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* BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF ATIKU ABUBAKAR
* ATIKU’S DEVELOPMENTS TO NIGERIANS AND
* ATIKU’S DREAM FOR NIGERIA
* ATIKU FOR PRESIDENT 2019
* GOOD CHARACTERISTICS OF ATIKU ABUBAKAR
* MY OPINIONS FOR ATIKU ABUBAKAR TO BECOME
THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA 2019
* BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF ATIKU ABUBAKAR
Atiku Abubakar was born to an itinerant Fulani trader and
farmer Garba Abubakar, and his second wife, Aisha Kande, in
Jada village in what is today Adamawa State, formerly Gongola
state. He was named for his paternal grandfather, Atiku
Abdulkadir. An older sister died in infancy, making Atiku the
only child of his parents who divorced before his father's death
by drowning in 1957. Atiku's early years were spent in Kojoli,
30 kilometres east of Jada. His mother later remarried. She died
of a heart attack in 1984.
Like many of his generation, Atiku's father was opposed to
the idea of Western education, and tried to keep Atiku out of the
traditional school system. When the government discovered that
Atiku 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 Atiku enrolled in the Jada Primary School
where he performed well. In 1960, he was admitted to the
prestigious Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in Yola
where he did well in English Language and Literature, struggled
with Physics and Chemistry and Mathematics. He graduated
with a Grade Three WASC/GCE Certificate in 1965.
Following secondary school, Atiku studied 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. He
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 UniversityInstitute of
Administration, on a scholarship from regional government.
After graduation in 1969, during the Nigerian Civil War, he was
employed by the Nigeria Customs Service. While at Idi-Iroko
Atiku met nineteen-year-old Titilayo Albert, who he secretly
married in December 1971, in Lagos, because her family was
initially opposed to the union. On 26 October 1972, Titilayo
(affectionately called 'Titi') delivered a baby girl they named
Fatima. She later gave birth to Adamu, Halima and Aminu.
In January 1979 he married Ladi Yakubu as his second wife. "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," Abubakar has
said. He has six children with Ladi: Abba, Atiku, Zainab,
Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukayatu.
In 1983 he married his third wife, Princess Rukaiyatu, daughter
of the late Lamido of Adamawa. She gave birth to AIsha,
Hadiza, Aliyu (named after her late father), Asmau, Mustafa,
Laila and Abdulsalam. His fourth wife, Fatima Shettima,
followed in 1986. Fatima gave birth to her first child Amina
(Meena), Mohammed and two sets of twins Ahmed and Shehu,
Zainab and Aisha then her last daughter Hafsat.
Abubakar later divorced Ladi, allowing him to marry, as his
fourth wife (the maximum permitted him as a Muslim), Jennifer
Iwenjora, who then became Jamila Atiku-Abubakar. Jennifer
gave birth to Abdulmalik, Zara and his youngest child, Faisal.
Atiku 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. From 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.
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
He then ventured into trading, buying and selling truckloads of
rice, flour and sugar.
His 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
Atiku. 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, Atiku 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
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 Atiku by the
US government during his Vice Presidency.
Atiku's business empire also includes a beverage manufacturing
plant in Yola, as well as an animal feed factory.
Atiku’s first foray into politics was in the early 1980s, when he
worked behind-the-scenes on the governorship campaign
of Bamanga Tukur, who at that time was managing director of
the Nigeria Ports Authority. He canvassed for votes on behalf of
Tukur, and also donated to the campaign. Towards the end of his
Customs career, he met Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, who had been
second-in-command of the military government that ruled
Nigeria between 1976 and 1979. Atiku was drawn by Yar'Adua
into the political meetings that were now happening regularly in
Yar'Adua's Lagos home. In 1989 Atiku was elected a National
Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria, the political
association led by Yar'Adua, to participate in the transition
programme initiated by Head of State Ibrahim Babangida.
Atiku won a seat to represent his constituency at the 1989
Constituent Assembly, set up to decide a new constitution for
Nigeria. The People's Front was eventually denied registration
by the government (none of the groups that applied was
registered), and found a place within the Social Democratic
Party, one of the two parties decreed into existence by the
* ATIKU’S DEVELOPMENT TO NIGERIANS AND
Atiku is arguably the Nigerian most popular former vice
president. Since from 1999 uptill today. He’s also the chieftain
of All Progressive Congress ruling party. He’s also the founder
of Intel, and oil servicing business with extensive operation in
Nigeria and Abroad. Atiku is also the founder of Adama
Beverages Limited, and the American University of Nigeria
(AUN), which are both located in Yola. Atiku’s beverages
company is the largest producer of water & fruits juice in
northern Nigeria. He’s also the largest private employer of
labour in Nigeria. He’s also the founder, president and CEO of
GEDE Foundation, a non-profit organization, which is based in
Washington DC area of the United States. Gede’s
accomplishments is seeing that over 5,000 orphans and
vulnerable children in Nigeria go back to school, while other
learnt marketable skills as a foundation to productive lives.
Atiku has employed more than 50,000 people in his
companies in Nigeria. And also, Atiku private investment has
generated thousands of jobs for Nigerians. The creation of jobs
by Atiku to Nigerians has saved the life of thousands and
millions. Because the jobs created by Atiku to Nigerians have
saved thousands of lives and also prevent them from ruining
their lives and also from illegal works. E.g., stealing, robbering,
kidnapping, rapping, trafficking, fighting etc. it also lead the
thousands of lives to their life achievements and having a
successful and bright future. The jobs created by Atiku are
genieunly the source of many parents and youths happiness.
Because their history of being unemployees have changed to
employees. This is indeed developments, and promotion for
Nigerians and the country itself. Atiku has the tendency of
making his nation develop in anyway, and can also sacrifice all
what he has for the development of Nigeria and for we
Nigerians. So if a person like Atiku Abubakar, who is neither a
president, vice president, governor, deputy governor, senator nor
chairman can use his wealth, power, and energy in forestalling
the lives of profuse people from ruining, due to lack of jobs, so
what do you think he will do when he become the president of
Nigeria in 2019?
Also, Atiku has aid numerous students with scholarships in
Nigeria and Abroad by sponsoring their studies till the time that
they will graduate from tertiary institution. Especially those
whom their parents are unable to sponsor their studies due to
fiscal muddle. Atiku has changed the dream of myriad students,
especially those who think that they can proceed with their
studies due to pecuniary dilemma, but Atiku has changed that
dream for them, by sponsoring them for their studies. These
indeed a great developments to we Nigerians and the country
* ATIKU’S DREAM FOR NIGERIA AND IT PEOPLE