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Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi of Borno (born 1957) is the Shehu, or traditional ruler, of the Borno Emirate in northeast Nigeria.

Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi Of Borno
Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi Of Borno
PredecessorMustafa Ibn Umar El-Kanemi of Borno
Damagum, Yobe, Nigeria
FatherUmar Ibn Muhammad of Borno



Shehu Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi (son of Shehu Umar Ibn Abubakar Garbai of Borno) has been the Shehu of Borno since 2009. He was born in Damagum, Yobe State on 13 May 1957. He attended Government College Maiduguri for his secondary education, and in 1975 was admitted to the Staff Training Centre, Potiskum where he obtained the Intermediate Local Government Certificate. He joined the Borno State Government in 1976. Subsequently he attended Kaduna Polytechnic (1978–1982) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1986) where he obtained an Advanced Diploma in Local Government Administration. He became Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Finance (1993), Works and Housing and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs (2008). El-Kanemi is married with three wives and has 15 children.[1]


Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff officially appointed him Shehu on 2 March 2009. Two days later, on 4 March 2009, he received the Kanuri investiture (bayatu in Kanuri language).[2] After his accession, The Yoruba community pledged to fully support El-Kanemi to ensure the peaceful co-existence of the different ethnic and religious groups in Borno State.[3] In his first public speech after being appointed, El-Kanemi criticized the government for failing to tackle poverty, while urging the people of Borno to desist from begging as a lifestyle and to seek gainful employment.[4]


  1. ^ Bosoma Sheriff. "The Shehu of Borno, Shehu (Dr.) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi". Kanuri Studies Association. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  2. ^ Short biography of Shehu Abubakar Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Njadvara Musa (3 June 2009). "Yoruba in Borno pledges support for El-Kanemi". Online Nigeria Daily News. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  4. ^ Tony Icheku (Jun 1, 2009). "Shehu Of Borno Seek End To Poverty, Begging". The Times of Nigeria. Retrieved 8 September 2010.



Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Mustafa Ibn Umar El-Kanemi of Borno
14th Shehu of Borno

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