Maina Maaji Lawan

Maina Maaji Lawan
Maina Maaji Lawan
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
May 29, 1999 – May 29, 2003
Succeeded by Mohammed Daggash
National Senator for Borno North
Assumed office
May 29, 2007
Preceded by Mohammed Daggash
Personal details
Born 12th July, 1954
Political party All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
Profession Politician

Maina Maaji Lawan 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 on 12 July, 1954. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration[1]

He was a member of House of Representatives from 1979-1983. 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 aimed at discouraging education in Biu Emirate.[2]

He was a senator between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of People's Democratic Party (PDP). He moved over to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) after he failed to secure the PDP governorship ticket in 2003.[3] 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.[4] Ibrahim-Iman beat him in the PDP primaries for Borno state by two votes.[5] In an interview, however, Maina Lawan stated that the reason he was not elected was because he was not in the Obasanjo camp.[6]

In A July 2004 report on a land scam in the Federal Capital Territory, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) named Maina Maaji Lawan as possibly having benefited based on land purchase records.[7]


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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

In June 2008, he spoke in favor of confirmation of Ms. Farida Waziri as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.[11] 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.[12]

Maina Ma’aji Lawan ran successfully for reelection to the Borno North Senatorial seat in the April 2011 elections, again on the ANPP platform.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sen. Maina Maaji Lawan". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-10-05. [dead link]
  2. ^ Hadiza G. Amin. "Borno's Strange Politics". Gamji. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Battle Royale for Second Terms Govs' Seats". This Day. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  4. ^ Tony Icheku (16 Nov 2004). "Personalities, Issues in Borno Guber Race". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Anambra Gov, Mbadinuju, Disqualified". This Day. 16 Nov 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  6. ^ Michael Olugbode (22 April 2009). "=The Present Senate Leadership is Democratic - Senator Ma'aji Lawan". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  7. ^ Yomi Odunuga (July 29, 2004). "Anyim, Igbinedion, others named in Abuja land scam". The PUNCH. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  8. ^ "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". This Day. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  9. ^ ISMAIL OMIPIDAN (February 8, 2008). "Sever ties with sit-tight African leaders, Senate tells Yar’ Adua". Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  10. ^ Sufuyan Ojeifo (Feb 13, 2008). "NNPC GMD Apologises to Senate". This Day.,1&NewsPageID=5&NewsID=9989475&template=2,2&currPage=83. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  11. ^ Sufuyan Ojeifo and Paul Ohia (6 June 2008). "Finally, Senate Confirms Waziri As EFCC Boss". This Day. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  12. ^ Augustine Ehikioya (4/3/2009). "Rowdy session in Senate over Iwu". The Nation. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  13. ^ James Bwala (15 April 2011). "NASS election: Why Sheriff lost". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
ACN: Action Congress of Nigeria - ANPP: All Nigeria People's Party - APGA: All Progressives Grand Alliance - CPC: Congress for Progressive Change - DPP Democratic People's Party - LP: Labour Party - PDP: People's Democratic Party
See also Members of the Senate of Nigeria in the 6th National Assembly (2007-2011)

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