Founding members

Prof. Nuhu Yaqub is the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Nigeria. He was a former Executive Director of the CRD. Yaqub is a Professor of Political Science and member of the CRD. He is the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration),UsmanuDanfodiyoUniversity, Sokoto. He is widely published in the area of Comparative Politics, Political Economy of Industrialization, Military Politics, African Government and Politics and Labour Politics. He graduated fromBayeroUniversity,Kano; theUniversity ofToronto; and theInstitute ofDevelopment Studies at theUniversity ofSussex,Brighton,United Kingdom where he, respectively, earned the B. Sc.; M. A.; and D. Phil. degrees.

Attahiru Jega is the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He was a former Vice Chancellor of the Bayero University Kano. He holds a Ph. D. in Political Science fromNorthwesternUniversity. His holds Masters and Bachelors degrees are also in Political Science. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of theBayeroUniversity,Kano. Currently, he is a Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science,BayeroUniversity,Kano, and the Director of Centre for Democratic Research and Training,Kano. Nigerian, regional and international publishers have published several of his articles and papers. His research experience covers the military and militarization inAfrica, interest groups and identity.

Jibrin Ibrahim: Currently Executive Director Centre for Democracy and Development CDD, He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques,Bordeaux. His Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees were obtained fromAhmaduBelloUniversity,Zaria, where he was a lecturer in Political Science. His numerous publications can be found in Nigerian, regional and international journals. He has made contributions to and edited books. His research experiences are in the areas of democratization and political transition inAfrica, identity and religion, the political economy of state formation, and Anglophone-Francophone African relations. He was formally the Country Director of an International Non-Governmental Organization called Global Rights (formerly International Law Group on Human Rights) located inAbuja. As a Civil Society Activist, he was also, the National Convener of the Citizens’ Forum for Constitutional Reform in a coalition of 15 NGOs working on the reforms of the 1999 Constitution.

Charmaine Pereira holds a Ph.D. in Psychology of Education from The Open University,England. She also holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Psychology from theUniversity ofStrathclyde,Glasgow and theUniversity ofLeeds, respectively. She was a lecturer in Sociology at theAhmaduBelloUniversity,Zaria. Her works are published at regional institutes and national such as CODESRIA, CRD and she has also contributed chapters to several books. Her research experiences are in the areas of racism, ethnicity and nationalism, social services and community care, gender and psychology, and women under Islamic law. She is now based inAbuja pursuing independent research interests.

Abubakar B. Mahmoud: holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in Law fromAhmaduBelloUniversity,Zaria. He also holds two Diplomas in International Development of Law and the Sociology of Law from institutes inItaly andSpain, respectively. He held senior public offices in the Kano State Ministry of Justice, including the highest office of Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He has published in legal journals and served on several judicial commissions. His areas of research experience include administrative reform, the rule of law, women and family law.

Amina Mama: holds a D.Phil in Applied Psychology from theUniversity ofLondon. She also holds a Masters of Science degree in Social Psychology from theUniversity ofLondon. Her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology is from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She is a visiting lecturer at the Development and Project Planning Centre,University ofBradford, and a development consultant on gender issues inNigeria. She has a substantial publication record to her credit, including chapters in books, entire books, articles in journals and papers. Her research experience covers gender and women’s studies inAfrica, race, feminism and democracy, intellectuals in academic freedom, and violence and abuse against women.

Kate Meagher: holds an M.Phil in Development Studies from theInstitute ofDevelopment Studies,University ofSussex, and Masters and Bachelors degrees from theUniversity ofToronto. She lectured at theAhmaduBelloUniversity in rural sociology and has published widely in Nigerian, regional and international journals. Her research experience covers the areas of cross-boarder and parallel trade under structural adjustment, agrarian labour and rural issues. She is currently doing her doctoral degree atOxford University,U.K.

Abdul Raufu Mustapha holds a D.Phil in Political Science fromOxfordUniversity. He was a Political Science lecturer at theAhmaduBelloUniversity,Zaria, where he received his Masters and Bachelors of Science degrees in Political Science. He is now a lecturer at the St. Anthony’s College,Oxford University,England. He has published widely in Nigerian, regional and international journals and has contributed to and edited books. His research experience encompasses the areas of the political economy of structural adjustment, peasant and agrarian studies, environmental management in theSahel region, and ethnicity and religious identity.

Ibrahim Muazzam: holds his first degree in Political Science fromAhmaduBelloUniversity,Zaria, where he also obtained his M.Sc. degree, specializing in political economy. He lectures in the Political Science Department atBayeroUniversity,Kano and is a community activist. His research interests are in the area of post-modernism and identity, Islam, culture and the state, and the left and democratic politics.

Abdul-Mumin Sa’ad: was a former Executive Director of the CRD between 2001 and 2003. He holds a doctorate degree (D.Phil.) in Sociology of Law fromUniversity of Sussex,U.K.; a master’s degree (M.Phil.) in Criminology fromCambridge University,England; a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Education from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria. He lectures in Department of Sociology and Anthropology,University ofMaiduguri,Maiduguri where he is currently Professor of Criminology. He has published widely in his area of specialization: Criminology and Criminal Justice in theThird World (especially, sociology of law; crime and delinquency; punishment and correction; human rights; women, law and social regulations; and sexual and reproductive health and rights). Other areas of his research and teaching interest, which he has important publications include: a) Social change and development law (especially, gender, population, education and development); b) Social work and administration; and c) Theory and methods in sociology.

Abdullahi Sule-Kano teaches at the Department of Political Science, Usmanu Dan fodiyo University, Sokoto. He holds a Ph. D. degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He published widely in the area of political economy and the Almajiri Phenomenon inNorthern Nigeria. He was the immediate past  National President of the Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (ASUU).

Abubakar Sokoto Muhammad is Senior Fellow and a Moderator at the Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), Kuru. He holds M. Sc (Sociology) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has published widely in books and journals in the area of political sociology, social movements, social security, mass media and information technology, globalization and regional integration.

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