Iliyasu Buhari Maijega was born on May 17 1960. He had his early education in Gusau and later diplomas from British Careers Training College, British Society of Commerce, London Institute of Management Specialists, and Institute of Executive Secretaries and Administrators, Nigeria within 1967 to 1988.
Maijega’s passion for reading and writing on current affairs made him an incisive public affairs commentator and features writer. Iliyasu supported the debut of his State’s first newspaper, the Weekly Legacy, in 1996, and maintained a weekly columned in the tabloid’s first 15 years despite his demanding jobs in First Bank of Nigeria PLC (1985-89); Continental Merchant Bank PLC (1989-93), Gusau Community Bank Nigeria Ltd (1993-99), Executive Secretary of Zamfara State Agency for Poverty Alleviation (1999-2001), Secretary of Zamfara State Independent Electoral Commission (2001 to 2006), the Commission’s Chairman (2006-2007), and Special Adviser to Zamfara State Governor on Social Welfare and Community Development (2007 to 2011).
Maijega’s first book, “Career-Banker in the Era of Stiff Competition” was published in 1991; he then wrote 7 and co-authored 2 other political books before his latest series on issues of crimes, violence, terrorism and desperate migrations two of which were published in 2018. Covid19 pandemic that impacted the world in 2020 add to causes of the issues Maijega discussed in his latest series, which led him to review and re-title them: “Preventing Crimes, Insurgencies & Desperate Migrations from Developing Nations’’; “Preventing Crimes, Insurgencies & Desperate Migrations from Africa” and “Preventing Crimes, Insurgencies & Desperate Migrations from Asia and Latin America’’. The series are soon to be collected in a volume titled “Preventing Crimes, Insurgencies & Desperate Migrations from Nations of the World” for ease of possession.