Ghali Umar Na’Abba, the Former Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reportedly died.
Na’abba hailed from Kano state where COVID-19 is reportedly claiming many lives.
He was speaker between 2000 and 2003, during which he played an active role in truncating the alleged third-term bid of Obasanjo.
Ghali Umar Na’Abba CFR evidently had a humble beginning. Born into the family of Alhaji Umar Na’Abba, a successful businessman in Tudun Wada, Kano City, Kano Municipal Local Government on September 27, 1958, Ghali had a rare but particularly remarkable home upbringing.
In training, practice and expertise, Na’Abba is a consummate political scientist and a profound policy architect. His academic background and accomplishments in Parliamentary leadership attest to these eloquently. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979.
His early education was at Jakara Primary School, Kano where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1969. He later attended Rumfa College, Kano for his West African School Certificate and was also at School of Preliminary Studies, Kano, between 1974 and 1976, before gaining admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in October, 1976.
Given his growing thirst for learning and quest for more knowledge, he embarked on a postgraduate programme on Leadership and Good Governance at the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in the United States in 2004.
Accordingly, he made far reaching contributions to good governance by driving as Speaker of the House, revolutionary- imbued legislative and policy frameworks and leading several international bodies on parliament at the wake of the millennium.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.