery programme to target the Christmas season. When the Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe, was dismissed in March 2006, he was promoted to Minister of Works. He was later subject to a Senate inquiry into his conduct while in this office.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Zamfara State on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform in the April 2007 elections. By 2007, the Zamfara State PDP had split into two factions, one led by Abdulkarim and the other by former National Security Adviser, General Aliyu Gusau. In March 2008, Abdulkarim led a delegation from Zamfara to ask the PDP national chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, to prevent Gusau from interfering in the party’s affairs.

In October 2008, it was reported that he was being considered for a ministerial position in the cabinet of president Umaru Yar’Adua.

11. Alhaji ATTAHIRU DALHATU BAFARAWA (born 4 November 1954) was governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.


In office 29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007 Preceded by Rufai Garba,Double-Chain Succeeded by Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko


Born: 4 November 1954 (age 65)


He was a local government councillor in charge of Education. In 1979, he ran unsuccessfully for election to the House of Representatives on the platform of the Great Nigeria Peoples Party (GNPP). He was a member of the National Constitutional Conference of 1994–1995, during the military rule of Sani Abacha. He was a founding member of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP – 1997) and the All People’s Party (APP – 1998).


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In 1999 he was elected governor of Sokoto State on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), and was re-elected for the ANPP in 2003. In March 2002, a Sharia court in Sokoto State freed a 35-year-old woman Safiya Hussaini, who had been sentenced to death by stoning after being found guilty of adultery. Nigeria’s justice minister declared Sharia unconstitutional. Attahiru Bafarawa, however, said the Sharia states would not adhere to this declaration.

Under the Bafarawa administration the state made significant improvements in the quality of roads. Schools were upgraded, and enrolment greatly improved due to assurances that all pupils would be taught morals and Islamic religion. The government built over 70 mosques. The water supply was improved through construction of boreholes.


Attahiru Bafarawa founded the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and became its presidential candidate at the 2007 presidential elections in Nigeria. As presidential candidate, while meeting with officials of the US State Department in Washington, D.C., he promised to scrap the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) if elected, describing the commission as “a conduit of corruption and waste.”

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12. ALIYU MAGATAKARDA WAMAKKO (born March 1, 1953) was elected governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria in April 2007, representing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


In office 29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015 Preceded by Attahiru Bafarawa Succeeded by Aminu Waziri Tambuwal


Born: 1 March 1953 (age 67) Wamakko, Sokoto State, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian

Political party: All Progresssives Party (APC)


Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State was born on 1 March 1953 in Wamakko, Sokoto State. He spent five years (1968-1972) at the Sokoto Teachers’ College. After graduation, he worked as a teacher from 1973-1977 before being admitted to the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. He graduated with a B.Sc. in August 1980. Returning to Nigeria, he taught at Sokoto Teachers College.

Wamakko took a job as Principal Assistant Secretary of Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA), later being promoted to Acting Secretary. He worked at Kaura Namoda LGA, and was appointed Chairman of the Sokoto LGA from 1986-1987. He became General Manager, Hotel Management and Tourism Board, Sokoto. In March 1992, he was promoted to Director-General, Careers and Special Services, Governor’s Office, Sokoto in March 1992. He was elected Deputy Governor of Sokoto State to Governor Attahiru Bafarawa in 1999, on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He was re-elected Deputy Governor for a second term in April 2003. He resigned as Deputy Governor of Sokoto State on 15 March 2006.


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Wamakko ran successfully for Governor of Sokoto State in April 2007 on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, and assumed office on 29 May 2007. Following an appeal, his election was annulled in April 2008 on the basis that he had still been a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) when he won the PDP nomination. Abdullahi Balarabe Salame was appointed Acting Governor (11 April – 28 May 2008) while a re-run was arranged. It was said that the contest was not so much between Wamakko and Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi of the DPP, as between Wamakko and his predecessor Attahiru Bafarawa, founder of DPP.  Wamakko regained his seat in the May 2008 re-run. His opponent claimed that the election was rigged and said he would appeal to the courts.

In 2007, Wamakko launched the State Poverty Reduction Agency (SPORA) to run programs such as the youth skills acquisition program. In September 2009, he pleaded for patience over 2,000 housing units nearing completion, saying they were meant for the people of the state, are limited and cannot even go round. He also stated that the state government would not establish a Micro-finance bank or industries, but would support any individual who wish to do so.

In October 2009, the Sokoto State Commissioner of Justice said that the state was about to prosecute Wamakko’s predecessor Attahiru Bafarawa and five others for alleged misappropriation of N2.919 billion. Bafarawa said the Sokoto commission of inquiry had been set up by Wamakko solely in order to discredit him. He said that Wamakko was his deputy whom the House nearly removed for corrupt tendencies, and that “If there were such illegal deductions and withdrawals, he should be in a better position to answer for them.” Bafarawa asked the commission to invite Wamakko to testify so that certain issues could be clarified, but his request was refused on the ground that to do so was beyond the commission’s mandate.

13. ABDULLAHI BALARABE SALAME is a Nigerian politician who is speaker of the house of Sokoto State, and who served as acting governor of the state from 11 April to 28 May 2008.


In office 11 April 2008 – 28 May 2008 Preceded by Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko Succeeded by Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko

Abdullahi Salame was appointed acting governor when the election of Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko was annulled, and held the position until Wamakko was returned after a fresh election.  Speaking in May 2008 while receiving a delegation of caretaker LGA Councillors, Salame urged caution, and said that anyone elected to serve the people is expected to approach problems with a high sense of understanding.

In July 2008, Salame was elected treasurer of the nineteen-member Northern States Speakers’ Forum.

In August 2008, Salame said the state government was determined to support the National Council for the Welfare of the Destitute (NCWD) self-reliance program in cooperation with the Sultanate, and hoped that more destitutes would benefit from the council’s training program. In July 2009, Abdullahi Salame spoke at the launch of a program to immunize more than 800,000 children under five years of age in Sokoto State, which was controversial because people, backed by Islamic clerics, feared the program was a contraceptive designed to reduce the population of the region. He said it was essential for parents to ensure their children and wards were immunized against the killer disease.

14. AMINU WAZIRI TAMBUWAL (born January 10, 1966) is a Nigerian politician who serves as the Governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria, having won election during the 2015 general elections and re-elected in the 2019 general elections . Tambuwal is a member of the People’s Democratic Party and served as the 10th Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria, also representing the Tambuwal/Kebbe Federal Constituency of Sokoto State as an honorable.



Assumed office May 2015 Preceded by Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko


In office June 2011 – June 2015 Preceded by Dimeji Bankole Succeeded by Yakubu Dogara


In office June 2007 – June 2011


In office 2003–2007 Preceded by Hon. Sanyinna Aliyu Umar Succeeded by Hon Abdussamad Dasuki


Born: January 10, 1966 (age 54) Tambuwal area, Sokoto State, Nigeria Nationality Nigerian

POLITICAL PARTY: Peoples Democratic Party

SPOUSE(s): 1. Haj. Mariya Aminu Waziri  2. Maryam Mairo Mustapha Aminu Waziri



ALMA MATER: Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto

OCCUPATION Legislature, Executive

PROFESSION: Legal Practitioner, politician


Aminu was born on January 10, 1966, in Tambuwal Village in Sokoto State to Waziri Tambuwal.

He attended Tambuwal Primary School, Tambuwal, Sokoto State, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1979; and Government Teachers’ College, Dogon-Daji, where he obtained the Teachers Grade 11 Certificate in 1984. He then proceeded to Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, where he studied Law, graduating with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1991. He completed his one-year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, obtained his BL and was called to the Bar in 1992.

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Besides studying for his law degree, he attended several courses abroad, among which are the following: Telecoms Regulatory Master Class–Bath UK, 2004; Lawmaking for the Communications Sectors –BMIT, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004; Regulating a Competitive Industry-UK, Brussels, 2005; Tulane University – International Legislative Drafting, 2005; Stanford Graduate School of Business – Influence and Negotiation, 2008 and KSG Harvard – Infrastructure in Market Economy, 200


Tambuwal started learning the legislative ropes from 1999 to 2000, while working as Personal Assistant on Legislative Affairs to Senator Abdullahi Wali, the then Senate Leader.

In 2003, he decided to run for a legislative seat as representative of the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency. He was elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

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Few months to the 2007 general elections, he defected to the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), alongside the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa. But when the DPP denied return tickets to former ANPP legislators, Tambuwal swung back to the ANPP, where he eventually succeeded in picking up a ticket for the election.

But then again, when the ANPP governorship candidate for Sokoto State in the 2007 election, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko dumped the party for the PDP, Tambuwal also followed suit.

Tambuwal held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. Upon his re-election to the House in 2007, he was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip.

At various times, Tambuwal was a member of several committees including the House Committees on Rules & Business, Communications, Judiciary, Inter-Parliamentary and Water Resources. He was also a member of the House Ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review.

He was chairman of the ad hoc committee that reviewed the report of the controversial power probe committee headed by Ndudi Elumelu; Chairman, House Sub-Committee on the Bill for an Act to Amend the Land Use Act, and acting Chairman, House Committee on Power.

He was leader of the Nigerian delegation to African, Caribbean, Pacific & European Union Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU) and served as Vice-Chairman, Economic Committee ACP-EU, held in Prague, Czech Republic in April 2009.

On 28 October 2014, Tambuwal formally defected from the ruling PDP to the opposition APC and few days later his security details were withdrawn by the Inspector General of Police a move that was criticised by

Nigerians as being barbaric and undemocratic.

The legal luminary, Mr Olisa Agabakogba (SAN) was of the opinion that the police authority goofed in withdrawing Tambuwal’s aid as police are not meant to interpret and apply the law.

In April 11, 2015, Tambuwal contested and won the Governorship election of Sokoto State. He was inaugurated on 29 May 2015.

In July 4, 2018, Tabuawal dissolved the entire State Executive Council

On August 1, 2018, Tambuwal defected from the All progressive’s Congress back to the People’s Democratic Party. The March 9, 2019, Sokoto State Gubernatorial election and March 22, 2019, Sokoto State supplementary election, Tambuwal was reelected as governor of sokoto state having polled 512,002 votes while his rival Mr. Aliyu of the All Progressive Congress Polled 511,660 votes.

In October 2018, Tambuwal declared that he was running for president and said he was forced to seek the highest position to “revive the dying economy”. His declaration came hours after senate president, Bukola Saraki officially joined the race for the nomination of the main opposition’s PDP. Tambuwal was one of the long list of 12 candidates including four from his north western region that contested PDP presidential nomination. Tambuwal was popular in the race and was among the top four candidates (Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Bukola Saraki). widely expected to win going by political permutations around his candidacy. A number of factors including his young age among the contestants, political experience, his untainted records from corruption indictment boosted his chances going into the primary. Analysts had predicted that should Tambuwal clinch PDP ticket he would be a formidable challenge to incumbent President Muhammad Buhari a northern Muslim who was running for reelection.

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was Tambuwal’s main backer for the PDP nomination. There were reports that Governor Wike’s support for Tambuwal was for his ambition to be vice presidential candidate to Tambuwal should he win PDP nomination[19]. However, there were complaints by other aspirants that Wike was planning to manipulate the results of the primary to favour his candidate Tambuwal. Their fears stem from the fact that Wike had overwhelming influence over the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party having single handedly installed it’s Chairman, Uche Secondus. Other factors that heightened the fear of manipulation of the primary was that Wike was the biggest financier of the party and primary would be conducted in his state where he has so much power. Some presidential aspirants asked the National Working Committee of the party to move the convention from Port Harcourt to a neutral location where Wike would not have so much much influence. But Wike fired back threatening to polarize the party should the convention venue be moved out of Rivers State. Tambuwal placed second position with 693 delegate votes behind Atiku Abubakar who won with 1,532 votes in the primary conducted in the city of Port Harcourt on 6 October 2018. Bukola Saraki scored 317 and Rabiu Kwankwaso 158 votes.

Professional affiliations          

Among his professional affiliations, Tambuwal has been a very active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), over the years.

Member, The Nigerian Bar Association

Public Relations Officer, The Nigerian Bar Association (1996-1997)

Member, Constitution Review Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (1997-1998)

Sokoto Branch Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (1997-1998)

Assistant National Financial Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (1998-2000)

First Assistant National Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association (2000-2002)

Member, Body of Benchers Nigeria

Member, International Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association


 1.  Colonel (later Brigadier General) Yakubu Mu’azu was Administrator of Sokoto State, Nigeria from 9 December 1993 to 22 August 1996.


In office 9 December 1993 – 22 Aug 1996 Preceded by Yahaya Abdulkarim Succeeded by Rasheed Raji


After he joined the army, Yakubu Mu’azu attended the Nigerian Defense Academy and later the Young Officers’ course in Jaji. Lieutenant Yakubu Muazu was appointed Military Assistant (MA) to General Sani Abacha. By September 1993, he was still Abacha’s MA but had been promoted to Colonel.

In December of that year, Abacha appointed him Administrator of Sokoto State. As the administrator of Sokoto State, on orders from Abacha, he deposed Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki as Sultan of Sokoto on 20 April 1996 and replaced him with Muhamadu Maccido. In May 1996, Yakubu Mu’azu set up a panel to investigate the finances of the Sokoto State’s council of chiefs, which had been chaired by Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki. He said this was normal procedure with a change of office and was not part of a witch hunt.

After his tenure as governor of Sokoto State ended in August 1996, Yakubu Mu’azu was appointed commander of the Brigade of Guards. In December 1996, Godwin Agbroko, editor of the weekly magazine The Week, was arrested by three men who said that they were security agents. The arrest may have been connected to an article in the December 16–23 edition of The Week that discussed a dispute between Mu’azu and Army Chief of Staff Ishaya Bamaiyi. Shortly after the restoration of democracy in May 1999, the government forced all armed forces officers who had served in military governments for six or more months to retire. Mu’azu was among those affected.


He was one of a group of former military administrators who formed the United Nigeria Development Forum (UNDF), a political pressure group, in April 2001.

In February 2007, a group of soldiers and civilians invaded and trashed the house of a Lagos banker, Dr Adeyinka Adedji. They said they had been sent by General Yakubu Mu’azu (rtd). The house had previously been the property of Mu’azu.

In June 2008, Mu’azu was chairman of a committee investigating a fire that gutted the Department of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Bauchi State Ministry of Health in April 2008. In his report, he said that the fire was pure sabotage. In April 2009, Mu’azu was appointed chair of a commission of inquiry into the February 2009 civil disturbances in the Bauchi metropolis.

 2.  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.


In office 14 September 1994 – 22 August 1996 Preceded by James Kalau Succeeded by Theophilus Bamigboye


In office

22 August 1996 – August 1998

Preceded by Yakubu Mu’azu

Succeeded by Rufai Garba

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).

 3.  TOP PERSONALITY (ACADEMIC) RUFAI ADEWALE RIDWAN was the student tipped to become the president of the federal Republic of Nigeria by then president Good luck Jonathan on one of his visits to the academic personality’s house in Tanke Oke-Odo area of Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria

In office 20 March 2019 – till today


Born 29 May 1988 Sahgamu, Ogun State Political party PDP

As ANAMBRA GOVERNOR he approved construction of a headquarters building for the State Education Commission, but nothing was done until work started in 2009. In February 1998, a fire of unexplained cause burnt down the governor’s office in Anambra State Government House. In August 1998 he said that citizens of Anambra State feared the anti-crime task force as much as they feared criminals. He said the task force was extorting money at roadblocks and detaining people illegally, and said the government would crack down on this activity.

On April 20, 1996, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, was deposed by the military government. As Sokoto Governor in 1999, Rufai Garba approved a settlement of Dasuki’s entitlements and provided him with a welfare package.


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