Colonel Mohammed Abubakar, the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to President Muhammadu Buhari, was 45 years on March 28.
If the handsome soldier thought it was another day, he got it wrong! To spring a surprise on him was Zarah Buhari-Indimi and her siblings.
With cakes in their hands and birthday cards to felicitate with their father’s ADC, they wished him a happy birthday.
Then, his wife, Fatima and daughter, Aisha coupled with other relatives also arrived with their surprise birthday cake at his residence in Abuja.
Born on March 28, 1973, in Zaria, Kaduna state, to inter-ethnic parents from Edo and Kano states, Abubakar attended the Nigerian Military School (NMS) Zaria from 1985–1990.
Perhaps, as part of the workings of fate, Abubakar served as the head boy known as “Boy Regimental Sergeant Major” of his set, a position manned by Buhari decades back.
Upon graduating from NMS in 1990, Abubakar had a stint at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria as a science undergraduate student.
In 1992, he proceeded to Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on gaining admission as a member of 44 regular course to read biological sciences.
He has served in various army units and formations within and outside Nigeria at different capacities. Among which are Lagos garrison command, United Nations mission in Sierra Leone, headquarters Nigerian army corps of military police admin company Apapa Lagos, special investigation bureau, Apapa, Lagos, army headquarters provost group, Lokoja, Kogi state.
Abubakar was also the camp commandant Giwa barracks detention facility (Operation Zaman Lafiya) between November 2013 – 2014.
He was the first camp commandant to host/receive the international committee of the Red Cross and crescent to the detention facility in January 2014. He served at the Nigerian army training centre Kontagora as staff officer grade one operation and training.
He also coordinated the training of 143 battalion on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency with the United States rangers and the British military advisory training teams respectively.
He has travelled to over 40 countries globally.
Abubakar has a bachelor degree in biological sciences from the NDA, a master’s in law enforcement and criminal justice, and another master’s in international affairs and diplomacy (MIAD), both from ABU.
He has earned numerous decorations and medals in the course of his service to the nation among which are forces service star (FSS), meritorious service star (MSS), passed staff college (PSC), passed junior staff course (PJSC), command medal (CM), field command medal (FCM) and United Nation mission in Sierra Leone medal (UNAMSIL), general operations medal (GOM), golden jubilee medal, centenary and operation Zaman Lafiya medals.