Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, FCIArb, FABS, FCIDA, HCILRM MPIN, MIICA (Dan Masanin Gwandu, Zarumman Kabi) is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs (2013–2015), former Supervising Minister, Ministry of Labour and Productivity (2014–2015) and current Chairman of PDP Former Ministers’ Forum of Nigeria.
A practicing lawyer and a politician, he is presently a member of Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees (BOT).
• Strong and honest leadership
• Zero Tolerance to Discrimination and Corruption, and
• Empathy and Humaneness
Early Life and Educations
Kabiru was born on 3rd April. 1957 at the Nassarawa area of Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State to the family of Alhaji Tanimu Turaki. Like other children of his age and in accordance with the great custom of the wonderful people of Gwandu Emirate, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki was sent to the Quranic School, a step which was to later mould his character and prepare him for the numerous challenges of life. In order to equally acquire Western education, he was further enrolled into the then Nassarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi(1968-1975). Kabiru Tanimu Turaki exhibited clear signs of a gifted child right from his days in Primary School. He distinctively excelled in his academic work. As a testimony of the commendable and sterling qualities of the young Kabiru, he was appointed the Deputy Head Boy and Time Keeper of the School.
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki proceeded to the famous Barewa College, Zaria(1975-1980). Even though the School was full of brilliant students, he proved an exceptional person because he stood out in whatever he did. At Barewa College, Zaria, he was the Deputy House Captain, Suleiman Barau House and President, Young Farmers Club of the School.
In furtherance of his education, Kabiru went to the then State College of Arts and Science, Sokoto for his I.J.M.B(1980-1982). It was another success story for Kabiru Tanimu Turaki as he passed all his papers brilliantly. This earned him admission into one of Nigeria’s most respected Universities, the University of Jos, to read Law(1982-1985). He graduated with LL.B (Honours) and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. He thereafter served his fatherland as a member of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) in 1986/1987. He later attended The Islamic Finance Institute of Southern Africa in 2010 where he studied Islamic Investment Structuring, SUKUK Masterclass.
Kabiru is happily married with children. He is a Muslim, Hausa-Fulani from Kebbi State.
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki is the first Lawyer from Kebbi State and the entire former North Western States of this Country to be elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2002. Dan Masanin Gwandu, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, is a success story, an inspiration to the youth, a true Nigerian Patriot and an uncompromising believer in the continuous corporate existence of Nigeria as an indivisible nation.
In Kebbi State, he has contributed immeasurably to the betterment of lives of others through the provision of scholarships, employment opportunities and other forms of moral and financial support and encouragement.
He was appointed the Dan Masanin Gwandu by the Emir of Gwandu in February, 2002, in recognition of his achievements and support for the development of his community. He was also conferred with the Traditional title of Zarumman Kabi by Argungu Emirate in 2012.
The Distinguished Senior Advocate of Nigeria has been a member of the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chairman Nigerian Bar Association Committee on the Judiciary, as well as a member of the Governing Board of the National Judicial Institute. He was also appointed as the Chairman of the Nigerian Copyright Commission by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR in 2012, a position he held until his appointment in 2013 as a Minister in the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As a Minister, he was saddled with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of the then newly recreated Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs. He was also appointed by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, to serve as the Honourable Supervising Minister of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity between 2014 and 2015. As a result of his dedication and team work, he was made the Chairman, White Paper Committee on the Report of the Presidential Committee of Experts on Inter-Professional Relationships in the Public Health Sector. President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR also recognized Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN’s effort and identified him worthy of bringing an end to the deadly security challenge in the North-East by appointing him as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the region.
In recognition of his contribution to the development of Nigeria and humanity, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki has been honoured throughout Nigeria and outside the country.