Shekarau Ibrahim Biography, Career, Controversies, And Net Worth

Shekarau Ibrahim biography

Ibrahim Shekarau is a former Nigerian Minister of Education and a two-time Governor of Kano State in Nigeria, having been elected first in April 2003 and subsequently re-elected in April 2007. He was affiliated with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but he is presently with the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). Shekarau Ibrahim was among the contenders for the presidency in the Nigerian general elections held in 2011.

Shekarau Ibrahim, hailing from the Kurmawa district of Kano, was born to a father who served in the police force. As a devout Muslim, he has entered into matrimony on four occasions, tying the knot with Zainab Shekarau, Halima Shekarau, Gaji Dantata, and Amina Shekarau, respectively. With his extensive family, Shekarau Ibrahim’s personal life reflects his commitment to his faith and cultural traditions.

Shekarau Ibrahim Profile

NameShekarau Ibrahim
Real NameShekarau Ibrahim
Date of Birth 5 November 1955
Age68 years
State of Origin Kano State
Tribe Hausa
Nationality Nigerian
Religion Christianity
Occupation Civil ServantPolitician
Wives Zainab Shekarau
Halima Shekarau
Gaji Dantata and 
Amina Shekarau
Political Party New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)
Net Worth $5 Million
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Educational Background

Shekarau Ibrahim Educational Background

Shekarau Ibrahim graduated from Gidan Makama Primary School (1961–1967), then proceeded to Kano Commercial College (1967–1973) and obtained his degree in Mathematics/ Education at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1973–1977).


Shekarau Ibrahim Career

Shekarau Ibrahim went into the civil service after finishing his degree. Later on, he started his career as a Mathematics teacher at Government Technical College, Wudil in 1978. Two years later he became Principal at Government Day Junior Secondary School, Wudil. In 1980, he was transferred to Government Secondary School, Hadejia, then to Government College Birnin Kudu in 1986, then to Government Secondary School, Gwammaja, and then to Rumfa College in March 1988, all as the school’s principal.

Shekarau Ibrahim became Deputy Director of Education in charge of the Bichi Zonal Education Area in 1992. After a year he was promoted to Director of Planning, Research, and Statistics in the Ministry of Education. After which became Director General (Permanent Secretary), Ministry of Education and Youth Development. In January 1995, Shekarau was transferred to the Ministry of Water Resources, Rural, and Community Development, then back to the Ministry of Education in January – May 1997 before he was asked to move to the General Service Directorate of the Cabinet Office, all as Permanent Secretary.

By February 2000, he was on the move again to the Civil Service Commission, where he stayed for only four months before the civil service commission under the Ado Gwaram Government sent him to the State College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies (CASRS) as Chief lecturer (Mathematics) at the Department of Physical Sciences, in May 2000.

Shekarau Ibrahim remained in this post for 17 months before he voluntarily retired from the services of Kano State Civil Service on 2 October 2001. Sometime after quitting his post as Chief Lecturer, he decided to work as a secretary to businessman  Aminu Dantata. He was employed under Dantata until he became a contender in Kano State’s 2003 gubernatorial elections. In May 2022, Shekarau defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP). Ibrahim Shekarau is a former Nigerian minister of education and two-term Governor of Kano State in Nigeria.

Shekarau Ibrahim was elected in April 2003 and reelected in April 2007. He is a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and he has been declared the winner of the 2023 Kano Central Senatorial District election under NNPP. Shekarau Ibrahim has received several awards due to his contributions to education as the governor of Kano State. Some of these include The AFRIPOL Achievement Award – The Environmental Governor, Chinua Achebe Award of Excellence, the National Pensions “Award for Excellence” by the National Pensions Union (NPU), The ASUP Distinction Award in Recognition of Service to Humanity and the Nation.


Shekarau Ibrahim Controversies

Shekarau Ibrahim was interrogated in 2012, by the State Security Service over alleged ties to the terrorist organization Boko Haram before releasing him. As polio vaccinations for children were discontinued in 2003 due to allegations that Western immunization programs were a plan to sterilize Muslims only, this attracted a lot of controversies.

It was too late for a global outcry to stop the alarming reappearance of polio among young people in northern Nigeria. Shekarau Ibrahim was frequently blamed for being the impetus behind the formation of the neighborhood’s “Hisbah Guard,” a religious police organization that upholds Sharia law. He is renowned for applying the strict tenets of sharia to leadership.

Shekarau Ibrahim Social Media Handle

Shekarau Ibrahim is on Instagram: at @ibrahimshekarauofficial and on Twitter: @MallamShekarau.

Personal Life

Shekarau Ibrahim Personal Life

Shekarau Ibrahim was born on the 5th of November 1955 in the Kurmawa quarters of Kano State to a police officer. He has been married to Zainab Shekarau, Halima Shekarau, Gaji Dantata, and Amina Shekarau, and he has a large family. Ibrahim Shekaru lost his five-month-old daughter in 2021, who reportedly died in a hospital in Dubai and was buried in that country

Shekarau Ibrahim Net Worth

Shekarau Ibrahim Net Worth

Shekarau Ibrahim is estimated to be worth over $5 Million.


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