Hakeem Baba Ahmed Biography: Religion, Siblings, Age, Net Worth, House

Biography of Hakeem Baba Ahmed

Hakeem Baba Ahmed (born September 11, 1955) is a Nigerian politician and retired civil servant. He is currently the Northern Elders Forum Director of Publicity and Advocacy.

Dr. Hakeem trigged a mixed reaction with his interview with the Daily Trust on the fast-approaching 2023 Election. He is well-known for his reform-mindedness as a Civil Servant.

Hakeem served in many notable positions in the Federal Civil Service, including as the Permanent Secretary.

Hakeem Baba Ahmed
Hakeem Baba Ahmed is the current Northern Elders Forum Director of Publicity and Advocacy.
Quick Facts
Name:Hakeem Baba Ahmed
Born:September 11, 1955 (age 66 years old)
Father:Alhaji Baba Ahmed
Education:OON, B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D
Alma mater:Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
Occupation:Civil servant , Administrator, Politician
State of Origin:Kaduna
Ethnic Group:Hausa-Fulani
Siblings:Yusuf Datti, Abdulrashid, Abdulsalam, Nafi’u, Abdulmalik, Muftahu, Late Mahmoon, Sa’idu, Shafi’i, late Alhaji Khalifa Baba-Ahmed, Mahadiyya Baba-Ahmed
Net Worth:US$5 million

Early Life

Hakeem Baba Ahmed was born to the family of Alhaji Baba Ahmed and his wife. His father was a Mauritanian cow seller who traded from Nigeria to African countries like Ghana and the Benin Republic.

His father had thirty-three children, and the surviving scions are twenty-two. All his children were either born at their family house or in the staff quarters of Barewa College, Zaria.

The notable family has lost its patriarch and eleven children.

Baba Ahmed’s family is making a presence in the country. On November 5, 1987, Alhaji Baba Ahmed died. He left a legacy for his wives, children, and grandchildren.


Hakeem Baba-Ahmed studied at Kofan Doka Primary School, from 1961 to 1966. He completed his primary school education at Tundun Wada Primary school, Zarai, in 1968.

He attended GSS Alhudahuda College, Zaria, from 1968 to 1972. He studied at the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, from 1973 to 1974. 

Hakeem attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, from 1974 to 1977. He studied at the London School of Economics, England, from 1978 to 1979. From 1981 to 1986, he attended the University of Sussex, England.

Hakeem Baba Ahmed Career

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has worked as a civil servant and in other prominent positions. He worked as the Chief of Staff to Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki in 2016.

Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed worked as a permanent secretary for a decade from 1999 to 2009. He has also worked with the Kaduna State Government as Secretary.

Dr. Baba-Ahmed was also Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission. He is the Director of Publicity and Advocacy for the Northern Elders Forum, NEF.

Starting as a lecturer with the Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, he worked at the Kaduna State Civil Service.

Later he joined the Federal Civil Service and eventually rose to Permanent Secretary. He was also Secretary of the electoral body INEC. He holds the national honor of Officer of the Federal Republic.

Hakeem worked with the Daily Trust newspapers as a writer and columnist.

Career Summary

  • Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto in 1978.
  • The University of Sokoto, from 1978 to 1982.
  • Political Security and Cabinet, Governors Office, Kaduna State, from 1987 to 1992.
  • Federal Civil Service, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in 1992.
  • Adviser, Parastatals, to Governor of Kaduna State in 1994.
  • Expert Committee on Inventory of Community Based Infrastructural Facilities, The Presidency, from 1992 to 1994.
  • Kaduna State Government Head Civil Service, from 1996 to 1998. 
  • Joint Services Department. Ministry of Defense, Lagos, 1998 to 1999.
  • Special Services Office, Presidency in 1999.
  • Federal Ministry of Commerce, from 1999 to 2000.
  • Political Affairs, Presidency, from 2000 to 2002.
  • Independent National Electoral Commission, Abuja in 2002
  • Order of the Federal Republic in 2002.

Hakeem Baba Ahmed Personal Life

Hakeem Baba Ahmed profile
Dr. Hakeem has many brothers and sisters who contribute to the national growth.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is a father and husband. His brother Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed served as a senator and is a governorship aspirant under PDP. Abdulsalam was once chairman of the Zaria local government. 

His other brother Abdulrashid is the current director of the Ministry of Justice.

Nafi’u is a prominent lawyer, while his other brother Abdulmalik is the current General Manager of Alheri/DITV Radio and Television, Kaduna. Muftahu worked with now-defunct NEPA. 

His older brother Late Mahmoon was prominent for covering the Maitatsine crisis in Kano for FRCN, Kaduna. He died at his residence in Kaduna in February 2018. Other family members include Sa’idu and Shafi’i.

In 2008, his brother Alhaji Khalifa Baba-Ahmed, a veteran journalist and ace broadcaster, died at his Malali home in Kaduna.

Many have described Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed as a fount of knowledge and talent. Mahadiyya Baba-Ahmed is his older sister.


Hakeem Baba Ahmed was born into a Muslim family. His parents raised him and his siblings with the doctrines and teachings of Islam. He is a Muslim.


Baba-Ahmed has a family house at No. 17 Baba-Ahmed Road, Tudun Wada, Zaria. 

Hakeem Baba Ahmed Net Worth

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has an estimated net worth of US$5 million as of July 2022.

Although, Forbes is yet to release a publication on his net worth.

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