Biography Of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

Everything you need to know about the presidential candidate of PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar was born on 25 November 1946 in Jada, a village that was then under the administration of the British Cameroons – the territory later joined with the Federation of Nigeria in the 1961 British Cameroons referendum. His father, Garba Abubakar, was a Fulani trader and farmer, and his mother was Aisha Kande. He was named after his paternal grandfather Atiku Abdulqadir who hails from Wurno, Sokoto State, and migrated to Kojoli village at Jada, Adamawa State; his maternal grandfather, called Inuwa Dutse, migrated to Jada, Adamawa State, from Dutse, Jigawa State he became the only child of his parents when his only sister died at infancy. In 1957, his father died by drowning while crossing a river to Toungo, a neighboring village to Jada.

His father was opposed to the idea of Western education and tried to keep Atiku Abubakar out of the traditional school system. When the government discovered that Abubakar was not attending mandatory schooling, his father spent a few days in jail until Aisha Kande's mother paid the fine. At the age of eight, Abubakar enrolled in the Jada Primary School, Adamawa. After completing his primary school education in 1960, he was admitted into Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in the same year, alongside 59 other students. He graduated from secondary school in 1965 after he made grade three in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

Following secondary school, Abubakar studied for a short while at the Nigeria Police College in Kaduna. He left the College when he was unable to present an O-Level Mathematics result and worked briefly as a Tax Officer in the Regional Ministry of Finance, from where he gained admission to the School of Hygiene in Kano in 1966. He graduated with a Diploma in 1967, having served as Interim Student Union President at the school. In 1967 he enrolled for a Law Diploma at the Ahmadu Bello University Institute of Administration on a scholarship from the regional government. After graduation in 1969, during the Nigerian Civil War, he was employed by the Nigeria Customs Service.[citation needed] In 2021, Abubakar successfully completed and passed his Master's degree in International Relations at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

*Personal life* 

Atiku Abubakar has four wives and twenty-eight children. Atiku explains: "I wanted to expand the Abubakar family. I felt extremely lonely as a child. I had no brother and no sister. I did not want my children to be as lonely as I was. This is why I married more than one wife. My wives are my sisters, my friends, and my advisers, and they complement one another." In 1971, he secretly married Titilayo Albert in Lagos because her family was initially opposed to the union. His children from her include Fatima, Adamu, Halima, and Aminu. In 1979, he married Ladi Yakubu as his second wife. He has six children with Ladi: Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukaiyatu. Abubakar later divorced Ladi, allowing him to marry his fourth wife (the maximum permitted him as a Muslim), Jennifer Iwenjiora Douglas.[17] In 1983, he married his third wife, Princess Rukaiyatu, daughter of the Lamido of Adamawa, Aliyu Mustafa. Their children from her are Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu (named after her late father), Asmau, Mustafa, Laila, and Abdulsalam. In 1986, he married his fourth wife, Fatima Shettima. Her children include Amina (Meena), Mohammed and the twins Ahmed / Shehu, the twins Zainab / Aisha, and Hafsat.

On Tuesday, 1 February 2022, Jennifer Douglas confirmed her divorce from Abubakar in a statement. According to her, their union broke down due to disagreements over her continued stay in the United Kingdom, amongst other long-standing issues.

*Customs* 

Abubakar worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service was then known; he retired in April 1989 and took up full-time business and politics. He started out in the real estate business during his early days as a Customs Officer. In 1974, he applied for and received a 31,000 naira loan to build his first house in Yola, which he put up for rent.

*Real estate* 

In 1974, he applied for and received a 31,000 naira loan to build his first house in Yola, which he put up for rent. From the proceeds of the rent, he purchased another plot and built a second house. He continued this way, building a sizeable portfolio of property in Yola, Nigeria. In 1981, he moved into agriculture, acquiring 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton farm. The business fell on hard times and closed in 1986. "My first foray into agriculture, in the 1980s, ended in failure," he wrote in an April 2014 blog. He then ventured into trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour, and sugar.

*Transportation* 

Abubakar's most important business move came while he was a Customs Officer at the Apapa Ports. Gabrielle Volpi, an Italian businessman in Nigeria, invited him to set up Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a logistics company operating within the Ports. NICOTES would later go on to become Intels Nigeria Limited and provide immense wealth to Abubakar. Abubakar is a co-founder of Intels Nigeria Limited, an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad. Atiku's other business interests are centered within Yola, Adamawa; and include Adama Beverages Limited, a beverage manufacturing plant in Yola, an animal feed factory, and the American University of Nigeria (AUN), the first American-style private university to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. He retired in April 1989 and took up full-time business and politics.

*Involvement in business* 

Conflict of interest accusations has since trailed him on account of his involvement in business while a civil servant who exercised supervisory authority. On his part, Abubakar has defended the decision, saying his involvement was limited to the ownership of shares (which government rules permitted) and that he was not involved in the day-to-day running of the business. His company NICOTES would later be rebranded into INTELS and would later go on to feature prominently in accusations of money laundering leveled against n Abubakar by the U.S. government during his vice presidency.

*First term* 

Seal of the Vice-President.

On 29 May 1999, Abubakar was sworn in as Vice President of Nigeria. His first term was mainly characterized by his role as Chairman of the National Economic Council and head of the National Council on Privatization, overseeing the sale of hundreds of loss-making and poorly managed public enterprises alongside Nasir El Rufai.

*Second term* 

Abubakar's second term as vice president was marked by a stormy relationship with President Obasanjo. In 2006, Abubakar was involved in a bitter public battle with his boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, ostensibly arising from the latter's bid to amend certain provisions of the constitution to take another shot at the presidency (Third Term Agenda).

*Third term agenda* 

The controversy generated by the failed constitutional amendment momentarily caused a rift in the People's Democratic Party. The National Assembly eventually vetoed the amendments allowing Obasanjo to run for another term. In 2006, Abubakar fell out with his boss Olusegun Obasanjo and left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in preparation for the 2007 elections.

In a November 2013 interview regarding Obasanjo's alleged attempts to justify his third term bid, Abubakar is quoted as saying: "[He] informed me that 'I left power twenty years ago, I left Mubarak in office, I left Mugabe in office, I left Eyadema in office, I left Umar Bongo, and even Paul Biya and I came back, and they are still in power; and I just did eight years, and you are asking me to go; why?' And I responded to him by telling him that Nigeria is not Libya, not Egypt, not Cameroun, and not Togo; I said you must leave; even if it means both of us to lose out, but you cannot stay." On 30 March 2014, Nigerian media reported that a delegation from the Northern Youth Leaders Forum visited Obasanjo at his home in Abeokuta and pleaded with him to "forgive your former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of whatever political sin or offense he might have committed against you." In response, Obasanjo is quoted as saying that "as a leader and father, I bear no grudge against anybody and if there is, I have forgiven them all."

*Presidential election of 2007* 

On 25 November 2006, Abubakar announced that he would run for president. On 20 December 2006, he was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC). On 14 March 2007, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the final list of 24 aspirants for the 21 April presidential election. Abubakar's name was missing from the ballot. INEC issued a statement stating that Abubakar's name was missing because he was on a list of persons indicted for corruption by a panel set up by the government. Abubakar headed to the courts on 16 March to have his disqualification overturned. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on 16 April that INEC had no power to disqualify candidates. The ruling allowed Abubakar to contest the election, although there were concerns that it might not be possible to provide ballots with Abubakar's name by 21 April, the date of the election. On 17 April, a spokesman for INEC said that Abubakar would be on the ballot. According to official results, Abubakar took third place, behind PDP candidate Umaru Yar'Adua and ANPP candidate Muhammadu Buhari, with approximately 7% of the vote (2.6 million votes). Abubakar rejected the election results and called for its cancellation, describing it as Nigeria's "worst election ever." He stated that he would not attend Umaru Yar'Adua's inauguration on 29 May due to his view that the election was not credible, saying that he did not want to "dignify such a hollow ritual with my presence."

*Traditional titles* 

In 1982, Abubakar was given the chieftaincy title of the Turaki of Adamawa by his future father-in-law, Adamawa's traditional ruler Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa. The title had previously been reserved for the monarch's favorite prince in the palace, as the holder is in charge of the monarch's domestic affairs. In June 2017, Abubakar was given the chieftaincy title of the Waziri of Adamawa, and his previous title of Turaki was transferred to his son Aliyu.

*International honors* 

In 2011, while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the US Peace Corps 2011, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) – an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, separate from the Peace Corps, that serves as an alumni association for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers – honored Abubakar with the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. At the presentation of the award, the National Peace Corps Association described Abubakar as one individual who contributed to the development of higher education on the continent of Africa. "No private businessman in Africa has worked harder for democracy or contributed more to the progress of higher education than Atiku Abubakar," the NPCA said. This was after 2012 when Abubakar donated $750,000 to the National Peace Corps Association in the United States "to fund a new initiative featuring global leaders who will discuss Peace Corps's impact." It was the largest ever individual donation in the Association's history.

2
370
View post likes
support@nairapen.com
+14047026965
.

Create An Ad Like Th...

Give your skills and business more visibility with NairaPen Ads. We'll...

View details
Dr Abiodun Anifow...

More from Ocheni Emmanuel St...

Birthday Note To Mr. Pete...

Birthday note to a visionary leader...A great leader is one who inspires every citizen in...

1653694080.jpg
Ocheni Emmanuel S...
1 year ago

True Love

This article is about the lifestyle of people, it is literally about the ten things you sh...

1653694080.jpg
Ocheni Emmanuel S...
1 year ago

A Virtuous Woman

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. A Virtuous Woman is an...

1653694080.jpg
Ocheni Emmanuel S...
1 year ago

Love Quotes

LOVE QUOTES: This article is about ten solid and real-tested facts about love...Enjoy read...

1653694080.jpg
Ocheni Emmanuel S...
1 year ago

Why Am I Naked

Dressing half-naked on social media only attract men that do not have the fear of God, Rea...

1653694080.jpg
Ocheni Emmanuel S...
11 months ago

You may also like

Options Before The Nigeri...

As present day realities of uncertainties have dawn on us, what becomes of our vibrant and...

1663681886.jpg
Bruno Onyes
1 year ago

Road Trip

It was the festive season once again. The season of feasting and spendthrift engagements....

1658303581.JPG
Kalu Fortune
1 year ago

Living Without Ken

Living Without Ken: Two mid-age lovers engage in a phone call...

1653635105.jpg
Ndidi Ugo-nkwoala
1 year ago

The Role Of Entrepreneurs...

Entrepreneurship plays an influential role in the economic growth and standard of living o...

1652899857.png
Victoria Onyenelu...
1 year ago

Adesuwa

Adesuwa is about a girl who is almost gone but still living...Come!!! You are safe now, so...

1656577868.jpg
Osarogiagbon Gift
1 year ago
Comments (0)

There are currently no comments for this article. Be the first to comment.

Support this Writer
Secured Payment in Dollars

$