The Northern Blog is celebrating Kano State golden jubilee by recognizing prominent people who contributed in diverse ways to the growth and development of Kano State. This list is not in any way hierarchical and although most of these people fulfilled some criteria set by the research team of The Northern Blog, we will still accommodate any individual who you feel should be on the list. However, we will not add the person to the list until we are convinced. We have gathered the history of these people based on our capacity, we did not alter any information deliberately, in case there is any observation as such please do make sure to inform us so we will make the necessary corrections.
Late Waziri enrolled into the School for Arabic Studies and the School for Higher Arabic Education (Aliya) at Shahuchi Quarters all in Kano to earn certificate in Islamic studies. He then proceeded to Egypt where he earned certificate in Qur’anic exegesis (Tafsir) and related fields. Sheikh Waziri began his public service career as a classroom teacher and later became a judge (Alkali); the job that took him to many towns in Kano like Gwarzo, Zakirai, Minjibir, among others. After leaving the judiciary, he became the Vice Principal of Government Arabic Teachers College Gwale, Kano.
He retired from active service in 1981, and was then appointed as chief Imam of the Murtala Muhammad Mosque in Kano. In the year 2000, he was appointed the chief Imam of Kano central mosque and also turbaned as the Waziri of Kano in the same year. He was the 8th Waziri of Kano under the Fulani dynasty. Commenting on the death of Sheikh Waziri, a Kano-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Tijjani Bala Kalarawi, said the death of the cleric has created a big vacuum in Nigeria’s Islamic scholarship.
He was the grandson of late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Abbas and enrolled in the Bebeji Primary School in 1944 and on completion proceeded to the famous Kano Middle School, now known as Rumfa College in 1948. He left the school three years after and took up appointment in the Veterinary Department of the Native Authority. The prince delved into politics in 1956 when he contested and won Sumaila Constituency at the Northern Regional Assembly, a position that marked the beginning of his successes in life.
In 1966, when the military took over he was appointed Dan Isa and Councillor for Community Development in Kano state, a position that launched him into the mainstream Kano traditional institution. He was promoted to Turakin Kano in 1976, a seat that made him a member of the Emirate Council but 13 years later, precisely in 1989, he was further promoted to the Dan Iyan Kano.
He wore the big cap in 1992 when the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero made him the Galadiman Kano, an appointment that ballooned his popularity. In the Kano Emirate Council, Galadiman Kano is the second highest ranking member following the Wazirin Kano, while the Wambai is the head of administration. He passed away in October 2014.
A former chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Dambatta went into journalism in the 1940s when he took appointment at the Daily Comet, a paper owned by late Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe. From then he headed many journalism positions including the Board of Directors of Daily Times of Nigeria from 1980 to 1983.
Before then he was member of the board of directors of the New Nigerian Newspapers shortly after the paper was established by the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto. His contributions at the board laid a solid foundation for the growth of the paper in later years. Dambatta was a frontline member of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) and held various public positions across all spheres of human endeavour. In 2005, he published his autobiography tagged “Pull of Fate”, a book that encapsulated his life and times.
SHIEK NASIRU KABARA