Abdulmumini Aminu

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Abdulmumini Aminu
Governor of Borno State, Nigeria
In office
August 1985 – December 1987
Personal details
Born 1949

Colonel (retired) Abdulmumini Aminu (born 1949) was military governor of Borno State, Nigeria between August 1985 and December 1987 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.[1] He later became Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, and then Chairman of the West Africa Football Union.

Military career[edit]

Aminu was one of the officers who arrested General Muhammadu Buhari in the August 1985 coup in which General Ibrahim Babangida came to power.[2] Aminu was a Major in his mid-thirties when Babangida appointed him governor of Borno State later that month.[3] At Nigeria's first national AIDS conference in October 1987 Aminu said the theory that AIDS originated in Africa is a stalking horse for anti-black racism, due to a mentality that attributes everything that is bad and negative to the so-called dark continent.[4] As Borno Governor Aminu was challenged by lack of funds, and initially by resistance to his authority as an outsider. He made education his priority.[5]

After his term as governor, Aminu became an instructor at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. He was then appointed deputy military secretary, then Brigade Commander and then was acting General Officer Commander Jos. He was then appointed Commander of the National Guard, responsible for improving national security. Aminu retired when General Sani Abacha came to power.[5]


Aminu was Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in 1997.[6] In the France '98 World Cup competition, he ordered bonus payments of $8,000 each to the Nigerian players, despite losing to Paraguay in the last group match of the competition. In April 1999, as NFA Chairman Aminu was head of Nigeria's Local Organizing Committee, preparing to host World Cup players in Liberty Stadium, Ibadan during the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship tournament.[7] In July 2004 Aminu was a vice-chairman of a 17-man committee set up to re-organise the Nigeria Football Association.[8]

He was in competition with Air Commodore Emeka Omeruah to be selected as the next president of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) in 1999. In November 1998 the government expressed their support for Omeruah.[9] In March 1999, the head of Ghana Football Association gave his tacit support to Aminu's bid, provided he showed clear interest in the job.[10] Aminu became president of the West Africa Football Union from 1999 to 2002, and a member of the Confederation of African Football.[5][11] He set his goal to reinvigorate the almost moribund organization.[12]


Aminu joined the People's Democratic Party (Nigeria) (PDP) at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic. He later switched to the United Nigeria People's Party (UNPP).[13] Aminu ran for governor of Katsina State in April 2003, but lost out to the incumbent Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, who later went on to become President of Nigeria.[14] During the April 2003 elections, Aminu was arrested in Katsina for alleged electoral malpractices.[15] In April 2004, Aminu rejoined the PDP, saying that the UNPP was in disarray.[13] In June 2007 Aminu was in the running to become to succeed Bala Bawa Ka'oje as the Chairman of the National Sports Commission.[16] The job in fact was given to Abdulrahman Hassan Gimba.[17]


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  2. ^ Simon Kolawole (24 May 2009). "Leadership Without Conscience". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  3. ^ Sunday Isuwa (25 April 2010). "Melaye Under Fire Over Comment On IBB". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  4. ^ JAMES BROOKE (November 19, 1987). "In Cradle of AIDS Theory, a Defensive Africa Sees a Disguise for Racism". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  5. ^ a b c Ibrahim Modibbo (21 September 2008). "'The Yar'Adua I Know, Will Make History'". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Cesare Maldini has no complaints...". Agence France Presse. December 6, 1997. Archived from the original on August 15, 2003. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  7. ^ KARL MacGINTY (April 2, 1999). "O'Reilly gets a Keane lash". Independent (Dublin). Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  8. ^ Juliana Taiwo (9 July 2004). "Babayo Shehu Heads NFA Restructuring C'ttee". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  9. ^ Dan Okereke (25 November 1998). "Omeruah Floors Aminu". P.M. News. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  10. ^ Opeyemi Omotayo (9 March 1999). "Ghana Supports Aminu's Bid". P.M. News (Lagos). Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  11. ^ "History". West Africa Football Union. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  12. ^ "Aminu Holds Talks With Eyadema". P.M. News. 6 December 1999. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  13. ^ a b "Ex-Governor Rejoins PDP". ThisDay. 2 April 2004. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  14. ^ Jare Ilelaboye (April 21, 2003). "Yar'adua Retains Seat in Katsina.". This Day. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  15. ^ "Aminu Arrested Over Electoral Malpractises". ThisDay. 23 April 2003. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  16. ^ Olawale Ajimotokan (12 June 2007). "Aminu in Race for NSC Top Job". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  17. ^ "Yar'Adua names cabinet". Africa News. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2009-12-15.