Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar

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Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar
Governor of Katsina State
In office
September 1987 – July 1988
Succeeded by Lawrence Onoja
Governor of Kaduna State
In office
July 1988 – August 1990
Preceded by Abubakar Dangiwa Umar
Succeeded by Tanko Ayuba
National Security Advisor
In office
May 2006 – 8 March 2010
Preceded by Aliyu Mohammed Gusau
Succeeded by Aliyu Mohammed Gusau
Personal details
Born July 5, 1949
Kano State, Nigeria

Major General Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar (Rtd) was born on July 5, 1949, in Kano State. He was formerly the National security adviser to the president of Nigeria.[1] Rtd Major General Mukhtar was also a former military governor of Kaduna state and Katsina State, in the case of the latter he was the first administrator or governor.

Life and career[edit]

He had a fairly prominent army career culminating with his appointment as the general officer commanding the first division, Nigerian army in Kaduna state, before that, he was the Chief of Staff of a peace keeping force in Liberia.[2] The retired general was one of the few serving high-ranking officers in the middle of the 1990s who voiced concerns over the detention and trial of the former President Obasanjo and his former deputy Shehu Musa Yar'Adua.[3] He is known as a principled and charismatic officer who earned the respect of President Obasanjo when he refused to bulge to the demands of Sani Abacha, on the treatment of coups suspects in 1995.[citation needed] From January 23, 2002, to May 30, 2003, he administrated the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow and was also accredited to Minsk.[4]


  1. ^ "Nigeria;
  2. ^ African Peace keepers in Liberia
  3. ^ "Obasanjo In Danger.!" The News (Lagos), April 12, 1999.
  4. ^ [1][2]