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Meet MD Yusuf – politician, philanthropist, former IG of Police from Katsina

Meet MD Yusuf – politician, philanthropist, former IG of Police from Katsina


Alhaji Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu also known as MD Yusufu or MD Yusuf (November 10, 1931 – April 1, 2015) was a Nigerian policeman, Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force, public servant and politician.

Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu rose to the position of Inspector General of the Nigerian Police, a post he held from 1975 to 1979 during the military rule of Generals Murtala Mohammed and Olusegun Obasanjo. He was appointed the chairman of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas(NLNG) in 1994. In 2003, he ran as a presidential candidate.

MD Yusuf joined the Nigeria Police Force in July 1962 around the time when the treason trial of late Yoruba leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo began.

Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu headed the Grassroots Democratic Movement in Nigeria during the period of transition to democracy launched by General Sani Abacha in 1997–1998. The organization had a left-wing orientation. In 2000, he became chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, a Northern cultural and political association.

After the April 2003 elections, both Muhammadu Buhari of the ANPP and Dikko Yusufu, who had run as the presidential candidate of the Movement for Democracy and Justice (MDJ), challenged the election victory by President Obasanjo. However, in June 2003, Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu said that defeated contestants who were not ready to go to court should accept their defeat in good faith.

In November 2003, Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu said the grant of asylum by President Olusegun Obasanjo to the deposed Liberian president, Charles Taylor could not be defended on the ground of either justice or common sense and was therefore impeachable.

MD Yusuf had an issue with what he perceived as Olusegun Obasanjo’s interference with the administrations of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan. According to him, Obasanjo doesn’t seem to be satisfied with being out of office. He once said on the former President: “He is not satisfied with anybody taking over the running of this country and that is dangerous. Nigerians should watch out.”

MD Yusufu died on April 1, 2015 in Abuja.


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