His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State was born on 19th November 1967 in Gujba Local Government area of the state.
He received his early education at Buni-Gari Central Primary School and Government Secondary School, Goniri between 1973 and 1985. Over the course of the next several years, Governor Buni received part-time Islamic education. In 2010, he enrolled into Espan Formation University, Benin and bagged a BSc degree in International Relations in 2014.
The governor also holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus, Leeds, United Kingdom.
Before he became governor of Yobe State in May 2019, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has had a stellar political career both at the state and national levels.
He was a Senior Special Assistant to Yobe State governor on Inter-Party Affairs between 2009 and 2011. Following the 2011 general elections, Hon. Mai Mala Buni was appointed Special Adviser to the governor on Political Affairs, a position he held until 2013 when he became Protem Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State.
In 2014, Hon. Mai Mala Buni became the State Chairman of the APC. A few months later, he became the party’s National Secretary. As national secretary, Hon. Buni played an active and commendable role in wresting power away from the then ruling PDP and installing President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Hon. Mai Mala Buni won a second term as national secretary of the APC in 2018 and in early 2019, he became the governorship candidate of the party in Yobe State and went ahead to win the election in April 2019.
Governor Mai Mala Buni’s political profile also included being the Speaker of Gujba Local Government Legislative Council in 1991. He was Chairman of Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), a political party, in 2006 and between 2006 and 2010, he was the Yobe State Chairman of the Action Congress (AC).
Governor Mai Mala Buni attended many conferences and conventions and was chair and member of different ad hoc committees.
He has won many awards, including an Award of Excellence by the Coalition of Women in Politics in Yobe State in 2018. In the same year, Hon. Mai Mala Buni was also appointed chairman of the Nigeria Shippers’ Council.
Governor Buni’s political career went hand-in-hand with a successful career in business which saw him chair more than ten different companies and start-ups.
Since becoming governor in May 2019, Governor Buni has pushed the pendulum further with a renewed sense of urgency to develop the state.
Anchoring his take on governance on the anvils of continuity and consolidation, Governor Buni has declared a state of emergency in Yobe’s education sector. It was aimed at deploying new thinking, resources and tools to reinvent the education system and provide qualitative and functional education to the children of the state. Already, an education summit, the first of its kind in the state, was held and, following that, a special committee on basic and secondary education under the leadership of Prof. Mala Daura was empanelled to study the contributions made at the summit and develop a to-do list for how primary and secondary education can be revived in the state.
The governor has also unveiled a programme to resuscitate dormant industries to provide employment opportunities and improve internal revenue generation.
Already the Potiskum Flour Mills and the Yobe Woven Sacks Factory have been resuscitated and put back to production.
The governor is also creating massive employment opportunities with the agreement signed for the construction of 3600 housing units across the 17 local government areas of the state.
Governor Buni is also revving up economic activity in the state with the construction of a N2.8 million ultra-modern market in Damaturu, N2.6 billion modern market in Potiskum, N2.6 billion modern market in Nguru and N2.4 billion modern market in Gashu’a. There are plans to build new markets in Gaidam and Ngalda towns while another new modern market is currently under construction in Buni-Yadi. The Governor is also building a modern Trailer Transit Park in Potiskum Town to accelerate and expand the vibrant trucking business in the area.
Other major accomplishments of the Buni administration within its first six months in office include construction of the Damaturu Ultra-Modern market at the cost of N2.8 billion, construction of 200-bed capacity students’ hostel at the Dr Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery, Damaturu at the cost of N215.9 million, construction of a N1.6 billion Maternal, New-born and Child Healthcare Complex at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, provision of 38 customised tricycle ambulances for rural healthcare, rehabilitation and upgrade of 53 Primary Healthcare Centres across the state at the total cost of N4, 142, 941, 454.30 and the training of 680 youths from the 17 local government areas of the state on paint production.
Others include the provision of 30 Toyota Hilux Vehicles for Operation Haba Maza and for other security agencies in the state, training of 50 youth mechanics in automobile repairs in Kaduna (including in mechatronics, engine repairs and suspension and air conditioning, full sponsorship of 69 Yobe law graduates to six Nigerian Law School Campuses, appointment of numerous youths to middle management across the Yobe State Government, construction of Township roads in Buni-Yadi, Damagum, Babbangida and Jajimaji (A total of 9.4-km of roads and 18.8-km of drainage and culverts are being provided in the four towns at the total cost of N2, 484, 596, 063.78), implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage for civil servants across the state, procurement of 103 Mersey Fergusson Tractors jointly with LGs (40 by YBSG at N882 million), renovation of State Secretariat and educational structures at the Yobe State University, hosting of Yobe Education and Agriculture Summits to chart way forward for the development of basic and secondary education and the agricultural sector, establishment of a Road Traffic Management Agency called YOROTA, establishment of Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency and the Yobe State Drugs and Medical Consumables Management Agency, procurement of 9000 metric tonnes of NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer at the cost of N1, 701, 000, 000.00, provision of Foreign Scholarships for 228 students (programme to take off soon), continuation of the Yobe International Cargo Airport Project (due to be completed and put to operation within the year) and the provision of cash support for small business owners including Kosai and tea sellers, vulcanisers and GSM handset repairers, amongst others.
Governor Buni is Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration (FCIA), Distinguished Fellow, College of Vocational Science and Technology of Nigeria (FCVST) and Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration.