Yahaya Bello – Biography And Life Of A Vibrant Governor In Nigeria

Yahaya Bello

Yahaya Bello is a Nigerian politician and businessman. He became the 4th democratically elected Governor of Kogi State in 2015, and was sworn-in in January 2016.

In addition, he is the Director of Kogi Youth Arise Forum, a group that motivated the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in Kogi State.

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Also, he was the managing director of FairPlus International Ltd. Yahaya Bello is the youngest democratically elected governor in Nigeria, who assumed his first office at age 40.

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Yahaya Bello Background

Yahaya Adoza Bello was born on June 18, 1975 in Okene LGA, Kogi State as the youngest of six children. He was born to Late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi and Hajiya Hawawu Oziohu.

In 1984, he attended the LGEA primary school, Agasa. And, in 1989, he proceeded to Agassa Community Secondary school, Anyava, Agassa-Okene. He finished his secondary education at Government Secondary School, Suleja-Niger State in 1994. 

Then, he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Abu Zaria, where he studied Accounting (B.Sc) and Business Administration (MBA). In 2004, he became a Chartered Fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN).

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Yahaya Bello Early Career

Yahaya Bello started as a Revenue Officer II at the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in 2001. He began at the commission as a Youth Corp member and got retained due to his diligence. Shortly after, he became a Senior Accountant and got transferred to the Makurdi Zonal Office to head the Account Department. 

Later on, he became the Assistant Chief Accountant until he resigned to venture into private business. 

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Personal Life

Bello is married and blessed with children.

Bello loves reading, driving, traveling, playing soccer, boxing e.t.c 

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Political Life

Yahaya was sworn in as the Governor of Kogi State in January 2016. He became the governor after the first elected candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu died. He succeeded Idris Wada.

Also, on Nov. 16, 2019, Bello was re-elected as Governor under the All Progressive Congress (APC) against Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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FairPlus International Limited

After he left public office, news had it that he traded in stocks and had a financial breakthrough before the stock market crashed.

Yahaya is an entrepreneur and the founder of Fairplus International Limited. Fairplus is a leading transport company across Nigeria. They provide road transport services of the highest quality anywhere in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general. The company is into road transportation, courier services, bus hire, charter etc.

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Yahaya Bello Net Worth

According to Nigerianinfofinder.com, Yahaya’s net worth is $5.6 million. He is one of the richest governors in Nigeria. 

Yahaya has been using his wealth to help the less priviledged and the needy. Currently, he supports three different foundations. Aside that, he granted scholarship to  Ms. Fatima Bombom Sani, the best graduating student from Law School in 2017.

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Awards And Recognition

Yahaya is an award winning Governor. Some of his awards include; 

  • Good Governance Award, Daily Times, 2017
  • Most Security Conscious Governor, Nigeria Police Force, 2017
  • Special Recognition Award, Anlele Media Awards, 2018
  • Best Governor Award, Leadership Newspapers, 2019
  • Award of Excellence, APC Excellence Award, 2019

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Yahaya Bello Quotes

“In the next level, we are going to see government at ease.”

“We inherited a system that was generating barely 300 million monthly and we were able to jack it up to slightly above 1 billion on monthly basis.”

“If any thing, any structure, any development; it is for the people.”

“Behind the sculpturing of a man’s destiny is the unseen chisel that perfects his purpose and heralds his mission in life.”

“Upon assumption of office Kogi State is the safest today.”

“I didn’t ascend to this office via thuggery, via cheap public attention seeking.”

“I am doing my best for the people of Kogi State across the divide.”

“My tenure is the first time a sitting Governor will not play tribalism or religious sentiment. And I’m carrying everybody along.”

“Nothing engenders skepticism, even cynicism, in the citizen than lacklustre leadership…”

“In any election, there is bound to be one issue or the other and you can’t really take a pocket of issue to judge the general conduct of the election.”

“When I came on board, I fought for insecurity and crimes hands on.”

“…Any form of crime is crime, whether political or any other one.”

“Life is a precious thing and we cannot earn or own it. It is given to us freely. We often take it for granted, failing to recognize its importance or significance.”

“Co-operation is difficult, if trust is withheld.” 

“Peace is key for prosperity.”

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Entrepreneurial Lessons From The Life Of Yahaya Bello


Yahaya is a great manager of resource. He started his business with a loan, and despite the short repayment period, he did not falter. He was able to gain the trust of the bank; they saw him as a bankable entrepreneur. 

He has also been able to channel his good management skills into managing the affairs of Kogi state.

An entrepreneur should be a good manager of resources. As you begin your business, resources will be scarce; it is your ability to manage the little resources available to you that will stand you out.

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