Ibrahim Gaidam is a prominent Nigerian politician who has made significant contributions to public service and security in the country. He was born on September 15, 1956, in Bukarti village, Yunusari local government area in Yobe State. Gaidam has had a long and successful career in politics and governance. He has served as the governor of Yobe State from 2009 to 2019 and is currently serving as the Minister of Police Affairs in Nigeria.
Ibrahim Gaidam Background and Education
Ibrahim Gaidam’s journey in public service began with his educational foundation. He attended Borno Teachers’ College (BTC) in Maiduguri, where he obtained a Teachers’ Certificate. Later, he pursued higher education at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, earning a Diploma in Accountancy in 1983. Gaidam’s thirst for knowledge led him back to Ahmadu Bello University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy in 1990. He also became a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria, showcasing his expertise in financial matters.
Public Service Career
Gaidam’s public service career started in various government ministries in the old Borno State, which later became Yobe State. He held positions such as assistant director of Finance in the Directorate of Foods, Roads, and Rural Infrastructure, as well as acting Director of Finance and Supplies in the Yobe Information and Culture Ministry. In 1995, he left the civil service to serve as the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, followed by a role as the Commissioner of Commerce and Industries.
Gaidam’s commitment to public service led him back to the civil service, where he served as a Director in the State Finance Ministry from 1997 to 2007. He also held the position of Permanent Secretary in various other ministries, showcasing his administrative capabilities and dedication to efficient governance.
Ibrahim Gaidam’s Political Achievements
In April 2007, Ibrahim Gaidam made his entry into politics by being elected as the Deputy Governor of Yobe State on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. He was sworn into office on May 29, 2007, and later became the Executive Governor of Yobe State on January 27, 2009, following the unfortunate death of Governor Mamman Bello Ali.
During his tenure as governor, Gaidam made significant strides in improving the state’s infrastructure, education, healthcare, agriculture, and security. He prioritized the welfare of the people and implemented policies and programs to uplift the lives of Yobe State residents. Gaidam’s dedication to public service and effective governance earned him re-election for a second and third term as governor in 2011 and 2015, respectively.
Commitment to Security
One of the significant challenges Ibrahim Gaidam faced during his tenure as governor was the rise of the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria. He actively addressed the security issues faced by Yobe State and the entire region. Gaidam’s commitment to security was evident when he attended an emergency meeting held by the Northern Governors’ Forum in Kaduna to discuss security matters, despite the low attendance of other governors.
In his speeches and messages to the people, Gaidam consistently emphasized the importance of peace, unity, and religious tolerance. He urged the youth to resist being incited to violence by selfish religious teachers and rumor mongers. Gaidam called for cooperation among Muslims and followers of other religions, promoting peaceful coexistence in Yobe State.
Ibrahim Gaidam’s Current Role as Minister of Police Affairs
After completing his tenure as governor, Ibrahim Gaidam was appointed as the Minister of Police Affairs in Nigeria. In this role, he continues to contribute to the security and well-being of the country.