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Datti Sadiq Abubakar
Military Governor of Anambra State

In office
July 1978 – October 1979
Preceded by John Atom Kpera
Succeeded by Jim Nwobodo
Personal details
Born 30 March 1939
Kano, Nigeria
Died 25 February 2005(2005-02-25) (aged 65)

Colonel Datti Sadiq Abubakar was Military Governor of Anambra State in Nigeria from July 1978 to October 1979 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.[1]

He was a graduate of Rumfa College, Kano.[2] In July 1966 Lieutenant Datti Abubakar, Recce, was at the Abeokuta Garrison when most of the Igbo officers were killed, playing an active role in the coup that overthrew Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi.[3]

Abubakar was appointed Military Governor of Anambra State in July 1978, holding the position until October 1979.[1] He placed the schools firmly under his control through a supervisory commission with broad powers over policy and staffing.[4] Following major religious riots in Kano State in 1980, he was a member of the Kano Disturbances Tribunal of Inquiry to investigate causes and make recommendations.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  2. Musa Umar Kazaure (June 18, 2003). "Rumfa college Kano: School under royal eyes". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  3. Nowa Omoigui. "Operation Aure (2): Planning to Overthrow General Ironsi". Gamji. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  4. "Staff Discipline in the Anambra State Education Commission: A Review of Nsukka Education Zone from 1980 - 1988". University of Nigeria. September, 1990. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  5. Toyin Falola (1998). Violence in Nigeria: the crisis of religious politics and secular ideologies. University Rochester Press. p. 159. ISBN 1-58046-018-6. 

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