Abdul Samad Rabiu

Founder of BUA group Abdul Samad Rabiu
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Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu¬†CON¬†born 4 August 1960, is a Nigerian businessman. His father, Khalifah¬†Isyaku Rabiu¬†was one of Nigeria’s foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s. Abdul Samad is the founder and chairman of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture with a revenue in excess of $2.5¬†billion. He is also the chairman of Nigerian Bank of Industry. According to Forbes as of August 2020, Abdul Samad’s net worth was estimated at $3.1 billion.

Abdul Samad Rabiu was born in Kano in the North-Western part of Nigeria, where he did his early education. He then attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and returned to Nigeria at the age of 24 to oversee the family business. This was the time his father, Isyaku Rabiu was detained by the administration of General Muhammadu Buhari on allegation of duty aversion on rice imports. As a young executive director at the company, Abdul Samad was able to steer the family business out of trouble created by the absence of their father.

Founder of BUA group Abdul Samad Rabiu

Abdul Samad Rabiu established BUA International Limited in 1988 for sole purpose of commodity trading. The company engaged in the importation of rice, edible oil, flour and iron and steel. In 1990, the then Government owned Delta Steel Company contracted BUA to supply its raw materials needs, for which BUA was paid with finished products. This provided the much-needed windfall for the young company. Bua further ventured into steel, billets and iron ore importation and supplying multiple rolling mils in the country.

Few years down the line, BUA acquired Nigerian Oil Mills Limited, the largest edible oil processing company in Nigeria and later set up 2 flour milling plants in Lagos and Kano in 2005. By 2008, BUA broke an eight-year monopoly in the Nigerian sugar industry by commissioning the second largest sugar refinery in sub-saharan Africa. The company went on the acquire a controlling stake in a publicly listed Cement Company of Northern Nigeria in 2009 and commenced to construction of a $900 million cement plant in Edo State commissioned early 2015. In 2013, Forbes estimated Abdul Samad’s wealth at $1.2¬†billion, bringing him to the global¬†billionaire’s club.