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Profile of General Abdulsalami Abubakar

The Man of the Moment This is a General who shocked Nigeria and the entire world to demonstrate and implement what many...

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Profile of General Abdulsalami Abubakar

The Man of the Moment

This is a General who shocked Nigeria and the entire world to demonstrate and implement what many had failed to do in Nigeria. He is a leader extraordinaire, a man of repute and dignity.

Birth

Born on June 13, 1942, in Niger state, he attended Native Authority School in Mina. He proceeded to the Provincial Secondary School in Bida and later the Technical Institute, kaduna. He enlisted into the Nigerian Airforce between 1963 and 1967, but quickly switched to the Army in 1969. He was appointed Commander of the 3rd Mechanized Brigade in Kano; attended training courses in the United States between 1975 and 1977, served as a Nigerian  contingent to the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Lebanon from 1981 to 1982; promoted to the rank of Colonel in August 1984; appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Enugu; became member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC); moved to Kaduna in 1993 as GOC of Strategic One Mechanized Division; appointed Chief of Defense Staff on November 17, 1993, and held the position until his ascension to the highest political office in Nigeria in 1998.

Power Transition

He was sworn in as Head of State on June 9, 1998; assumed office at the time when transition to democratic rule in Nigeria has been clouded with deceit; promised to hold election within a year to transfer power to an elected president. This was viewed by many as mere rectories and as usual promise that never saw the light of the day. He established the independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to reaffirm his commitment to ensuring civil Rule in Nigeria. Many still doubted. To the surprise of many, on May 29, 1999, he handed over power to a civilian elected government, led by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. His action stunned many and the world at large, as Nigeria returned to civil rule after 16 years of military rule. It was also in his time that the national minimum wage of workers was reviewed, approved and paid, so that workers could begin a journey out of long stagnated poverty condition.

Honours

Following his short rule Abubakar, received multiple honours, including Ghana Stable Award for his sincerity to return Nigeria to civil rule. Honoured with Rainbow/Push Coalition Peace Prize, the Economic Community of West African States, International Gold Medal and The Star Award of Ghana; named Chairman of the Common Wealth Eminent Observers Mission to Parliamentary election in Zimbabwe.

He built a reputation as one of the few Generals in the Nigerian Army who rose to the top without holding political office. He has stayed out of politics since living office as head of State. He is an extraordinary leader, a father, a pacesetter, a Role Model to many, a Leader per Excellence, a lover of peace, a man who defiled allure of the office of the President to return Nigeria to civil   rule. Nigeria! Stand up for a true hero, General Abdulsalami (Alhaji) Abubakar. He is a hero in the list of our heroes and a Very Distinguished Nigerian.

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