Prior this appointment by the president, Abubakar has served as the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.
He has had numerous working experience with both national parastatals and international bodies.
Abubakar had an extensive working experience with the United Nations in peace support operations, mediation process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
His appointment came to be after his predecessor, the former DG of NIA, Ayo Oke was relieved of his job 30 October 2017, following a probe into the $43.5m found in an apartment in Lagos.
The money, which also included £27,800 and some N23million Naira was linked to Oke. It was found in an empty flat at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi.
Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano. He is also fluent in English and Arabic.
The appointment takes immediate effect.