Muhammadu Ribadu

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Muhammadu Ribadu (born 1909) was a Nigerian politician and former minister for Defense. The son of a district head from Adamawa's Balala district, he was educated early on at a Koranic school before proceeding to the middle school at Yola. While in Yola, he received private tutorship under a colonial officer. Afterwards, he became a teacher at the Yola middle school. After a few years teaching in Yola, he got and proceeded abroad, on a scholarship to study local government. Like a few of his colleagues who took the scholarship, he returned, and thereafter became interested in the nation's political process, he was appointed to the Northern House of Assembly in 1947 and re-elected in 1951. In 1952, he was made minister for Lands as part of an indigenous council of ministers. In 1954, he was elected the second Vice-President of NPC and became literary, the third northern leader behind Ahmadu Bello and Tafawa Balewa.

Electoral history

1959 Adamawa Central parliamentary election

  • Muhammadu Ribadu NPC - 14,266
  • Samson Nadah AG - 4,601
  • Hayatu Wajiri IND - 330
  • Moh Yahya Ahmad NEPU - 1,037


Ribadu Road in Ikoyi Lagos is named after him


  • Rosalynde Ainslie, Catherine Hoskyns, Ronald Segal; Frederick A. Praeger, Political Africa: A Who's Who of Personalities and Parties, Frederick A. Praeger, 1961
  • (2)Guide to the Parliament of the Federation. p 34