Meet Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, who introduced bill to create agency for repentant Boko Haram terrorists


Meet Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the senator who introduced bill to create agency for repentant Boko Haram members.

Ibrahim Gaidam was born on 15 September 1956 in Bukarti village, Yunusari local government area in the old Borno, now Yobe state. He attended the Borno Teachers’ College (BTC), Maiduguri from 1974 to 1979, where he obtained a Teachers’ Certificate. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1981 and 1983, earning a Diploma in Accountancy. Later he returned to Ahmadu Bello University, earned a BSc in Accountancy Degree in 1990 and became a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria.

He’s currently representing Yobe east senatorial district of the state at the National Assembly. He is also the immediate past governor of Yobe, one of the worst-hit states by insurgents in the north-eastern part of the country.

He is one of the longest serving Governors in Nigeria, having been first sworn-in as Governor on January 27, 2009, following the death of Governor Mamman Bello Ali. He would remain in office till 2019 (serving three terms).

The Senate on Thursday began moves to establish the agency that would see to the rehabilitation, de-radicalization, and integration of repentant Boko Haram insurgents in the country.

It is captioned ‘National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 340)’.