In 1960, he was admitted to Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in Yola.
Nigeria Police College secondary school in Kaduna .
School of Hygiene in Kano in 1966. Served as Interim Student Union President at the school.
In 1967 he enrolled for a Law Diploma at the Ahmadu Bello University Institute of Administration, on a scholarship from regional government.
He started out in the real estate business during his early days as a Customs Officer.
In 1974 he applied for and received a 31,000 naira loan to build his first house in Yola.
In 1981 he moved into agriculture, acquiring 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton farm.
He then ventured into trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour and sugar.
He took up full-time business and politics in 1989.
Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a logistics company operating within the Ports.
Abubakar’s business empire also includes Adama Beverages Limited, a beverage manufacturing plant in Yola, as well as an animal feed factory.
In 1982 ,Abubakar was awarded the chieftaincy of the Turaki of Adamawa.
The Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award in 2011
Waziri of Adamawa in 2007
In 1989 Abubakar was elected a National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria.
Governor of Adamawa state in 1998.
Abubakar was sworn in as Vice-President of Nigeria on 29 May 1999.
In 1999 he, alongside South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, launched the South Africa Nigeria Binational Commission.