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4 Things You Need To Know About V.P Elect, Kashim Shettima

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Kashim Shettima Mustapha (born 2 September 1966) is a Nigerian banker and politician who is the vice president-elect of Nigeria. He has served as Senator for Borno Central since 2019. He previously served as the Governor of Borno State from 2011 to 2019.


  1. Personal Life

Kashim Shettima was born in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria to the family of Shettima Mustafa Kuttayibe, Borno State. He is married to Nana Shettima, and they have three children.

2. Education

Shettima attended Lamisula Primary School in Maiduguri from 1972 to 1978; Government Community Secondary School, Biu in the southern part of Borno State from 1978 to 1980; transferred to Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum (now in neighboring Yobe State) where he completed his secondary education in 1983.

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He studied at the University of Maiduguri and earned a Degree (BSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1989. He did his one-year compulsory service as a National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, at the defunct Nigerian Agricultural Cooperative Bank, Calabar, Cross River State from 1989 to 1990.

He obtained a master’s degree (MSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1991 at the University of Ibadan in Southwest, Nigeria. Shettima later joined the University of Maiduguri as a Lecturer with the Department of Agricultural Economics and was in the academia from 1991 to 1993.

3. Career

In 1993, he moved into the banking sector and was employed by (now defunct) Commercial Bank of Africa Limited as head of accounts unit at the bank’s office in Ikeja, Lagos. Shettima worked there from 1993 to 1997.

In 1997 he crossed over to the African International Bank Limited as a Deputy Manager and rose to become a Manager in 2001. In 2001, he moved to  Zenith Bank as head of its main branch in Maiduguri. At the Zenith Bank, he rose to Senior Manager/Branch Head; Assistant General Manager (AGM)/Zonal Head (North-East), and Deputy General Manager/Zonal Head (North-East) before he stepped out of the Zenith Bank as a General Manager in 2007 following his appointment as Commissioner for Finance in Borno State.

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Shettima worked with the Commercial Bank of Africa as an Agricultural Economist at its Ikeja Office, Lagos State (1993-1997). He then became a deputy manager, later manager, at the African International Bank Limited, Kaduna Branch (1997–2001), and was appointed Deputy Manager/Branch Head of the Zenith Bank’s Maiduguri Office in 2001, becoming General Manager five years later. In mid-2007, Shettima was appointed Commissioner of the Borno State Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

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Later he became Commissioner in the Ministries of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Education, Agriculture, and later Health under his predecessor as Borno Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.

4. Politics

From 2007 to 2011, he served as Commissioner in 5 Ministries. In the January 2011 ANPP primaries, Engineer Modu Fannami Gubio was selected as a candidate for the governorship. However, Gubio was later shot dead by gunmen, and Shettima was selected in a second primary in February 2011. In the 26 April 2011 elections, Shettima won with 531,147 votes while the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Muhammed Goni, gained 450,140 votes.

Shettima emerged the 2014 Governor of the Year (Leadership); Governor of the Year, 2015, (Nigeria Union of Journalists, national body); Governor of the Year, 2015 (NewsWatchTimes); Governor of the Year, 2015 (Vanguard newspapers); Governor of the Year, 2016 (Tell magazine; 2017 Zik Prize for Leadership; Kaduna NUJ Award for courage and exceptional leadership (2017), FCT NUJ Merit Award for exceptional Leadership, 2017

In February, 2019 he became the winner of the Borno Central Senatorial District election, thereby replacing Senator Babakaka Bashir.

June 2022 APC announced Shettima as the running mate for its presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. On the first of May, 2023, INEC announces APC’s victory in the presidential election, making Shettima the new Vice President-elect.

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