Muhammadu Maiturare

Muhammadu Maiturare
Sultan of Sokoto
Reign 1915-1924
Predecessor Muhammadu Attahiru II
Successor Muhammadu Tambari
House Atiku
Father Ahmadu Atiku

Muhammadu Maiturare was Sultan of Sokoto from 1915 until his death in 1924. He was a descedant of Abu Bakr Atiku, and son of Sultan Ahmadu Atiku; his mother was a daughter of a Taureg chief.


Prior to becoming Sultan, Maiturare held the title of Marafa Gwadabawa and was a member of the traditional committee that elected Muhammadu Attahiru II, Lugard's choice for the post of Sultan.[1] Maiturare was notable for developing the district of Gwadabawa in Sokoto. He was also noted as an effective military leader who pacified the area north of Sokoto which had been raided frequently by the Kebbawa.[2] On June 19, 1915, Maiturare was elected by the Sokoto traditional council [3] as the successor to Muhammadu Attahiru II. His selection was ratified by the Governor, Lord Lugard five days later. The choice of Maiturare by the council was well accepted by the British because he was a keen opponent of a Mahdist revolt in 1906 and led a force of 3000 fighters against the Mahdist rebels in the village of Satiru. From 1915 to 1921, he enjoyed the support of British residents posted to Sokoto, but in 1921, there was a petition written to the Lieutenant Governor, by the resident, Edwardes. The petition was based on allegations of two Sokoto chiefs, Usman the Majidadi and Saidu Sintali. The allegations were proven to be false and Usman was removed from his position.[4] He died in June, 1924.


  1. Peter Kazenga Tibenderana. The Role of the British Administration in the Appointment of the Emirs of Northern Nigeria, 1903-1931: The Case of Sokoto Province. The Journal of African History, Vol. 28, No. 2 (1987), p. 235
  2. Joseph P. Smaldone. Firearms in the Central Sudan: A Revaluation The Journal of African History, Vol. 13, No. 4 (1972), pp. 591-607
  3. Tibenderana. p.93
  4. PETER KAZENGA. THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF THE SULTAN OF SOKOTO, MUHAMMADU TAMBARI; 1922-1931.Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Volume 9, No1. pp. 93-99
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