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Biography of Abdulsalami Abubakar and Net-worth – 2018 Latest Update

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Biography of Abdulsalami Abubakar and Net-worth – 2018 Latest Update.

Biography of Abdulsalami Abubakar – Abdulsalami Abubakar, born June 13, 1942, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was Military Head of State from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha’s death.

Abdulsalami Abubakar, born June 13, 1942, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was Military Head of State from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha's death.

Early Life and Education

Abdulsalami Abubakar was born on 13 June 1942 to his father Abubakar Jibrin and his mother Fatikande Mohammed, in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.

He attended Minna Native Authority Primary school, (1950-1956). From 1957-1962, he had his secondary school education at Government College, Bida, Niger state. From January to October 1963 he studied at Kaduna Technical College.


Sir Abdulsalami 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, Western 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 Nigeria Army.

After joining the army in 1966 as an officer cadet, Sir Abubakar attended the emergency combatant short service course two. In October 1967, he was commissioned second lieutenant, infantry division, Nigerian army.

From 1967-1968, Abubakar was general staff officer two, second garrison, and commanding officer, 92 infantry battalion from 1969-1974. 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 the 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 1980-1982, Abubakar was chief instructor at the Nigerian Defence Academy.

In 1982 he was appointed as the colonel of administration and quartering, 1st mechanized division. A position he held up until 1984. From 1985-1986, Abubakar was the commander’s 3rd mechanized brigade. He served as the military secretary of the army, 1986–1988.

Abubakar was made general officer commanding 1st mechanized division 1990-1991. Between 1991-1993, he was the principal staff officer, as the army chief of plan and policy, Defence Headquarters.

From 1993-1998, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Sani Abacha appointed Abubakar as the Chief of Defence Staff, Defence Headquarters.

Upon Abacha’s death on 8 June 1998, Abdulsalami Abubakar took power as the military president of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces on 9 June 1998.

In May 1999 General Abubakar handed over power to the newly elected civilian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and retired from the army.

Net Worth

Sir Abdulsalami Abubakar’s net worth has grown significantly in 2018. However, the numbers vary depending on the source. Abdulsalami Abubakar’s net worth is estimated to be in the range of approximately $34000000 in 2018.

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