Past & Present Sultans Of Sokoto Caliphate – Complete List

Sultans Of Sokoto Caliphate, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar
Sultans Of Sokoto Caliphate, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar

The sultan of Sokoto is the leader of the Qadiriyya sufi order, historically the most important Muslim position in Nigeria and senior to the Emir of Kano, the leader of the less populous Tijaniyya sufi order,  As Sultan of Sokoto, he is considered the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s seventy-million Muslims, roughly fifty percent of the nation’s population

  1. Shehu Usman Danfodio 1804 – 1815
  2. Muhammed Bello (Son) 1815 – 1837
  3. Abubakar Atiku 1837 – 1842
  4. Aliyu Babba Dan-Bello 1842 – 1859
  5. Ahmadu Atiku Dan-Abubakar 1859 – 1866
  6. Aliyu Karami Dan-Bello 1866 – 1867
  7. Ahmadu Rufa’ Dan-Usman 1867 – 1873
  8. Abubakar Atiku II Dan-Bello 1873 – 1877
  9. Mu’azu Ahmadu Dan-Bello 1877 – 1881
  10. Umaru Dan-Aliyu Babba 1881 – 1891
  11. Abdurahman Dan-Abubakar 1891 – 1902
  12. Muhammadu Attahiru I Dan-Ahmadu 1902 – 1903
  13. Muhammadu Attahiru II Dan-Aliyu Babba 1903 – 1915
  14. Muhammadu Dan-Ahmadu Maiturare 1915 – 1924
  15. Muhammadu Dan-Muhammadu Tambari 1924 – 1931
  16. Hassan Dan-Ma’azu 1931 – 1938
  17. Abubakar Dan-Usman saddiq 1938 – 1988
  18. Ibrahim Dasuki Dan-Haliru 1988 – 1996
  19. Muhammadu Macido Abubakar III 1996 – 2006
  20. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 2006 till date

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