Maina Maaji Lawan

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Maina Maaji Lawan
House of Representative for Kukawa NE
In office
01 October 1979 – 31 December 1983
Governor of Borno State
In office
January 1992 – November 1993
Preceded by Mohammed Marwa
Succeeded by Ibrahim Dada
National Senator for Borno North
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
Succeeded by Mohammed Daggash
National Senator for Borno North
In office
29 May 2007 – 29 May 2011
National Senator for Borno North
Assumed office
29 May 2011
Personal details
Born 12 July 1954
Nationality Nigerian
Political party All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
Children 7
Alma mater Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
Occupation Business
Profession Politician
Religion Islam

Maina Maaji Lawan (born 12 July 1954) is a Nigerian politician and former governor of Borno State in Nigeria who is now a member of the Senate for the Borno North constituency.[1]


Maina Maaji Lawan was born in Kauwa[2] and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.[1]

He was a member of House of Representatives from 1979-1983.[3] In the third republic he was elected governor of Borno State in 1992-1993.[1] As governor, he put a committee in place to consider closing down some tertiary institutions, a move viewed as aiming to discourage education in Biu Emirate.[4]

Lawan was Senator-elect under UNCP in the aborted transition elections of General Sani Abacha in 1998.[5][6] However,he was elected senator again between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of People's Democratic Party (PDP). He was the Senate Deputy Majority Leader in that tenure.[7] He moved over to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) after he failed to secure the PDP governorship ticket in 2003.[8] The objections to his running again for governor may have related to a feud with Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, presidential liaison officer, when he was governor in 1992-1993.[9] Ibrahim-Iman beat him in the PDP primaries for Borno state by two votes under questionable circumstances.[10][11] In an interview, however, Maina Lawan stated that the reason he was not elected was because he was not in the Obasanjo camp.[12]

Political career[edit]

Borno State, Nigeria

In April 2007, Lawan ran for the Senate as a member of the ANPP and was elected for the Borno North constituency. He was appointed to the selection committee.[1] He was the Senate minority leader. A May 2009 report said he had not originated any bills as a senator.[13]

In February 2008 he sponsored a motion on the security implications of the crises in the Chad Republic, including the problem of Chadian refugees fleeing to Nigeria.[14] In February 2008, as a member of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), he criticized the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for failure to cooperate with the committee.[15]

In June 2008, he spoke in favor of confirmation of Ms. Farida Waziri as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.[16] In March 2009, as Vice-Chairman of Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he spoke against a motion that questioned the integrity of INEC Chairman Professor Maurice Iwu.[17]

Maina Ma’aji Lawan ran successfully for reelection to the Borno North Senatorial seat in the April 2011 elections, again on the ANPP platform.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sen. Maina Maaji Lawan". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  2. ^ Africa Who's who, p. 1017 (1991)
  3. ^ "Members of the Nigerian House of Representatives:Second republic". Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Hadiza G. Amin. "Borno's Strange Politics". Gamji. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the official web Page of SEN.LAWAN MAINA MA'AJI". Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Elections in Nigeria". Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Battle Royale for Second Terms Govs' Seats". This Day. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  9. ^ Tony Icheku (16 Nov 2004). "Personalities, Issues in Borno Guber Race". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  10. ^ "Borno PDP Stakeholders Meet Ogbeh Over Guber Ticket". World News. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Anambra Gov, Mbadinuju, Disqualified". This Day. 16 Nov 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  12. ^ Michael Olugbode (22 April 2009). "The Present Senate Leadership is Democratic - Senator Ma'aji Lawan". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  13. ^ "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". This Day. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  14. ^ ISMAIL OMIPIDAN (February 8, 2008). "Sever ties with sit-tight African leaders, Senate tells Yar' Adua". Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  15. ^ Sufuyan Ojeifo (Feb 13, 2008). "NNPC GMD Apologises to Senate". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  16. ^ Sufuyan Ojeifo and Paul Ohia (6 June 2008). "Finally, Senate Confirms Waziri As EFCC Boss". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  17. ^ Augustine Ehikioya (4/3/2009). "Rowdy session in Senate over Iwu". The Nation. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  18. ^ James Bwala (15 April 2011). "NASS election: Why Sheriff lost". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2011-04-21.