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ROYAL FATHER OF THE WEEK: Sultan Sa’adu Abubakar III



ROYAL FATHER OF THE WEEK: Sultan Sa'adu Abubakar III

Sultan Sa’adu Abubakar III

His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar CFR, the youngest son of the late 17th Sultan of Sokoto, Sir Siddington Abubakar III, was born on August 24, 1956, in Sokoto.

His late father ruled the Sultanate from 1938 to 1988, (50 years) making him the longest serving Sultan of Sokoto.


He attended the famous Barewa College, Zaria and proceeded to the Nigeria Defence Academy, (NDA) in 1975 as a member of the 18th Regular Course.

Military career

Sa’adu Abubakar was commissioned with the rank of Second Lieutenant in 1977 and served in the elite Armoured Corps. He headed a presidential security unit of the Armoured Corps that guarded then military ruler General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) in the late 1980s.

He also commanded a battalion of African peacekeepers in Chad during the early 1980s as part of the Organisation of African Union’s force and was military liaison officer for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the mid 1990s.

ROYAL FATHER OF THE WEEK: Sultan Sa'adu Abubakar III

He was appointed Commanding Officer 241 Recce Battalion, Kaduna in 1993. From 1995 to 1999, he was ECOWAS military liaison officer and commanding officer, 231 Tank Battalion (ECOMOG Operations) in Sierra Leone from 1999 to 2000. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Defence Attaché to Pakistan (also accredited for Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan) and retired as a Brigadier-General.

Sultan of Sokoto

On 2 November 2006, Abubakar ascended the throne following the death of his brother, Sultan Muhammadu Maccido Abubakar, who died on ADC Airlines Flight 53 along with other prominent Nigerians.

Titles and honours

As the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’adu Abubakar is the leader of the Qadriyya Sufi Order, which is the most important Muslim position in Nigeria and senior to the Emir of Kano, the leader of the most populous Tijaniyya Sufi Order.

He is also the head of Jama’atu Naaril Islam (Society for the Support of Islam – JNI), and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA).

As the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’adu Abubakar CFR is the Chairman of the National Traditional Rulers’ Council, (NTRC) a body of highly respected monarchs across the country.

In 2015, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III was listed among the 10 recipients of the maiden edition of the Global Seal of Integrity (GSOI). An annual list which is compiled and authored by two young Nigerians; Emmanuel Josh Omeiza and Godspower Oshodin (under the Global Youth Coalition for Integrity) for promoting integrity among the people and consequently promoting the well-being of the Universe.

His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar CFR, is the Royal News Royal Father of The Week

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