His Excellency, Alhaji(Dr) Sule Lamido, CON, is a former Governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria. He is a politician, foremost democrat, administrator, and a respected leader of the masses (Talakawa).
Lamido is chieftain of the PDP, and a former Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic. He was the leader of the G7 governors who boycotted the PDP convention before the 2015 Elections. He had declared to run for the Presidency in 2019. However, the Jigawa leader lost the People’s Democratic Party presidential primaries to His Excellency Atiku Abubakar.
Birth and Early Life
Alhaji Sule Lamido was born on 30 August, 1948 into a Fulani family in Bamaina, Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State. He attended Birnin Kudu Primary School from 1955 to 1961. Afterwards, he proceeded to Barewa College, Zaria in 1962 for his secondary education.
After his secondary education, he dreamed of being trained as a Railway Engineer. He briefly enrolled into the Permanent Way Training School, Zaria.
Marriage and Family Life
Sule Lamido is married to Hajiya Maryam Sule Lamido. Together with her, he has two sons – Mustapha and Aminu.
Significantly, parental disapproval denied him a chance to start a Military career. Meanwhile unfortunate events in Nigeria at that time truncated his efforts to join the Nigerian Police.
He however joined the services of Nigerian Tobbaco Company, Zaria in 1969 as a Quality Control Officer. He later rose to become the Zonal Salesman, North West. This obviously gave him an intimate knowledge of the terrain and peculiarities of the entire Northern Region of Nigeria.
However, in 1972 Sule Lamido joined the services of Christlieb as the Northern Field Manager and later, Brand Manager (provisions). While here as the Brand Manager, he opened new offices of company which sold the Thermos flasks, Quaker products, Heinz products, Corn flakes, peppermint, Vaseline, and Phensic.
In this place, he also had the privilege of touring Rivers and Cross Rivers as well as the present Delta and Edo States. One thing is clear, Sule Lamido’s Company executive positions gave him first-hand knowledge of the vast geographical zones of Nigeria, long before he became a Politician.
Alhaji Sule Lamido joined politics just before Nigeria’s Second Republic. In the first place, he began his journey in the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) under the famous nationalist, Malam Aminu kano.
In 1979, at the young age of 31, he contested and won election into the Federal House of Representatives. Here, he served as a member of the House Business, Accounts, Water Resources and Works Committees.
He was incarcerated in 1998 for criticising Abacha’s plan to perpetuate himself in office. Then released after the death of the dictator.
Dr. Lamido of course unsuccessfully contested the governorship seat of Jigawa State in the 1999 elections. He was however appointed Foreign Minister afterwards.
Hence, Sule Lamido and his party again lost the State elections in 2003. He rejected the process, as well as the outcome.
Alh. Lamido Finally won election as the Executive Governor of Jigawa State in 2007. He was re-elected in 2011. He left office in 2015.
Sule Lamido of Jigawa State on Thursday 16 April 2015 claimed to leave N11 billion liability for the incoming government..
However, the EFCC arrested him on July 7 2015 with his two sons in Abuja. He was later accused of fraudulently laundering 10 Billion Naira.
Summary of Positions Held
Lamido’s political journey has seen him lead at various capacities. He was, at various times:
- Member, Peoples Solidarity Party (PSP).
- Pioneer Chairman, Social Democratic Party (SDP), Kano State.
- Pioneer Chairman, Social Democratic Party, Jigawa State.
- Governorship Aspirant, Social Democratic Party, Jigawa State.
- National Secretary, Social democratic Party. In this regard, he was a core actor in the victory of Chief M.K.O. Abiola in the 1993 Presidential Elections.
- Chairman, Board of Directors, Nigerian Agricultural and Cooperative Bank(NACB), 1994.
- Delegate, National Constitutional Conference, 1995.
- Member, G-18, an opposition platform of the most notable Northern Politicians, against the policies of self-successions of military ruler at the time.
- Founding Member, G-34, an opposition platform of some of Nigeria’s notable politicians.
- Member, Peoples Democratic Party, 1991 to date.
- Governorship Candidate, Jigawa State, 1999.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1999-2003.
- Governor, Jigawa State, 2007 to 2015