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Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu
Position: Former Governor of Niger State

Status: Out of Office

Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu is a senior civil servant who was elected governor of Niger State, Nigeria in April 2007.[1] He was reelected on 26 April 2011.[2]


Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu was born in Minna in Niger State on November 12, 1955. He attended the College of Arts & Arabic Studies in Sokoto, graduating in 1974. In 1977, he obtained the Nigeria Certificate in Education from the College of Education, Sokoto. After the mandatory one-year National Youth Service, in 1978 he became a teacher at Government Teachers’ College, Minna. Later he went to Bayero University, Kano where he obtained a BA in Education in 1983. He went on to the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States in 1985, gaining a PhD in Public Policy and Strategic Studies in 1989.[1]

In 1983 he was elected to the National House of Representatives for Chanchaga Federal Constituency towards the end of the short-lived Nigerian Second Republic.[1]

Public service career

He joined the Federal Public Service as Acting Chief Political Affairs Officer in May, 1990. He subsequently held posts in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation and the National Council on Inter-Governmental Relations. From 1996 until April 1999 he was Director (Maritime Services) in the Ministry of Transportation. In 1999 he was appointed Federal Permanent Secretary and Chief Operating/Accounting Officer, and later served in a number of senior positions in different Federal civil service departments until 2007, when he reentered politics.[1]

Governor of Niger State

Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu was elected governor of Niger State in April 2007, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. His election was disputed by Jibrin Bala Guna Alhassan, a rival candidate for the PDP nomination, but the suit was rejected by the Federal High Court in Abuja in December 2007.[3]

Soon after being sworn in as governor, Aliyu established up a Debt Verification Committee to look into a flood of claims for unpaid bills for the contracts awarded by his predecessor Abdulkadri Kure. The committee reported widespread misappropriations of the state's resources."[3]

In January 2008, he said to a delegation from the Association of Nigerian Authors, Niger State, "I think Niger State will be the most published state in 2008. We want to publish you; we shall publish you..." The state was to publish at least twenty titles in 2008 alone.[4]

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Minna — The All People Congress (APC), in Niger State has said that the state governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, is undermining the intelligence of the people of the state by... read more

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