AFRI-CIRD Boss, Mohammed Bello, Elected as President, Kano Civil Society Forum

The newly elected president of Kano Civil Society Forum, Alhaji Mohammed Bello

AFRI-CIRD Boss, Mohammed Bello, Elected as President, Kano Civil Society Forum

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the African Centre for Innovative Research and Development (AFRI-CIRD), Mohammed Bello, has emerged as the new President of the Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF).

Mr. Bello polled 56 out of the total 60 votes cast to defeat his closest rival, Ibrahim Wayya, a former caretaker chairman of the forum, who got only two votes.

The election, which was held at the NUJ press centre in Kano on Saturday, saw the emergence of Mr. Bello, along with other newly elected executives, to run the affairs of the forum after 11 years under a caretaker arrangement.

In his speech after the election, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Hamisu Sharifai, explained that a total of seven positions were returned unopposed, seven were contested for, and one, Assistant Financial Secretary, was adopted by the Congress, making a total of 15 members of the Exco.

Fatima Musa, the Chief Operations Officer, Bridge Connect Africa Initiative, was returned as Vice President-1, while Kabiru Ibrahim was elected Vice President-2.

Salisu Yusuf, who is the Chairman of the Kano Social Protection Platform, was elected Secretary General, and Aminu Sani Muhammad, was returned as Assistant Secretary General. Other elected officials include Maryam Garba, Treasurer, and Umar Musa, the Forum’s Legal Adviser.

In his address after the election, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the forum, Prof. Muhammad Tabiu, also a one time Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), commended the election process and congratulated members of the forum for their active participation.


Professor Tabiu urged the newly-elected officers to be dedicated to the progress and development of the forum, especially in view of the current economic downturn in the country.

In his acceptance speech, the newly-elected President thanked the forum for giving him the mandate and appealed for synergy among members to move the forum forward for the betterment of society.

The elected executives will serve as EXCO officials of the forum for the next two years.