Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa

This article is about a traditional leader of the Adamawa Emirate. It is not to be confused with Mohammed Barkindo, a Secretary General of OPEC.

Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa (born February 1944) was turbaned on 18 March 2010 as the traditional ruler, or Lamido, of the Adamawa Emirate in Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria. The ceremony followed approval of the appointment by state governor Murtala Nyako.[1]

Early career

Barkindo was born in Yola in February 1944, eldest son of the Lamido Aliyu Musdafa.[1] He attended Barewa College, Zaria and then Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Diploma in Law in 1969. Later he attended North London Polytechnic (1973–1975) and St Clements University in the Turks and Caicos Islands (2000–2002). He worked with the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Port Authority and the National Freight Company. Joining the Gongola State civil service, he became a Commissioner for Works and later a Commissioner for Animal Health. Barkindo was a director of the National Engineering and Technical Company (1991–1993), chairman of Stirling Civil Engineering Nigeria Limited (1991–2003) and chairman of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (2003–2005).[2]

Adamawa Emirate

In April 2009 the Adamawa Emirate which was founded in 1809 by the scholar and spiritual leader Modibbo Adama celebrated its bicentennial celebration. Barkindo was deputy chairman of the organizing committee.[3] Barkindo's father Aliyu Musdafa died on 13 March 2010 at the age of 88 after reigning for 57 years. His funeral was attended by 20 state governors and other dignitaries. Aliyu Musdafa had groomed Barkindo for the succession, appointing him Chiroma Adamawa in 1980, and placing him in the emirate council in 1987.[4] Barkindo's appointment five days after his father's death as the 12th Lamido of Adamawa was recommended by the emirate's kingmakers after considering six candidates, two from each of the three ruling houses of the emirate, Yelwa, Sanda and Toungo.[1] All eleven kingmakers cast their votes in favor of Lamido.[5]

In May 2010 Barkindo said traditional titles were not for sale and would be given only to worthy candidates based on recommendations of the emirate's king makers.[6] In June 2010 he warned of the effects of climate change, advising farmers to plant hardy crops and saying the Adamawa emirate would support policies to improve agricultural productivity.[7] In September 2010, as Chairman of the Adamawa State Council of Chiefs and Emirs, Barkindo called on Muslims to ensure that they marked the Eid ul-Fitr celebration at the end of Ramadan on the same day throughout the state.[8]


  1. 1 2 3 Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar (19 March 2010). "Barkindo Turbaned New Lamido of Adamawa". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  2. "Barkindo turbaned Lamidon Adamawa". Peoples Daily. 19 Mar 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  3. Ibrahim Muhammad (29 March 2009). "In Yola, It's the Sight and Sound of Adamawa Emirate's Bicentenary 2000 Policemen Deployed to Yola". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  4. Njoku Paschal (13 April 2010). "As Barkindo Musdafa Becomes 12th Lamido Adamawa (1)". Daily Independent. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  5. DAVID MOLOMO (March 19, 2010). "New Lamido Adamawa installed". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  6. Ibrahim Muhammad (31 May 2010). "Adamawa Emirate to Streamline Award of Traditional Titles". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  7. Ibrahim Muhammad (7 June 2010). "Lamidon Adamawa Warns of Effect of Climate Change On Agriculture". Daily trust. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  8. Ibrahim Muhammad (9 September 2010). "Lamido Adamawa Cautions Deviant Groups On Eid-Il-Fitr". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
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