Prof Muhammad Munzali Jibril, was born in Kano in 1951 and had his primary and secondary education in Kano before enrolling for a degree in English, Arabic, and Education at the defunct Abdullahi Bayero College of Ahmadu Bello University, Kano, in 1971.
He graduated with an upper second class combined honours degree in English and Arabic in 1974 and also took the Audu Bako Prize for the best graduating student in his class. He also obtained the ABU Graduate Certificate in Education in the same year. He was appointed Graduate Assistant in English at ABC/ABU and also went for a Master’s degree in Modern English at the University of Leeds, UK, which he successfully completed in 1976.
He returned to the UK in 1979 to study towards a Ph.D. in Linguistics at Lancaster University which he obtained in 1982. He taught English Language and Linguistics at Bayero University between 1976 and 1991; was promoted Professor in 1989, and held various appointments there ranging from Head of Department to Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He taught English as a Foreign Language at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia between 1991 and 1992 on sabbatical leave from Bayero University Kano. Between 1992 and 1996 he served as Provost of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, and between 1996 and 2001 he served as Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Abuja.
He returned to Bayero University in 2002 and resumed his teaching duties until December 2006 when he voluntarily retired from service to set up a higher education consultancy firm. He led teams of experts to establish the Umaru Yar’adua University, Kastina in 2006, and the Jigawa State University in Kafin Hausa in 2010.
He was the Coordinator of the Nigeria Police Academy Wudil, which he has successfully converted into a degree-awarding institution.
Prof Jibril was President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, which he is represented at the 2014 National Conference. He was also the Deputy President of the Nigerian Institute of Management.