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Former House of Representatives Speaker, Ghali Na’Abba, dies at 65

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba, is dead.

Na’Abba who was the second Speaker of the House of Representatives in the current 4th Republic, died in the early hours of Wednesday, December 27 in an Abuja hospital after a brief illness. He was 65 years old.

He was elected Member of the House of Representatives in 1999 from Kano State. He became the Speaker a few months after the inauguration of the House following the resignation of the then Speaker, Salisu Buhari, from the same Kano State, over certificate forgery scandal.

Born into the family of Umar Na’Abba, a businessman in Tudun Wada, Kano City, on 27 September 1958, the late speaker obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979.

His early education was at Jakarta Primary School, Kano where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1969.

He later attended Rumfa College, Kano for his West African School Certificate and was also at the School of Preliminary Studies, Kano, between 1974 and 1976, before gaining admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in October 1976.

He completed a postgraduate programme on Leadership and Good Governance at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in the United States in 2004.

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