Yahaya is the first woman to lead a student union in the north for more than three decades - and the first woman at Usmanu Danfodiyo University.
She takes over the position after her predecessor was suspended and later impeached for misconduct. She was one of the vice-presidents of the union.
Despite her notable achievement, Ms Yahaya told the BBC that she does not always feel supported by her female counterparts:
"When it comes to leadership issues we [women] are own enemies. We don’t support ourselves mostly because some of us assume that ‘women are arrogant’ so I won’t support her.”
"When I came to this university, there was only one female professor in my department. She's been my role model," says Ms Yahaya.