“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” ~Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S President
“Within you lies a power which when properly grasped and directed, can lift an entire race out of the rut of mediocrity, poverty and failure and unto the shores of fortune”
~ Dennis Kimbro, U.S Black Motivational Speaker
The two quotes encapsulate the altruistic motive behind Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN’s decision to serve the nation at the highest interest level for he knows that leadership is a privilege, and with it comes responsibility.
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).
• Well-educated and Knowledgeable
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Kabiru was born on 3rd April. 1957 at the Nassarawa area of Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State to the family of Alhaji Tanimu Turaki. In order to equally acquire Western education, he was 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.
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki is a recipient of numerous awards in politics, business and community service.
He has been honored throughout Nigeria and outside the country in recognition of his contribution to the development of the country and humanity at large.
Such honor and award includes
Recipient of Special letter of commendation for national service by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
Recipient of 2009 KWAME NKRUMAH Distinguished Leadership Award
Recipient of Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration Award
Recipient of Nigeria Union of Local Government (NULGE) Award
Recipient of African Role Model Leadership Gold Award for Excellence
Recipient of African Credibility Award
Recipient of African Meritorious Service Award for good Leadership
Recipient of Nigeria Youth Ambassador Award
Recipient of National Association of Mathematical Science Students of Nigeria Award of Excellence
Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus of the year Award by SUG, University of Jos
Recipient of Distinguished Award by the Body of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Abuja Branch
Recipient of Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA) Merit Award
Patron, Association Deaf and Dumb, Kano State Branch
Life Patron, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)
On graduation from the Nigerian Law School, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki opted to be a private legal practitioner. He became a counsel with Alhaji Tijjani Abdullahi and Company (Solicitors and Advocates) in 1987. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki needed only two years to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the legal forestry of Kano and its environs. This solid resolution gave birth to K. T. Turaki and Co. in 1989.
As a lawyer, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki has practiced in virtually every court and tribunal in the country from the Magistrate Court, High Court, the Court of Appeal, Armed Robbery Tribunal, Miscellaneous Offences Tribunal, Election Petition Tribunals, Failed Banks Tribunal and even to the apex court, the Supreme Court of Nigeria. In all these, he had recorded successes that are certainly beyond the ordinary. He has held professional responsibilities that are too numerous to be mentioned. However, it is worthy to note that Kabiru Tanimu Turaki is a retained external solicitor and legal adviser to many organizations throughout Nigeria.
As a compassionate person, he has held briefs for clients free of charge. This is a testimony of his love for the down trodden and less privileged. It is a fact also, that the second Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Kebbi State and the first Senior Advocate of Nigeria from Sokoto State have all passed through his tutelage. Indeed, his law firm has produced no fewer than five (5) Senior Advocates of Nigeria to date, some of whom had become Attorneys General in many States and of the Federation.
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki was appointed a member of the Kano State Law Reporting Committee in 1999 and a member of the Committee for the review of current legislations in Kano State. The following year, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki served in the committee that reviewed the Northern States Penal Code Law in 1992.
When the Nigeria Bar Association was going through one of its trying moments, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki was one of those called upon to resolve its crisis in 1993.
The Dan Masanin Gwandu was a member of the National Political Reform Conference in 2004, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Team Nigeria Trust Fund, a body that was set up to galvanize private sector participation in the sports development and financing in Nigeria.
When the defunct Bank of the North was in murky waters, Barrister Turaki, SAN, was among the intervention Board that was set up by the Regulatory Agencies (CBN/NDIC) to restore the Bank that was on the verge of collapse to profitability.
He was at various times a member of the Council of Legal Education, as well as member of the committee for the review of Investment Laws in Nigeria. He was also a member of the Ministerial Committee for the Implementation of Reforms in the Nigeria Police Force as well as the Committee set up by the Body of Benchers to review the laws regulating legal practice in Nigeria.
His contribution to the development of the law and the legal practice in Nigeria led to his appointment as a Notary Public by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and his elevation to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2002.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Dan Masanin is a member of many professional bodies, such as:
1. Nigerian Bar Association
2. African Bar Association
3. International Bar Association
4. Commonwealth Lawyer Association
5. Lawyers in Defense of Human Rights
6. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
7. Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
In addition, he has attained the following Professional / Academic status of excellence:
1. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)(FCIArb)
2. Fellow of the African Business School (FABS)
3. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (HCILRM)
4. Fellow, The Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA)
5. Member, Professional Institute of Nigeria (MPIN)
6. Member, Institute of Industrialists and Corporate Administrators (MIICA), among others
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki has paid his dues having entered politics since 1981 as a young man.
His consistency and loyalty have earned him the following positions of trust in his party, the PDP:
• Gubernatorial Aspirant PDP, Kebbi State – 2007
• Deputy Director-General (North), PDP Presidential Campaign
Organization – 2014/2015
• Member, Board of Trustees, PDP – 2015
a) Intrusion of English Law on the Inheritance of Land in Nigeria – (1985)
b) Problems of Bail in Nigeria Law and Courts – (1990)
c) Problems Militating Against The Participation of Youths in the Politics of the Third Republic – (1996)
d) Contribution of Nigerian Youths To Nation Building – (1997)
e) The Challenges of Political Parties: INEC Regulatory
Functions vs Electoral ACT, 2010 – (2011)
f) Legal Profession: Practice and – (2012)
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki loves reading, travelling and sports.