Lawan Dambazau

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Lawan Dambazau was a Nigeria mallam and politician of Fulani descent born in Danbatta area of Kano State. He is a contemporary of Aminu Kano.

Dambazau was a member of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) during the independence period, prior to joining NEPU, he was a trained Muslim cleric and social organizer. He studied Islam in Madabo quarters of Kano and then proceeded to some Northeastern Nigeria cities such as Maiduguri, Nguru, Potiskum and Azare and participated in organizing religious movements on reformists lines along with the late Ali Akilu, Qadi Baffa Mahmud and Waziri Ibrahim, the movement was geared towards enlightening the people on religious practices and social living. In 1949, he set up Islamiyya schools in the region

When NEPU was founded, Dambazau then a member of an Islamic Party joined NEPU and became its leading organizing figure in Northeast Nigeria where he served as the first secretary general of the party's Borno Province. However, as a member of NEPU, he faced serious opposition and threats from political opponents. After returning from Maiduguri to Kano in 1953, he was arrested and charged with incitement of youths against the Dogarai.

In the second republic, he joined the Peoples Redemption Party and was elected to the Kano State House of Assembly.