The deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad (Sarkin Malamai), was born to the family of a renowned Islamic scholar, Muhammad Liman, on September 12, 1966 in Gusau city, Gusau Local Government Area.
Mallam Wakkala attended Danturai Primary School, Gusau from 1971 to 1978. He proceeded to Government Secondary School, Shinkafi and obtained his West African School Certificate Examination from 1978 to 1983.
He then went to Federal School of Arts and Science, Sokoto from 1985 to 1986. In 1986, he attended Islamic African Centre, Khartoum, Sudan and obtained Diploma in Education and Islamic Studies. In 1988, he gained admission into the International University of Africa, Khartoum, Sudan to study Islamic Sharia. He then returned to Islamic University Omdurman, Sudan for Masters degree in Islamic Sharia between 1992 and 1995.
Mallam Wakkala started his working career as a part-time hajj Operational Staff in 1988. He taught at Government Day Arabic Secondary School, Gusau from 1995 to 1999. His foray into politics started with the return to civilian administration in the country in 1999. Wakkala was appointed as Commissioner in the Ministry for Religious Affairs by the first civilian governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Ahmad Sani Yarima, between 1999 and 2007. Yarima then appointed him as his senior legislative aide up to 2011. Wakkala was then nominated by Governor AbdulAziz Yari to be his running mate in the 2011 governorship election on the platform of the defunct ANPP. So, he became the deputy governor.
His hobbies include carrying out research in both western and Islamic education and preaching the path of Allah.