Muhammad Sani DattijoMuhammad Dattijo



Occupational Information

Job Title: Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Nigeria

Professional History

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi was nominated by President Tinubo and confirmed as Deputy Governor of Nigeria's Central Bank by the Nigerian Senate in September 2023. 

Prior to that, served as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State after previously serving as Commissioner for Budget and Planning in Kaduna State.  He has more than a decade of experience in development policy formulation, public finance, and project implementation. As Commissioner, he led the State’s broad economic growth and development portfolio. He was also is a Member of the State Executive Council and responsible for designing the fiscal strategy and coordinating the implementation and monitoring of the state budget.

Before this, he was a Policy Advisor in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York and a member of the Secretary General’s core team that designed the Sustainable Development Goals. He has served as an Economist and Deputy National Program Manager in Nigeria’s Presidency and was appointed as Economic Adviser of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, a political and policy think-tank for the country’s 36 elected Governors.


MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester
Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria Public Finance Certificate from the London School of Economics
Sustainable Development Certificate from Columbia University, New York
Certificate in Advanced Project Management from Oxford University


2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

 Additional Tags: Economics and Policy, International Affairs and Diplomacy, Finance, Sustainable Development, Project Management 


About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.