Biography Intro: Atiku Abubakar GCON (born 25 November 1946) is a Nigerian politician and business tycoon. He was vice-president of Nigeria 1999-2007 under President Olusegun Obasanjo representing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He is also the presidential flag-bearer of the PDP for the 2019 governorship election.
Name: Atiku Abubakar GCON
Date Of Birth: 25 November 1946
Place Of Birth: Jada, Adamawa State
Father: Garba Abubakar (Fulani trader and farmer)
Mother: Aisha Kande (Garba Abubakar’s second wife)
Married To: Atiku has four wives and is the father of 24 children. . The wives would have been five, but for the muslim tradition which allows only four wives, Abubakar divorced one of his first four wives to marry another, leaving him still with four wives. The name of the wives are:
Amina Titi Atiku-Abubakar (m. 1971); Ladi Yakubu (m. January 1979, currently divorced); Princess Ruqayyat (m. 1983); Fatima Shettima Abubakar (m. 1986) and Jamila (Jennifer) Atiku-Abubakar.
Abubakar later divorced Ladi, allowing him to marry, as his fourth wife (the maximum permitted him as a Muslim), Jennifer.
Children: Atiku has four wives and is the father of 24 children. The name of Atiku’s children are:
– Amina Titi Atiku-Abubakar gave birth to four children, they are Fatima, Adamu, Halima and Aminu.
– Ladi Yakubu gave birth to six children, they are: Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukayatu
– Princess Ruqayyat gave birth to seven children, they are: Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu, Asmau, Mustafa, Laila and Abdulsalam.
– Fatima Shettima gave birth to six children Amina, Mohammed and two sets of twins Ahmed and Shehu, Zainab and Aisha then her last daughter Hafsat.
Publications: Making Good Things Happen: The Atiku Abubakar Policy Document, Public policy and implementation
Education: At the age of eight Abubakar enrolled in the Jada Primary School. In 1960, he was admitted to 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, Abubakar 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 University Institute 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.
Quote: Education truly can change a person’s story, it gave me everything. Whatever happens, get an education.
Official Website: www.atiku.org
What Atiku Abubakar Is Famous For: Atiku is famous for preaching ‘True Federalism’.
Abubakar launched the True Federalism campaign in 2017. He has been delivering speeches all over the country inspiring Nigerians on the need to restructure the country. He has been receiving massive endorsement for his stand on True Federalism.
He recently declared at an event where he was conferred the award Hero Of Democracy by Hall of Grace Magazine.
“Political decentralization will also help to deepen and strengthen our democracy as it will encourage more accountability. Citizens are more likely to demand accountability when governments spend their tax money rather than rent collected from an impersonal source.”
He also said: “True Federalism will encourage states to competes to attract investments and skilled workers rather than merely waiting for monthly revenue allocation from Abuja”
Many of his speeches have caused positive stir nationwide as Nigerians are supporting the idea of True Federalism which involves allowing states to have control over their resources most especially the South South and South East of Nigeria.