Nigeria is an independent nation with 36 states which we can affirm that the country has 36 governors. These governors are so rich that people argue that they embezzle government funds and use it for their own personal selfish goals. However, this argument cannot be totally true as some of the richest governors in Nigeria have accumulated a lot of wealth for themselves outside the political scene. They are notable when it comes to business and are making money from their various businesses. However, this does not dispute the fact that most them still embezzle public funds.
Today, CorrectNG brings to you the list of the top 10 richest governors in Nigeria.
10. Rauf Aregbesola
Although Rauf Aregbesola is one of the Nigerian governors faced with administrative setbacks such as the inability to distribute salaries to public workers, the current governor of Osun State has managed to claim the tenth position amongst the richest Nigerian governors.
Rauf Aregbesola, who was re-elected into Osun State’s gubernatorial office in 2015, reportedly served his people right during his first tenure when he provided them with several infrastructural facilities. However, Osun State currently undergoes undesirable conditions because the government has failed to perform its administrative roles effectively.[AdSense-A]
9. Abdul’Aziz Abubakar Yari
Following his re-election into the gubernatorial office of Zamfara State, Abdul’Aziz Abubakar Yari is expected to remain the governor of the State till 2019. Regarded as one of the richest governors hailing from the Northern region of the country, Abdul’Aziz Abubakar Yari has taken advantage of his political status to magnify his wealth. Hence, his name is worthy of mention among Nigeria’s top 10 richest governors.
8. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is another Northern governor and currently, he dominates the gubernatorial seat of Nasarawa State. Nasarawa State might not rank well among the richest Nigerian States –due to its meagre GDP and its low rate of development –but the fact is that Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has been favoured by wealth increase since he became a governor. Hence, he is not only one of the richest Northern governors but also the eighth richest Nigerian governor.
7. Akinwunmi Ambode
Born in 1963, Akinwunmi Ambode is regarded as one of Nigeria’s best performing governors. Besides being one of the richest governors in Nigeria, Akinwunmi Ambode (who currently governs Lagos State) has been acclaimed massively for transforming Lagos State. Since Lagos State is unarguably the richest Nigerian State – based on GDP statistics – it isn’t a surprise that Governor Ambode claims the seventh spot among the country’s wealthiest governors.
Preceded by Governor Raji Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode emerged as the governor of Lagos State in 2015. Meanwhile, he rose to this gubernatorial position after having defeated Jimi Agbaje –his toughest contestant from the opposition party –Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Prior to his emergence as the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode served in Lagos State’s civil department for years.
6. Abdulfatai Ahmed
It is quite remarkable to find out that most of the richest governors in Nigeria are Northern governors. Therefore, Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed –who currently occupies the gubernatorial seat of Kwara State –claims the sixth position on our list of Top 10 Richest Governors in Nigeria.
Born in 1963, Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed hails from Saare –one of the regions in Kwara State. In 2015, he was re-elected to the office to serve a second term as the governor of Kwara State. Although Kwara State is obviously one of the underdeveloped Nigerian States –particularly as a result of poor administration –Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed has managed to amass his own wealth, leaving many public workers to cry over unpaid salaries.
5. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
Born in 1960 in Kaduna State –his native State and one of the States in the Northern region, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai serves as the incumbent governor of Kaduna. Following the 2015 gubernatorial elections, he emerged into the governorship status and on frequent occasions, he has been considered a vehement critic of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan –Nigeria’s former President.
4. Nyesom Wike
Nyesom Wike is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He became the governor of Rivers State in 2015 after having succeeded his predecessor –Rotimi Amaechi. Besides his notable reputation as one of the richest Nigerian governors, Nyesom Wike has performed remarkably in steering the progress of Rivers State –one of the Niger Delta States notable for their vast deposits of crude oil.
Apart from the fact that Rivers State is one of the progressive Nigerian States, Nyesom Wike has been labelled Nigeria’s best performing governor for the current year.[AdSense-A]
3. Kashim Shettima
Born in 1966, Kashim Shettima dominates the third position and currently serves as the governor of Borno State. Ali Modu Sheriff –who formerly held Kashim Shettima’s position as the governor of Borno State –once served as the wealthiest governor in Nigeria.
Although Borno State currently undergoes severe threats and setbacks imposed on it by Boko Haram, Kashim Shettima has managed to amass his own wealth and this makes him the second richest Northern governor as well as the third richest Nigerian governor.
2. Abubakar Sani Bello
Born in 1967, Abubakar Sani Bello is of Northern descent and presently, he serves as the governor of Niger State –one of the States in the North Central zone. Previously, he was Nigeria’s richest governor but due to the massive surge in governor Okorocha’s wealth, Sani Bello now claims the second spot among Nigeria’s richest governors.
Meanwhile, Governor Sani Bello is believed to have emerged from one of the wealthiest families in Northern Nigeria. As regards this, his family has appeared on Forbes’ list of richest African families. Although Niger State has no place among Nigeria’s top 10 richest States, Abubakar Sani Bello –in the company of his family –has carved out a significant path as one of the richest governors in Nigeria.
1. Rochas Okorocha
Born in 1962, Rochas Okorocha is not only a Nigerian governor but also one of the influential personalities hailing from the South East. Rochas Okorocha, who serves as the incumbent governor of Imo State, is certainly the richest man amongst Nigeria’s governors. Besides being Nigeria’s wealthiest governor, Rochas Okorocha happens to be the richest among the Igbo governors in Nigeria’s South East. In 2015, Rochas Okorocha engaged in a preliminary contest with Muhammadu Buhari –Nigeria’s current President –for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).[AdSense-A]
With a view to promoting the welfare of the people, Rochas Okorocha established Rochas Foundation –a charitable organization. And apart from his remarkable presence in the political sphere, Rochas Okorocha has made his mark as a fortunate businessman.
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