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Ahmadu Bello University Notable Alumni


Ahmadu Bello University Zaria is one of the oldest Universities in the country. And it is perhaps one of the oldest, up North. It has produced one President and three former Vice Presidents among others.

The list of influential and powerful alumni is quite long. Below we bring you some of them.

AUDU OGBEH

A former National Chairman of PDP, he left the party to join APC and he is presently the Minister of Agriculture.

CLARENCE OBAFEMI

He was a former Speaker as well as Acting Governor of Kogi State.

LAMIDO SANUSI

The Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi finished from the Ahmadu Bello University, before he ventured into banking to head the apex bank and later after he was booted out, he was elected as the Emir of Kano.

ATIKU ABUBAKAR

Atiku Abubakar is not the only former Vice President that attended the Ahmadu Bello University, indeed there were three of them.

NAMADI SAMBO

Namadi Sambo, the immediate past Vice President also graduate as an Architect from ABU Zaria. He was formerly the Governor of Kaduna state before he was picked to be Jonathan’s veepee.

UMAR MUSA YAR ADUA

The late President was a graduate of the Ahamdu Bello University an honour he shares with his wife, Turai.

MOHAMMED ADOKE

Adoke was the immediate past Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. He served with Jonathan for his four years.

ATAHIRU JEGA

He was formerly the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, a lecturer and former head of ASUU.

PATRICK YAKOWA

The late Governor of Kaduna State, who also at a point served as the State Deputy Governor also had a  degree from Ahmadu Bello University.

UMARU TANKO AL MAKURA

He is the incumbent Governor of Nasarawa State. Before then, he has made his mark as an astute businessman.

IDRIS WAZIRI

He is a former minister of Agriculture.

HALIMA TAYO ALAO

A female minister from Kwara State, she served under the Yar Adua era.

ROSALINE BOZIMO

She was a former Minister.

IBRAHIM LAMORDE

Lamorde, a Senior Police Officer, he is the immediate past head of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

CHIKE ANIAKOR

He is another great alumnus of the University.

DAHIRU MUSDAPHER

He was formerly Nigeria’s Chief Justice having read Law at the Ahmadu Bello University.

AHMED MOHAMMED INUWA

He is another influential politician from Niger State. He was formerly the State Deputy Governor.

IBRAHIM DANKWAMBO

He is the incumbent Governor of Gombe State where he is running a second term. He had been the Accountant General of the Federation before this.

THEOPHILUS DANJUMA

He is a former Defence Minister and one of the wealthiest Nigerians around. He had served the country in various capacities as head of military formations before the coming of civilians in 1999.

JERRY GANA

The former Minister of Information and head of the social mobilization parastatal, MAMSER has been very visible in the Nigerian political scene for more than three decades.

ISA YUGUDA

He was the Governor of Bauchi State for eight years, before then he was Minister of Aviation and he had also made his mark as a Governor.

OBIORA ODECHUKWU

He is another very influential former student of the Ahmadu Bello University.

NENADI USMAN

She was the Finance Minister during the last days of the Obasanjo era, she also served as a Senator representing her state, Kaduna in the Upper House.

REBECCA NDJOZE-OJO

She is another influential alumnus of the ABU, Zaria.

IBRAHIM SHEMA

He served Katsina State as the Governor for eight years.

USMAN NAFADA

Usman Nafada was the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives during the Bankole era as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

BAMANGA TUKUR

The former Governor of the old Gongola State was also a former Chairman of the PDP.

TURAI YAR ADUA

She was the First Lady to Umaru Musa Yar Adua, who like his wife as attended Ahmadu Bello University.

IBRAHIM  SHEKARAU

He was  two-term governor of Kano state and he also served the immediate past Government as the Minister of Education.

SHEHU LADAN

He is another influential member of the ABU alumni association.

IBRAHIM UMAR

Another influential alumnus of the ABU, he is a powerful politician

DONALD DUKE

He was the Governor of Cross River State between 1999 and 2007, he also attended ABU Zaria.

SUNDAY AWONIYI

A former Northern leader, he was one of the founders of many Northern political and social interst groups

ADAMU ALIERO

A two term Govenor of Kebbi State, he was also a Senator.

AMINU SAFANA

A former Senator of the Federal Republic, he hails from Katsina State.

AHMED MAKARFI

He was a two term governor of Kaduna State and he finished from ABU Zaria where he read Accounting.

YAYALE AHMED

He was formerly a Minister but before then, he was the  Head of Service of the Federation.

NUHU RIBADU

Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer Chairman of the EFCC finished from the University where he read Law.

OLADIPO DIYA

Former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya graduated from the same University.

AISHA BUHARI

The wife of the President is another prominent Nigerian that graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

NASIR EL RUFAI

Nasir el Rufai was formerly FCT Minister, then he went on exile to come back and contest for the topmost job in Kaduna State, where he presently is the Governor.

ABDULLAHI GANDUJE

Ganduje holds a doctorate degree, he is the incumbent Governor of Kano State.

SAMUEL ORTOM

The Governor of Benue State is another prominent Nigeria who finished from the University.

DARIUS ISHAKU

He is the incumbent Governor of Taraba State. He also graduated from Ahmadu Bello University.

BUKAR ABBA IBRAHIM

He is a former Governor of Yobe State, he has also been to the Senate to represent the state.

MUHAMMED ABUBAKAR

Another graduate of Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, he is the Governor of Bauchi State.

SIMON LALONG

He is the incumbent Governor of Plateau State.

BADARU ABUBAKAR

He is incumbent Governor of Jigawa State.

IBRAHIM GEIDAM

He is the incumbent Governor of Yobe State and is presently serving his second term. He was a Deputy Governor before he became the Governor at the demise of the Governor.

ADAMU MUAZU

He was two –term Governor of Bauchi State before he late became the National Chairman of the PDP.

DANBABA SUNTAI

He was a two-term governor of Taraba State before he had an air crash which made him indisposed and he has since been confined to wheelchair.

MOHMMED BAWA

He was Mitary Administrstor of Ekiti state during the Abacha era. He died months back.

IBRAHIM GIREI

He was former Governor of Adamawa State.

MUKHTAR YERO

He was Governor of Kaduna State after serving as Deputy Governor to late Yakowa.

BARNABAS GEMADE

Former National Chairman of PDP, he decamped to PDP where he was elected to the Senate representing Benue State.

JAMES NGILARI

He was formerly a Governor , he served as Deputy Governor to Murtala Nyako and took over when Nyako was impeached.

AISHA JUMMAI ALHASSAN

A former Senator, she is currently Minister for Women Affairs, she was at one time or the other a Commissioner in her home state of Taraba as well as the Chief Registrar of FCT High Court.

SHAMSUDEEN USMAN

He was a Deputy Governor with the CBN before he became Nigeria’s Minister of National Planning.

RILWANU LUKMAN

He was two- time Nigeria Petroleum Resources Minister, he was also a former OPEC top shot.

MARYAM CIROMA

Wife of top elder stateman, Adamu Ciroma, she also served as a minister during the Goodluck Jonathan.

Umaru dembo

RUQAYYA  RUFAI

She was a Professor of Education until she came to serve as Minister of Education during the Jonathan administration.

HADIZA MAI LAFIYA

Hadiza Mai Lafiya served as a minister under the Jonathan administration




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