Ibrahim Jalo Waziri

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Ibrahim Jalo Waziri LATE SENATOR JALO IBRAHIM WAZIRI, CFR, COS was a teacher, administrator, reknown traditional title holder, leader and politician and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was born on 16th December, 1926 in Gombe, Gombe State. He attended Gombe Elementary School in 1936-1940, went to Bauchi Middle School in 1940 and graduated in 1943, from where he proceeded to katsina College which was moved to Kaduna and renamed Kaduna College (now Barewa College) from 1943-1946. Between 1947 and 1948 he attended a Teacher Training in Zaria from where he obtained his Grade II Certificate. Between 1954 and 1955 he attended the West African Local Government Course in the famous London School of Economics.


His working career spanned a period of 37 years lasting between 1947 and 1983; as a civil servant, a politician and a Legislator. He began his working career in 1947 at Bauchi Middle School as a class teacher up to 1952, after his graduation from Kaduna College. He returned to Gombe and became the first Headmaster of Gombe Senior Primary School to 1954. He was appointed Assistant Lecturer at London University where he taught Fulfulde language from 1952 to 1953. In 1954 he was elected Councillor for Gombe Local Government and in 1959 he was elected to the Federal House of Representatives where he was elected Deputy Speaker of the House. In 1960 he was elected the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and served in that capacity until 1966 when the first military coup brought to an abrupt end the First Republic. During his service at the Federal House, he won the prize of the most outstanding British Commonwealth Speakers on Australia for which he was given a special chair that he brought to the Federal House in Lagos. He also contributed immensely in the creation of the then Mid-Western Nigeria comprising of the present day Edo and Delta States for which his name is always remembered in the area. With the creation of the North Eastern State late Senator Jalo Waziri was appointed Permanent Commissioner, Public Service Commission of the newly established state from 1968-1970. Then from 1970 to 1976 he served as Chairman, Local Government Service Board of North Eastern State and between 1973 and 1976 he was Chairman, Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (NIDB). In 1976, three new states were created out of the North Eastern State, late Senator Jalo Waziri happened to fall in Bauchi State where he moved to and was appointed Chairman, Public Service Commission; and later as Commissioner of Education and served in these capacities from 1976-1978. Between 1976 and 1979 he was also the Chairman, New India Insurance Company. In 1979 when the ban on political activities was lifted by the Murtala/Obasanjo regime, late Senator Jalo Ibrahim Waziri joined the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), contested for Senatorial seat and won, so from 1979 to 1983 he was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In the Senate, he served as the Chairman, Rules and Business Committee of the Senate 1979-1980 and Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1980-1983. In 1983 he was re-elected Senator again, however not long after the elections, the military overthrew the Second Republic and late Jalo Ibrahim Waziri returned home, retired to his private life until his death in 1987. During his service in the Parliament and Senate, late Senator Jalo Waziri headed the Nigerian Parliamentary Delegation to the United States of America (USA) in 1962 and to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) in 1963. He attended the Speakers Conference and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Meeting both in Britain in 1964. He was also Head of Nigerian Parliamentary Delegation to many African countries such as Ghana, Sierra Leon, Ivory Coast (now Cote d’Ivoire), Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc all in 1981 as well as to Fiji and South Korea in 1982. He visited many other countries such as Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Italy, Tunisia, etc. In addition to his civil service and political life, late Senator Jalo Ibrahim Waziri was a reknown traditional title holder and leader. He was appointed the Ubandoman Gombe, succeeding his late father, Mallam Muhammadu Jungudo and served in that office from 1954 to 1956. He was promoted in 1956 when he was conferred with the office and title of Wazirin Gombe until his death in 1987. In 1964 he was Honoured by the Government and people of Senegal with the National Award of Commander of Senegal (C.O.S), in 1982 he was Honoured by President Shehu Shagari with the National Award of Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (C.F.R.). from 1977 to 1982 he was the National Chief Scout and was reappointed in 1983. His hobbies were Scouting and Architectural design.

Electoral history

1959 Gombe Central federal elections

  • Ibrahim Jalo Waziri NPC - 6,471
  • Pela Ali Deba Indep - 4,216
  • Alhaji Shehu NEPU - 2,529
  • Audu Aka AG - 811
  • Ahamadu Saadu Indep - 969

1979 Bauchi East senatorial election

  • Ibrahim Jalo Waziri - NPN - 55, 202
  • Adamu Dadaldu - GNPP - 46,180
  • Gabar Dangaur Bajog- PRP - 26,272
  • Maman Maijidadi - UPN - 3,821
  • Abbas Tella - NPP - 1,842