BRIEF ON THE FOUNDER, AAIPSDS
Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG
Born on the 13th of June 1942, His Excellency, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR, CSG began his journey through life. He was born into a devout Muslim family of Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin and Hajiya Fati Kande Mohammed, in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. He attended Minna Native Authority Primary school from 1950-1957. He then proceeded to the foremost Government College, Bida, Niger state where he had his secondary school education from 1957 to 1962. Following the completion of his secondary school education, Gen. Abubakar’s thirst for more knowledge led him to enroll for higher studies at the Kaduna Technical College from January to October 1963.
Gen. Abubakar’s passion to serve Nigeria got him enlisted into the Nigerian Army on October 3rd 1963 as an Officer Cadet. In June 1964, he was sent to Germany for training as a pilot. Due to exigencies prevailing at that time, he was seconded to the army and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in October 1967. Gen. Abubakar became a General Staff Officer two, Second Garrison from 1967-1968 and the Commanding Officer, 92 Infantry Battalion from 1969-1974. Between 1974 and 1975, he was made a Brigade Major, 7th Infantry Brigade.
In 1975, he served as the Commanding Officer, 84 Infantry Battalion. In 1978-1979, Gen. Abubakar was the Commanding Officer for the 145-Infantry Battalion (NIBATT II), United Nations Interim Force, Lebanon. In 1979 he became an Assistant Adjutant General 3rd Infantry division, Nigeria. Gen. Abubakar’s dint of intelligence got him appointed in 1980 as the Chief Instructor of the Nigerian Defence Academy, a position he held until 1982.
By virtue of his hard work and passion to serve his fatherland, Gen. Abubakar held various staff and command appointments ranging from Platoon, Command, Battalion and Brigade Commander. He was the Military Secretary from 1986-1988 and later became the General Officer Commanding the 82nd Division of the Nigerian Armed Forces the same year. He also served as the Commandant of the National War College and was the Chief of Defence Staff from 1993 to 1998.
Upon the demise of the then head of state, His Excellency, Gen. Sani Abacha on 8 June 1998, Gen. Abubakar took over power as the Military President of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces on 9 June 1998. A few days after assuming office, Gen. Abubakar promised to hold elections within a year and transfer power to an elected president. He established the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), appointing former Supreme Court Justice Ephraim Akpata as chairman.
On May 29 1999, General Abubakar, handed over power to the newly elected civilian President, His Excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo .Gen. Abubakar ushered/pioneered the civil rule which we are enjoying today and the global community remains grateful to him for this.
Since leaving office in 1999, Gen. Abubakar has not relented in making Nigeria and Africa a better place for humanity. He has been involved in numerous mediation activities at the international, regional and national arena. Below is a timeline of his numerous engagements.:
Chairman, Common Wealth Observer Group for Zimbabwe’s
United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
Chairman, Military Sub-Committee for Inter-Congolese Political Dialogue.
November, 27 ,2001
Leader of the Carter Centre Delegation for the Monitoring of the
Zambian’s National Elections.
Chairperson, Commonwealth Observer Group for Zimbabwe’s
Appointed by ECOWAS as the Facilitator/Mediator for the Liberian
Appointed Special Envoy of the Chairman, African Union, to the
Chad and Sudan.
Commonwealth Secretary’s General’s Special Envoy to the
Republic of Gambia.
United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the Republic of the Gambia
March 10, 2009
Appointed a member of African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on Sudan.
October, 29 2009
Appointed as ECOWAS Chief Mediator to Niger Crisis.
Appointed President Pan African Strategic and Policy Research Group.
Chairman, National Peace Committee on 2015/2019 General Elections.
His Excellency, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar Abdulsalami GCFR, CSG is married to his loving wife, the Former Chief Justice of Niger State, Her Excellency Hon. Justice Fati Lami. This conjugal union is blessed with six lovely children.
Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has received numerous awards and honors nationally and internationally for his meritorious services to humanity. He has also been decorated nationally and internationally. Adumbrated below is a list of the numerous awards, honors and decorations;