Dr. Shettima Abba was born in Bama in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State on 8th February, 1950. He attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Geography, Masters Degree in Geography in 1985 and a PhD. in Geography in 1988. He was a lecturer at the College of Education Maiduguri 1977 – 1997, University of Maiduguri 2003 to 2007. He was the Permanent Secretary in the Borno State Civil Service 1998 to 1999, Secretary to Borno State Government 1999 to 2003. He was a Senior Special Assistant to Mr. President (SGF Office) 2007 to 2011. He is Married with Children.