Jigawa State Governors


28 Aug. 1991 to Dec. 1991

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 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.


Jan. 1992 to Nov. 1993

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.


Dec. 1993 to Aug. 1996

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.


Aug. 1996 to Aug. 1998

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. 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.


Aug. 1998 to May 1999

Lt. Colonel Abubakar Sadiq Zakari 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. As governor, Maimalari was reported by an anonymous internet.


May 1999 to May 2007

Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki is a Nigerian politician and former governor of Jigawa State in Nigeria. He was a Jigawa state chairman of SDP (Social Democratic Party) and UNCP (United Nigeria Congress Party). 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 council.


May 2007 to May. 2015

Sule Lamido (born 1948) served as Foreign minister of Nigeria from 1999 to 2003. He was elected governor of Jigawa State in April 2007. He is a member of the 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 Economic and Financial Crimes Commission


May 2015

Born on September 19, 1962 in Babura town, Muhammadu Badaru went to the Babura Central Primary School, in 1970 and proceeded to the famous Rumfa College, Kano from where he went for his A levels at the School of Basic Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1981 and got admitted into the University to graduate with a Bachelor Of Science Degree, Accountancy in 1985, in 2006, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar also went to the prestigious National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), Kuru Jos. .

From the year 2000 to date, the Businessman turned politician was variously the President, Jigawa state Chamber Of Commerce Industries Mines And Agriculture, President Nigeria Association Of Chambers Of Commerce, Industries, Mines And Agriculture (NACCIMA), president Nigeria – Niger chambers of commerce, President Northern States Chamber of Commerce, Chairman Board Of Trustees Northern States Chamber Of Commerce, and Chairman National Association of Road Transport Owners Jigawa State.

Alhaji Badaru Abubakar had been a member in various organizations and institutions that are mostly industrial which include Presidential Advisory Committee on Industrial Revolution Plan, Nigeria/America Chambers Of Commerce, Nigeria Institute Of Industrialist & Corporate Administration, Board Member Nigeria – Belgium Chambers Of Commerce, National Privatization Council, National Council on NSME and served as Member National Conference of 2014.

He once served as a Director with the Africa Merchant Bank Limited and Bank of the North Limited, now Unity Bank Plc, and the patron of the Rice Farmers association, Kano and the Nigeria union of journalist, Jigawa state.

Apart from being a member of the National institute. He is also a fellow of the Association of National Accountants Of Nigeria, FCNA and a holder of the Member of the Order of the Niger, MON conferred on him in 2006.

He holds the Traditional titles of SARDAUNAN RINGIM and WALIN JAHUN respectively. During these past years the now Governor attended various courses both within and outside the country. Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar is a family man married to three wives and blessed with children.