ABUBAKAR, Alh Sir. Sadiq III.

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ABUBAKAR,

Sadiq

KBE, CFR,CMG,CBE, MHC, GCON SULTAN OF SOKOTO, NORTHERN MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO A direct descendent of Sheik Usman Danfodiyo, Sir Abubakar Sadiq III was bom on March 15, 1903 in Dange of the present Sokoto State. After his early education he started his career as a District Scribe in Dangefrom March 13, 1929 to February 17, 1931 during which time he undertook wide tours of the Emirate to have first hand information on administration. He became the Sardauna of Sokoto on February 18, 1931. His duties as the Sardauna were administrative affairs of the Prison Service and the Police. He became the 17* Sultan of Sokoto on June 17, 1938 when he was at Talata Mafara as Sarkin Gabas. Sir Abubakar1 s reign saw the Colonial Civil and Military ruler-ship of Nigeria. As the 17* Sultan of Sokoto, Sir Abubakar created an incredible record of over50-years reignthe longest ruling Sultan in the 190years old history of the Sokoto Caliphate. In the 1950's, he was the first traditional ruler in the defunct Northern Nigeria to accept the changes in Local Government which created Town and District Councils to welcome whole-heatedly the introduction of the then 1976 local government reforms throughout the country and he contributed immensely towards its successful implementation. As a Minister without portfolio, Member of the defunct Northern House of Chiefs, Member of the Northern Nigerian joint Council and Regional Committee and Member of the Northern Area Development Committee, Sultan Abubakar bestowed much dignity and maturity, upon the councils of the government, chiefs and people of the former Northern Region of Nigeria. He alsoplayeda no mean role in theprocess that led to the attainment of self-government in the Northern in 1960 as a whole. He was the first President of the Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) since their creation Sultan Abubakar was vested with the following honours before and after independence in recognition of his administrative ability andleadership. Awardedthe insigmas of the C.M.G in 1941, U.B.Ein 1954, G.B.Ein 1955,and the Nigeria'sforemost honour theGrand'Commanderofthe Niger(GCON). The Sultan was also honoured with Doctorate Degrees in Law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU) 1965, the University of Benin 1972 and the University of Nigeria Nsukka 1976. The 17* Sultan of Sokoto AlhajiSirAbubakar IIIdied'in Sokoto in 1988.
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Profession Traditional Ruler , Public Servant , Administrator
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