A lawyer by training with 34 years work experience, Mrs. Suleiman has served in various senior capacities in both private and public sectors.


She commenced her career as a State Counsel with the Ministry of Justice Sokoto (1981-1988) and thereafter worked with the Continental Merchant Bank (1988-1996), NAL Merchant Bank (1996-1997) and as Secretary Legal Adviser with the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (1997-2001) and Securities and Exchange Commission (2001-2008). In 2008 she was appointed as the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development of the Federal Government of Nigeria, and again as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 2010.


Mrs. Suleiman holds a Masters Degree in Law (LLM) from London School of Economics and Political Science (1987) and has attended various professional and development courses over the years.


In addition to contributing in the formulation and implementation of various strategic development policies while serving as Minister, she still actively supports gender and humanitarian issues particularly the empowerment of women and the less privileged through various platforms.


She was appointed Commissioner Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission in February 2012.


Mrs. Suleiman is married with children.