Born on 17th April 1967 and hails from Birnin Kebbi in Kebbi State. He attended Nassarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi and College of Arts and Arabic Studies, Sokoto where he obtained a Grade II Teachers Certificate in 1984.
Malami studied law at the Usman Danfodio University Sokoto and attended the Nigeria Law School in 1992.
He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri.
A member of the distinguished Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), he has co-authored several publications.
Abubakar Salami, SAN, has served as the National Legal Adviser to the defunct The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and also the Chairman, Legal Team of the defunct CPC Presidential Campaign Organization, 2011. He was Deputy Director, Legal Directorate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council 2015, and Member of the APC Transition Committee in 2015.