Hamza Abdullahi, Nigerian politician, Died at 73

Air Vice Marshal retired Hamza Abdullahi was born on March 2, 1945, in Hadejia, Jigawa State and died on January 3, 2019.

He was Governor of Kano State in Nigeria from January 1984 to August 1985 during the military regime of General Muhammadu Buhari.


After General Ibrahim Babangida took control, Hamza was delegated Minister of Works and Housing, and later Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

Hamza attended the Nigeria Air Force Tactical Training Wing, Kaduna in 1964.

He finished the Aircraft Technical Officer’s Course in West Germany 1964– 1966.

He trained at the Royal Military Training Center in Chichester, England in 1974.

In July 1975, Lt. Colonel he was air provost marshal and assisted in the coup that removed General Yakubu Gowon from power, replacing him with General Murtala Mohammed.

He was selected the Governor of Kano State in January 1984, he declared in January 1985 that his administration was reviving the Expanded Program on Immunization, focusing on youngsters and pregnant ladies in danger from preventable sicknesses.

As Minister of Federal Capital Territory from 1986 to 1989, he oversaw the construction of Phase 1 of Abuja.

Hamza goal was to have 75% of the ministries in Abuja by 1990, the target date for the official transfer of the capital from Lagos.

Hamza described the new city as “a symbol of our unity”.

He was advanced air bad habit marshal in October 1988 and resigned from the Nigerian Air Force two months after the fact.

He passed away at 73 years old.