Popularly known as MD. Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu was named after his grandfather, emir of Katsina, Dikko. He was born on 10th November 1931 at Dandume, Katsina Province. He was educated in Katsina and Kano. He attended higher education at the Institute of Administration, Zaria, in 1954 and University of Oxford where he was trained as an Administrative Officer. MD started work at the Katsina Native Authority, 1949-1954. During this period he was active in the Trade Union Movement as well as radical politics. He joined the NCNC in 1950 and NEPU in 1951. These were the most radical political parties in the colonial period. When he joined the Northern Region Civil Service, he gave up political participation because it was forbidden to civil servants. At the civil service, he served as an Assistant District Office in Ilorin Province, worked in the Kaduna Secretariat and was in London as Recruitment Officer for Northern Nigeria when in 1962 he was drafted into the Nigeria Police by the Government. He served in the Police for 17 years rising from his entry rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police in 1962 to Inspector General of Police in 1975. He served as the Head of the Special Branch, which was the Intelligence Department of the Government of Nigeria from 1966-1975. He retired in 1979.
On retirement he resuscitated his interest in politics by picking up membership of the radical Peoples’ Redemption Party, PRP, led by Mallam Aminu Kano. Although he had not been very active in politics, he surprised people when in November 1997 he announced his intention to contest the Presidential election on the platform of the Grassroots Democratic Movement, GDM, 1998. People were shocked because professional politicians were all scared of the Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who they believed was interested in succeeding himself as a civilian President. MD’s media campaigns were inspiring and courageous. Following the death of General Abacha, MD and his campaign organization established a political party called Movement for Democracy and Justice, MDJ. The party contested the December 1998 local government elections and came 4th in Nigeria, in terms of its performance; it won 83 council seats in 21 States of the Federation and chairmanship of Warri in Delta State, Hadejia in Jigawa State and Bama in Borno State. MD contested the 1999 and 2003 Presidential election on the platform of the MDJ. He died on 1st April 2015.