He was born in Gombe State, Nigeria and kicked off his educational career in the same state. He started his educational career at Central Primary School and furthered his secondary education at Community Secondary School.
In the quest to further his academic career, Wakili attended the North East College of Arts and Science (now University of Maiduguri). Wakili and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Hausa Language.
Wakili’s family is notable in Nigeria Police Force and national service. His grandfather, Turaki Jamnati, was a palace guard in the Gombe emirate, while his father was a head of the Gombe Native Authority Police. Unlike him, Wakili’s father retired as a senior officer in the then Nigeria Customs.s