Barrister Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar was born to the family of Late Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar (ACP rtd), on Tuesday 11th December 1956 in Gombe. He attended Jos Native Authority Primary School from 1963 to 1968 and proceeded to Tudun Wada Primary School Kano in 1969. He then gained admission into Government College Kano (Rumfa College) for his Secondary School education from 1970 to 1974.
On completion of his Secondary School education, Barrister Muhammed A. Abubakar proceeded to School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for one-year pre-degree programme. He was among the first set of students of School of Basic Studies of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1974. From 1975 to 1978 Barrister Muhammad A. Abubakar studied at the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for a degree in law.
He was at the Nigerian Law School Lagos from 1978 to 1979 for his BL course. From 1979-1980 he lectured at Rivers State College of Science and Technology (presently University of Science and Technology Rivers State) as his youth service primary assignment. On completion of his youth service, he joined the service of Bauchi State civil service as a Pupil State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Bauchi State and rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Parliamentary Counsel and Head of Legal Drafting Department of Bauchi State House of Assembly in 1983.
After the 1983 military intervention, he was deployed back to the Ministry of Justice as Senior State Counsel. In 1984 he was promoted to the rank of Principal State Counsel and was seconded to Yankari Games Reserve and Tourism Company Limited as the Secretary/ Legal Adviser. He was deployed back to the Ministry of Justice in 1986 as a Principal State Counsel and Acting Director Civil Litigations and in 1988 he was promoted to the position of Director of Public Prosecution.
His charismatic quality, intelligence and trustworthiness made him be appointed Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Bauchi state between 1990 to 1991before the handing over to the civilian regime. However, the civilian government reappointed him as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Bauchi state from 1991 to 1993. When the military intervened again he went into private practice as Managing Partner of Fortuna Chambers.
Muhammad A. Abubakar, Esq. became the Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, Bauchi State Branch from 1996 to 1998 and was elected Deputy National Secretary of the Democratic People’s Party in 1997. He was appointed Resident Electoral Commissioner and served in Kogi, Delta, Plateau and Rivers States up to 2003 and then promoted as National Electoral Commissioner at INEC Headquarter in charge of Legal Services and supervisor of Borno, Jigawa, and Yobe States.