BUKKAR, Alhaji Zanna

DIPCHARIMA MP. FEDERAL MINISTER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY Zanna Bukar Dipcharima was born in 1917in Dipcharima, Dikwa Emirate of the old Borno province to MallamLawanDipchari the village headof the area. Zanna Bukarwent to DikwaElementary School Borno Middle School andtheprestigious Katsina Higher Collegeinthat order. InKatsina, he specialisedin Geography, History andEnglish. After School, he taught in the Borno Middle School between 1938 and 1946 beforejoining thefirm ofJohn Holtand Companyfrom 1948 to 1954. Hisurbanity, intelligence anddelectable nature combinedtopaintapicture of avery reliable man. TheNCNCasaparty sawthis andwooedhim into theirfoldasearly as1947. Thatyear, hewasa member of theparty'spress delegation to London in the U.K But Dipcharima was not amanfordivisivepolitics,for when theNorthernparty (NPC) wasfoundedhejoinedand become theparty s Provincial'President]orBorno. Meanwhile, his NA. Career blossomedforbetween 1954 and 1956, he was theNA. Councilorincharge ofPolice andPrison andlater become the DistrictHead So popular was he inpolitics that in 1954, he won election to the Central Legislature representing Borno Centralandfrom there became Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport between 1956and 1957, Ministerof State, in 1957, Ministerof Commerce andIndustry, in1958 andreappointed 1959. He remained a Federal Minister till 1966 when their government was brutally sacked by a band of bloodthirsty solders. Dipcharimas bravery anddiplomacyfoundemphatic expressionjust afterthe brutalmurderof the Sardauna, Tafawa Balewa and others. Then Zanna BukarDipcharima, took over the mantle of national leadership trouble-shooting andeasing nerves. Hejustmissed being made the acting Prime Minister of the country when it became clearthatthe coupplotters hadahidden agenda concerning theirtrue intent. Again his urbanity and intelligence were to see him through between 1966 and 1969 when he opted to do private business which he did successfully. The delectable politician / Businessman died in a private plane crash in Kano in 1969.
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