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3 Current Northern Nigerian Governors That Are Christians (Photos)

1. Samuel Ortom (Governor Of Benue State)

Dr. Samuel Loraer Ortom was born on 23rd April, 1961, in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

He attended St. John’s Primary School, Gboko in 1970 and later moved to St. Catherline’s Primary School, Makurdi in 1974 where he completed his primary education in 1976. He proceeded to Idah Secondary Commercial College, Idah in Kogi State for high School. However his higher education was cut short abruptly due to certain financial issues at the time. Soon after he enrolled by correspondence for a General Certificate of Education (GCE) as well as a Diploma in Salesmanship at the National Institute of Salesmanship, Manchester.

He proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained both the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Certificate in 1995 and a Diploma in Journalism in 1998. He later attended Benue State University where he obtained an Advanced Diploma in Personnel Management in 2001 and a Master of Public Administration in 2004. He concluded his academic pursuit by obtaining a doctorate degree from the Commonwealth University, Belize, through distant learning.

Ortom began his professional career working as a salesman with Gyado Foods Company and rose to the position of Sales Manager. He also served in the capacity of proprietor and chairman in the following businesses: Oracle Business Limited; Oracle Oil Mills; Oracle Printing Press; Oracle Farms Limited; Capital Prints Limited and Achieve Engineering Limited.

Dr. Samuel Ortom was also at a time the National President, Independent Print-Media Publishers Association of Nigeria, IPPAN, and at the moment a patron of the association. He was appointed Chairman of the governing council of the Standards Organization of Nigeria, SON. He went on to establish the Oracle Business Limited Foundation, which handles redemptive, restorative and empowerment services.

Dr. Samuel Ortom began his political career in 1991 when he ran for Chairmanship in Guma Local Government Area under the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and won; serving till 1993.

Subsequently he served in the following capacities and political positions: State Publicity Secretary of the National Centre Party of Nigeria (NCPN); State Treasurer of the All Peoples Party (APP); State Secretary and Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); PDP National Auditor; Director of Operations of the PDP gubernatorial campaign in Benue State (2007) and Director of Administration and Logistics of the Goodluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organization (2011).

He was later appointed Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in July 2011 and served till October 2014. 

Ortom resigned as Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investments in October, 2014 to contest for Governor of Benue State on the platform of the PDP. When he couldn’t pick that party’s ticket, he decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, where he eventually won the governorship election on April 11, 2015.

Governor Ortom is married to Chief Mrs. Eunice Erdoo Ortom and they are blessed with children. His hobbies include badminton, reading, philanthropy, farming, aerobics and evangelism.

A dedicated Christian, the Governor is a widely travelled man who has visited several countries in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and Asia.

2. Simon Lalong (Governor Of Plateau State)

Simon Lalong, born 5 May 1963 in Shendam, Plateau State, is a Nigerian lawyer and politician, who is the present Governor of Plateau State, Nigeria.

After his elementary and secondary schools education in Shendam Local Government Area he proceeded to the School of Preliminary Studies (S.P.S) Keffi, passing out in 1986. He then continued to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Law. This was immediately followed by the Law School in Lagos, where he was also called to Bar. He later obtained a master's degree in Law from the University of Jos, in 1996.

Lalong’s professional career as an attorney lasted between 1992, the year following his graduation from law school, and 1998, the dawn of Nigeria’s new democracy. During this period he worked with a few law firms, one of which he co-owned. Between 1992 and 1994, he was the Deputy Scribe of the Nigerian Bar Association in Plateau State. After a political stint that lasted seven years he again returned to legal practice as the Principal Partner of Simon B Lalong and Co, until 2015.

Simon Lalong temporarily discarded legal practice to join the political bandwagon in 1998. Under the People's Democratic Party (PDP), he successfully contested the seat of the member of the Plateau State House of Assembly representing his native Shendam Constituency. In October 2000, he became the speaker of the assembly, occupying that position till the year 2006, following a political storm within the House. The seven years he served as the Speaker of that assembly made him the longest serving speaker of the House in the history of Plateau State. During that period he was two times (2001–2002) elected as the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of the 36 states of Nigeria. In the year 2015, as the second tenure of the serving Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, neared its end, Lalong joined the contest to succeed Jang. This time, he did so under the All Progressive Congress (APC) political platform. His chances seemed narrow at the beginning, but the capricious nature of politics tipped the balance eventually, favoring him by a slim margin. He was sworn in as the new Governor of Plateau State on May 29, 2015.

In the March 9, 2019, Plateau State Gubernatorial Election and March 23, 2019, Plateau State supplementary Gubernatorial Election, Lalong was reelected as Governor of Plateau State, having polled 595,582 votes against his rival, Gen. Jeremiah Husseini of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 546,813 votes. He was re-elected as the governor of Plateau State on May 29, 2019.

Governor Lalong is a Christian and is married to Her Excellency Mrs Reginald Lalong and the union is blessed with children. 

3. Darius Ishaku (Governor Of Taraba State)

Darius Ishaku is the current governor of Taraba State and an architect by profession. Darius Dickson Ishaku was born on July 30 1954 in Taraba state, he is the fifth child out of the family of ten.

Ishaku was born on 30 July 1954 to Mr Ishaku Istifanus and Mrs. Naomi at Lupwe, now in Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State. He was the fifth of ten children. The young Darius was enrolled into St Bartholomew's primary school, Wusasa, Zaria, in 1961, and graduated in 1967. He then attended St. Paul's College Kufena, Zaria, for his secondary education, in 1972 and obtained the West African Examination Certificate (WASC). He proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) where he studied and obtained a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Architecture, he went further to obtain an additional Master's degree in Urban and regional planning. Darius is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (FNIA) and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (MNITP).

Ishaku was previously the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs before he resigned to contest in the 2015 Taraba State gubernatorial election. Darius won the 2015 election but was in a court battle with his opponent, Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan who took him to court. After a series of cases Darius was the declared the winner of the governorship election in the state early this year, 2016. He won the initial gubernatorial election and was elected Governor of Taraba State after winning the subsequent re-run election.

Darius Ishaku was again successful, for his second run, in the gubernatorial election of March 2019, defeating his closest rival Alhaji Abubakar Sani Danladi of the All Progressives Congress by over 150,000 votes.

Darius Ishaku is happily married to Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku and he is a devout Christian.

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