CBN: Profile Of Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, MPC Member

Here is the profile of Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, a member of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and a Former Kaduna State Commissioner for Planning and Budget.

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi popularly known as Dattijo is a Deputy Governor of Economic Policy at the Central Bank of Nigeria. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appointed Muhammad as Deputy Governor on 15 September 2023, and his appointment was confirmed by the Nigerian Senate on 23 September, 2023. Dattijo served as a policy adviser at the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York. Dattijo formed the core team that developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dattijo resigned from this appointment to serve the Nigerian government as the Commissioner for Budget and Planning in Kaduna State. He published a book titled “Disruption Rethinking Governance to work for the Poor.” On 2 July 2023.

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Early life

He was born on 26 October 1979 in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Sani Abdullahi obtained his master’s degree in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester and obtained a second Masters from Ahmadu Bello University where he studied International Affairs and Diplomacy. He obtained certificates including in Public Finance at the London School of Economics; Sustainable Development at Columbia University and Advanced Project Management at Oxford University. He was part of the 2017 cohort of Georgetown University’s Leadership Seminar.


Before his appointment as Commissioner in Kaduna State, Abdullahi worked closely with Secretary Ban and UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed. The two share a close mentor-mentee relationship. Earlier he worked as an Economist and Deputy National Program Manager for the Millennium Development Goals at the Nigerian Presidency. He served as Economic Adviser of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum after the MDGs. In 2018 he was one of two Nigerians – himself and Sahara Group co-founder, Tonye Cole – appointed to the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement.

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Political involvement

Abdullahi was involved with the All Progressives Congress Kaduna transition committee in 2015. In 2018 he was appointed as a member of the Kaduna Central campaign directorate for the reelection of Governor Nasir El Rufai.

Profile Of Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, MPC Member


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