Abdulmumini Aminu

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Abdulmumini Aminu
Governor of Borno State, Nigeria
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August 1985 December 1987
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Colonel (retired) Abdulmumini Aminu (born 1949) was military governor of Borno State, Nigeria between August 1985 and December 1987 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. [1] He later became Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, and then Chairman of the West Africa Football Union.

Borno State State in Nigeria

Borno, also known as Borno State, is a state in north-eastern Nigeria. Its capital is Maiduguri. The state was formed in 1976 from the split of the North-Eastern State. Until 1991 it contained what is now Yobe State. It is the homeland of the Kanuri people in Nigeria.

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

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Ibrahim Babangida Head of State of Nigeria

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Military career

Aminu was one of the officers who arrested General Muhammadu Buhari in the August 1985 coup in which General Ibrahim Babangida came to power. [2] Aminu was a Major in his mid-thirties when Babangida appointed him governor of Borno State later that month. [3] At Nigeria's first national AIDS conference in October 1987 Aminu said the theory that AIDS originated in Africa is a stalking horse for anti-black racism, due to a mentality that attributes everything that is bad and negative to the so-called dark continent. [4] As Borno Governor Aminu was challenged by lack of funds, and initially by resistance to his authority as an outsider. He made education his priority. [5]

Muhammadu Buhari Nigerian president

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After his term as governor, Aminu became an instructor at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. He was then appointed deputy military secretary, then Brigade Commander and then was acting General Officer Commander Jos. He was then appointed Commander of the National Guard, responsible for improving national security. Aminu retired when General Sani Abacha came to power. [5]

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Jos Town in Plateau State, Nigeria

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Aminu was Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in 1997. [6] In the France '98 World Cup competition, he ordered bonus payments of $8,000 each to the Nigerian players, despite losing to Paraguay in the last group match of the competition. In April 1999, as NFA Chairman Aminu was head of Nigeria's Local Organizing Committee, preparing to host World Cup players in Liberty Stadium, Ibadan during the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship tournament. [7] In July 2004 Aminu was a vice-chairman of a 17-man committee set up to re-organise the Nigeria Football Association. [8]

Ibadan Metropolis in Oyo, Nigeria

Ibadan is the capital and most populous city of Oyo State, Nigeria. With a population of over 3 million, it is the third most populous city in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano; it is the country's largest city by geographical area. At the time of Nigeria's independence in 1960, Ibadan was the largest and most populous city in the country, and the second most populous in Africa behind Cairo.

1999 FIFA World Youth Championship

The 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship took place in Nigeria between 3 April and 24 April 1999. This was the 12th edition of the tournament.

He was in competition with Air Commodore Emeka Omeruah to be selected as the next president of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) in 1999. In November 1998 the government expressed their support for Omeruah. [9] In March 1999, the head of Ghana Football Association gave his tacit support to Aminu's bid, provided he showed clear interest in the job. [10] Aminu became president of the West Africa Football Union from 1999 to 2002, and a member of the Confederation of African Football. [5] [11] He set his goal to reinvigorate the almost moribund organization. [12]

Confederation of African Football governing body of association football in Africa

The Confederation of African Football or CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football.


Aminu joined the People's Democratic Party (Nigeria) (PDP) at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic. He later switched to the United Nigeria People's Party (UNPP). [13] Aminu ran for governor of Katsina State in April 2003, but lost out to the incumbent Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, who later went on to become President of Nigeria. [14] During the April 2003 elections, Aminu was arrested in Katsina for alleged electoral malpractices. [15] In April 2004, Aminu rejoined the PDP, saying that the UNPP was in disarray. [13] In June 2007 Aminu was in the running to become to succeed Bala Bawa Ka'oje as the Chairman of the National Sports Commission. [16] The job in fact was given to Abdulrahman Hassan Gimba. [17]

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Katsina State State in Nigeria

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