Ali Modu Sheriff

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Ali Modu Sheriff
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Ali Modu Sheriff opening a foreign sponsored library in Maiduguri, 2007.
Senator for Borno Central
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
Governor of Borno State
In office
29 May 2003 – 29 May 2011
Preceded by Mala Kachalla
Succeeded by Kashim Shettima
Personal details
Born 1956
Ngala Town, Ngala LGA, Borno State, Nigeria

Ali Modu Sheriff was elected governor of Borno State in Nigeria in April 2003. He is a member of the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP). Ali Sheriff was the first governor in Borno state to win the seat two consecutive times.[1]


Ali Modu Sheriff was born in Ngala Town, Ngala Local Government Area, Borno State in 1956. His father was the business tycoon Galadima Modu Sheriff. He attended Government Secondary School, Bama (1974–1979). He attended the London School of Business, where he studied Insurance, Banking and Finance. In 1981, he joined his father's construction company as a Director, later becoming Managing Director. In 1985, he registered his first company. His companies include Meroil Organisation and Union Chase.[2]

In 1990, he became a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). In 1997, he joined the National Republican Convention (NRC). He was a member of the Constitutional Conference and chaired the committee on states and local government.[1]

Senate career[edit]

Ali Modu Sheriff was elected Senator representing Borno Central on the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) during General Sani Abacha's military regime. After democracy was restored, in April 1999 he was again elected Senator, Borno Central on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).[1]

Governor of Borno State[edit]

In 2003, he ran for Governor of Borno State on the ANPP platform and won. He was re-elected in 2007 and sworn in on 29 May 2007. In both cases, he defeated the PDP candidate Kashim Ibrahim-Imam.[3]


He has been accused of being a sponsor to the Islamic sect Boko Haram by an Australian hostage negotiator Steven Davies.[4][5]