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Sule Lamido (Born August 30, 1948) is a native of Bamaina village, Jigawa State and is one of the few northerners that has gained wide-level exposure in leadership.
He attended Birnin Kudu school, for his primary education in 1955 and proceeded for his secondary education at the prestigious Barewa College, Zaria, Kaduna State.
Lamido embarked on a course in Railway engineering at the Permanent way training school, Zaria, Kaduna where he gained knowledge on the rail transport operations.
Upon graduation from the Permanent Way Training School, Lamido started his career as a Quality Control officer at the Nigeria Tobacco Company in Zaria.
He also worked in Bamaina Holding Company, amongst other companies in the country.
In 1992 Sule Lamido ventured into politics, first in the second republic as a member of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) where he was an active member.
Lamido was also active in the third republic, as a member of the Social Democratic Party(SDP), and played a key role as the National Secretary in the party.
The seasoned politician was also a delegate of the 1995 National Constitutional Conference in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
During the military junta of Late Gen Sani Abacha, Lamido was a member of the G-34 political movement which was a notable and powerful opposition group that shaped Nigeria’s fourth republic.
After several years of the Military junta in Nigeria, Sule Lamido returned back to active politics in the fourth republic under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.
He was appointed the Foreign Affairs Minister in the first four years of President Olusegun Obasanjo (1999-2003) at a time Nigeria had to reposition and redeem its image in the international community.
As Foreign Minister he travelled with Former President Obasanjo across the globe, restoring broken relationships with the western bloc nations and opening new frontiers with countries like Japan, Russia, Brazil, China and Australia.
Other roles he played as foreign minister was representing Nigeria in the United Nations, G-77 bloc of nations, Commonwealth of nations, Organization of African Unity and Economic Community of West Africa States.
In November 2001, at the United Nations , Lamido described the corrosive impact of corruption on new democracies such as Nigeria, and called for "an international instrument" against transfer of looted funds abroad.
After serving as a Minister between 1999-2003, he remained a stakeholder in Jigawa State and National politics for the PDP, contested and won the 2007 Gubernatorial elections.
As Governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido put the State on national scale with significant investments in infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture, housing & urban development, empowerment programmes, education, rural development and industrial projects.
In 2015 he and his sons were put on trial for embezzling state fund by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Lamido was born on 30 August 1948 in Bamaina, Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State Nigeria.
With the defeat of the PDP in the 2015 general elections, Sule Lamido repositioned himself as a strategic party leader, with an ambition for the Presidential elections in 2019.
Despite his travails with the EFCC, Lamido has expressed confidence that he is a transparent and honest Nigerian, dedicated to serving the nation.
The former Governor of Jigawa believes he has what it takes to lead Nigeria, if given the opportunity to represent the PDP.
Several groups in the country are interestingly drumming support for Lamido’s candidacy ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Lamido is a politician with a capacity to build consensus across the nation and has garnered over 4 decades experience in politics, that cannot be ignored.
Sule Lamido is indeed one politician to watch as 2019 beckons and a key player that will shape events in the People’s Democratic Party.
He is married to Hajiya Maryam Sule Lamido and they are blessed with children.