Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

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Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

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Muhammad-Bande in 2019
President of the 74th UN General Assembly
In office
17 September 2019 – 15 September 2020
Preceded byMaría Fernanda Espinosa
Succeeded byVolkan Bozkir
Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations
Assumed office
May 2017
PresidentMuhammadu Buhari
Preceded byJoy Ogwu
Director General of the National Institute
for Policy and Strategic Studies
In office
April 2010 – February 2016
Vice Chancellor of the Usman Danfodio University
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-12-07) 7 December 1957 (age 62)
Zagga, Northern Region,
British Nigeria
(now Zagga, Kebbi, Nigeria)
Alma materAhmadu Bello University (B.Sc)
Boston University (M.A)
University of Toronto (Ph.D)

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande OFR (born 7 December 1957) is a Nigerian diplomat, academic and political scientist.[1] He was the President of the United Nations General Assembly since 17 September 2019. He previously served as Vice President from September 2016.[2][3]

He is also the Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations. From 2010 to 2016, he was the director general of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, and was the Vice Chancellor of the Usmanu Danfodio University from 2004 to 2009.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Muhammad-Bande was born and educated in Zagga, a town in present-day Kebbi State.[6]


He attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he received a bachelors degree in political science in 1979 before proceeding to Boston University, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Political Science in 1981. Muhammad-Bande received a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1987.[1][5]


In the 1980s, he taught at the Usman Danfodio University in Sokoto and rose to the rank of professor in 1998.[1] Between 2000 to 2004, Bande served as the Director-General of the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development in Tangier, Morocco.[7] Between 2004 and 2009, he served as Vice Chancellor of Usman Danfodio University before being appointed Director-General of Nigeria's National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, a position he held from 2010 to 2016.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married with four children and his hobbies include swimming, football, field hockey, farming and music.[9]

See also[edit]

list of Ahmadu Bello University Alumni


  1. ^ a b c "Profile of Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande" (PDF). un.org. United Nations. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Muhammad Bande emerges UNGA President". Daily Trust. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Tijjani Muhammad-Bande". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
  4. ^ "Tijjani Muhammad-Bande: 7 things you need to know about Nigerian diplomatic appointed as new President of United Nations General Assembly". www.pulse.ng. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
  5. ^ a b Admin, Web. "Ambassador/Permanent Representative". Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, New York. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
  6. ^ "Quick Fact about New Nigeria's Ambassador to UN, Bande". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Nigerian professor, Muhammad-Bande, appointed president of UN General Assembly". ICIR Nigeria. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Professor Tijjani Bande Announced As President, UN General Assembly". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  9. ^ Osso, Sera (2019-11-28). "MUHAMMAD-BANDE, H.E, Prof. (Amb.) Tijjani". Biographical Legacy and Research Foundation. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
María Fernanda Espinosa
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Succeeded by
Volkan Bozkır