The appointment of Hajia Amina Bala-Zakari, earlier this year as the head of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s presidential election collation committee for the 2019 general election sparked a lot of controversy and outrage as many claimed she was a niece to President Muhammadu Buhari.
However in a statement released by her lawyer and family, it was said Amina Zakari wasn’t related to President Muhammadu Buhari and that it was all cooked up lies to bring down an ambitious and patriotic woman.
So who is Amina Zakari? Here are 7 things you should about the woman set to become new INEc boss.
1.Hajia Amina Zakari was born in June 23, 1960, in Kazaure local government of Jigawa state to the late Emir of Kazaure, Hussaini Adamu.
2.Hajia Zakari had her primary education at Shekara Girls Primary School, Kano state, in 1971. She later proceeded to Queens College in Yaba, Lagos, where she was able to obtain her senior school certificate in 1976.
3. She would later proceed to Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. There, she graduated with an upper class credit in pharmacy. She had her compulsory National Youths service Corps (NYSC) at Federal University of Technology, Bauchi, between 1981-1982.
4. Zakari began her professional career at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital in Kaduna as a senior pharmacist in 1984. She was also at CVS pharmacy Hartsdale, New York, United States between 1993 and 1994 as an intern pharmacist. She later returned to Nigeria to join the consolidated Health Services, Abakpa, Kaduna, where she became the chief pharmacist/consultant from 1996 to 1997.
Some of her qualifications are a Certificate in managing drugs supply for primary healthcare from MHS Amsterdam (1997); Certificate in project management (1998); Certificate in senior management from Crown Agents London (2005); Certificate in executive education in business management from Harvard Business School.
5. Zakari’s enviable career as a pharmacist saw her work with the National AIDS and STDs Control Program (NASCP), federal ministry of health in 2002, project director for national primary health care development agency in 2003, project coordinator for FCT Federation of Muslim Women’s Organization (FOMWAN) 2003, She was also a national consultant, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in 2004. She was the Senior Consultant/Chief Pharmacist working on PTF-funded health projects across Nigeria.
6. In 2011, Zakari was appointed as one of the National Electoral Commissioners (NEC) at INEC by former president Goodluck Jonathan. Zakari was chairman of the INEC planning monitoring and strategy committee effective November 2014 and was appointed as acting chairman after Jega’s tenure lapsed in 2015.
7. Zakari lost her husband in December 2000. Her late husband, Bala Zakari Kazaure (Santurakin Kazaure), was a career banker and economist. Until his death, he was an executive member at Union Bank PLC.
The marriage was blessed with five children.