Senator Abubakar Kyari was born on the 1 January 1960 in Borno State. His father was Late Brigadier Abba Kyari – Former military administrator to North Central from 1967 to 1975. He has eight siblings. He was educated in both Nigeria and United States of America. He attended Kaduna Capital School in 1974. He then proceeded to Barewa College Zaria where he obtained his WASSCE In 1979. He attended the University of Tennessee Martin in USA where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1986. Thereafter in 1989, he attended Webster University St.Louis Missouri USA for his Masters in Business Administration. Kyari was elected to be a member of the Borno State House of Representatives under the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1998. He represented his constituency at the National House of Assembly on the platform of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP) between 1999 -2003.  From 2003 to 2005, he was made a Honorable Commissioner in Borno State and also from 2007 to 2011 he continued as a Honorable Commissioner. In the 2015 elections, he contested for the Borno North Senatorial seat and won under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.