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Rabiu Kwankwaso

Rabiu Kwankwaso




Mohammed Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso was born on October 21, 1956, in Kano, Nigeria, into a Sunni Fulani family of the Genawa Fulani Clan. His father held significant positions within the community, serving as the village head of Kwankwaso and later as the District Head of Madobi.

Kwankwaso received his early education at Kwankwaso Primary 

School and Gwarzo Boarding Senior Primary School before furthering his studies at Wudil Craft School and Kano Technical College. He continued his education at Kaduna Polytechnic, where he obtained both his National Diploma and Higher National Diploma. Known for his active involvement in student leadership, he was an elected official of the Kano State Students Association.

Continuing his academic pursuits, Kwankwaso pursued postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1983 at Middlesex Polytechnic and later at Loughborough University of Technology, where he earned a master's degree in civil engineering in 1985. In 2022, he was awarded a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Sharda University in India.

Kwankwaso's professional career began in 1975 when he joined the Kano State Water Resources and Engineering Construction Agency. Over seventeen years, he held various positions within the agency, eventually rising to the rank of principal water engineer.

Entering politics in 1992 under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Kwankwaso quickly ascended the political ladder. He was elected as a member of the House of Representatives representing Madobi Federal Constituency in 1992 and later served as the deputy speaker, gaining national recognition.

Joining the People's Democratic Movement led by General Shehu Yar'adua, Kwankwaso continued his political journey, transitioning to the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) during General Sani Abacha's political transition program. He ultimately joined the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998.

Kwankwaso's gubernatorial journey began in 1999 when he was elected as the governor of Kano State for his first term. His tenure was marked by significant achievements in infrastructure and education, including the establishment of the Kano University of Science and Technology and numerous secondary schools.

After his first term, Kwankwaso was re-elected as governor in 2011, serving until 2015. During this period, he continued his focus on infrastructure development, education, and empowerment programs, such as the Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation, aimed at supporting education and alleviating poverty.

In addition to his gubernatorial roles, Kwankwaso served as Minister of Defence from 2003 to 2007 under President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration. He later represented Kano Central Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate from 2015 to 2019.

Kwankwaso's presidential ambitions led him to contest primaries in various political parties, including the APC and PDP. In 2023, he ran for the presidency under the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), securing fourth place in the general election. Throughout his political career, Kwankwaso has remained a prominent figure in Nigerian politics, advocating for change and presenting his vision for the country's future.


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Date of Birth: October 21, 1956

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