Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

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Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

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Muhammad-Bande in 2019
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Assumed office
17 September 2019
Preceded byMaría Fernanda Espinosa
Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
Assumed office
May 2017
PresidentMuhammadu Buhari
Preceded byJoy Ogwu
Director General of the National Institute
for Policy and Strategic Studies
In office
April 2010 – February 2016
Vice Chancellor of the Usman Danfodio University
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-12-07) 7 December 1957 (age 62)
Zagga, Northern Region, British Nigeria
(now Kebbi State, Nigeria)
Alma materAhmadu Bello University (B.Sc)
Boston University (M.A)
University of Toronto (Ph.D)

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, OFR, (born 7 December 1957) is a Nigerian diplomat, academic and political scientist.[1] He is the President of the United Nations General Assembly, in office since 17 September 2019; after previously served as vice president from September 2016.[2] He is also the Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations.

From 2010 to 2016, he was the director general of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, and was the vice chancellor of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University from 2004 to 2009.

Early life and education

Muhammad-Bande was born on 7 December 1957 in the town of Zagga in present-day Kebbi State, northwestern Nigeria.[3] He attended Ahmadu Bello University for undergraduate studies, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 1979 before proceeding to Boston University, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Political Science in 1981. Muhammad-Bande received a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1987.[1]


Bande taught at Usman Danfodio University as a graduate assistant in the 1980s and rose to the rank of professor in 1998 at the same institution.[1] Between 2004 and 2009, he served as vice-chancellor of the university before being appointed Director-General of Nigeria's National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, a position he held from 2010 to 2016.[4] Previously, Bande served as the Director-General of the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development in Tangier, Morocco, from 2000 to 2004.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Profile of Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande" (PDF). United Nations. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Muhammad Bande emerges UNGA President". Daily Trust. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Quick Fact about New Nigeria's Ambassador to UN, Bande". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Professor Tijjani Bande Announced As President, UN General Assembly". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Nigerian professor, Muhammad-Bande, appointed president of UN General Assembly". ICIR Nigeria. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by
María Fernanda Espinosa
President of the United Nations General Assembly
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