Abubakar Malami

Abubakar Malami

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation
Assumed office
11 November 2015
Preceded byMohammed Bello Adoke
Personal details
Born (1967-04-17) 17 April 1967 (age 52)
Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, Nigeria
Political partyAll Progressives Congress
Alma mater

Abubakar Malami (born 17 April 1967),[1] is a Nigerian politician, lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He is Nigeria's immediate past Minister for Justice and Attorney-General.[2][3]

Early life and education

Abubakar Malami was born on 17 April 1967 in Birnin Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi State, Northern Nigeria. His early formal education began at Nassarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi before he completed his secondary school education at College of Arts and Arabic Studies.[4] In 1991, he graduated from Usmanu Danfodiyo University where he studied Law and was called to the bar in 1992. Abubakar is an alumnus of the University of Maiduguri where he obtained his master's degree in Public Administration in 1994.[4]


As a legal practitioner, Abubakar has served in various capacities including being a counsel and magistrate in Kebbi State and as National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change.[5] Abubakar Malami was actively involved in the formation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013 as the resource person to the Manifesto Drafting Sub-Committee of Inter Joint Party Merger Committees between the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).[6]

In 2014, Abubakar contested for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Kebbi State but lost the primaries to Atiku Bugudu.[7] On 11 November 2015, Abubakar was appointed as Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria thus making him the youngest minister in Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet.[8]

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, will appear before the disciplinary panel of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee on Friday, 14 June 2019 to face the petitioners seeking the stripping of his Senior Advocate of Nigeria rank for alleged misconduct. [9]

On 21 August 2019, he was re-appointed as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation by President Muhammadu Buhari on 21 August 2019.[10]



  1. ^ "INEC Bound To Register APC – SANs". Leadership Newspaper. 31 July 2013. Archived from the original on 5 August 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  2. ^ Effiong, Inibehe (11 November 2015). "History Beckons: Open Letter To The Minister Of Justice And Attorney General Of The Federation By Inibehe Effiong". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Lawyers want new Justice Minister to ensure speedy prosecution of corruption cases". Pulse Nigeria. News Agency of Nigeria. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ministerial nominee, Abubakar Malami (SAN)'s CV". Vanguard Newspaper. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Buhari's Youngest Minister, Read His Profile". Naij. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  6. ^ "ACN, CPC, ANPP merge as one party". The Nation Newspaper. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Meet Abubakar Malami, Buhari's youngest ministerial nominee". The Nigerian Eye. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  8. ^ Alade, Abiodun (12 October 2015). "Ministerial List: Read profile of the oldest and youngest nominees". Vanguard Newspaper. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Alleged misconduct: I'll appear before disciplinary panel Friday, says Malami". Punch. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Buhari assigns portfolios to new ministers". Premiumtimes. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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