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Maitama Yusuf

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Maitama Bello Yusuf (born April 22, 1945) is a Nigerian politician and senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

[edit] Life

Yusuf was born in Gwaram, Jigawa State. He attended Gwaram Primary School and then the Birnin Kudu Middle School. He was also educated at Northgate University, Washington and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. A member of the defunct National Party of Nigeria, he was made Minister for Internal Affairs in 1979 and Minister for Commerce in 1982.[1] Prior, to joining politics, he was a lawyer and businessman and had served as a chief registrar at the Chief Magistrate's Court in Kano. He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly.

As minister for Commerce, he was in charge of curtailing imported goods to Nigeria which was massively draining the nation's foreign reserves. Later, as a member of the opposition in the Nigerian senate, he played prominent roles in attacking the third term agenda and indicting President Obasanjo for mismanaging a petroleum development fund, he was also a prominent member of the senate committee on youth and sports.

[edit] Notes

  • 1. ^ "Nigerian President's Visit to Romania," British Broadcasting Corporation, September 18, 1982