Maina Maaji Lawan

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Maina Maaji Lawan
CEO Dansarki Farms
In office
2007 To date
Former member House of Representative for Kukawa NE
In office
1 October 1979 31 December 1983
Former Governor of Borno State
In office
January 1992 November 1993
Preceded by Mohammed Marwa
Succeeded by Ibrahim Dada
Former Senator for Borno North
In office
29 May 1999 29 May 2003
Succeeded by Sanusi Daggash
Former Senator for Borno North
In office
29 May 2007 29 May 2015
Succeeded by Abubakar Kyar
Personal details
Born (1954-07-12) 12 July 1954 (age 64)
Political party All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
Alma mater Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Maina Maaji Lawan (born 12 July 1954) a former Governor and former Senator for Borno State and a businessman-farmer, the CEO of Dansarki Farms.

Borno State State in Nigeria

Borno, also known as Borno State, is a state in north-eastern Nigeria. Its capital is Maiduguri. The state was formed in 1976 from the split of the North-Eastern State. Until 1991 it contained what is now Yobe State. It is the homeland of the Kanuri people in Nigeria.



Maina Ma’aji Lawan, CON, was born 12 July 1954 at Kauwa in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. He finished his Primary education at Kukawa in 1967 and proceeded to Government College Keffi for his secondary education between 1968 and 1972. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, [1] Zaria in 1977 where he obtained a BSc degree in Business administration, specializing in finance.

Political career

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Borno State, Nigeria

While in active politics, he was a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Great Nigerian Peoples Party (GNPP), The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), and the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was elected into the House of Representatives at the age of twenty-four on the platform of the GNPP to represent Kukawa Southeast Federal constituency between 1979-1983.

The Social Democratic Party of Nigeria, commonly known as the SDP, was established as a center-left political organization. It was created by former President Ibrahim Babangida via a desocracy project meant to form two detribalized political parties - one slightly to the left and one to the right. During the Nigerian Third Republic it was seen as a moderate party attractive to young radical intellectuals and socialists. In its manifesto, it called for concerted efforts to improve welfare and fight for social justice.

The Great Nigeria People's Party was one of the six major political parties that fielded candidates for elections in the Nigerian Second Republic. The party was formed by a splinter group from the Nigerian People's Party, the group was led by Waziri Ibrahim, a politician and businessman from Borno. Waziri was one of the leaders of the three associations that formed the nucleus of NPP. The original intention of NPP was to transcend the politics of ethnicity and to promote the cause of both the prominent ethnic groups and ethnic minorities. However, the entry of Nnamdi Azikiwe to NPP led to a power struggle in which Waziri lost. Waziri then led a group of minorities in the north and some southerners to form the Great Nigeria Peoples Party.

The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) was a political party in Nigeria.

In December 1991, Senator Lawan was elected Governor of Borno State and served until the 17th of November 1993 when the third republic was aborted by a military coup.[1] In the transition programmes that followed, Maina Ma’aji Lawan was elected Senator for Borno Nort first in 1998 on the platform of UNCP under the Abacha Transition which was itself aborted and thereafter elected three times into the Senate from the same constituency, his last election being in 2011 after which he declined to contest.

During his sojourn in the Senate, Senator Lawan was at various times the Deputy Senate Leader, Senate Minority leader, chairman Senate committees on special projects, National population and Identity, Vice Chairman Senate committees on appropriation and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as member of several standing and ad-hoc committees including but not limited to National Security and Intelligence, Constitutional Amendment,[2] Finance, Petroleum, and Niger Delta Development Commission.

In 2011, Senator Lawan was conferred with the National Honour of the “Commander of the Order of Niger” (CON) based on his various roles in National Development.

Nigerian National Honours are a set of orders and decorations conferred upon Nigerians and friends of Nigeria every year. They were instituted by the National Honors Act No. 5 of 1964, during the First Nigerian Republic, to honour Nigerians who have rendered service to the benefit of the nation.

Business endeavour

As an investor and a highly reputable businessman, Maina Ma’aji Lawan has been successful in establishing several businesses from the early 1980s to date. His business success was always a supporting aspect for his political career.

He was the Managing Director of Madison Nigeria Limited (1982-1991), Chairman and CEO of Comodex Ltd (1995 to date), Chairman CEO KBB Engineering Ltd 1999 to date and Chairman CEO of Dansarki Farms Ltd (2007 to date).

Senator Lawan is into real estate, commerce, commodities trade, and he is very passionate about farming, being a large-scale commercial livestock farmer with extensive interests in cattle, poultry and fisheries.

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