Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’aba, the ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, has passed away.

The former Speaker, aged 65, passed away early this morning, Wednesday, December 27, 2023, at an Abuja hospital after a brief illness.

Rt. Hon. Na’aba served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003.

He assumed the position following the resignation of Salisu Buhari amid a certificate forgery scandal.

The former Speaker was born into the family of Alhaji Umar Na’Abba, a businessman in Tudun Wada, Kano City, Kano Municipal Local Government on 27 September 1958.

Rt. Hon. Na’aba’s father was a firm disciplinarian and an Islamic scholar. His father taught him virtues of hard work, entrepreneurship, strong religious inclination, prudence and modesty.

Here are things to know about the late Speaker.

 1) Ghali Umar Na’Abba, born on September 27, 1958, in Tundun Wda, Kano State, into the family of businessman Alhaji Umar Na’Abba. His father is an Islamic scholar who taught him virtues of hard work, entrepreneurship, strong religious inclination, prudence and modesty.

2) Education: Na’Abba’s educational journey began at Jakara Primary School in Kano, where he earned his First School Leaving Certificate in 1969. Subsequently, he attended Rumfa College, Kano, obtaining his West African School Certificate. Following this, he enrolled in the School of Preliminary Studies, Kano, in 1976, and later gained admission to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, in October of the same year. He successfully earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from ABU in 1979.

In 2004, the political scientist furthered his education with a postgraduate program on Leadership and Good Governance at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, United States.

3) Politics: Na’Abba became a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998 during its formative phase. In April 1999, he secured the party’s candidacy for the National Assembly election in Kano Municipal Federal Constituency, Kano State. Emerging victorious, he represented the Federal constituency in the House of Representatives.

Despite garnering significant backing from House members-elect in Kano and the North West geo-political zone, Na’Abba, in deference, relinquished the bid for the role of Speaker to Ibrahim Salisu Buhari, who ultimately assumed the position as the first Speaker of the Fourth Republic House of Representatives.

4)Business Career: Following his mandatory one-year National Youth Service, Na’Abba entered his father’s business conglomerate in 1980. His involvement spanned diverse sectors, encompassing the importation of goods, manufacturing, and publishing. He ascended within the corporate hierarchy, assuming roles such as Secretary at Na’Abba Commercial Trading Company Limited, Managing Director at Manifold Limited, Director at Quick Prints Limited, and Managing Director at Hinterland Resources Limited.

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