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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar III, and the head of the Supreme Council for Fatwa and Islamic Affairs in Nigeria, Ibrahim Salih, have been named among the most powerful Muslims in the world.

The list of the most powerful Muslims globally was released Monday night in a publication, Muslim500 (the 2022 Edition).

President Muhammadu Buhari and Abubakar are the 17th and 18th most influential Muslims worldwide. Mr Salih is the 47th most significant Muslim on earth.

In the previous edition of the Muslim500, Buhari was listed 16th (he ranked 17th two years ago); the Sultan ranked 19th (two years ago, he was the 20th most powerful Muslim).


Billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote, who did not make the top 50, is listed in the business category of the most influential Muslims. 

The new Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, got an honourable mention.

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