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His early formal education spans Nasarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi and College of Arts and Arabic Studies for secondary education. He graduated from Usmanu Dan Fodio University 1991 having obtained a degree in law – and was subsequently called to the bar in 1992 after attending the Nigerian Law School, Lagos campus. He also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri.
Abubakar Malami has served in various capacities as a legal practitioner, including being a counsel and magistrate in Kebbi State. He also served as the National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
He was conferred with the distinguished rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2008, in less than 17 years after he was called to the bar.
He has also served in other various capacities including:
- He was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Legal Team, Election Petition (2003)
- He was a member of the Kano State LG Election Tribunal (2004)
- In 2011, Malami served as the Chairman Legal Team, CPC Presidential Campaign Organization.
- In 2013, he served as the Chairman Legal Team, CPC Presidential Campaign Organization
- He also served as the CPC National Legal Adviser and was active in the merger that brought about the APC
- He was a member of the National Convention and Congress Committee (2013)
- In 2013, he was also part of the APC Electoral Committee for Anambra State Gubernatorial Election (2013)
- In May 2014, Malami served as the Chairman, APC Kano State Congress Appeals Committee
He contested for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Kebbi State for the 2015 elections but lost the primaries to Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
In November 2015, he was appointed as Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to take over from Mohammed Bello Adoke at the age of 48, making him the youngest member of the federal executive council.
In August 2019, Abubakar Malami was re-appointed by President Buhari as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.
Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Attorney-General, scored two tactical victories in courts in New York on 14 May in the country’s dispute with Process and Industrial Development which says Nigeria reneged on a 2010 gas and power contract.
Abubakar Malami acted as Muhammadu Buhari’s lawyer in court to challenges his defeats in presidential elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
In April, 2021, AGF Malami told a Federal High Court in Abuja that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, is not constitutionally eligible to vie for Presidency. He said the former Vice President whose home town, Jada, was formerly a part of Northern Cameroon, acquired Nigerian citizenship following a plebiscite that held in 1961. Malami argued that, having not been born a Nigerian or by Nigerian parents, and having not met the provisions of Sections 25(1) &(2) and 131(a) of the constitution, Atiku, would be violating Section 118(1)(k) of the Electoral Act should he put himself forward as a presidential candidate.
In June 2019, Malami was to appear before a disciplinary panel of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee to face the petitioners seeking the stripping of his Senior Advocate of Nigeria rank for alleged misconduct.
In support of President Buhari’s fight against corruption in Nigeria, Abubakar Malami filed a petition to the Government to remove the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. In his petition, he stated that Ibrahim Magu should be sacked on several grounds raging from diversion of recovered loot to insubordination and misconduct. He also recommended three people to take Mr. Ibrahim Magu’s position.
In July 2020, a Sahara Reporters investigation alleged that Abubakar Malami as Attorney General & Minister of Justice and his family amassed unexplained wealth, an allegation he denied.
In March 2021, AGF Malami, and the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa were summoned over forfeited assets transfer to AGF office.