Colonel (retired) John Yahaya Madaki was appointed military governor of Katsina State, Nigeriain December 1989 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
He handed over to the elected civilian governor Saidu Bardain January 1992 at the start of the Nigerian Third Republic.
KATSINA POST drafted some five (5) important facts we all need to know about him:
1. State of Origin:
John Yahaya Madadi was born in Gawu Babangida in Guraralocal government, Niger State. He preceded Lawrence Onoja and also succeeded by Saidu Barda as the Governor of the State.
2. Quench the crisis of Islamic Movement in Katsina:
When John Yahaya Madaki Katsina was the center of the Islamic Movement that had been established in 1985 with the goal of establishing an Islamic state in Nigeria.
In May 1990 Madaki warned all religious leaders to stay out of politics, and established a religious board to licence and control the activities of all Islamic preachers in the state. Tensions rose, and after rioting many of the Islamist leaders were arrested.
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3. Later career as golfer:
After retiring from the army, Madaki became a keen amateur golfer and first captain of the IBB Golf and Country Club. In April 2006 he was named a member of the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Tour Sponsorship Committee.
4. Influential Catholic Christian:
Madaki is an influential member of the Catholic Church. In October 2003 he met with church leaders, assuring them of Ibrahim Babangida’s support should he be reelected President in 2007. In 2009 he was chairman of the FCT Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board.
5. He served in the Late President ‘Yar’adua administration:
In August 2007 President Umaru Yar’Aduaapproved his appointment as Special Advisor on Security to the FCT Minister Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar. In this role in May 2009 he endorsed a crack-down on traffic violations in the FCT, not exempting VIP convoys.