KURA LOCAL GOVERNMENT’S POLITICAL ICONS OF BLESSED MEMORY
BY ABUBAKAR LAWAN ABUBAKAR SEPTEMBER, 2015
Ibrahim Kura Mohammed was born to the family of Late Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa (Alhaji Jiyau) on May 1944 in Kura Town, Kura LGA of Kano State. He was attended Kura Central Primary School now Kura Special Primary School and was proceeded to Rumfa college Kano; and New York University in the USA where he earned a degree in Political Science in 1970.
In the second republic politics Ibrahim Kura Muhammad was contested for the House of Representative on the platform of NPN but lost to PRP candidate in person of Nasidi Garba Maqera in 1979. Also in the planned 3rd republic Kura was also contested for Kano Central Senatorial District in the platform of UNCP but also lost to Hajiya Naja’atu Bala Muhammad of DPN before the election was annulled following the death of General Sani Abacha in 1998.
As an indefatigable and focused politician, Ibrahim Kura Mohammed was also contested and won the election overwhelmingly with landslide victory as elected Senator for the Kano Central constituency of Kano State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform.
After taking his seat in the Senate Kura was appointed to committees on Solid Minerals, Communications, State & Local Government, Federal Character and Information. He decided not to seek reelection in 2003.
After leaving office he became a Director of First Fund, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria, Chairman of Spotless Apt and Director / vice chairman of Clearline International. He became chairman of Expatcare Health Services in January 2007. In late 2007 he became FCT Chairman of the campaign organisation for former Ebonyi Governor Sam Egwu, who was running for chairman of the PDP. Speaking in January 2008 he expressed confidence that Egwu would take his seat at the next party convention.
He was first Secretary in the Nigerian High Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1972–1973), Executive Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations (1974–1976), Director of the Nigeria Tourist Association (1978–1979) and Chairman of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro (1979–1983).
He died aged 65 after short illness on 6 May 2009 in Abuja and was buried in Kura (His Home Town) of Kano State at Goriba cemetery, living his mother,one wife and six children (2 female and 4 male).
2. Alhaji Umar Datti Kura
Alhaji Umar Datti Kura was born in 1952 in Kura town. His Primary Education started from 1959 to 1966 at Kura Central Primary School now Special Primary School Kura. In 1969, he went to Kano Teachers Colleges (KTC) until 1974 when he graduated as a qualified Grade II Teacher. He later proceeded to Lagos for further education where he obtained Professional Education Certificate in 1988. He also attended the Nigerian Institute of Public Administration in 1989.
His working experience includes teaching from 1966 to 1977. He was appointed Head Master of Dutse Primary School from 1977 to 1978.
After the closure of Second Republic Era, Umar Datti retired from service to Business and Politics. Upon his keen interest and commitment to politics, he was appointed as Councillor in Old Rano Local Government in 1986. And later in January 1988 becomes unopposed chairman of Rano Local Government after the Inec has disqualified his challenger in person of Alhaji Wada Lawyer Rano. It was during his leadership the struggles to create Kura Local Government intensifies. Fortunately, in 1989 the military regime of General Badamasi Babangida created twenty six (26) newly local governments area in the country, among them was Kura with the Headquarter at Kura town. This marks the end of his tenure as a chairman on December, 1989.
Following the return of Fourth Republic Politics in 1998, he joined the PDP (People Democratic Party) and becomes the staunch supporter of Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
In January, 2000 Umar Datti Kura was appointed to serve as the Permanent Member I of the Kano State Primary Education Board by the then Kano State Governor Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the position that elevates his political career especially in Kura Local Government.
He was also elected as Member National Assembly Representing Kura/Madobi/Garun-Mallam from 2003 to 2007 in the PDP (people Democratic Party) platform.
He died on………….. after re-contesting bids has failed; leave wives and several children.
- Alhaji Musa Dan Malam
Alhaji Musa Dan Malam was a staunch PRP stalwart born in Kura in 1947. He attended Adult Education classes and contested Kano State House of Assembly for Kura constituency and won the election under the platform of PRP.
He died on 1st September, 2003, left his 3 wives and 31 children (14 Male & 17 Female).
4. Dr. Bala Salisu Kosawa
5. Salisu Ashiru Abduljalil
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