Aminu Tambuwal began his early education at Tambuwal Primary School, Tambuwal, Sokoto State, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1979. He thereafter attended Government Teachers’ College, Dogon-Daji, where he obtained the Teachers Grade 11 Certificate in 1984. Aminu Tambuwal further bagged an LL.B(Hons) Degree from Usman Dan Fodio Univeristy, Sokoto in 1991 after which he completed his one year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, obtained his BL and was called to the Bar in 1992.
Besides studying for his law degree, he has also attended several courses abroad, among which are the following: Telecoms Regulatory Master Class–Bath UK, 2004; Lawmaking for the Communications Sectors –BMIT, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004; Regulating a Competitive Industry-UK, Brussels, 2005; Tulane University – International Legislative Drafting, 2005; Stanford Graduate School of Business – Influence and Negotiation, 2008 and KSG Harvard – Infrastructure in Market Economy, 200.
Aminu Tambuwal began his political career as personal Assistant on Legislative Affairs to Senator Abdullahi Wali the then senate leader from 1999 to 2000.
In 2003, Aminu Tambuwal ran for and was elected into the House of Representatives representing Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He was the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria.
He however defected to the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), alongside the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa before the 2007 elections. But when the DPP denied return tickets to former ANPP legislators, Tambuwal swung back to the ANPP, where he eventually succeeded in picking up a ticket for the election.
Aminu Tambuwal has held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. He was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip upon his re-election.Aminu Tambuwal has also been a member of several committees.
Aminu Tambuwal formally defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to the opposition All Progressive Congress(APC) on October 28, 2014. He contested for the Governorship in the April 2015 elections and won under the Platform of the APC.
He is best known for his religious tolerance and uniting various religious group for a better democratic governance in Nigeria.
Tambuwal is best known politically for urging politicians to put national interest above personal. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, some time ago warned of ominous signs in the polity that point to the possibility of a return to “dark days”, especially with the present efforts to scuttle free and fair elections.
He, therefore, called on politicians to avoid placing their personal interests above the national interest as doing that is capable of throwing the country into crisis.
He stated this when a delegation of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room visited him in his office at the National Assembly.
“We recognise the importance of the civil society and what you do to our democracy. I believe you will not rest on your oars in this hour of our need”, he said.
Tambuwal, who was responding to the call by the group not to allow further extension of the election timeline, said “our ambitions should not be greater than the survival of our country. If you decide to do what pleases you and at the end of the day, crisis breaks, what will you do?”
The speaker, who said only the National Assembly can declare Nigeria being at a state of war, also questioned the grounds upon which some people were talking about interim government in the country, saying it was entirely unconstitutional, except a coup was in the offing.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged leaders at all levels to make necessary sacrifice that will enhance unity and national cohesion.
According to the speaker, the period of Eid-el-Kabir provides a new opportunity to show love and compassion, especially for the less privileged.
In his Sallah message issued in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal urged Muslim faithful and indeed all Nigerians to view the Sallah celebration as a call for love, care and promotion of peace in line with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
He also said as the 2015 general election approaches, politicians must subject themselves to the rules of the game, and urged them to shun acts capable of breaching the existing peace.
"Myself and the Deputy Governor-Elect are truly humbled by your sustained show of support, trust and confidence in the face of orchestrated provocations and attempts to subvert the will of the people, we remain grateful for honouring us with your mandate. This is a responsibility that we do not take lightly, and we will endeavour to continue to provide good governance in Sokoto State with utmost transparency and fairness."
"We make a solemn pledge to you today that this government shall be fair to one and all, and shall at all times work hard to meet the yearnings of our people for responsive and responsible governance."
"As the outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, I understand the expectations of my immediate Constituency and the wider national political family in my new Public Service engagement. Our hand of friendship is again extended to all those who wish to join us in the great task of moving Sokoto State forward. We therefore owe our victory to the generosity of a great many people who have given their energy and resources to make this day possible."
He is married, and has four children