Usman Faruk

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Usman Faruk
Military Governor of North-Western State
In office
27 May 1967 – 29 July 1975
Preceded by Hassan Katsina
(Northern Region)
Succeeded by Lt. Colonel Umaru Mohammed
Personal details
Born 1935

Commissioner of Police (retired) Alhaji Usman Faruk (born 1935) was the first Military Governor of North-Western State in Nigeria from 1967 to 1975 after it was split off from the old Northern Region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.[1] He was dismissed from office by General Murtala Mohammed, who took power in a coup on 29 July 1975, and who then launched a probe that found him guilty of illegally enriching himself while in office.[2] He was later reinstated by the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida regime after being cleared of all charges, and was given his full benefits and retirement rank.[citation needed] Shortly after he left office the state was split into Niger State and Sokoto State.[1]

He published a pamphlet in 1988 that attacked the national population control program that the Nigerian military government was advocating. In it he said that "No good Muslim will ever accept any human directive which contravenes the laws of Allah." He said that widespread promotion of anti-pregnancy drugs and devices would lead to "an earthquake of moral laxity."[3] This view, common in the North, may have contributed to the spread of AIDS and polio.[4]

He supported establishing a commodity marketing board to fix or control the prices of produce and animals such as cows, goats and sheep. The board would also preserve produce for times of need, and would set up processing companies for perishable produce such as tomatoes and other vegetables.[5]

In a 2006 press interview he said that the poor pay and equipment of the police could not be justified, and was the cause of the state of insecurity in the country.[6] Usman Faruk was awarded Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in September 2006.[citation needed] In July 2009, his sixth son, Police Superintendent Abdulaziz Faruk, was killed during violence in Maiduguri triggered by the Boko Haram extreme Islamist sect.[7]


  • Usman Faruk (1992). The struggle of the national association for the creation of more states. Northern Nigerian Pub. Co. ISBN 978-169-314-2. 
  • Usman Faruk (1995). My vision. Hudahuda Publishing Co. 
  • Usman Faruk (2006). From farm house to government house: path of destiny. Amana Publishers. ISBN 978-056-261-3. 


  1. ^ a b "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  2. ^ Max Siollun (2009). Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria's Military Coup Culture (1966-1976). Algora Publishing. p. 186. ISBN 0-87586-708-1. 
  3. ^ "Population Control: Centrepiece of Imperialist Aggression Against the Muslim World". Mission Islam. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ Kuburah Hameedu. "Underlying Causes Of The Polio Vaccine Rejection In Northern Nigeria". Friends of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  5. ^ Mohammed Kawu. "Ex-governor advocates commodity marketing boards for Northern produce". People's Daily. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  6. ^ Auwal Ahmed (2 March 2006). "Ex-governor seeks better welfare for police". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-05. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Peace: Traders nationwide to collaborate with security agents". Daily Triumph. July 3, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-05.