Isa Waziri

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Isa Muhammad Gidado popularly known as Sheikh Isa Waziri is a kano based religious figure who was imam of the Murtala Muhammed Jummat Mosque and later became the Chief Imam of Kano and Wazirin Kano. He earned the name Waziri while attending the Kano Law School, a teacher at the school, Sheikhul-Basheer decided to call him Isa Waziri because he was a descendant of the Wazirin Kano.

He is also an early promoter of women's education in Kano, he later served as chairman of the Kano State Sharia Implementation Committee. He supported the implementation of Sharia as being a law from Allah and an essential part of every Muslims life as Muslims constitute majority of Kano State citizens, however some associations of non Muslims in the city raised concern about the involvement of the state government in religious matters.


Waziri was born in 1925 to the family of Muhammed Gidado, he attended the Judicial School, Kano, Kano Law School and Al-Azhar University, Egypt. He became familiar with Islamic teachings under his father who taught him Arabic and Qur'anic education. Waziri later took on tafsir (Qur'anic translation) at Zakirai in Gezawa Local Government; he worked in the Kano State judiciary as a clerk and registrar. After leaving government, with the support of Ado Bayero, he became the Imam of the Murtala Muhammed Mosque.

In the 1980s, when former president Obasanjo published his book Nzeogwu, Waziri was among those who called for a public shunning of Obasanjo's companies products. He was also a figure in moral discourse of social issues of urban life among Kano State's youth and the impact of secular life and Westernization among the youthful generation.


  • 'I Have Never Been Detained for Preaching' -Sheikh Isa Waziri. Weekly Trust, August 2, 2003.