On December 14, 1934, Iya Abubakar was born. He is the first Northerner to receive a Ph.D. Iya Abubakar, a 28-year-old mathematics professor, was the first person from northern Nigeria to get a PhD in any area. The University of Cambridge provided this to the young northerner.

He attended Barewa College, University College Ibadan (later to become the University of Ibadan), and the University of Cambridge, where he received his Ph.D.

In 1965-66, he worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Michigan before being named Professor of Mathematics at Ahmadu Bello University in 1967, at the age of 28.

Iya Abubarkar, the first northerner to acquire a Ph.D., maintained this position until 1975, in addition to a visiting professorship at City University of New York in 1971-72.

He was named Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University at the age of 38 in 1975, a position he held until 1978.

From 1972 until 1975, Abubakar served as a director of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Abubakar was named Federal Minister of Defense in 1979 and served in that position until 1982.

He was the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of his alma mater, the University of Ibadan, from 1993 to 2005.

He was the director of the National Mathematical Centre in Abuja in the late 1990s, and he also led the Nigerian National Manpower Commission and the non-governmental Africa International Foundation for Science and Technology.

On the People’s Democratic Party’s platform, Abubakar Iya was elected Senator for the Adamawa North seat in Adamawa State, Nigeria (PDP).

In April 2003, he was re-elected.

“It is enough for me,” Iya Abubakar said in 2007, when asked to run for a third term in the Senate.


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