List of 150 ABU notable alumni and their careers

The Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, popularly known as ABU is a Federal University in located Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. It was founded on 4 October 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria. In today’s article, I will list you 150 notable alumni of ABU and their careers.

ABU is one of the best and oldest universities in Nigeria. It operates two campuses (Samaru main campus and Kongo campus, both located in Zaria).

Being the best federal university in the country, ABU owns pre-degree school which is located in Funtua, a few kilometres away from the main campus, Samaru, Zaria.

Meanwhile, the Samaru campus contains the administrative offices including senate building and the faculties of physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, arts and languages, education, environmental design, engineering, medical sciences, agricultural sciences and research facilities.

The Kongo campus of ABU Zaria houses the faculties of Law and Administration. ABU Faculty of Administration has the following undergraduate courses:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Local Government and Development Studies and
  • Public Administration Departments..

ABU Zaria is named after the first premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello on 4th October, 1962.

The university runs a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes (and offers associate degrees and vocational and remedial programmes). ABU Teaching Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Nigeria and Africa, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) offers the best medical courses in its academic programmes.

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Now, do you want to know the list of some notable alumni of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria? Let’s continue!

Notable alumni of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria (recently updated)

It is a good news that since ABU was started in October 1962, it has graduated over 800,000 prominent people who are now working in different sectors of the economy of the nation and the world at large.

In this article, I will show you the list of some notable alumni of ABU in an alphabetical order and their current careers, for example, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the chief executive governor of Kogi state is an alumnus of ABU Zaria.

Now, let’s start!!

  1. Adamu Adamu  current Minister of Education
  2. Ahmed Tijani Mora  Pharmacist and current Chairman of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria.
  3. Azubuike Ihejirika  former Chief of Army Staff
  4. Atiku Abubakar GCON  former vice president of Federal Republic of Nigeria
  5. Ayodele Awojobi  Scientist and professor at University of Lagos
  6. Prof. Attahiru Jega  Professor and former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission
  7. Abubakar El-Kanemi  Shehu of Borno
  8. Afakriya Gadzama  former director general of Nigerian State Security Service
  9. Andrew Yakubu  former group managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  10. Ahmed Makarfi  former Kaduna State governor
  11. Aminu Safana  Medical Doctor and Politician
  12. Abdullahi Mustapha  former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University
  13. Adamu Sidi Ali  Politician
  14. Abdul Ganiyu Ambali  Academic and former vice chancellor, University of Ilorin
  15. Awam Amkpa,  Playwright and professor of Dramatic Arts
  16. Andrew Jonathan Nok  Biochemist, fellow Nigerian Academy of Science
  17. Adetoye Oyetola Sode  Engineer and former Military Administrator of Oyo State
  18. Ayo Salami  Jurist and former President of the Nigerian courts of appeals
  19. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali  Politician
  20. Amina Adamu Aliyu  High Court Judge
  21. Abdulmumini Hassan Rafindadi  former Chief Medical Director of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospitals, Zaria and former Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja
  22. Akanbi Oniyangi  Minister of Commerce and Defense during Nigeria’s Second Republic
  23. Audu Innocent Ogbeh  Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
  24. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje  governor of Kano State
  25. Abubakar Umar Suleiman  Emir of Bade
  26. Abdalla Uba Adamu  Professor and vice chancellor of National Open University
  27. Ayo Omidiran  Politician
  28. Abdulazeez Ibrahim  Politician
  29. Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila  Administrator and Politician

List of 150 ABU notable alumni continue…

Bala Achi
Historian and Educationist
31Bukar Abba Ibrahim Former Governor of Yobe State
32Bashiru Ademola Raji Professor of soil science
33Bilkisu Yusuf Journalist and women’s rights Activist
34Bola Shagaya Economist and business magnate
35Bruce Onobrakpeya Nigerian Artist
36 Barnabas Yusuf BalaFormer Deputy Governor of Kaduna state
37Boss Gida Mustapha Current secretary to the Government of the Federation
  1. Cornelius Adebayo  Academic and Technocrat
  2. Clarence Olafemi  Politician and former Acting Governor of Kogi State
  3. Clara Bata Ogunbiyi  Jurist at justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
  4. Carol King  Actress
  5. Charles Ayo  Former vice-chancellor of Covenant University
43Donald Duke Former Cross River state governor
44Dahiru Musdapher Former Chief Justice of Nigeria
45Danladi Slim Matawal Academic and Civil Engineer
  1. Elizabeth Ofili  Physician and Cardiologist
  2. Emmanuel Dangana Ocheja  Lawyer and Politician
  3. Emmanuel Kucha  Academic and vice chancellor of University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  4. Elnathan John  Lawyer and Novelist
50Faruk Imam Justice at kogi state judiciary
51Fatima Batul Mukhtar Vice chancellor of Federal University Dutse
52Fateema Mohammed Politician
  1. Ghali Umar Na’Abba  Former Speaker of House of Representatives
  2. Gani Odutokun  Academic and Painter
  3. Garba Nadama  Former governor of Sokoto State during Nigeria’s Second Republic
  4. Garba Ali Mohammed  Former Military Administrator of Niger State
  5. Goddy Jedy Agba  Former oil marketer and Politician
  6. Halima Tayo Alao  Architect and former Minister of Environment and Housing
  7. Hadiza Isma El-Rufai  Writer
  8. Henrietta Ogan  Business administrator
61Ibrahim Geidam Current Governor of Yobe State
62Idris Legbo Kutigi Former Chief Justice of Nigeria
63Ibrahim Lamorde Former chairman of EFCC
64Isa Yuguda Former governor of Bauchi State
65Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo Current Governor of Gombe State
66Ibrahim Garba Former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University
67Ibrahim Zakzaky Shiite-Islam cleric and founder of Islamic Movement in Nigeria
68Ibrahim Shekarau Former governor of Kano state
69Ibrahim Shema Former governor of Katsina State
70Ibrahim Umar Scientist and former vice chancellor of Bayero University
71Ibrahim Bio Politician and former Minister of Sports
72Innocent Ujah Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
73Isa Marte Hussaini Professor and fellow Nigerian Academy of Science
74Mustapha Idrissa Timta Former Emir of Gwoza
75Isaac Fola-Alade Architect
76Ibrahim Hussaini Doko Director general of Nigerian Raw materials
77Jerry Gana Former Minister of Information

Do you want to know the list of 150 notable ABU alumni that I am showing with you? Please continue reading for the list of the rest!!

  1. Jimmy Adegoke Climate scientist and Academic
  2. John Obaro Technology entrepreneur and founder of SystemSpecs
  3. James Manager Lawyer and Politician
  4. Joshua M. Lidani Lawyer and Politician
  5. Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya Former governor of Kano state
  6. Kumai Bayang Akaahs Jurist at justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
  7. Kabiru Bala The current vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University
  8. Lawal Musa Daura Former director general of Nigerian State Security Service
  9. Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu Former director of National Biotechnology Development Agency
  10. Lucy Surhyel Newman Banker
86Mohammed Bello AdokeFormer Minister of Justice & Attorney General of the Federation
87Maryam CiromaFormer Minister of Women Affairs
88Mansur MukhtarFormer executive director of the World Bank
89Mike OmotoshoNational President of the Labour Party (Nigeria)
90Mohammed BawaRetired colonel and former military administrator of Ekiti and Gombe States.
91Muhammadu Kudu AbubakarTraditional ruler of Agaie Emirate
92Mustapha AkanbiFormer head of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)
93Musa Datijo MuhammadJustice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria
94Muhammad Mustapha AbdallahHead of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
95Mohammed ManaArmy officer and former Military Administrator of Plateau State
96Margaret LadipoAcademic and Rector of Yaba College of Technology
  1. Maikanti Baru Engineer, 18th Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  2. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar Politician and current governor of Jigawa State
  3. Mike Onoja Civil servant and Politician
  4. Magaji Muhammed Former Federal Minister of Interior, former Federal Minister of Industry and former Nigerian ambassador to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  5. Musa Danladi Abubakar Chief justice of Katsina State
  6. Mohammed Bello Shettima Director Shesons International Ventures
  7. Neemat Daud Abdulrahim Current Director of FCT Educational Resource Centre, Abuja, and Chairperson of Public and Community Library Section, African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA).
  8. Nuhu Ribadu Former chairman of EFCC
  9. Nnenadi Usman Former finance minister
  10. Namadi Sambo Former Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria
  11. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai Current Governor of Kaduna State
  12. Nkoyo Toyo Lawyer and Former Nigerian ambassador to Ethiopia
  13. Oladipo Diya Retired Lt. General and Nigerian de facto Vice President
  14. Oyewale Tomori Scientists, university administrator and president of Nigeria Academy of Science
  15. Otaru Salihu Ohize Politician
  16. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa Former governor of Kaduna State
113Rebecca Ndjoze-OjoPolitician and Educator
114Rilwanu LukmanFormer Secretary of General OPEC, and Minister of Petroleum
115Richard AliLawyer, Writer, and Publisher
116Rachel BakamActress, TV presenter at Nigerian Television Authority
  1. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and Former Emir of Kano
  2. Samuel Oboh Architect
  3. Saude Abdullahi – Aliyu Administrator
  4. Shamsudeen Usman Former Minister of National Planning
  5. Shehu Ladan Former GMD at NNPC
  6. Shettima Mustapha Former Minister of Agriculture
  7. Samuel Ioraer Ortom Former Minister of State, Trade and Investments
  8. Sunday Awoniyi Northern Yoruba leader and former chairman of ACF
  9. Solomon Arase Former IGP of Nigeria Police Force
  10. Simon Ajibola Politician and former senator of Kwara South
  11. Suraj Abdurrahman Architect and Army officer
  12. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman Lawyer and former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development
  13. Sadiq Daba Actor and former anchor at Nigerian Television Authority
  14. Stephen Oru Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs
  15. Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa Politician
  16. Sunday Dare Journalist and media consultant
  17. Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi Politician
  18. Sharon Ikeazor Lawyer
  19. Sadiya Umar Farouq Politician and chieftain of defunct Congress for Progressive Change
  20. Turai Yar’Adua Former First Lady
  21. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande Career diplomat and president of United Nations General Assembly
  22. Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, GCFR Former President of Federal Republic of Nigeria
  23. Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari Former governor of Kebbi State
  24. Ussif Rashid Sumaila Economist
  25. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura Current Governor of Nasarawa State
  26. Usman Bayero Nafada Former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives
  27. Usman Umar Kibiya Former acting head of Nigeria Immigration Service
  28. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje Incumbent Kano state Governor
  29. Yayale Ahmed Former secretary to the Government of the Federation
  30. Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf Current Senator of Taraba Central
  31. Yusuf Suleiman Former Minister of transportation
  32. Zainab Abdulkadir Kure Politician
  33. Zainab Ahmad Current Minister of finance
  34. Zainab Bagudu Current First lady of Kebbi state


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