SADIQUE BABA ABUBAKAR DFS GSS psc (+) fwc ndc (+) MSc
20th CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
Air Marshal SB Abubakar was born on 8 April 1960 at Azare in Bauchi State. He had his primary education at St Paul’s Primary School Bauchi from 1967 to 1973 and his secondary education at GSS Bauchi. He joined the Nigerian Air Force as a member of Cadet Military Training Course (CMTC 5) in November 1979.
Air Marshal was the Commander NAF Station Maiduguri, CO 207 Wing and Acting Commanding Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Air Wing. He also served as a Directing Staff (DS) in both Junior and Senior Divisions of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College. The senior officer was also a Directing Staff at the National Defence College. Air Marshal SB Abubakar was the Group Operation Officer (GOO) of 97 Special Operation Group from 2007 to 2008 and Commander 97 Special Operation Group (SOG) PH from 2009 to 2011. He was also the Air Component Commander OPERATION RESTORE HOPE. Air Marshal Abubakar was the Senior Air Staff Officer (SASO) Mobility Command from Feb 11 to 6 Jun 12 and SASO Tactical Air Command from 6 Jun 12 to Nov 12. He was appointed the Chief of Standards and Evaluation Nigerian Air Force Headquarters from 8 Nov 12 to 31 Dec 13. He was also the Air Officer Commanding Training Command and was appointed Chief of Defence Communications DHQ from Jan 14 to Jan 15. Air Marshal Abubakar was the Chief of Administration at the Headquarters Nigerian Air Force before his appointment as the 20th Chief of the Air Staff.
The senior Officer had his primary flying training at the then Primary Flying Training Wing (PFTW) from 1980 to Dec 81. After graduating as the Best all Round and the Best in Flying Cadet in Dec 81, Air Marshal Abubakar proceeded to Oxford Air Training School, England for Basic Flying Training. The senior Officer has a tactical type rating on Mi-35p Helicopter gunship and is a Training Captain on the aircraft. Air Marshal Abubakar was also type-rated on the Mi-17. He was a member of Junior Division (JD) Course 33 and was also a member of the then Command and Staff College Course 21. Air Marshal SB Abubakar was a participant at the then National War College from Sep 06 to Aug 07.
Air Marshal Abubakar has a Diploma in Public administration and a Bachelors of Science degree (second class upper Div) in political science. The senior officer also has a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from University of Ibadan. Air Marshal SB Abubakar has a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) Helicopters with Instrument Rating. The Senior Officer has flown a total of 7 aircraft types: Bulldog, Piper Warrior, Enstrom, Bell 206, BO-105, Mi-35P and Mi- 17.
The officer was awarded the Best Officer of the Year Tactical Air Command 1997. Air Marshal SB Abubakar was also awarded CAS Letter of Commendation for good leadership and prudent management of resources by Air Marshal OO Petinrin in 2009 and Air Marshal MD Umar in 2011. He was also awarded CAS Special Award by Air Chief Marshal AS Badeh in 2013. Air Marshal Abubakar has been an External Examiner at the National Defence College from 2010 to date. He also chaired the Participant’s Project Defence Panel from 2012 to 2014.
MARITAL STATUS AND HOBBIES
Air Marshal SB Abubakar is married with children and his hobbies include reading, traveling and studying nature.