Garba Nadama

Garba Nadama (1938 – 4 May 2020) was a Nigerian politician who was the second civilian governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria, in the short-lived Nigerian Second Republic, holding office from January 1982 to November 1983. He succeeded Shehu Kangiwa, who had died in a polo accident.[1]

Garba Nadama
Governor of Sokoto State
In office
January 1982 – December 1983
Preceded byShehu Kangiwa
Succeeded byGarba Duba
Personal details
Died4 May 2020(2020-05-04) (aged 81–82)
Political partyNational Party of Nigeria
Alma materAhmadu Bello University (PhD)


Garba Nadama obtained a Ph.D. in History from Ahmadu Bello University in 1977.[2]

Nadama was a fierce rival of Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau for the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) nomination for Sokoto deputy governor in 1979.[3] He was described as a quiet, urbane and principled conservative politician.[4] In July 1982 Sokoto State received a N96 million loan from the World Bank.[5] In December 1982, the Federal government provided N400,000 to Sokoto State to use in reducing gully erosion. Nadama described the amount as meager and insufficient to handle the problem.[6] On 8 March 1993 he commissioned a new transmitter for the Nigerian Television Authority in Gusau.[7]The Federal Polytechnic, Kaura-Namoda (now in Zamfara State) was established during his tenure.[8]

Nadama left office after the 1983 military coup in which Major General Muhammadu Buhari took power.[1][9]

Nadama became a member of the National Political Reform Council, and later became a prominent member of People's Democratic Party (PDP).[4] Nadama became a director of Societe Generale Bank Nigeria (SGBN).[10] In April 2008, he was deputy National Secretary of a committee to review recommendations for resolving internal differences in the PDP.[11]

Nadama died on 4 May 2020 and is survived by four wives and eighteen children.[12][13]


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  5. ^ "Load for Sokoto State" (PDF). Kaduna Gaskiya Ta Fi Kwabo. 15 July 1982. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  6. ^ Adebisi Adekunle (7 December 1982). "Money Provided for Erosion in Sokot State" (PDF). Kaduna New Nigerian. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  7. ^ "New Television Transmitter" (PDF). US Department of Commerce. 30 March 1983. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Welcome". Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda. Retrieved 21 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "North-South Conflicts Evident in Shagari Trial, Press Repression" (PDF). Africa Confidential. 31 July 1985. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  10. ^ Uhomoibhi Toni Aburime. "IMPACT OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION ON BANK PROFITABILITY IN NIGERIA" (PDF). African Journal of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Banking Research Vol. 4. No. 4. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  11. ^ Abiodun Adelaja (1 April 2008). "PDP - Ogbulafor Blasts Ali Over Ekwueme's Panel Report". Daily Champion. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  12. ^ Former Sokoto governor dies at 82
  13. ^ Muhammad, Rakiya A.; Sokoto (17 May 2020). "As the light dims on Garba Nadama, Sokoto's second civilian governor". Daily Trust. Retrieved 17 May 2020.