Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was born on October 21, 1956 at Kwankwaso Town, Madobi Local Government Area, Kano State. Rabiu Kwakwanso had his early education in his hometown before he moved to Wudil of Craft School between 1970 and 1972. After leaving the craft school, he proceeded to Kaduna Polytechnic where he did his National and Higher National Diploma and from there he went on to Middlesex Polytechnic (1982-1983) and Loughborough University of Technology (1983 -1985) in the UK where he bagged his Masters Degree in Water Engineering.
Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso was an active student leader during his school days and was an elected official of the Kano State Students Association.
Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso Professional Career
Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso started his professional journey when he began working in 1975 with WRECA (Kano State Water Resources and Engineering Construction Agency). He joined partisan politics in the aborted Third Republic where he contested elections to the House of Representatives. He became the Deputy Speaker. He belonged to the Peoples Front faction of the SDP Led by General Shehu Yar’adua. During the 1995 Constitutional Conference he was elected to be one of the representatives from Kano, at that time he belonged to the Peoples Democratic Movement led by Yar’adua. Kwakwanso later joined the PDP in 1998 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Movement in Kano led by Mallam Musa Gwadabe, Senator Hamisu Musa and Alh. Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila. The group were able to have sympathisers from the PSP group such as Alh. Datti Wudilawa and ANC such as Mallam Abba Dabo who all supported his candidature. He therefore had a victory in the primary elections.
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was elected as the Executive Governor of Kano State between 1999 and 2003, under the flag of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He sought and lost re-election to Malam Ibrahim Shekarau whom he removed from the highest civil service position of permanent secretary to a Lecturer in a higher institution (College of Arts and Science, Kano). His tenure as the Governor of Kano State was very eventful because there were several groups opposed to his high handed governorship, and his attempt at supporting president Obasanjo who hails from a different tribal group. His party the PDP also became split between his supporters and those who opposed him.
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s 2003 bid to serve for a second term was unsuccessful. Despite his achievements in the areas of Education, Rural Electrification and Health. He was able to establish a State University of Technology at Wudil, he introduced Free Feeding for Primary School Students in the State which led the United Nations to recognise his effort in that direction. His electrification programme in the rural areas recorded a great success. He was able to give the Federal Government a property that was turned into the Nigerial Law School at Bagauda. He built a number of bridges in the rural areas and introduce free natal programme for pregnant mothers. He was then appointed as the Minister of Defence in President Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet in 2003.
In 2007, he was appointed as the Presidential Special Envoy to Somalia and Darfur by the Obasanjo administration after losing the bid from his party to contest the 2007 general governorship election. He continued to use his influence at the Federal level to undermine his opponents especially the Kano State Government. He resigned his ministerial position to contest the election in 2007 but he lost because he had been indicted by a Government White Paper.His running mate in the elections Alh.Ahmed Garba Bichi contested the elections with Alh. Jibril Gwale as a running mate.
He was re-elected as Kano state governor on 27 April 2011 and sworn in on 29 May 2011 for a second term in office. He is currently a Senator representing Kano Central at the Nigerian Senate.