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.:





June, 2000

Chairman, Common Wealth Observer Group for Zimbabwe’s

Parliamentary elections.



August 2000

United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the

Democratic Republic of Congo.


June 2001

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.


March, 2002

Chairperson, Commonwealth Observer Group for Zimbabwe’s

Parliamentary Election.


May, 2003

Appointed by ECOWAS as the Facilitator/Mediator for the Liberian

Peace Talk.


July, 2004

Appointed Special Envoy of the Chairman, African Union, to the

Chad and Sudan.


April, 2005

Commonwealth Secretary’s General’s Special Envoy to the

Republic of Gambia.


September, 2006

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.


June, 2002-2009

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;


  • The Prestigious ECOWAS International Gold Award (27 May, 2000)
  • The National Honour for the Shortest and Successful Democratic Transition in the History of Nigeria Award” by CCJRCA (31 July, 2000)
  • Distinguished Leadership of Honour Award by NBA (21 August, 2000)
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science (Honoris Causa) by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria. (25 November, 2000)
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science (Honoris Causa) by Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Nigeria (4 May, 2002)
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science (Honoris Causa) by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. (10 August, 2002)
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Law, LLD (Honoris Causa) by Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria (15 May, 2004)
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Law, LLD (Honoris Causa) by University of Ibadan, Nigeria (17 November, 2006)
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Law, LLD (Honoris Causa) by Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria (25 November, 2006).
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Agriculture (D. Agric) (Honoris Causa) By Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria (31 January, 2009).
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Agric) (Honoris Causa) By University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria (10 November, 2012).
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science (Honoris Causa) by University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria (4th November, 2017)
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science Public Administration (Honoris Causa) by Crescent University (15th October 2016)
  • Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Public Administration (Honoris Cauca) by University of Calabar, Nigeria (13th April 2019)


  • The Peace Prize Award by Rainbow Push Coalition U.S.A (7 August, 1999)
  • Outstanding Peace Award for bringing Democracy in Nigeria by the Nigerian Community in U.S.A (16 October, 1999).
  • Outstanding Leadership Qualities Award by MABDEC in USA (August, 2000).
  • Chicago State University Instituted Lecture Series in his Honour ‘First Lectures’ (23 February, 2001)
  • Liberian National Honour “The National Distinction in the Order of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia “by the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) (16 December, 2005)



  • Forces Service Star (FSS)
  • Meritorious Service Star (MSS)
  • Distinguished Service Star (DSS)
  • Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR)


  • The Companion of the Order of the Star of Ghana (CSG)
  • Medal of Grand Officer (France)
  • Grand Order of Monor of Togo
  • National Distinction in the Order of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia
  • Grand Maitre des Orders Nationaux of the Republic of Niger (GRAND CROIX)
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