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Fintiri Breaks Rank With Fellow Northern Govs In Appointing Female CJ, Unveiling Female Dep Gov

The Oasis Reporters

October 30, 2022




Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Fintiri (left), Judge Hafsat Abdulrahman

..female deputy governorship running mate, Farauta for the 2023 race, unveiled 


Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state in Nigeria’s northeast seems to have gone for broke in his relationships with his fellow far northern Muslim governors who not only play divisive politics with the feminine gender, but absolutely abhor appointing women to the top echelons of the judiciary.


So the governor who has won top prizes in infrastructural development in the north grabs the headlines and bragging rights as the first governor in the Muslim governed areas of the far north to appoint a female Chief Judge.

“Today, we stand at the threshold of history and I am honoured to be the first Governor of Adamawa State to nominate a woman and a brilliant Judge Hafsat Abdulrahman to be sworn-in in an Acting capacity as Chief Judge of the State Judiciary”.




In pretty much part of the north, their belief is that women should be seen only, and not heard. But in Adamawa State, to know what the law says, you have to hear it from a woman who is the Chief law officer.

When a similar scenario offered itself for a woman as the most senior member of the judiciary to be appointed as Chief Judge of Kebbi state, the state governor balked at it. Worse still, the woman, Justice Elizabeth Karatu happened to be a minority Christian. Not only was she frustrated out of office, she was humiliated by junior staff male members in her office and prevented from functioning.

Gov. Atiku Bagudu (top), Justice Elizabeth Karatu

On June 14, 2019, Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu removed Justice Elizabeth Karatu, from office as acting Chief Judge of the State and appointed Justice Sulaiman Ambursa to act in that capacity, following the Kebbi State House of Assembly’s refusal to confirm Justice Karatu as substantive Chief Judge of the state.


A similar saga also happened in Gombe state going by a petition to the National Judicial Council (NJC), urging the body to rise up and defend the integrity of the Judiciary in the country against the interfering tendencies by some State Governments, especially as it involves female judicial officers.

The petition lamented what it described as an unconstitutional process in the selection of a substantive Chief Judge for Gombe State, aimed at preventing Honourable Justice Beatrice Illiya from assuming the position of the State’s Chief Judge, “in a manner which clearly violates the known conventions and our laws”. The allegation centered on “the continued refusal of the Gombe State government to allow Honorable Justice Beatrice Illiya function which was premised on the major reasons of her religion, gender and her Tangale-Waja ethnic background.

“The action of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya is just one of his numerous attempts at desperately seeking to control the judiciary. This desperation has been taken further, with the appointment of Hon. Justice Mua’zu A. Pindiga as a replacement, in clear violation of Section 271 subsection 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“For the purpose of clarity, Justice Pindiga is by far a junior officer to Justice Beatrice Illiya and we sincerely believe his nomination deserves being thrown out, by your noble Council. We firmly believe as Nigerians, that the judiciary being the last hope of the common man, should not be manipulated by politicians, as the case of Gombe State judiciary is an attempt to impose a burden of credibility on the NJC.

Consider also that Aliyu Tola, a man, was in 2015 sworn in as the Commissioner for Women Affairs by Governor Jibrilla Bindow in Adamawa State!

So having a female Chief Judge in Adamawa state is actually a big deal and a first.

Bindow’s successor, though a Muslim also but a minority tribesman from the largely Christian state, Ahmadu Fintiri broke ranks with the largely conservative thinking in the north by also unveiling a female as deputy Governor, Farauta who would be his 2023 running mate for his final term in office as governor.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State unveiled Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, the Vice Chancellor, Adamawa State University, (ADSU) Mubi as his running mate for the 2023 general elections under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Greg Abolo

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