Marginalization: Minority Ethnic Groups have Ruled Nigeria More-Hausa leader


A prominent Northern politician, Alhaji S. G. Ahmad has said that contrary to widely held opinions, no military man or politician of Hausa extraction have ruled Nigeria before, but only minority indigenes from Northern part of the country.

Mr. Ahmad, who said this in a chat with My Backyard Story, suggested that the Hausas, though being a major ethnic group in Nigeria and indeed the whole of Africa are the ones who have been marginalized, when it comes to leading the West African country.

Ahmad noted that “of all the 14 persons that have ruled the country in one capacity or the other, Nine (9) of them who were generally referred to as Hausas are not.  

“Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the first Prime Minister of Independent Nigeria was Gere; Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Angas; Gen. Murtala Muhammed, Berom; Alh. Shehu Shagari, Fulani as well as President Muhammadu Buhari are Fulanis.

“Gen. Ibrahim Babangida Badamosi is Gwari/Gbagyi; Gen. Sanni Abacha, Kanuri; Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, Gwari/Gbagyi; and late Musa Yar’adua, Fulani.”

The Hausa are a diverse, but culturally homogenous people based primarily in Sahelian and Sudanian Daura area of Northern Nigeria, with significant numbers also living in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad Togo,  Ghana, Sudan and Senegal.

The largest population of Hausa are concentrated in Nigeria and Niger. Predominantly Hausa-speaking communities are scattered throughout West Africa, and on the traditional Hajj route north and east traversing the Sahara Desert, with an especially large population around and in the town of Agadez.