ABUBAKAR, Sultan Muhammadu Maccido

CFR SULTAN OF SOKOTO PRESIDENT SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ISLAMIC AFFAIRS MuhammaduMaccido was bom in Dange town. Asusualwith royalandIslamic orientedfamilies, MuhammaduMaccido was sentto aQur'anicschoolin Sokoto atavery early age to learn the rubrics oflanguage, religion andthe artof socialinter relationship before be began hisElementaryEducation in Dange twon in 1933. HecompletedhisMiddle Schoolin 1947in Sokoto before he proceeded to the Clericdl Training College, Zaria to further his education, where he trained as Office Administrator. Hewas latersenton attachmentto Katsina NativeAuthority. On returningto Sokoto, he waspostedto the Sardauna's office asaClericalAssistantandlaterrose to theposition ofaScribe. Fully determinedto become aseasonedand fullbaked'administrator, thepromisingPrince, attendedSouth Devon TechnicalCollege, Englandin 1952 wherehe baggeda prestigious Diploma in Public Administration. Muhammadu Maccido stepped into the shoes of his uncle, the revered Sardauna Ahmadu Bello as the Sokoto Native Authority Councillor in charge of Prison Services, Police and Works in 1956. MuhammaduMaccidogotan added responsibility in Rural'DevelopmentCouncillorship, which was laterchangedto Agriculture. In 1961, he soughtforandsecured'the RockefellerFoundation sponsorship to study theAmericdnAgriculturdl System in the USA, On his way back home, theNigerian High Commission in Londongave him anotherample opportunity to be conversant with the European AgriculturalScheme now in Denmark, which lastedfor some weeks. In 1938, he was given the title of Sarkin Kudu and appointed the Distria Head of Talata Mafara. tie later retuned to Sokoto to his Councillorship responsibilities up to 1967 when he was appointed a Civil Commissioner in the North Western State Executive Counat under theportfolios of Agriculture dndHealth. In 1976, he was appointedthe Chairman of the then Sokoto State LocalGovernment Service Commission theposthe held up to 1979 when thepoliticians realisedhispolitical charisma and eleaed him asNPNState Chairman. Between 1980 and 1983, he was the PresidentidlLiaison Officer in charge of Sokoto which hepivoted with excellent managerial skill. With the demise of the second republic, Muhammadu Maccido retiredto hisfarm untilhegotappointedin 1985 asmemberof the SokotoEmirateInnerCouncilup to 1988 when hisfathertheSultan, the religiousandtraditionalrulership sagepassedaway. InApril 1996he wasunanimouslysekaedout ofmanyprominentprincesto become the nineteenth Sultan of Sokoto, be custodian of caliphate heritagein WestAfricasouth of theSahara. AlhajiMuhammaduMaccido is apatron of many DevelopmentalAssociations alloverthe country. He is the founder of Gamji Memorial Club; he was also the chairman Sultan Abdulrahman College of Health Technology Gwadabawa, Sokoto State and now the President General of both the Nigerian Supreme Councilof IslamicAffairs and Jama'atu Nasril Islam. He is also the Chairman Sokoto State Council of Chiefs, member of the Nigeria vision 2010 committee,.andmemberJoint Committee of TraditionalRulers andLeaders of thought in the FederalRepublic of Nigeria. The FederalGovernment of Nigeria decoratedhim with the insignia of Member of the FederalRepublicMFR, OONand now CFR. For his determination topromote learning and moraltraining, Sultan Muhammadu Maccido is currently using hispersonal resources tofund acollege, an EducationalInsitute by name Sultan Muhammadu Maccido College of Islamic Sciences in Sokoto. He wasappointedChancellorof the University ofAbuja on T*July 2001 by Chief Olusegun Obqsanjo.
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