Shehu Kangiwa

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Muhammadu Shehu Kangiwa
Governor of Sokoto State
In office
October 1979 – November 1981
Preceded by Gado Nasko
Succeeded by Garba Nadama
Personal details
Political party National Party of Nigeria

Alhaji Muhammadu Shehu Kangiwa was the first elected civilian governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria in the short-lived Nigerian Second Republic, holding office from October 1979 to November 1981. He represented the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).[1] He was a popular governor, providing water, health care, agricultural input, education at all levels and transparent government.[2]

The Bakolori irrigation project, started by the previous military government, had displaced many peasant farmers without providing land or compensation. Confronted by demonstrators in November 1979, Kangiwa promised to address all their grievances. However, on 28 April 1980 police moved in on unarmed demonstrators and shot dead over 380 people. The government played down the incident, claiming only 25 had died.[3] He imprisoned Sheikh Zakzaky of the Islamic movement in Nigeria, along with some of his close disciples, and was said to have intended to execute him.[4]

In 1981, he increased the number of Local Government Areas in the state from 19 to 32. However his successor Colonel Garba Duba reversed this measure in 1984.[5]

He died in November 1981, falling from a horse while playing polo in the 1981 edition of the Georgian League. In 1982 Unisteel Ltd. presented The Shehu Kangiwa Cup in his memory, and the cup is now sponsored by Sokoto State Government.[6]


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  3. ^ Paul E. Lovejoy, Pat Ama Tokunbo Williams (1997). Displacement and the politics of violence in Nigeria. BRILL. p. 76. ISBN 90-04-10876-9. 
  4. ^ Abdul Mumin Giwa (9 November 2006). "25 years of the Islamic movement in Nigeria: Aims, achievements and obstacles". AhlulBayt Islamic Mission. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  5. ^ "Primary Health Care Plan for Bobinga Local Government Area, Sokoto State, Nigeria". Federal Ministry of Health. September 1986. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ AbdulRaheem Aodu. "Georgian Cup: Africa's most coveted polo trophy". Peoples Daily. Retrieved 2010-01-10.