Professor Abdullahi Mahadi, CON, is a renowned historian, an accomplished educationist, and distinguished Abusite who has served as Vice-Chancellor of three different Universities; Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Gombe state university, and Gombe state university of science and technology.
He is also a former Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU).
Abdullahi Mahadi from Gwoza, Borno State was born in December I945. He started his education at Warrabe Primary School. He went on to attend Gwoza Centthe School, Government Craft School, Maiduguri.
He attended Mubi Teachers’ College for his secondary education and the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in History and subsequently MSc and Ph.D in the same field.
He began his teaching career at Gadamayo Primary School, Gwoza, 1967 as an Assistant Headmaster. He was appointed Headmaster, Hambagda Primary School in 1968 and Assistant Education Officer by the North-Eastern Government in 1971.
Abdullahi Mahadi began his lecturing career in 1984 as a senior lecturer in History at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He served the university in several capacities.
Between 1998-2004, he served as Vice Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was subsequently appointed as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Gombe State University; and Gombe state university of science and technology.
Professor Mahadi was honored at the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) Headquarters, Rabat, Morocco in 2017 by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on “The Environmental Management and Protection in the Islamic World”.
His son, Professor Musa Abdullahi Mahadi is the current Director, Division of Agricultural Colleges (DAC), Ahmadu Bello University.
He has authored and Co-authored several books among which is History of Nigeria for Schools and Colleges, Books I-II, (Longman, 1988).
His hobbies include reading and jogging.
Prof. Abdullahi Mahdi was instrumental in the greening of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and the ecological transformation of the institution.
A lover of nature, ABU Zaria, Gombe State University, and Gombe State University of Science and Technology remains his environmental babies that he nurses simultaneously. His legacy at ABU has taken root with many followers. Prof Abdullahi Mahadi has created a zoological garden at Gombe State University and this has attracted many lovers of nature.
During his reign, the Universities were turned to be the best in Nigeria in terms of Environmental Beautification and Discipline. The Universities were made to be a reference point for all other Universities at that time from within and outside Nigeria to come and see for themselves how a University should look like.
He said, “On several occasions, Universities send their delegates to him with the aim of copying the beautiful environment and lecture them on how he achieved it”. Even as of today ABU and GSU stand tall in terms of Environmental Beautification.