Dr. Attahiru Muhammadu Jega

Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega was the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015, time during which he oversaw the preparation and conduct of the 2011 and 2015 General Elections.

From 2005 to 2010 he worked as Vice-Chancellor of the Bayero University, a federal university in Kano, Nigeria. Other high-profile academic positions he has held include: Director of the Center for Democratic Research and Training, Mambayya House, of the Bayero University, (2000-2004); Acting Director of the Centre for Research and Documentation of the Bayero University (1998); and President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (1988-1994).

Professor Jega has a PhD from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, USA. He has published extensively on Nigerian politics, elections, democratization and transition to democracy among other important topics. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards. Among them are: National Honors Award of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2005; Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award in 2015; and ICPS’ Election Commissioner of the Year Awards in 2013 and 2015. He is also a recipient of three Honorary Doctorate Degrees.

Professor Jega is currently a professor at the Department of Political Science of the Bayero University.