(Former Governor and Architect of new Bauchi State)
One of the most outstanding Governors in the history of Bauchi State and a frontline contender for the National Chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, was born on December 11th, 1956 in Gombe, where he grew up. He was born in the family of Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar (ACP rtd).
He attended Jos Native Authority Primary School from 1963 to 1968 and proceeded to Tudun Wada Primary School Kano in 1969. He then gained admission into Government College Kano (Rumfa College, Kano) for his Secondary School education from 1970 to 1974. When he finished his primary and secondary studies, he continued his education in the School of Basic Studies of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
He was one of the brightest students there. From 1975 to 1978, he received his education at the Faculty of Law in the same university. After the completion of higher education, Mohammed Abubakar decided to study in the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.
After he finished the Nigerian Law School successfully, he started his NYSC service. At the end of the Nigerian youth service, he made a decision to join the civil service in Bauchi State.
He served there with excellence, and by the year 1983, he managed to rise to the position of Senior Counsel and Head of Legal Department of Bauchi State’s Assembly House.
When the military intervened in 1983, he got deployed to the Ministry of Justice. One year later, he got promoted to the Principal State Counsel. In 1988, he became a Director of Public Prosecution. Through his hard work and dedication, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar managed to get a promotion to the position of Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Bauchi State. This happened between 1990 and 1991. Later, he was reappointed by the civilian government on this position and remained there until 1993.
In 1993, the military intervention happened again, and Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar moved on to the private practice by becoming a managing partner of Fortuna Chambers. In 1996, he became a chairman of the Bauchi State branch of Nigerian Bar Association, and he held this position until 1998. Also, he became a part of Democratic People’s Party in 1997. He served in the INEC and worked in four different Nigerian states from 1999 to 2003 – Delta, Plateau, Kogi and Rivers State. Later, he became responsible for supervising Jigawa, Borno, and Yobe states.
Mohammed Abubakar retired from his INEC position in 2008 and went back to his legal career. He founded his own law firm which later was spread all over Nigeria, with the offices in Bauchi State, Abuja, and Port Harcourt. It was in 2013 that Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar became a member of Nigerian National Judicial Council (NJC).
In April 2015, he won the election for Governor of Bauchi State. The urbane legal practitioner is presently one of the leading aspirants for the national chairmanship of the ruling APC.
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