He hails from Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State. On completion of his Secondary education, he proceeded to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was later commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1989.
Since commissioning, the senior officer has held several Command and Staff appointments some of which include; Coordinator Joint Media Centre at the Headquarters of the Joint Task Force Operation in the Niger Delta, Commandant Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI) Lagos and the Executive Director Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Army Welfare Limited.
The senior officer has also attended several courses. These include Company Amphibious Course and National Defence College, China. His hobbies include Jogging, Badminton and reading.
Colonel Abubakar is happily married and blessed with children.
Colonel Rabe Abubakar took over from Major General Chris Olukolade who is proceeding on retirement after 35 years of meritorious service in the Military and to the Nation in general, though still remain in active service till
While addressing the Media shortly after taking over as the Defence Spokesman, Colonel Abubakar said he was aware and conscious of the security challenges in the country and the need for collective efforts to confront it.