Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies (AAIPSDS) has the following governing bodies:  The Governing Council, The Academic Board and the Institute’s Director.

The Governing Council

The Governing Council steers the affairs of the Institute and members are drawn from different allied institutions within and outside Nigeria. The Chairman of the Institute’s Governing Council is Gen. A.A Abubakar, GCFR, CSG. The Governing Council is also responsible for formulating broad policies for the successful management of the Institute.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees provides oversight function by ensuring a sustainable future of the Institute by adopting sound, ethical, legal governance and financial management policies, as well as ensuring the Institute has adequate resources to advance its mission

The Academic Board

The Academic Board Comprises of representatives from selected allied Institutions. The Board provides guidance on academic issues and programmes subject to ratification by the Governing Council.

The Institute’s Director

The Director of the Institute has the overarching responsibility for the planning, running and coordinating the activities of the Institute within the framework of its strategic plan and the budget adopted by the Council.

Brief On The Founder, AAIPSDS

Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami Alhaji, GCFR, CSG, the Chair of the Governing Council was born in Minna on June 13th, 1942 into the devout Muslim family of Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin and Hajiya Fati Kande Mohammed.  His early education from 1950 to 1956 was at the Minna Native Authority Primary School and later proceeded to the famous Government College Bida, for his secondary education from 1957 to 1962.  He also attended Kaduna Technical College from January to October, 1963.  He was immediately enlisted into Nigeria Air Force on October 3rd 1963 as Officer Cadet as a result of his passion to serve his country, Nigeria.  However, after attending a flying training course in Germany in June 1964, he was seconded to the Nigerian Army and commissioned as Second Lieutenant and was eventually posted to the infantry division.  Also, by 1975-1985, he attended several military and management courses at home and aboard, particularly the United State of America.


He steadily progressed through hard work, diligence and commitment and became a General on June 9th, 1998.  He had held various staff and command appointments ranging from Platoon, Command, Battalion and Brigade Commander.  Also, he was the Military Secondary from 1986-1988 and later became the General Officer Commanding the 82ndDivision of the Nigerian Army Forces the same year.  He also served as the Commandant of the national War College and  was the Chief of Defense Staff from 1993 to 1998 . He became the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after the demise of Gen. Sani Abacha, the then Nigerian Head of State at that time.

A few days after assuming office he promised to hold elections within a year and transfer power to an elected President.  Surprising some critics of the coterie’s military, he kept his word and transferred power to an elected Civilian President on May 29th, 1999 through a new constitution that was adopted on May 5, 1999 to Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, Sequel to this singular act, Gen. Abubaka Abdulsalami Alhaji, GCFR, CSG broke the jinx of “sit-tight syndrome” that has been associated with Africa leaders.  Therefore, following his short rule, he received multiple honors and accolades which included the Rainbow/Push Coalition Peace prize, the prestigious ECOWAS International Gold Award, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), the companion of the Order of the Star of Ghana (CSG), Medal of Grand Officer(France) and the Grand Order of Honour of Todo.  He has also received Honorary Doctorate Degrees. (Honoris Causa) in by Law, Science between 2000-21012 by Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Edo State University, Ekpoma and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, Ghana, University of Ibadan, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria.

After a successful handover of power and transition to civilian administration he received the outstanding Peace Award for bringing democracy in Nigeria by Nigerians in USA (October 16, 1999), Outstanding Leadership Qualities Award by MABDEC in USA (August,2000).  Also, the Chicago State University instituted a lecture series in his honor known as the “First lectures” (February 25, 2001).  In addition, due to the significant role he played as a facilitator/mediator of the Liberian Peace Talks in 2003 he was awarded the “The National Distinction in the Order of the Pioneer of the Republic of Liberia” by the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) in December, 2005.  Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami Alhaji GCFR, Government of Liberia (NTGL) in December, 2005.  Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami Alhaji GCFR, CSG is married to Her Excellency Hon. Justice FatiLami Abubakar who was a former Chief Justice of Niger State. They have six children.  Since the successful handover of power and transition to Civilian rule in 1999 Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar Alhaji, GCFR, CSG has been involved in peace-building activities at the international, regional and national arena. A list of his engagements are as follows:







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




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

Had 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.


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