Prof Abdullahi Mustapha: The 13th VC of ABU Zaria

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Prof Abdullahi Mustapha is a distinguish Abusite, respected university administrator and renowned Nigerian Professor of Medicinal Chemistry who was the 13th Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Prof Abdullahi Mustapha was born on 1 February 1948 to a Katsina state indigene father and Katsina state mother in Kano but hails from Katsina State, Northern Nigeria.

Fela Durotoye with the VC Prof Abdullahi Mustapha at the Ahmadu Bello University. credit: FirstBank
Fela Durotoye with Professor Abdullahi Mustapha. Credit: FirstBank

He attended Ralmadadi Primary School in 1955 before he attended Katsina Secondary School but obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1968 at Government College, Keffi

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He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University in 1973, followed by a University of London doctorate (Ph. D) in 1981 from Chelsea College, now merged with King’s College London.

Prof Abdullahi Mustapha began his academic career in 1974 as a pupil pharmacist at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital. In 1982, he rose to the position of Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry in the faculty of pharmacy and in 1993.

He served at various times as head of the department. He became a full Professor of Medicinal Chemistry serving as dean of the faculty between 1998 to 2000

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In 2010, he was appointed as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University and prior to this appointment, he served as the VC of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University.

Prof Abdullahi Mustapha was succeeded by Professor Ibrahim Garba, the immediate past VC of Ahmdu Bello University.

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