Politics, as they say, is a very dangerous game, what people know but don’t often say is it is also a very lucrative game which makes the number of people interested in it increases every second. A significant portion of Nigerian population gets involved in politics which ranges from taking up political post to passionately discussing the decisions made by those in power at a newspaper stand all across the nation. Nigeria is blessed with politicians known for so many attributes such as political acumen, education qualification, charisma and even wealth to mention a few.
So Who Is The Richest Governor In Nigeria Presently
A sneak peek into the lives of governors in Nigeria shows that just as the finger is not equal, Governors are not equal to their “pocket size” and bank account are not of the same size and strength. The list below shows the rank of governors in Nigeria in terms of their wealth, a little about their personal life and their asset or net worth.
Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria 2018
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
Born on the 27th of May 1957. He is the current Governor of Osun state in his second tenure which should come to an end this year. He was formerly an activist and was also Lagos Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure before he became a Governor. Rauf Aregbesola is the last person that made the list of richest Governors in Nigeria which might be surprising because workers in Osun State has coined a term “Hafsa” which means half salary which he’s currently using to offset worker’s salary in the state.
Abdul’Aziz Abubakar Yari
Born 28th of January 1968. He is a Nigerian politician who was elected Governor of Zamfara State, Nigeria on the 26th of April 2011. He is the 9th richest Governor in Nigeria. This man is one of the richest people in North and he is presently in his second tenure. He was once accused by EFCC of building a hotel of $3m with public money, but like they say in law, “Not guilty until proven”.
Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
One of the wealthiest Governor in Nigeria is Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, born August 1952, he is the present Governor of Nasarawa state. He is comfortably holding the number eight spot on this list. In 1978, he formed Almakura Nigeria Limited, importing and servicing agricultural and industrial machinery. Afterward, he proceeds to invest into “real estate and property development” he is the owner and chairman of popular “Ta’al Nigeria Limited”, Also he has landed properties in Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Washington DC, United States. He managed and owns the most expensive resort “Ta’al Lake Resort”, Abuja and the Ta’al Conference Hotel, Lafia
Born 14th of June 1963, he is the incumbent Governor of Lagos State. He worked as a civil servant for good straight 27 years and also doubled as a financial consultant. Late opine to run for public office as Governor of Lagos State in the year 2015. He is also one of the most loved and popular Governor in Nigeria because his state is the most famous and populous. He is one of the richest Governors in Nigeria.
He is the incumbent Governor of Kwara State occupying the number 6th spot on this list. He is a banker and public servant who was contested and was elected Governor to serve the people of Kwara State in the 26 April 2011 elections, he contested on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), He born 29th of December 1963. In the year 1993, he commenced his work with Guaranty Trust Bank in the Credit and Marketing Unit. In late 1998, he switched from GTB to Societe Generale Bank Nigeria, where he served as a Senior Manager/Group Head, Consumer Banking. His background in the banking and marketing sector pay a way for his prudent acquires his wealth
Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
He is the current Governor of Kaduna State, born on the 16th of February, 1960. He was the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory under the Obasanjo regime. He is occupying the fifth spot on this list of richest Nigeria Governors. He’s very resourceful and transparent (he even went as far as revealing the breakdown of his basic salary which is only slightly less than half a million naira). He has multiple sources of income.
The current Governor of Rivers state is Nyesom Wike was born 13 of December 1967, in an oil producing state in the Niger Delta and south area of Nigeria. He became the Governor of River state in 2015, assumed office on the 29th of May year 2015. He succeeded the current Minister for Transport Rotimi Amaechi. He became governor under the umbrella of PDP, he was also said to be the best performing governor in Nigeria in 2017. What more can be said of a man who could give a 12year old =N=40m as Christmas gift?
sitting pretty at number three is Governor Kashim Shettima, the incumbent Governor of Borno State. He was born on the 2nd of September year 1966. He is one of the richest Northern governors of all time. His wealth has grown multiple folds since he became governor which led ex-Borno governor Ali Modu Sherrif to question his wealth. He is rich enough that he has a Hawker 900XP jet worth $20m (N3.2b).
Abubakar Sani Bello
Abubakar Sani Bello is the incumbent Governor of Niger State, the second richest Governor in Nigeria 2017. He was born 17th December 1967. A child of the Nigerian Billionaire, also former military Governor of old Kano state, Col. Sani Bello (RTD), he is the oldest son of his father, He is from a very wealthy parent apart from participating in Nigeria politics he has a rich background. His family was listed by Forbes magazine than to be among the richest people in Nigeria. Prior to becoming governor, he invested in a different business, no wonder he was the second richest Governor in Nigeria. Before he contested and won an election as the Governor, he was appointed as The Commissioner of Commerce and Investment of Niger State by the then Governor Aliyu Babangida in the year 2009.
The richest Governor in Nigeria is Rochas Okorocha, born 22nd September 1962. He is top of the list. He is currently the Governor of Imo State. He owns a foundation called “Rochas Foundation”, a charity organization encapsulating special schools all over Nigeria for the less privileged children in the Nigerian society. He owns the renowned ‘Rochas’ Motor and a thriving real estate firm. According to an FBI report released in 2016, he was listed as the richest governor in Nigeria. He is the richest Igbo Governor in Nigeria, he contested with President Buhari for the APC presidential ticket in 2015.
That’s all about The Top 10 Richest Governors In Nigeria 2018.