DAILY TIMES-—–Another egg head like his predecessor, Professor Attahiru Jega, Yakubu, a professor of political history and international studies, was Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund. He is an expert in guerrilla warfare, terrorism and counter-terrorism, He also teaches War and Society in Pre Colonial Africa. He was Assistant Secretary Finance and Administration of the 2014 National Constitutional Conference.
Birth and education
Mahmood Yakubu, a Professor of History was born in Bauchi in 1962 and had his early education at Kobi Primary School from where he proceeded to the Teachers’ college, Toro and later to the University of Sokoto (now Usmanu Danfodiyo University) where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in History, a feat which has remained unrivaled and unbroken till date as the first and only person from the whole of Northern Nigeria to have obtained a first class Honours Degree in History.
Yakubu later gained admission to the prestigious University of Oxford where he bagged a Doctor of Philosophy Degree with specialization in Nigerian History at the age of 29 in 1991.
He was a recipient of the Bauchi State Government Scholarship to study at both the Cambridge and Oxford Universities in England and his outstanding intellectual artistry at Cambridge further earned him the Scholarship of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.
Professor Mahmood was a three time-time winner of the over Overseas Research Student (ORS) Award by the London-based Committee of Vice-Chancellors of United Kingdom (UK) Universities. He was also a proud recipient of the competitive Commonwealth Scholarship by the Association of Commonwealth Universities tenable at the University of Oxford.
In 2007, Professor Mahmood was appointed the Executive Secretary of the Education Trust Fund (ETF) now known as Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in a bid to reposition its intervention towards achieving greater goals. As the first academic ever to head the funding Agency, Professor Mahmood, was passionately determined to effectively accomplish the overall transformation of the University system in Nigeria.
In his words then while assuming the office he said, “I know that we complain in the corridors of the University that things are very bad, and therefore an opportunity to serve in TETFund, is an opportunity for me to try and make some difference if not all the difference. And I have always said that I have a personal agenda in TETFund to make the university system better because that’s where am going back”.
A Professor of Political History and International Studies, he is a lecturer at the Nigerian Defence Academy and teaches on War and Society in Pre-Colonial Africa. He was a member of the Oby Ezekwesili Educational Transformation Team. He was the first 1st class graduate of history from the North. He lost his mother, Hajiya Amina, popularly known as Yelwa, on January 17, 2014, after a brief illness.