Mohammed Mana

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Mohammed Mana
Administrator of Plateau State
In office
9 December 1993 – 22 August 1996
Preceded by Fidelis Tapgun
Succeeded by Habibu Idris Shuaibu
Senator for Adamawa North
In office
29 May 2007 – May 2011
Preceded by Abubakar Iya
Succeeded by Bindo Jibrilla
Personal details
Born (1950-10-07) 7 October 1950 (age 64)
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)

Brigadier General (retired) Mohammed Mana (born 7 October 1950) was appointed Administrator of Plateau State between December 1993 and August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.[1] He was elected Senator for Adamawa North in 2007 on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform.[2]

Background[edit]

Mana was born on 7 October 1950. He attended the Government College, Keffi. He obtained a diploma in Petroleum Technology from the US Army Quartermaster School in 1976. In 1987 he obtained a diploma in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.[2]

Military career[edit]

As Governor of Plateau State, in 1994 Lt. Col. Mohammed Mana set up a commission to look into the inter-ethnic conflict in Jos.[3] The problems were due to friction between the Berom, Anaguta, and Afizere tribes on the one hand, and the Hausa-Fulani tribes on the other hand.[4] Riots had been triggered by Mana's appointment of a Hausa man as "caretaker Committee chairman" of Jos.[5]

Mana retired from the military in June 1999 when President Olusegun Obasanjo decreed that all former military administrators must retire.

Civilian career[edit]

After becoming Senator in May 2007, Mana was appointed to committees on Selection, Power and Integration and Cooperation.[2] He was also appointed deputy chief whip of the Senate. He sponsored an Amendment Bill on Border Areas Development Commission, 2009 and a Bill for an Act on Tobacco Control, 2009.[6] Talking in March 2009 on the Electoral Reform report of the committee headed by Justice Mohammed Uwais, he recommended that the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission be appointed by the executive, but subject to judicial review.[7]

After the February 2010 coup in Niger, the senate President David Mark asked urged Mohammed Mana and Senator John Shagaya of Plateau State to use their close ties with the new military leaders of Niger to urge them to embrace democracy.[8] In March 2010 Mana was appointed to a 20-man committee to find ways to permanently solve the Jos crisis, where there had been endemic violence between Muslims and Christians.[9]

In the run-up to the 9 April 2011 national elections, Mana was a contender in the PDP primaries to again be Senatorial candidate for Adamawa North. However, he lost the nomination.[10] Mana filed an appeal against the selection of Umar Bindo Jibrilla as the candidate for Adamawa North. On 29 March 2011 a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed the appeal as lacking in merit. Mana appealed this ruling.[11] An early report of the Adamawa North Senatorial election results said that Bindo Jibrilla (PDP) defeated former governor Boni Haruna of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), polling 75,112 votes to Haruna's 70,890 votes. The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) candidate, Abba Mohammed, scored 22,866.[12] This result was also reported by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as of April 16.[13] However, by April 23, the Nigeria Elections Coalition was reporting that Mana was the winning PDP candidate.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nigeria States". Rulers.org. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sen. Mohammed Mana". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2010-05-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ Achilleus Chud-Uchegbu (10 February 2010). "Jos - Once Upon a Peaceful Town". Daily Champion. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Whitepaper on the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the riots of 12th April, 1994 in Jos Metropolis". Point Blank News. September 2004. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  5. ^ "1994, 2001 Jos riots: 2 police chiefs indicted". Daily Champion. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". ThisDay. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  7. ^ Stanley Yakubu (29 March 2009). "National Assembly Will Decide Who Becomes INEC Chairman - Mana". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  8. ^ George Oji and Sufuyan Ojeifo (26 February 2010). "Senate Tasks Ecowas, Others On Coup in Niger". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  9. ^ "Jos - Northern Senators, Reps Move to End Crisis". Daily Trust. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  10. ^ Timawus Mathias (12 January 2011). "Adamawa’s no-show senators". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Mana, Bent advised to obey court order on Senate tickets". Nigerian Daily. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ "NASS Poll: ACN Presidential Candidate Ribadu Loses In Adamawa". Online Nigeria. 12/04/2011. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ "Collated Senate results". Independent National Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  14. ^ "Senatorial Elections". Nigeria Elections Coalition. Retrieved 2011-04-23.