Former Yobe governor Ibrahim is dead
Published By: Kazeem Ugbodaga
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
Former governor of Yobe State, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim has reportedly died in a hospital in Saudi Arabia.
He was said to have died at a Saudi-Germ Hospital in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday at the age of 73.
Ibrahim was born on October 1950. He was the governor of Yobe State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
He also served as governor of the state from January 1992 to November 1993. He was a member of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).
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Ibrahim began attending primary school in 1957. In 1965, he proceeded to Government College in Maiduguri. After taking the West African School Certificate Examination in 1970, he was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University in 1972 where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying in 1975.
Thereafter, he undertook post-graduate professional training in the United Kingdom from 1981 to 1982, which led to his qualification as an associate member of the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors.
From 1985 to 1988, he worked as a civil servant in Borno State and eventually becoming Commissioner of Works.
Ibrahim, a Muslim, was married to three wives: Hajiya Maryam Abba Ibrahim, Hajiya Aishatu Ibrahim and Hajiya Khadijat Ibrahim.
In 2007, he was elected to the Senate for the Yobe East constituency. He ran for re-election in the 9 April 2011 Senatorial contest for Yobe East on the ANPP platform, and won with 115,763 votes against former Senator Lawan Jalo Zarami of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who gained 67,438 votes.