Biography of Bukar Abba Ibrahim

Biography of Bukar Abba Ibrahim

Bukar Abba Ibrahim
Bukar Abba Ibrahim

Bukar Abba Ibrahim a former Governor and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was born in October 1950. He is an indigene of Yobe State.

Bukar Abba Ibrahim, is married to three wives: Hajiya (Dr) Maryam Abba Ibrahim,
Hajiya Aishatu Ibrahim and Hajiya Khadijat Ibrahim.

Bukar Abba Ibrahim began his primary Education in 1957 afterwhich he proceeded to Government College in Maiduguri in 1965. He subsequently got admission into Ahmadu Bello University in 1972 where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying in 1975. Thereafter, he undertook a post-graduate professional training in the United Kingdom from 1981 to 1982, where he became an associate member of the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

Bukar Abba Ibrahim worked as a civil servant in Borno State from 1985 to 1988 eventually he was made the Commissioner of Works in the State.

In 1991, a few months after Yobe State was created, Bukar Abba Ibrahim contested and won the gubernatorial election under the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He held that position until November 1993, when the military took control of government. However
Nigeria had a transition from military to civilian rule beginning in late 1998.

In view of the transition, Gubernatorial elections were held in January 1999 and Bukar Abba Ibrahim was again elected governor, under the platform of All People's Party (APP). This party was later renamed All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) due to a factional split. In 2003 however, He was re-elected for a second four-year term.

During his first term, in 1993 Bukar Abba Ibrahim split the state's four emirates into 13. This change was reversed by the military regime of Sani Abacha. In his second term after the return to democracy, in 2000, he re-implemented the new emirates, adding Gazargamo, Gujba, Nguru, Tikau, Pataskum, Yusufari, Gudi, Fune and Jajere. The Emir of Fika, Muhammadu Ambali, protested at the break-up of his emirate and took the government to court, but eventually accepted the change.

In 2007, Bukar Abba Ibrahim contested for and won the Senatorial seat for the Yobe East constituency. He ran for reelection in  2011 and won the former incumbent, Senator Lawan Jalo Zarami of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

In 2015, he again ran for a re-election under the platform of the All Progressive Congress(APC) and won the senatorial seat for Yobe east constituency.

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