Abdulsalami Abubakar was born on 13 June 1942 in Minna, Niger State to the family of Alhaji Abubakar. He hails from the Hausa ethnic group. He had had the dream of becoming a military man since he was child. He was a brave child who liked to dare the unthinkable. He received his primary education in his native town before moving out to continue his studies.