Last Updated on July 23, 2021 by Ope Quadri
Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq from Zamfara State is the first Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, a new ministry in Nigeria.
- Full name: Sadiya Umar Farouq
- Date of Birth: November 5, 174
- Birthday: November 5 every year
- Present age: 45 years
- Schools attended: Federal Government Girls College, Gusau; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
- Present Political affiliation: All Progressive Congress (APC)
- Former party: Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
- State of origin: Zamfara State
- Political portfolio: Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management
- Relationship with Buhari: Member of FEC\
- Twitter handle: @Sadiya_farouq
In this post, we’ll tell whether she is married or not and the rumour about the plan of President Muhammadu Buhari to take her as a new wife.
Early life and education:
Sa’adiya Farouk was born November 5, 1972 in the present day Zamfara State, Northern Nigeria.
She was educated at the Federal Government Girls’ College Gusau, Zamfara State before proceeding to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University where she graduated with a BSc in Business Administration in 1998.
From the same institution, she earned a Master’s in International Affairs and Diplomacy in 2008 and another Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2011 in ABU.
She underwent her one year mandatory service year at the National Assembly, where she was also employed as an administrator at the National Assembly Service Commission as an Administrative Officer II in 2003 where she rose to the Position of Principal Administrative Officer.
From 1999 – 2000, Farouq served with the Nigeria National Assembly, under the Senate Committee on Aviation and worked with the Senate Committee on Appropriation.
She also worked as the Operations Manager at Pinnacle Travels and Tours Ltd (a Nigerian travel agency) between 2001 to 2003.
Sadiya Umar Farouq’s Sojourn to politics:
In 2010, she resigned from the National Assembly Commission to officially join politics as a member of the defunct Congress for Progress Change (CPC).
President Muhammadu Buhari was the presidential candidate of CPC.
She rose to become the National treasurer of the CPC between 2011 to 2013 and when CPC dissolved into a new party, All Progressive Congress (APC), Sadiya Umar Farouq became the Interim National Treasurer of the new party from 2013-2014.
Then she was appointed as a Member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council where she served in the directorates of election planning and monitoring, field operations, and fundraising, in preparation for the 2015 general elections which Buhari as the presidential candidate of APC won.
Her appointment by Buhari in 2016
On September 26, 2016, Sadiya was appointed the Honourable Federal Commissioner (HFC) of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI).
A few weeks after he assumed office, President Buhari moved the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) from the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management. And on August 21, 2019, she was among 44-member of Buhari’s Nextlevel cabinet.
Has Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq ever married and how old is she?
She is 46. We’re sure she is married, though all media reports are silent about her marriage and family.
There were rumours that President Buhari was going to take her as his second wife, but it turned out to be FAKE NEWS on October 11, 2019, a day that was rumoured to be the D-day.
Her Wikipedia page reads:
“She is rumored to be getting married to the current serving president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on the 11th of October, 2019.”
Sadiya Umar Farouq husband
At the time of this report, we do not have vital info about her husband or marital life. She may have decided to keep her family out of the press.
However, it was reported that Sadiya got married to Nigeria’s former Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Baba Abubakar in a mosque located in the Maitama high brow area of Abuja on September 18, 2020, vanguardngr says in its September 26 , 2020 reported citing source like VOA Hausa.
Who is Sadiya Umar Farouq to President Buhari?
She one of the cabinet members of Buhari’s regime. Some say they are close, but we don’t think anyone should be worried about that.
President Buhari has preferences among his cabinet members. Recall that Governor Kayode Fayemi was one of the favourites of the president before he resigned to contest for Ekiti election.
And the report that Buhari is getting married to her on Friday, October 11, 2019, turned out to be fake. Some people circulated invitation cards on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.
Service to her community:
It’s gathered she is planning to launch Sadiya Umar Farouq Foundation for her to give back to her society.