Board Members

As an organization, NIFAA brings together a unique mix of faith leaders, health professionals, and programmatic staff to fulfill its interfaith mandate.  NIFAA is a registered Nigerian non-profit, which is governed by an independent, six-member Board of Directors.  Five of the Board members are Nigerian and one is international.  The Board is responsible for organizational and financial oversight.

Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar
Co-Chair
Co-Chair

is a Co-chair of the Board of trustees for the Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association. He has his roots and resides in Sokoto Nigeria; He is the SULTAN OF SOKOTO, the leader of the entire Muslim community in Nigeria and also the President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). Together with the president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), he also Co-chairs the Nigerian inter religious executive council (NIREC). Before he became Sultan he retired as a Brigadier General after serving in Sierra Leone as Liaison Officer with ECOWAS. He has been awarded with the Global Seal of integrity (GSOL); an award that promotes integrity among people and subsequently the universe

Bishop Sunday Onuoha

Bishop Sunday Onuoha is a Bishop within the United Methodist Church of Nigeria and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nigerian Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA). In his tenure at NIFAA, he has successfully coordinated the mobilization and training of 215,000 faith leaders (imams, pastors and preachers) in the fight against malaria. As a result of his untiring effort, NIFAA is now recognized in Nigeria and internationally as a key partner in social and behavior change communication and is expanding its work to include programming on diarrhea, pneumonia, nutrition, WASH, and girl-child education. The United Nations Foundation recognized Bishop Onuoha as a "Champion in the Fight Against Malaria" and he received the 2013 Global Peace Foundation at ceremonies in Malaysia. Bishop Onuoha served as the Special Assistant on Privatization to President Obasanjo.  He is also the founding President of Vision Africa, a faith-based NGO assisting the poor in Abia State, throughout the Niger Delta and other parts of Africa. Vision Africa also has a Dallas, TX office. Bishop Onuoha received his PhD from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Prof Joseph Otubu

is a member of the Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association. He is from Benin in Edo state but currently resides in Abuja Federal Capital Territory. He has been a member of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Nigerian inter religious Executive council since 2004. He was the first Vice president of organisation of African Instituted churches (OAIC) from 2004 to 2013. He was once the dean of medical school in university of Jos and pioneer provost of College of Health Science in the University of Abuja. He has served as external examiner to several medical schools in Ghana.

Cardinal John Onaiyekan
Prof Ishaq Oloyede

is a member of the Board of trustees for Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association. He Is from Abeokuta Ogun State but currently resides in Ilorin Kwara State. He was the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Inter religious Executive Counsel, and currently is the general secretary of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic affairs. He was the vice chancellor of University of Ilorin located in Kwara state from 2007 to 2012. He has authored and co-authored several articles in reputable local and international outlets and he was also the president of association of African universities (AAU).

Tom Woods

Mr. Woods is a founding board member of NIFAA and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa at the US State Department.  Mr. Woods also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa at USAID.  He currently leads Woods International LLC, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that builds global business and sustainable development linkages.  Mr. Woods serves as Chairman of the Board for the Wilton Park USA Foundation, is a Senior Advisor to the World Bank and remains committed to strengthening ties between the US and Africa through continued policy engagement.