Prof. Auwal M. Abubakar was born on 20th January, 1966 in Mayokila village, Leko District of Jada local government area of Adamawa State. He started his education at L.E.A. Primary School Lengdo in Jada Local Government of Adamawa State between 1973 and 1978. He was at the famous Government Secondary School, Ganye between 1978 and 1981. He is among the pioneer set of students for the newly established science secondary schools in the former Gongola state and in form 3 in 1981 were sent to the Government Science Secondary School, Donga, and now Taraba state. He gained admission at the School of Basic Studies (A.B.U. Zaria) in 1983 and in 1984 was admitted to read medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated with MB BS degree in 1989.
He did his Postgraduate training (Residency training) at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Sokoto state, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara state for the junior residency training and Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun state and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Lagos state for the senior residency training with specialization in Paediatric surgery. In 1999 this was culminated with the award of the Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) in Paediatric Surgery.He was awarded the Fellowship of the International College of Surgeons in 2004.
On return he was appointed Lecturer I with the University of Ilorin and a honourary Consultant Paediatric Surgeon to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital between 1999 and 2002. He transferred his services to the University of Maiduguri in 2003 and a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon appointment with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and became a Senior Lecturer in 2003, Associate Professor in 2006 and a full Professor of Paediatric Surgery with effect from October, 2009. He have been Head, Department of Surgery between 2005 and 2010 and the Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (Training), University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, between 2007 and 2015.
He won the Honours Award for a Distinguished National Youth Service in Nigeria in 1991 and in 1992 won the LATUNDE ODEKU prize as the best candidate for the primary examination in Surgery in Nigeria of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. The MBBS class of 2009 voted him as their most favourite Lecturer in the College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri. He was the leader of the team of surgeons that successfully separated a set of conjoined twins at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and another set in 2018 at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa State.