He attended Central Primary School and Senior Boarding Primary School all in Azare in 1950s.
He attended Government College Bauchi from 1962-1967
He attended, Barewa College Zaria, from 1968 to 1970 where he obtained Higher School Certificate.
He also attended the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, from 1971-1973, ABU Zaria. His set was the first to do NYSC in Nigeria from
He joined the North Eastern state Civil Service as Commercial Officer in the Ministry of Commerce. He worked from 1974-1976.
With the creation of Bauchi State in 1976 he moved to Bauchi State Ministry of Commerce where he rose to THE POSITION OF permanent secretary.
From there he proceeded on secondment to Nigerian Bank for Commerce and Industry, NBCI as Managing Director.
While there, he facilitated the loan that was used to establish Zaki Flour Mills in his native Azare town. He left NBCI to become the pioneer Managing Director of Zaki Flour Mills.
During the Abacha era, he contested and won the seat of Senator representing Bauchi North Senatorial District. With the demise of General Sani Abacha, the transition was terminated.
With Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, he again contested for the seat of Senator, but lost to late Alhaji Bashir Mustapha (Shatiman Katagum).
During the 2007 general elections, he was selected as gubernatorial running mate to former governor of Bauchi state Malam Isah Yuguda.
He was the chairman of the CPC delegation during the merger that gave birth to the APC.
As at the time of his death, he was Chairman, Governing Board of Federal University Kashere, Gombe state.
He is survived by two wives, many children and grandchildren.