CBN deputy governor emerges FMDQ board chairman 


The Financial Market Dealers Quotation (FMDQ) Group Plc has appointed the Deputy Governor, Economic Policy of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Muhammad Sani Abdullahi (Dattijo ) as the new Group Chairman of the Board.

A press release issued by the FMDQ on Monday said the appointment of Dattijo, who currently serves as the deputy governor of the economic policy directorate at the CBN, overseeing economic policy and development, took effect from last Friday, following the retirement of the fourth Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Obiora, OFR, in September 2023.

The Chief Executive Officer, FMDQ Group, Mr. Bola Onadele Koko, while welcoming Mr Abdullahi said the entire FMDQ ecosystem is delighted to have him on board. 

“We are confident that his wealth of experience and illustrious expertise make him more than capable of leading our organisation to greater heights of growth and excellence. We extend our warmest congratulations to Mr. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi on his new role and express our gratitude to Dr. Kingsley Obiora, OFR, for his significant contributions during his tenure,” he said.

According to him, Abdullahi’s appointment signifies FMDQ Group’s commitment to maintaining strong governance and strategic leadership as it continues to drive innovation and development across the Nigerian financial markets.

Speaking on his appointment, Mr. Abdullahi stated, that FMDQ Group has established itself as a beacon of innovation and excellence in the Nigerian financial markets since its inception just over 10 years ago.  “It is an absolute honour for me to join this significantly important financial market infrastructure, and I am committed not only to maintaining this legacy but also enhancing it to meet the evolving demands of our time.”

Mr. Abdullahi commenced his career in the banking sector, and transitioned to public service, serving as Commissioner of Economic Planning and Budget in Kaduna state and later as the Chief of Staff to the Kaduna state governor. He served as Chairman of the Infrastructure Council overseeing the largest infrastructure expansion in the state’s history and coordinated economic and social infrastructure portfolios across the 23 local government areas of the state. 

Furthermore, he previously served as a Member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council and as a Policy Adviser at the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary General in New York.