The Etsu Nupe, His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar CFR, the 13th traditional ruler of Nupe Kingdom (Etsu Nupe) and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers is also the Chancellor of the University of Ile Ife, Osun state and Ekpoma University, Benin.
He was born on September 12, 1952, in Bida, Niger state, and hails from one of the Ruling Houses of Bida Emirate (Usman Zaki). He was born into the family of Late Alhaji Abubakar Saganuwa Nakordi Nupe and brother to the 11th Etsu Nupe, Late Malam Musa Bello.
His mother, Late Hajiya Habiba Bantigi Ndayako, is the daughter of the 9th Etsu Nupe and Sister to late Alhaji Umaru Sanda Ndayako (the 12th Etsu Nupe of Nupe Kingdom.)
He succeeded the late Etsu Nupe, Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Sanda Ndayako, on September 11, 2003.
See also: Biography of Ernest Shonekan
He attended Government College, Sokoto and later Commercial College Kano (1967–1971) and enrolled into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna (1973–1975) for training and enlistment into the Nigerian Army.
As a military officer, his last military posting was the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, where he was Director, Foreign Operations, before retiring as a Brigadier-General in September 2003.
Before his appointment as the Etsu Nupe, HRH was the Kusodu Nupe.
His ascension to the throne, no doubt, brought a lot of good will to the good people of Nupe land.
Drawing from the reputation and goodwill he has garnered over the years, the Etsu Nupe, within the past few years, attracted development to the Nupe land and the respect of his people.