Power isn’t control but strength, and giving that strength to others. Atiku Abubakar is one of the Nigerian born great leaders willing to give his strength to others so they may have the strength to stand on their own. He is a Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist, who served as the 2nd elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, as a member People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo. People who love him feel he has a clear plan for Nigeria and insist he is the most qualified in Nigeria to lead Nigerians to the promised land. Hence, has gained himself a warm place in the hearts of many Nigerians. The surprising thing is that with the rapid growth in ICT, the present day generation seems not to know much about him. We bring you 10 most absorbing facts you really didn’t about Atiku Abubakar to breach the gap misinformation may have created.
Source Of His Name:
Atiku Abubakar was named after his grandfather. This is a common practice among the Fulani people to name their first sons after their paternal grandfathers. Atiku Abubakar is in essence the first son of his parents.
Atiku had a very humble beginning and has witnessed huge struggles of life considering the early death of his father after he was jailed for not being able to pay fine (10 Shillings) that was charged by Alkali court for trying to stop Atiku Abubakar from going to school when Native Authority officials had embarked on compulsory mass literacy campaign in the region.
Atiku’s Father’s wish:
Atiku Abubakar’s father wanted him to become an Islamic scholar, herdsman, farmer and trader – just like him. But contrary to his fathers dream, he became Nigerian politician, businessman and philanthropist, and served as the 2nd elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, as a member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), under President Olusegun Obasanjo.
It is pertinent to note that Atiku was persistent study-wise as he never gave up on studies. He attended Jahad primary school in Jada in 1960, and his secondary school at Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in Yola. He furthered even after so many struggles of life and completed Diploma in Law programme in June 1969.
Early Career Life:
Atiku worked as a clerk in Ganye during holiday and used his earnings to buy a house (a thatched mud bungalow with two rooms plus a kitchen and bathroom) worth nine Pounds Sterling for his mother in Ganye, the headquarters of the local government council before joining custom service.
Source Of His Wealth:
Not many people knew that Atiku made his money through hard work. Atiku built his first house using Federal Staff Housing Loan of N31,000 which was equivalent to his five years salary or earnings from custom. After the construction, he rented the apartment and used the money to get another plot where he built his second house. This explains how he ventured into property investment and started earning money in estate business. He has a lot of companies in different areas, but the most successful ones are dealing with oil and gas logistics. More so, he birthed Adama Beverages Limited, and the American University of Nigeria (AUN), both in Yola.
Atku is married to Titi Abubakar, as well as Rukayat, Fatima and Jennifer, amounting to four wives and has 27 children…seriously that’s a huge nuclear family. He met nineteen year old Titilayo Albert while he was at Idi-Iroko, and he secretly married her on December 1971, in Lagos, because her family was initially against the union. In 1979 he married Ladi Yakubu because he had a lonely upbringing for being the only child and does not want his children to suffer what he had suffered. His key reason being that he needed to expand his family. In 1983 he married Princess Rukaiyatu and later divorced Ladi Yakubu to marry Jennifer Iwenjora who became Jamila Atiku Abubakar.
Many Nigerians didn’t know that Atiku Abubakar’s son is currently married to step-daughter of President Goodluck Jonathan. Also, Atiku’s son, Abba, married his Colombian girlfriend Mariana Saleeby-Velilla in April 2014. The wedding took place both in Dubai and Adamawa proving how much Atiku respects the culture of his people and Nigeria at large. Atiku once declined a token of appreciation from Shehu Musa Yar’Adua owning to the fact that he was doing his job after assisting him obtain a license to import beans from Niger Republic for sale in Nigeria.
Early political Life:
He came into the world of politics in 1980 when he was 34, but worked behind-the-scenes on the governorship campaign of Bamanga Tukur who at that time was managing director of Nigeria Ports Authority. Atiku sought for votes for Tukur’s behalf and also contributed to the campaign. While in custom service, he met Shehu Musa Yar’Adua who had been second in command of the military government that was ruling Nigeria between 1976 and 1979. In 1989 he was made a National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria, the political association led by Yar’Adua, to participate in the change programme founded by Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. He later won the position to be the representative of his constituency at the 1989 Constituent Assembly. I would say he grew from strength to strength from that point.