Sani Daura

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Sani Zangon Daura
Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
In office
May 29, 1999 – 2000
Preceded by Alhaji Alfa Wali
Succeeded by Hassan Adamu
Federal Minister of Environment
In office
2000 – 30 January 2001
Preceded by Hassan Adamu
Succeeded by Mohammed Kabir Said
Personal details
Born Katsina State, Nigeria

Alhaji Sani Zangon Daura was Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and later Minister of Environment in the cabinet of President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was dropped from Obasanjo's cabinet in a reshuffle on 30 January 2001.[1]


Sani Zangon Daura originates from the Daura Senatorial zone of Katsina State. He graduated from the School for Arabic Studies in Kano. He was given a scholarship to attend the School for African and Oriental Studies, London in 1961, but returned to Nigeria before completing the course and was admitted to the University of Lagos. During the Nigerian Second Republic in 1979 he was a candidate in the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) primaries to run for Governor of Kaduna State, but lost to Alhaji Lawal Kaita. Kaita in turn lost the election to the People's Redemption Party (PRP) candidate Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa.[2]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Appointed Minister of Agriculture in June 1999, Daura laid out a policy for the sector which accounted at that time for 38% of GDP. Elements included increasing production and productivity, agro-technology improvement, poverty alleviation, agro-industry development, export promotion and environmental protection.[3]

In November 2000 he was Nigeria's delegate to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in the Netherlands.[4] Daura was chairman of the Group of 77 (G77), a bloc of 133 developing nations and China. In a major speech at the meeting he warned that poorer countries would not limit their greenhouse gas emissions unless rich countries lived up to their own promises under the Kyoto Protocol.[5] Daura said the US had caused a "plague of climate change" as harmful as the colonization of Africa.[6] The summit failed to achieve any results.[7]

Later career[edit]

Daura became a member of the board of trustees of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), an influential Northern lobby group. In March 2006 he was among ACF leaders strongly opposed to allowing president Obasanjo to run for a third term in 2007.[8] In December 2008 Daura received the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) award.[9]


  1. ^ Akinjide Akintola (30 January 2001). "Obasanjo Sacks 10 Ministers - Sarumi, Jemibewon, Adeniran, Bunu, Sango, Others Thrown OUt". P.M. News. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  2. ^ NURUDDEEN M. ABDALLAH (25 October 2009). "As a student in Unilag, I saw the 1966 military coup coming - Sani Zangon Daura". Sunday Trust. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  3. ^ J.Y. Maisamari. "Ways of Revamping Agro-Based Industries in the States" (PDF). Central Bank of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Sixth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change". The International Institute for Sustainable Development. 23 November 2000. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Third World Blasts Rich Countries at UN Climate Talks". Agence France Presse. November 15, 2000. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  6. ^ "More Than Just Hot Words". Los Angeles Times. November 27, 2000. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  7. ^ Julie Hyland (1 December 2000). "UN climate summit fails amid bitter recriminations between US and Europe". International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  8. ^ Emeka Mamah, Rotimi Ajayi & Emmanuel Aziken (March 15, 2006). "North won't accept Obasanjo beyond 2007 -AREWA • Anti-3rd term Senators mobilise against Mantu". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-05-06. [dead link]
  9. ^ Abdullahi M. Gulloma (12 December 2008). "Gani, Service Chiefs, 271 Others Bag National Honours". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-05-06.