CB presents the Full Story of a Nigerian Businessman and Politician best known as “Atiku”. Our Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date. The analysis involves his life story before fame, family life/background, relationship life and many OFF and ON-Screen (little-known) facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows that he was a former vice president of Nigeria. However, only a few consider Atiku Abubakar’s Bio which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Early Life
Atiku Abubakar was born on the 25th day of November 1946 at Jada, Adamawa state, Nigeria. He was born to his mother Aisha Kande (pictured with her below) and to his father Garba Abubakar (an itinerant trader and subsistence farmer).
Growing up in Kokoli, a small village at Jada local government of Adamawa State that is best known for its Agricultural significance, young Atiku enjoyed the benefits of being the sole child of his parents, a fact which the business mogul revealed while detailing his life journey;
“I was the only child born to my parents. Years after I was born my parents tried to get a sibling for me but were unsuccessful at it”
Atiku was much loved by his parents who not only considered him to be a child with an auspicious future but danced attendance to his material needs. Moreso, Garba Abubakar (Atiku’s father) who was renowned for instructing young children in Kokoli village with Islamic teachings, overzealously worked to ensure that his son also had good Islamic upbringing.
Garba’s overzealous disposition to instructing children with Islamic teachings was fueled by the then misconception of western education as the destroyer of cultural values and bane of morality. As a result, the efforts of local officials who carried out compulsory mass literacy campaign was met with stiff resistance from Atiku’s father. Consequently, Garba was detained for days and set free after meeting monetary charges for attempted deprivation of child education.
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Education
Atiku began his western education at Jada Primary school in the year 1954 when he was aged 8. After six years of basic or primary education, he attained sufficient knowledge that secured him admission into Adamawa provincial secondary school in Yola (the capital of Adamawa) where he embarked on a five-year high school education program in 1960.
During Holidays he worked as a young teenage clerk for the district office of his local government. The job came with ample pay that helped Atiku meet his personal needs as well as buy a house for his mother who was facing threats of eviction at the time.
Post high school endeavours saw Atiku had bouts of studies at the Nigeria Police College Kaduna as well as School of Hygiene in Kano where he clinched his first notable leadership role as Student Union President. It wasn’t long before he secured enrollment to study law at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he graduated in June 1969.
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Road To Fame
Upon graduation, Atiku was offered appointment into the Department of Customs and Excise now known as the Nigerian Customs Service. His faithful discharge of duties saw him rise through the ranks to become deputy director of Customs.
The period also marked his foray into business as he engaged in real estate investments. More rewarding was the small Oil and gas business he started with an Italian partner, Gabriel Volpi in the 1980’s. The business was registered as the Nigeria Container services (NICOTES) and operated in a container office during its early days at Apapa ports, in Lagos.
The business now known as Integrated and Logistics Services (INTELS) was relocated to a decent office in Port Harcourt as it recorded successes. Fast forward to date INTELS is a multi-million Dollars business that has thousands of workers in its employ with outposts in other African Countries.
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Rise To Fame
Atiku’s rise to fame can be much attributed to his foray into politics which was enhanced by his close relationship with political influencers. He was actively involved in political permutations at the time when hopes were high with regards to a successful transition from dictatorial to Civil rule. His commitment to the restoration of civil rule which was held at bay by series of military coups with resultant harsh dictatorship earned him the commendations and trust of his comrades.
As a result, Atiku clinched his party’s card for gubernatorial position of his state which he disputedly won but was annulled by domineering dictatorship of the then military Head of State General Ibrahim Babangida.
Subsequent political endeavours saw Atiku failed to become running mate to presidential aspirant Moshood Abiola, fled to London in order to escape dictatorial persecution and arrived united states to link up with Jackie Farris, a political strategist that was sympathetic to the transition movement in Nigeria.
Months later, the death of the then military head of state Sani Abacha paved way for a smooth transition to civil rule. Atiku supported the candidacy of presidential aspirant Olusegun Obasanjo who picked him as his running mate. The duo aspiration was met with goodwill which saw them win the February 27th 1999 election. The rest, as they say, is history
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Relationship Life
For every thought geared towards understanding an optimal measure of practical polygamy, there’s an answer in the relationship lifestyle of Atiku. The seasoned politician is currently married to four women not to mention an ex-wife who he divorced before getting married to his present fourth wife.
We bring you factual details about he met and married his wives of which Titilayo Albert is the first among equals. Atiku and Titi (pictured below) were lovebirds whose relationship didn’t go down well the latter’s family. Consequently, the duo secretly got married in December 1971 in Lagos.
Eight years later (1979) Atiku tied the knot with Ladi Yakubu whom little is known about other than the fact that Atiku dissolved their marriage to make room for his present fourth wife Jennifer.
Commenting on reasons behind his decision to take more wives Atiku disclosed that;
“It was my desire to have an extended family because I had a lonesome childhood with no sibling to relate with. I don’t want such for any of my children hence my desire to marry more wives who do not only fulfill the stated aim but keep me company in all respects”
His marriage spree saw him unite with his third wife Princess Rukaiyatu who made the most additions of seven children to the family when compared to the six born by his fourth wife Fatima Shettima who he got married to in 1986. The last of his wives is Jennifer Jemila, a television journalist who he tied the knot with years after reestablishing contact with her in the United States.
His marriage is collectively blessed with 26 children, 4 by his first wife Amina Titi, as well as 6 by his second and divorced ex-wife Ladi Yakubu. Similarly, 7 were born to him by his third wife Princess Yakubu, 6 by his fourth wife Fatima Shetimma while Jennifer who became the defacto fourth wife after the divorce of Ladi Yakubu, made an addition of three children.
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Family Life
Atiku Abubakar was the sole child of his parents. We bring you details about his parents.
About his father; Atiku’s father, Garba Atiku was an itinerant trader and subsistence agriculturist. He was learned in Islamic Literacy and abhorred western education, a development which got him into trouble for trying to deprive his son of the then compulsory western education.
He got drowned (in December 1957) while trying to cross the Mayo Choncha River, a water body on the outskirts of Toungo in present day Adamawa state. His remains were recovered a day after and interred according to Islamic rites
Recounting the sad incident years later Atiku gave insights into the life of his father;
“He was a simple, hard working, kind, honest and God-fearing man. I miss him a lot and wish he had lived long enough to see the benefits of Western education in my life. Nonetheless, I built an Islamic primary school at his burial site years later to immortalize him”.
About his Mother; Atiku’s mother, Aisha Kande outlived her late husband to singlehandedly raise Atiku and saw him record a number of career successes in the Nigerian Customs Services.
She died in 1984 due to a heart attack. Until her death, Aisha Kande was a supportive mother who was proud of her caring son.
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: William Jefferson Conspiracy
A controversy which has trailed Atiku Abubakar for years and has been used against him by political detractors Is the William Jefferson conspiracy.
The conspiracy which dates back to 2005 came into limelight after the FBI videotaped congressman and the then representative of Louisiana, William Jefferson receiving $100,000 worth of $100 bills in a leather briefcase.
The videotape which was recorded via a wire worn by an investor Lori Mody captured Jefferson saying that he would need to give Nigerian Vice President (at the time) Atiku Abubakar $500,000 “as a motivating factor” to make sure their companies obtain telecommunications contracts in Nigeria.
Although the William Jefferson trial in the United States ended in 2009 without indicting or linking Atiku to corrupt activities, the former Vice president is yet to visit the United States, a development which raises speculation as to whether he has been banned from entering the states. Commenting on the speculations Atiku revealed that:
“I applied but wasn’t issued a visa. However, they did not decline me categorically either. They’ve only said my application is going through administrative process. It is the sole prerogative of America to determine who they want in their country or not. I’m not running away from America,”
More so The United States Department of Justice has in 2016 denied the existence of any pending lawsuit against Atiku Abubakar in the US. It, however, failed to comment on Atiku’s pending issuance of visa as it notes that;
“Visa issues are confidential under section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act”
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Highest Employer of Labor
Atiku Abubakar had in 2014 claimed to be the highest private employer of labour in Nigeria. The claims which were contained in tweets made by the former vice president seems to hold water as no tangible dispute has been made against it. The claims are contained below.
As an individual, I believe my record in employing young Nigerians is unrivalled by any single private investor in Nigeria #LetsTalkJobs
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 19, 2014
Since the mid-80s, my private investments have generated thousands of jobs for Nigeria – currently standing +50,000 jobs #LetsTalkJobs
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 19, 2014
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Contributions To Education
Atiku is one who desires to make contributions to education in view of the benefits he accrued from it. This was the ideology behind the establishment of ABTI – ZARHAM limited liability company. The company’s name was culled from the initials of Atiku’s children with his divorced ex-second wife Ladi Yakubu who is a co-founder of the establishment.
ABTI ZARHAM has subsidiaries in ABTI Nursery and Primary School established in Yola in 1992, ABTI Academy, an elite high school with boarding facilities modelled after the British public school, as well as ABTI-American University (now American University of Nigeria, Yola). The University provides American-style university education to students.
Atiku Abubakar Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Other Facts
- Atiku has till date participated in 4 presidential runs in Nigeria which didn’t get past party primaries. The years include; 1992, 2006-2007, 2011 and 2015.
- He has a long time rivalry with his one-time principal. Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo whom he served under as vice president for 8 years.
- He is considered by many to be one of Nigeria’s few detribalized politicians from the northern part of the country owing to his marriage ties which cut along ethnic and religious lines.
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