Let’s talk about the top ten richest governors in Nigeria. It must be noted that some Nigerian governors were already wealthy before they were elected into their respective offices. While some were born into wealth, others were successful entrepreneurs.
Top 10 Richest Governors in Nigeria
1. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello
First on the list is the Governor of Niger State – Abubakar Sani Bello. Born on the 17th of January, 1967 into a wealthy family, Sani Bello grew in wealth, and it continues even now as a Governor of his State.
Although he receives huge salaries and allowances as Governor, Bello is a man whose family’s wealth has previously caught the attention of Forbes – and they have been rated as one of the richest families in Africa. Considering these factors, he is being regarded as the richest governor in Nigeria as things stand now.
2. Governor Nyesom Wike
Nyesom Wike is the current governor of Rivers State – one of the oil-producing states in Nigeria. Wike, who took over from Rotimi Amaechi, has accumulated a lot of wealth before he became the governor of the state. Hence, he is placed on the second spot on the list of richest governors in Nigeria.
Back then in 2011, Wike was made the Minister of State for Education by the Federal government in power. Following the sacking of the then Minister of Education (in the person of Mrs. Riqqayatu), Wike took over from her temporarily, before he resigned to contest for the office of the Governor. He was able to amass tons of support that got him the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as he was able to win the primary election. He also won the general elections and he found himself in the office of the Governor of Rivers State.
3. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
Next on the list is the Governor of Kaduna State, in the person of Nasir El-Rufai. Nasir, who is rumoured to be eyeing the Presidency, has grown his wealth before he became Governor of Kaduna State. El-Rufai studied Quantity Surveying at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, and he is known for his intelligence in academics. He graduated with a First Class Honors degree before leaving for Harvard Business School. We should also add that this Man is also an LL.B graduate from the prestigious University of London, which is an indication that he has always known what wealth is.
In Nigeria, he has served as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, the head privatization agency before he was made the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. So, El-Rufai has been wealthy before he decided to contest for the office of the Governor of Kaduna State.
4. Governor Dapo Abiodun
The next is the amiable Governor of Ogun State, in the person of Prince Dapo Abiodun. He is currently regarded as the fourth richest governor in Nigeria. Before he came on board, he has been in the business world doing fine for himself. He has been making a lot of money from the oil and gas sector, and his oil firm – Heydon Petroleum, is fetching him a lot of money.
5. Willie Obiano
Another very rich Governor in Nigeria (who has been rich before coming onboard) is Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State.
Born as Willie Maduaburochukwu Obiano, the handsome Governor is known for his activities in the business world before he decided to go into politics. He has made a lot of money as a businessman and banker (having worked in the banking sector) before becoming a politician. Right now, he is regarded as the fifth richest governor in Nigeria.
6. Abdulfatai Ahmed
Abdulfatai Ahmed is another rich Nigerian Governor. He is the current governor of Kwara State, and he has made a lot of money in his career in academics before joining politics.
Ahmed started his career as a lecturer in Organic Chemistry years before now. Along the lines, while at the Federal College of Arts and Science in Sokoto, he served as a temporal HOD. Afterward, he moved to Lagos to pick the role of an Assistant Manager at District Savings and Loans in Lagos State.
Armed with the right experiences and expertise, Ahmed dipped himself fully into the banking sector, starting with Guaranty Trust Bank before joining Societe Generale Bank Nigeria (he was made a Senior Manager/Group Head, Consumer Banking). So, here is a man who has made a lot of money before joining politics.
As for his political journey, it started after he was made Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development in Kwara State. He gathered the right education and support that enabled him to contest the gubernatorial election and won despite all odds.
7. Governor Godwin Obaseki
Next is Godwin Obaseki, the current Governor of Edo state. He is another Governor who has accumulated wealth before he emerged as Governor of his state. One thing we should add is that Mr. Godwin is one of the most educated Nigerian governors right now.
He climbed to the position of Governor via the All Progressives Congress currently in People’s Democratic Party.
8. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
Aminu Tambuwal is the current Governor of Sokoto State, and he is one of the richest governors in Nigeria as things stand now. Before he became a Governor, he has been an influential man in the Nigerian political space – being a former speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives.
Interestingly, Tambuwal is regarded as one of the most influential Northern politicians in Nigeria currently, as he is deemed one of the most performing governors, not only in the northern part of Nigeria but in the country as a whole.
9. Ganduje of Kano State
Another very rich Nigerian Governor is Ganduje of Kano State. He is regarded as the ninth richest Nigerian governor.
Despite that he is building various infrastructures in his State, he is also regarded as one of the most corrupt governors in Nigeria. The APC governor, who won the second term some months ago, was seen in a leaked video collecting bribes. The video went viral and left a serious stain on his name.
10. Governor Bala Mohammed
Finally on the list of richest Governors in Nigeria is the governor of Bauchi State – in the person of Bala Mohammed. This man has accumulated a lot of wealth before he became the Governor of his State.
Bala Mohammed used to be the Minister of Abuja before he attained his current position.
In conclusion, we should clarify that there are some other Nigerian governors that have been wealthy before becoming governors of their States. For instance, another rich Governor is Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State. He is a well-known businessman who made known his billionaire status before he was made the Governor of the State.
Nevertheless, one thing that annoys many Nigerians about these governors is that, despite how rich these guys are, their States are still poor. In fact, some of them are not only unconcerned about the poor state of their people but are still swallowing huge funds (legally and illegally) that should have been utilized to ensure development in the society and lives of people.
That’s all about the richest governors in Nigeria.