|Preceded by Shehu Kangiwa|
Party National Party of Nigeria
Name Garba Nadama
Succeeded by Garba Duba
|Political party National Party of Nigeria|
Education Ahmadu Bello University
Dr. Garba Nadama was the second civilian governor of Sokoto State, Nigeria in the short-lived Nigerian Second Republic, holding office from January 1982 to November 1983. He succeeded Shehu Kangiwa, who had died in a polo accident.
Garba Nadama obtained a PhD in History from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1977.
Garba Nadama was a fierce rival of Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau for the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) nomination for Sokoto deputy governor in 1979. He was described as a quiet, urbane and principled conservative politician. In July 1982 Sokoto State received a N96 million loan from the World Bank. In December 1982 the Federal government provided N400,000 to Sokoto State to use in reducing gully erosion. Nadama described the amount as meager and insufficient to address the serious environmental problems the state was facing. On 8 March 1993 he commissioned a new transmitter for the Nigerian Television Authority in Gusau. The Federal Polytechnic, Kaura-Namoda (now in Zamfara State) was established during his tenure.
Garba Nadama left office after the 1983 military coup in which Major General Muhammadu Buhari took power. In July 1985 he was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to refund N4.7 million of money obtained illegally. In his defense, Garba Nadama said that N500,000 of the money had been donated to a mosque appeal fund.
Garba Nadama became a member of the National Political Reform Council, and later became a prominent member of People's Democratic Party (PDP). Garba Nadama became a director of Societe Generale Bank Nigeria (SGBN). In April 2008 he was deputy National Secretary of a committee to review recommendations for resolving internal differences in the PDP.