Atiku Abubakar Biography: Who is Atiku Abubakar?
A former Deputy Director of the Nigerian Custom Service, vice president and current PDP candidate for the 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar is a very successful businessman, politician and father. A was born on the 25th of November 1946 to Garba Abubakar (who was a Fulani trader) and second wife Aisha kande in a small village located in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Abubakar is a very successful entrepreneur who has engaged in so many businesses ranging from real estate to agriculture, general trading etc. He is the owner of AUN (American University of Nigeria) a university in Adamawa state.
Atiku Abubakar Biography: Education
During his early days, there was a general fight among-st lots of Northern fathers who were rejecting the idea of Western education as at the time. The Government on discovering that Atiku was not attending the mandatory schooling due to resistance put up by his father, sent his father to jail with second wife Aisha Kande’s mother having to pay the fine. After the incident Atiku at the age of eight finally enrolled in the Jada Primary School. In 1960, he was given an admission to the Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in Yola. Records showed that while he struggled with calculation courses like chemistry, physics and maths, he excelled in Literature and English language eventually graduating with a grade three at the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 1965.
Following secondary school, Abubakar studied a short while at the . He left the College when he was unable to present an O-Level Mathematics result.He worked briefly as a Tax Officer in the regional , from where he gained admission to the He graduated with a Diploma in 1967, having served as at the school. In 1967 Institute of Administration, on a scholarship from t. After graduation in 1969, during the Nigerian Civil War, .
After his secondary school education, Atiku went on to study at the Nigeria Police College located in Kaduna but had to cut it short when he was unable to present a Mathematics O-Level result. Following the unfortunate event he went to work as tax officer in the regional Ministry of Finance. After a short while he gained admission into the school of Hygiene in Kano in the year 1966 graduating with a diploma the next year. He was opportune to serve as an Interim Student Union President at the school of hygiene before he graduated with this influencing his choice to choose a political path in latter times. Atiku then enrolled for a Law Diploma at the Ahmadu Bello University with a scholarship from the regional government. On graduating from the University he was employed by the Nigeria Customs Service in 1969.
Atiku Abubakar Biography: Early Life Marriage and Family
Born to Garba Abubakar on the 25th of November 1946 Atiku was the first of two children from his mother Aisha Kande. He later lost his sister who was still an infant making him the only child from his mother. His mother and father went through a divorce before his father died in 1957 while his mother remarried. His father had initially refused him going too school but an intervention from the government changed that situation with his father arrested and later bailed by Atiku’s grand mum.
Atiku married his fist wife Titilayo Albert while she was age 19 in the month of December 1971 in Lagos state. The girl’s family were a strong opposition to the marriage which led to Atiku & Titilayo having a secret wedding ceremony. A year later, exactly On the 26th of October 1972, his wife Titilayo gave birth to a bouncing baby girl who they named Fatima. She went on too give birth to three more children, Adamu, Halima and Aminu.
In the month of January 1979 he married again, taking Ladi Yakubu as his second wife. The marriage resulted in six children between them including, Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukayatu.
In 1983 he married Princess Rukaiyatu the daughter of the late Lamido of Adamawa making her his third wife. She gave birth to seven children including Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu (who was named after her late father), Asmau, Mustafa, Laila and Abdulsalam.
In 1986 Atiku married yet again, his fourth wife named Fatima Shettima. Fatima also gave birth to seven children which includes her first child Amina, Mohammed and two sets of twins Ahmed and Shehu, Zainab and Aisha then her last daughter Hafsat. Some time later Atiku divorced Ladi (his second wife), this allowed him to marry Jennifer as his fourth wife. This brought his total tally of children to 23 with four wives.
Atiku later lost his mother in the year 1984 to heart attack.
On why he wanted so many children, Atiku said and i quote,
“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,”
Atiku Abubakar Biography: Political Career
Atiku’s first official foray into politics happened in the 1980s as he was part of the crew behind the campaign of bamanga tukur who was the then-director of the Nigerian Ports Authority. After that, Yar’Adua who was a
former president in Nigeria took Atiku under his wings at the political party, the Peoples Front of Nigeria which included top politicians Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Babalola Borishade, Bola Tinubu, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Sabo Bakin Zuwo.
Atiku on the 1st of September 1990 announced his decision to run for governor in Gongola state it was divided into taraba and adamawa state (*this was his first gubernatorial bid). In 1998 Abubakar announced his bid to run for the governorship of Adamawa State under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party. He did win the election, but before he could be sworn in, he was dragged by Olusegun Obasanjo to be his vice-presidential candidate, an election they won on the 27th of February 1999 with a very high percentage vote.
In 2006, Atiku was involved in a public battle with President Olusegun Obasanjo, arising from the president’s bid to amend certain provisions of the constitution so he could have anothet shot at the presidency for a third consecutive time.
He announced his intention to run for presidency on the 25th of November 2006 and was chosen by AC as their presidential candidate. However after the elections, he came out third place behind Yar’Adua and buhari. This led to claims by him that the election was bias and he refused to attend the 29th may inauguration. He returned to PDP in october 2010 with aim to contest the next year but lost the primaries to Jonathan in 2011.
Some years later in November 2013 during an interview Atiku spoke on their public spat and was quoted saying, regarding Obasanjo’s alleged attempts to justify his third term bid: “[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 lose out, but you cannot stay.
Abubakar declared his intentions to run for the 2019 presidential elections under the party PDP. He defeated 11 other contestants and got 1,532 votes, 839 more than the runner-up, the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal.
Atiku Abubakar Biography: University Donations & Philanthropic Activities
Atiku Abubakar is a well-known philanthropist, in 2012 Atiku alone 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 remains the largest ever individual donation in the Association’s history he owns the American University of Nigeria (AUN) which was opened in the year 2005. The AUN is a very reputable University and was the best to be established in the Sub-Saharan Africa, earning a strong recognition from Google itself. Atiku claimed he had learnt a lot from the U.S system of instruction which involves emphasising critical thinking, small classes, student participation, problem-solving and wanted to make it available to everyone in Nigeria.
Atiku’s love for an educated nation has always been evident in his attitude as most of his speeches are directed towards that line. In 2014 when the abysmal results of the May–June 2014 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) results, Atiku said, in a statement:
″Our country’s educational institutions are clearly not providing quality learning. Our teachers need to be taught. This situation is a new development—of the past 10 years or so. The steady decline of education in Nigeria is a reflection of our country’s relegation of education to the background of national essentialities. That is where the change must begin. Teachers are important—as important as senators and doctors. Indeed, teachers determine the quality of senators and doctors. And so, the entire country stands to suffer the effects of this neglect in future. Nigeria must once again make education a priority. We must return to the basics.″
Atiku had in a bid to remove the girl-child discrimination in the north as related with education, Atiku issued scholarship to 15 escapees of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping.
Atiku Abubakar Biography: Controversies and Scandal
Abubakar Atiku has been currently banned from entering the United States of America for reasons currently unknown to the general public with the US claiming it would need to get his consent before the status of his immigration can be disclosed. Atiku was also implicated in an international bribery scandal along with William jefferson and one of his wives Jenifer.
Atiku Abubakar Biography: Honours and awards
In 1982 Atiku was awarded the chieftaincy of the Turaki of Adamawa by Adamawa’s traditional ruler, Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa. The title had previously been reserved for the monarch’s favourite prince in the palace, as the holder is in charge of the monarch’s domestic affairs.
He was also honored during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the US Peace Corps in 2011 with the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award with the National Peace Corps describing Atiku as an individual who immersely contributes 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,” they said.
In the June 2017, Atiku agaain was awarded the chieftaincy title of the Waziri of Adamawa, and his previous title of Turaki was transferred to his son Aliyu.
Atiku Abubakar Biography: Net Worth & Investments
Atiku Abubakar has a Net Worth of $1.4 billion dollars.
Atiku started out in the real estate business during his early days as a Customs Officer. In the year 1974 he applied for andwas granted a loan of 31,000 to build his first house in Yola, which he put up for rent. He then from the proceeds of the rent, purchased another plot and built a second house. By continuing this way he built a sizeable portfolio of property in Yola.
In 1981 he ventured into agriculture, acquiring 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton farm. The business fell on hard times and eventually was shut-down in 1986. “My first foray into agriculture, in the 1980s, ended in failure,” he was later qouted saying in an April 2014 blog. He did later venture into trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour and sugar.
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 go on to provide immense wealth to Abubakar. Conflict of interest accusations have 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. NICOTES would later be rebranded INTELS, and go on to feature prominently in accusations of money laundering levelled against Abubakar by the U.S. government during his Vice Presidency.
Atiku’s full business empire also includes an an animal feed factory as well as beverage manufacturing plant in Yola.