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Meet Nigeria’s New INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu

Professor Mahmoud Yakubu was born in Bauchi in 1962 and had his early education at Kobi Primary School from where he proceeded to the Teachers’ college, Toro and later to the University of Sokoto (now Usmanu Danfodiyo University) where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in History.

He is the first and only person from the whole of Northern Nigeria to have obtained a first class Honours Degree in History.

Yakubu later gained admission to the prestigious University of Oxford where he bagged a Doctor of Philosophy Degree with specialization in Nigerian History at the age of twenty-nine (29) in 1991.

He was a recipient of the Bauchi State Government Scholarship to study at both the Cambridge and Oxford Universities in England and his outstanding intellectual artistry at Cambridge further earned him the scholarship of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.

Professor Mahmood was a three time-time winner of the over Overseas Research Student (ORS) Award by the London-based Committee of Vice-Chancellors of United Kingdom (UK) Universities. He was also a proud recipient of the competitive Commonwealth Scholarship by the Association of Commonwealth Universities tenable at the University of Oxford.

In 2007, Professor Mahmood was appointed the Executive Secretary of the Education Trust Fund (ETF) now known as Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

Professor Mahmoud is an expert in guerrilla warfare, terrorism and counter-terrorism.


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