Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III: Biography, Education, Career, Marriage, Net worth, Achievements and More


Amirul Mu’minin Sheikh Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III was born on 24 August 1956. He was born to Siddiq Abu Bakar dan Usuman, who held the Sultanate for over fifty years – the longest-serving Sultan.

Going by his date of birth, the Sultan of Sokoto is currently 65-year-old and would be 66 years old by August 24, 2022.

He is the youngest son of the 16th Sultan Siddiq Abu Bakar dan Usuman.

How Sa’ad Abubakar III became the Sultan of Sokoto

Sa’ad is the 20th Sultan of Sokoto, a prestigious caliphate before the arrival of the British.

He ascended the throne when his brother, Muhammadu Maccido, died in a plane crash in 2006.

The Sultan of Sokoto is the most revered authority respected by the Muslims of Nigeria.

The Sultan presided over the Sunni, Traditional Sunni, Maliki, Qadiriyya Sufi Order


Sa’ad attended Sultan Ward Primary School, Sokoto then later, Barewa College, Zaria 

He then proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) for the 18th Regular Combatant Course where he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant into the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps in 1977. 

He retired as Brigadier General on December 30th, 2006 after 31 years of service in the military, before the sultanate throne beckoned. 


He started a career in the military where he gained enormous experience.

He participated as an influential member in the African peace-keeping mission in Chad

He was serving as a Defense Attache in Pakistan before he retired to the throne.

Sa’ad retired as a brigadier general.


Little was known about the number of wives and children of the monarch, but there’ve been reports of some of his children. 

Amir Abubakar, a son of the Sultan of Sokoto, was injured in an automobile accident in September 2018 while driving a Lexus.

After that, in August 2019, his daughter Fatima wed Mahmoud, the son of the former governor of Bauchi, Issa Yagudu.

Sa’ad Abubakar’s link to Usman Dan Fodio

The Sultan of Sokoto is the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s enormous Muslim community. He gains this position by lineage.

Abubakar is the 20th heir to the two-century-old throne founded by his ancestor, Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio. Dan Fodio (1754-1817 CE) was a scholar, leader of the Maliki school of Islam and the Qadiri branch of Sufism, and Islamic reformer of the nineteenth century.

Dan Fodio believed that Islam should have a more central role in the life of the people of West Africa and led an uprising to institute the changes he sought.

His figure and his writings are a very important chapter in the history of Islam in West Africa, and Abubakar, by lineage, holds a key place in West African Islam, and particularly for the Fulani and Hausa people who followed Dan Fodio.

Net worth

Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III is regarded as one of the richest Kings in Nigeria and is estimated to have an estimated net worth of $100 million. NewsWireNGR however cannot independently verify this claim.

Sultan Abubakar is a man of royalty and has several cars. He owns a Mercedes-Benz and a 2017 Rolls Royce luxurious sedan which he normally rides to public events.

It was reported that Sultan Abubakar owns a house in Sokoto and another one in Abuja.


The Sultan is the head of the Nigerian National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

Between 1999-2000 he served as the Commander of  ECOWAS Operations in Sierra Leone

Sa’ad served as Nigeria’s defence adviser to Pakistan while in the military and simultaneously held accreditations to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States.

As the Sultan, he is the President-General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) he also chairs the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria

Sa’ad is a recipient of numerous honorary awards from various Universities in Nigeria.

He is currently the Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, Oyo state.


The information in this article was curated from online sources. NewsWireNGR or its editorial team cannot independently verify all details.

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