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|Date of Birth:||13 June 1942|
|State of Origin:||Niger State|
|Occupation:||Retired Nigerian Army general|
|Net Worth:||$2.5 millions|
Abdulsalami Abubakar Biography
Abdulsalami Abubakar was born on 13 June 1942, he is a Nigerian statesman and retired Nigerian Army general who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1998 to 1999.
He was also Chief of Defence Staff between 1997 and 1998. He succeeded General Sani Abacha upon his death.
During his leadership, Nigeria adopted a modified version of the 1979 constitution, which provided for multiparty elections.
He transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999. He is the current Chairman of the National Peace Committee.
Early Life and Education
Abubakar from the Hausa ethnicity was born on 13 June 1942 to his father Abubakar Jibrin and his mother Fatikande Mohammed, in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.
From 1950 to 1956 he attended Minna Native Authority Primary school. From 1957 to 1962, he had his secondary school education at Government College, Bida, Niger State.
From January to October 1963 he studied at Kaduna Technical College.
General Abdulsalami Abubakar Career
Abubakar is a member of the pioneering sets of officer cadets who enlisted into the Nigerian Air force on 3 October 1963.
From 1964- 1966, he was flown to Uetersen, West Germany with a team of officer cadets, for Basic and Advance Military Training.
When he returned to Nigeria in 1966 he was seconded to the Nigerian Army.
After joining the army in 1966 as an officer cadet, Abubakar attended the emergency combatant short service course two. In October 1967, Abubakar was commissioned second lieutenant, infantry division, Nigerian army.
From 1967 to 1968, Abubakar was general staff officer two, second garrison, and commanding officer, 92 infantry battalion from 1969 to 1974.
Between 1974 and 1975, he was made brigade major, 7th infantry brigade. In 1975 he served as commanding officer, 84 infantry battalion.
In 1978–1979, Abubakar was commanding officer for the 145 infantry battalion (NIBATT II), United Nations Interim force, Lebanon.
In 1979 he was made assistant adjutant general 3rd Infantry division, Nigeria. From 1980 to 1982, Abubakar was chief instructor at the Nigerian Defence Academy.
In 1982 he was appointed as the colonel of administration and quartering, 1st mechanised division. A position he held up until 1984.
From 1985 to 1986, Abubakar was the commander of the 3rd mechanised brigade.
He served as the military secretary of the army, 1986–1988. Abubakar was made general officer commanding 1st mechanised division 1990–1991.
Between 1991 and 1993, he was the principal staff officer, as the army chief of plan and policy, Defence Headquarters.
From 1997 to 1998, General Sani Abacha appointed Abubakar as the Chief of Defence Staff.
Upon Abacha’s death on 8 June 1998, one day later Abubakar was named military President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
General Abdulsalami Abubakar Awards
Abudulsalami Abubakar has received several awards and medals. In alphabetical order they include:
- Defence Service Medal (DSM) Defence Service Medal (Nigeria)
- Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
- Forces Service Star (FSS) Forces Service Star (Nigeria)
- General Service Medal (GSM) General Service Medal (Nigeria)
- Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR) Order of the Federal Republic (military) – Nigeria
- International Gold Medal, of the Economic Community of West African States
- Meritorious Service Star (MSS)
- National Service Medal (NSM) National Service Medal (Nigeria)
- Republic Medal (RM)
- Rainbow/Push Coalition Peace Prize
- Silver Jubilee Medal (SJM)
- Order of the Star of Ghana
- Ufuk Dialogue Peace Award 2022
General Abdulsalami Abubakar Personal Life
General Abdulsalami Abubakar is married to Fati and they have six children together.
Abdulsalami Abubakar Net Worth
General Abdulsalami Abubakar is a Nigerian statesman and retired Nigerian Army general. He has an estimated net worth of $2.5 millions.