PROFILE: AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Governor of Kwara State, Nigeria [2019 -]


AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was born in Zaria, Kaduna State, into the family of the first lawyer from the country’s northern region, AGF Abdulrazaq, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who holds the prominent traditional titles of Mutawalli Ilorin and Tafida of Zazzau (Zaria). 

 

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, a Muslim, comes from Ilorin West Local Government, which is in the Kwara Central Senatorial District of the State. He speaks Yoruba, English, and Hausa languages fluently.

 

He attended Capital School, Kaduna, between 1966 and 1968; Bishop Smith Memorial School, Ilorin, between 1970 and 1971; and Government College Kaduna where he sat
and obtained his West African School Certificate Examination (WASC).

He joined politics in 1999 when Nigeria returned to democracy. In 2011 he contested for the
governorship of Kwara State on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and for Kwara Central Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He failed on both attempts.
However, as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the March 9, 2019 election, he prevailed after scoring 331,546 votes. He defeated his closest challenger, Razaq Atunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 114,754 votes.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq taking the oath of office at this inaugration in 2019

Prior to his foray into politics, AbdulRahman’s entrepreneurial spirit drove him to make history at the age of 29 when he founded NOPA Oil Services, the first indigenous company to trade in crude oil and petroleum products to the global markets (United States, Europe and Asia) and also to import crude oil and petroleum products into Nigeria. His success story inspired other young entrepreneurs who have also become accomplished oil and gas magnates. 

With his knowledge in the petroleum industry, AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq also ventured into other sectors such as agriculture, construction, information technology, shipping and real estate. He is a consultant to various multinational oil companies and governments, including Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.

He is also acclaimed for his silent philanthropic activities. These include educational scholarships for indigenes and provision of potable water for disadvantaged communities in Kwara State. Hundreds of women and youths have also benefited from his empowerment programmes, vocational training, provision of start-up capital for small-scale businesses and provision of tools, post vocational training.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq taking the oath of office at this inaugration in 2019

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is a supporter of people living with disabilities. His contributions include a donation of Braille learning tools, educational aids, and equipment to School of the Blind in Ilorin and Pacelli School of the Blind. His charitable nature is also not limited to Kwara State. He has generously donated to good causes such as his support to the Children of Africa Foundation whose major project is Mother and Child’s Hospital (MCH) Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire. His good work on philanthropy is not limited to Kwara State. Since assuming office, he has prioritised the School of Special Needs in Ilorin while facilities for people with disabilities and the vulnerable, including correctional centers, have received his attention.

He is also passionate about giving opportunities to young people, which possibly explains the preponderance of people below and in their 40s in his cabinet. It has been said that AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq has the youngest and most gender-friendly cabinet in the country.
The governor is happily married to Olufolake AbdulRazaq with children,

 

He is the 20th Governor of Kwara, one of Nigeria’s first-generation States.

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