Prof: Mahmood Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu is a Nigerian academic and current Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).[1] Subject to approval by the Council of State, Mahmood was appointed to office by President Muhammadu Buhari on 21 October 2015, succeeding Amina Zakari, who served as acting chairman.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mahmood Yakubu was born in Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria. He completed his basic and secondary school education at Kobi Primary School and Government Teachers College, Toro, respectively.[3] He proceeded to the University of Sokoto (now Usmanu Danfodiyo University), where he became the first and, to date, only Nigerian from the North to obtain a first-class degree certificate in history.[4] In 1991, Mahmood graduated from the University of Oxford with a doctorate in philosophy, specializing in Nigerian history.[3] The Bauchi State Government offered him a scholarship to study at both the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.[5] He went on to become a three-time recipient of the Overseas Research Scholarship, and also won the Commonwealth Scholarship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.[3]


Yakubu is a lecturer, guerrilla warfare expert, and professor of political history and international studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy.[6] Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood served as the executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, being appointed to office in 2007 by then-President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.[7][8] During his tenure as secretary, a National Book Development Fund was established, supporting 102 journals of professional associations.[3]
Yakubu also served as Assistant Secretary of Finance and Administration at the 2014 National Conference.[9] In 2013 he was awarded an honorary fellowship to the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.[10]
On 7 January 2019, he released a new voting system for the 2019 general election[11].


·         Mahmood Yakubu; Nigerian Defence Academy (2005). Crisis and conflict management in Nigeria since 1980. Nigerian Defence Academy. ISBN 978-978-135-140-2.
·         Alhaji Mahmood Yakubu (1996). Western Education in Northern Nigeria: Challenges and Strategies. National Gamji Memorial Club. ISBN 978-978-32931-0-6.

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