Mohammed Badaru Abubakar is a prominent Nigerian politician and successful businessman who has made significant contributions to both the political and business sectors in Nigeria. With a diverse background and a wealth of experience, Abubakar has served as the governor of Jigawa State and currently holds the position of defense minister in Nigeria.
Early Life and Education
Mohammed Badaru Abubakar was born on September 19, 1962, in Nigeria. He obtained his education at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. During his time at university, Abubakar actively participated in community activism, sports, and business, showcasing his drive and passion for making a difference.
Career as an Industrialist
After graduating, Abubakar established the Talamiz Group, a conglomerate with diverse interests in automobiles, manufacturing, agriculture, animal husbandry, and commodity distribution. His business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit have contributed to the growth and success of the Talamiz Group, making it a prominent player in Nigeria’s business landscape.
Abubakar’s political career has been marked by notable achievements and contributions. He served as the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Fertilizer, where he played a crucial role in improving agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in Nigeria. Additionally, he served as the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Non-oil Revenue, contributing to the diversification of Nigeria’s revenue sources.
Abubakar has held various positions in chambers of commerce and industries, including being the Vice President II of the Federation of the West Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He has also been the National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture, further highlighting his commitment to promoting economic growth and development.
Governor of Jigawa State
From 2015 to 2023, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar served as the governor of Jigawa State. During his tenure, he implemented various programs and policies aimed at promoting development and improving the lives of the people in the state. His administration prioritized sectors such as agriculture, education, healthcare, and infrastructure, resulting in significant progress and positive changes in Jigawa State.
Defense Minister of Nigeria
On August 21, 2023, Abubakar assumed the role of defense minister of Nigeria. As the defense minister, he is responsible for overseeing and managing the defense and security affairs of the country. This role requires strong leadership, strategic planning, and a commitment to safeguarding the nation and its people.
Notable Achievements and Honors
Throughout his career, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has received several awards and honors in recognition of his hard work, philanthropic activities, and contributions to society. He was conferred with the traditional title of Sardaunan Ringim in the Ringim emirate and Walin Jahun in Dutse emirate councils, reflecting the respect and admiration he has earned from local communities.
In 2006, Abubakar was honored with the national award of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by the President of Nigeria. This prestigious award acknowledges his outstanding contributions to the nation and his dedication to national development.