HON. KHADIJA BUKAR ABBA IBRAHIM
Born in Kaduna on 6th January 1967, Hon. Khadija Bukar A.Ibrahim is a proud Kanuri woman who hails from Yobe State in the North East of Nigeria. Hon. Khadija comes from very good lineage in terms of her political antecedents. She is steeped in the traditions of her culture, which complement the professionalism of her family where emphasis was always placed on good morals, integrity and strong family values.
Her father, the late Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim was a renowned politician who went on to become a very successful businessman. Waziri Ibrahim played an active role in Nigerian politics prior to Nigeria’s independence as Minister of Health and in the First Republic as Minister of Economic Development. He was a presidential aspirant in the 1979, and 1983 in the Second Republic under the party he
founded, the Great Nigerian People’s Party. Her mother, Hajiya Fatima Kashim, was a daughter of the late Sir Kashim Ibrahim, CBE KCMG. Sir Kashim was amongst the crop of well-educated politicians who were active in the realization of Nigeria’s independence. He held various ministerial portfolios initially at the Regional level and then at Federal before assuming the Governorship of Northern Nigeria. He was conferred the traditional title of Waziri by the Shehu of Borno in 1956, which he held until his death in 1990, and
was knighted by HMQueen Elizabeth II in 1962. Though Hon. Khadija’s education was mainly carried out in the United Kingdom, she was firmly grounded in Nigeria where she attended primary school and begun her secondary education before moving to the United Kingdom. Her tertiary education saw her gain a diploma in Business and Finance before attaining a B.Sc. in Business Studies and Sociology from Roehampton Institute for Higher Education, an affiliate of the University of Surrey. Her professional life has been an eclectic one with experiences, prior to her foray into politics, ranging from banking, public relations in the international freight business, marketing of petroleum products within the ECOWAS region, and insurance brokerage, to setting up her own business dealing mainly with both public and private sector contractual works. Hon. Khadija’s political life in her own right began in 2004 when she was appointed Honourable Commissioner for Transport and Energy in her home state, Yobe. This was followed by her appointment as Resident Commissioner on Nicon Insurance also in Yobe State, a position she held for one year until her success at the polls which saw her join the Federal
Legislature as an Honourable Member of the House of Representatives representing Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency. She would remain in the lower House from 2007 until 2015.
In eight years, Hon. Khadija served in various House Committees as Deputy Chairperson (Rural
Development, Communications), and as Chairperson (Privatization and Commercialization). She also served as member of 18 different Committees during her time at the House of Representatives including Power,Water Resources, MDGs, Youth Development and Banking &Currency. In 2010, Hon. Khadija served as a member of the Constitution Review Committee. In 2015, after having won her third consecutive election to the House of Representatives, Hon. Khadija was invited by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to join his cabinet and serve as Honourable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. This appointment is a testament to Hon. Khadija’s commitment to the development of Nigeria as well as the wealth of experience she has
gathered throughout her life right from her grandfather and father and most especially, her
career development in the National Assembly.
Continuing on from her political upbringing, Hon. Khadija went on to marry an equally seasoned
politician, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, a three time Governor of Yobe State, and a serving Senator
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria also for the third time.
As a result of the untold devastation in the North East, Hon. Khadija has naturally become involved
in the plight of the victims of the insurgency and is a champion of the rights and conditions of the
internally displaced persons. She also finds time to acknowledge the less privileged in society and
assists them in gaining worthwhile occupations through grants to set themselves up in various
trades. Furthermore,she funds the educationalpursuits of many underprivileged young people.
Her philanthropic activities follow on from her motto for life which is simply, ‘service to the
Almighty God and humanity’.