Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is a prominent Nigerian economist and politician who has made significant contributions to the country’s political landscape. He was born on July 7, 1969, in Zaria, Baba-Ahmed hails from the esteemed Baba-Ahmed family. He has served as a Senator for the Kaduna North Senatorial District and was a member of the House of Representatives. Baba-Ahmed’s political career spans several years, during which he has been associated with different political parties. He is currently a member of the Labour Party and was chosen as the party’s vice presidential nominee for the 2023 presidential election, partnering with Peter Obi.
Early Life And Education
Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed was born into the Baba-Ahmed family in Zaria, Kaduna state in 1969. His father, Baba Ahmed, was an Arab cattle-trader from modern-day Mauritania who later became a renowned scholar and expert on Islamic jurisprudence. Baba-Ahmed pursued his education at the University of Maiduguri, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Economics. Prior to entering politics, he worked in The Nigerian Security Printing and Minting PLC in Lagos. In 2006, while serving as a Federal representative, he completed his PhD studies at the University of Westminster, earning the title of Doctor of Philosophy.
Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed Political Career
Baba-Ahmed’s political career began in 2003 when he was elected to the Federal House of Representatives for the Zaria Federal Constituency in Kaduna State. He ran on the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and quickly gained recognition for his principled activism. During President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, Baba-Ahmed was among the lawmakers who opposed the idea of allowing Obasanjo to run for a third term. He became known for his vocal opposition to corruption and the Third Term Agenda.
In 2007, Baba-Ahmed took the Independent National Electoral Commission to court over the conduct of past elections. He contested and won the Kaduna North Senatorial elections in 2011 under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), which was then led by President Muhammadu Buhari. However, his victory was challenged in court by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leading to a controversial overturning of his win.
In 2018, Baba-Ahmed ran for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but was unsuccessful. In 2022, he joined the Labour Party and was nominated as the Vice Presidential candidate for the 2023 Nigeria General election, partnering with Peter Obi.
Advocacy For Good Governance And Anti-Corruption
Throughout his political career, Baba-Ahmed has been a passionate advocate for good governance and has actively spoken out against corruption. His principled activism and unwavering stance against corruption have earned him respect and recognition among his peers and constituents. He has been vocal about the need for transparency, accountability, and the rule of law in Nigerian politics.
Business Ventures And Education
Aside from his political endeavors, Baba-Ahmed has been involved in business and education. He is the founder and Pro-Chancellor of Baze University, an independent institution located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. Baze University, which opened in April 2011, is known for its high standards and has been regarded as one of the most expensive universities in Nigeria. Baba-Ahmed’s experiences studying abroad have inspired him to improve the Nigerian educational system, which he has described as “appalling.”