Biography of Attahiru Jega

Biography of Attahiru Jega

Attahiru Muhammadu Jega was born on January 11, 1957 in Jega, Kebbi State of Nigeria. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano who becameChairman of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) on June 8, 2010 subject to Senate confirmation, as a replacement for Professor Maurice Iwu, who vacated the post on April 28, 2010.

Attahiru Jega attended Sabon Gari Town Primary School, Jega between the years 1963 and 1969, from where he proceeded to Government Secondary School, Birnin Kebbi where he had his secondary education. He got admission into The Ahmadu Bello University Zaria's Bayero University College, Kano in 1974, where he graduated in the year 1979 with a Second Class Upper Division, bagging a BSc degree in Political Science.

Jega initially started his career as a teaching assistant at Bayero University, he later won a fellowship at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in the United States (1981?1984) where he obtained a PhD in Political Sciences. When he came back, he returned as a lecturer in the Political Science Department of the Bayero University in the year 1984.

Jega was a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos between March 1992 ? March 1993; visiting Research Fellow of the Department of Political Science, University of Stockholm, Sweden (1994), Deputy Vice-chancellor (Academic) at Bayero University (1995?1996) and director of the Centre for Democratic Research and Training, Bayero University (2000?2004). In the year 2005, Attahiru Jega was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University.

Attahiru Jega was an active unionist. In the 1990s, he was the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and during his term of office, he strongly opposed Babangida military government. Jega is widely seen as an astute intellectual with a strong sense of ethics and morality.

In the year 2008, Jega was appointed a member of the Justice Mohammed Uwais Electoral Reform Committee, which came-up with a report on December 11, 2008 recommending among other things that commissions be established to deal with Electoral Offences, Constituency Delimitation and Political Parties Registration and Regulation. Also part of the report is a recommendation of proportional representation and that the INEC head should be appointed by the judiciary rather than the President.

On March 28, 2015, under Jega?s leadership as the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, a general elections were conducted, and both Nigerians and the entire World saw that as free, fair and credible declaring the APC Presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari as winner who defeated the Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

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