President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, and twelve other influential Nigerian Muslims have been included in the annual publication of the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, listing the 500 most influential Muslims globally.


    Notably, it is the first time President Tinubu, who assumed office this year, has been featured in this prestigious publication. Meanwhile, his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, has consistently been on the list.

    Aliko Dangote, the renowned business magnate, is the sole Nigerian listed in the Business Category, securing the 162nd position among the most influential Muslim leaders globally.

    Additional Nigerian figures recognized in the publication include the 14th Emir of Kano and the Grand Khalifat of the Tijaniyah, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; the Secretary-General of the NSCIA and Registrar of the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Olanrewaju Oloyede; Ado Bayero; and Sheikh Ahmad, acknowledged in the category of the administration of religious affairs.

    The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, is listed in the scholarly category. Other notable individuals include Sheikh Tahir Usman Bauchi, Imam Muhammad Ashafa, HE Ibrahim Saleh Al-Hussaini, Sheikh Yakubu Musa Katsina, and Sheikh Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari.

    Furthermore, the late Prince Ajibola Bola, a former judge of the International Court of Justice in Hague, who passed away on April 9, 2023, has been recognized in the obituary category.

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