Sunday, 25 November 2018


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1946 November 25, He was born to Malam Garba Abubakar and his second wife, Aisha Kande, in Jada village of Adamawa State, Malam Abubakar is a Fulani trader and farmer. The young Atiku at a point in time was the only child of his parents when his only sister died at a tender age. Malam Garba Abubakar later divorced Aisha Kande and he passed on in 1957, as such Aisha remarried and lived up till 1984 when she passed on. Malam prevented the young Atiku from registering to attend and obtain Western Education as such his schooling was delayed until the old man was arrested, jailed and fined. The young Atiku was eventually registered into Jada Primary School at the age of eight for his primary school education and he exhibited brilliancy. After his primary school education he moved over to for his secondary school education into Adamawa Provincial Secondary School Yola, in Nigerian independence year of 1960. 
Atiku and his mother 
1965: He graduated, fully armed with a grade three in the West African School Certificate Examination, he proceeded to the Nigerian Police College, Kaduna, he did well there and graduated as a tax officer in the Regional Ministry of Finance.

1965: He became known as Atiku Abubakar, when he substituted his family’s name Kajoli to his family name Abubakar.

His first wife Titi as a young lady

1966 January 14: He left Yola for Kaduna to join the Nigerian Police College.

1966 March 17: He left the Nigerian Police College due to his poor grade in Mathematics; those were the days when Mathematics was compulsory to join the Police. He was at his best with English language and mathematics.  

On their wedding day, Titi and Atiku
1967: He attended the School of Hygiene Kano and graduated with a Diploma before he proceeded to the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University on a scholarship, where he obtained a Diploma in Law.

Outing time, Titi and Atiku

1969 June 30: He got employed by Nigeria Customs Service, as Cadet Assistant Preventive Superintendent where he worked for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service. While in the Customs in 1974 he applied for and received a loan of 31,000 naira, he used it to build his first house and rented it out, and from the proceeds, he was able to build more houses. He retired in April 1989. He served at the Idi-Iroko border, in fact it was while serving at Idi-Oroko that he met then 19 old Titilayo Albert, and they got married in December 1971 and by October 26, 1972, they had their first baby - Fatima. After Fatima came Adamu, Halima and Aminu.

Atiku with Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto

1972: He was posted to Ikeja Airport as officer in charge of Luggage

1974: He was posted to Apapa Sea Port

1974: He bought his first car a Peugeot 404 car, that had the registration number LS7194

1976: He was posted to Kano as Chief superintendent in charge of Customs Preventive Unit

Atiku  with British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright

1977: He was posted to Maiduguri as Customs Area Administrator

1979 January: He married his second wife Ladi Yakubu and in all they have six children: Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukaiyatu.

Atiku with President Muhammadu Buhari
1980: He was posted to Kaduna as an Assistant Area Administrator

1981: He moved into agriculture, acquiring 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton Sessa Derdirabe Farm.

1982 November 19: He was turbaned the Turaki of Adamawa by Adamawa's traditional ruler, Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa.

1983: He married his third wife, Princess Rukaiyatu, daughter of the late Lamido of Adamawa, Aliyu Musdafa, they have: Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu, Asmau, Mustafa, Laila and Abdulsalam. 

Atiku with former American President Bill Clinton

1986 July 22: He married his fourth wife, Fatima Shettima, and they both have: Amina (Meena), Mohammed and two sets of twins Ahmed and Shehu, Zainab and Aisha then her last daughter Hafsat.

1986: He ventured into trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour and sugar.

1987: He was appointed the Deputy Director of Customs & Excise in charge of Enforcement & Drugs.

1989: He was elected the National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria, with Alhaji Shehu Yar'Adua as Chairman, other members were Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Babalola Borishade, Bola Tinubu, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Sabo Bakin Zuwo. Although the party like many others were not registered, two political parties were registered the Social Democratic Party and the National RC, he joined the SDP, before then he won a seat to represent his constituency at the 1989 Constituent Assembly. He owns shares in Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a partnership business with Mr. Gabrielle Volpi, an Italian businessman in Nigeria, it is a company operating within the Ports. NICOTES was later rebranded as INTELS. He is also runs a beverage manufacturing plant in Yola, as well as an animal feed factory.

Atike with Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport

1990 September 1: he announced his Gongola State gubernatorial bid. The following year Gongola State was divided into Adamawa and Taraba States – by the Federal Government. He found himself in the new Adamawa State.

1991 November: He contest and won the SDP Primaries but was soon disqualified by government from contesting the elections.

1991: He contested for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States)

1993: He contested for the Presidency, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.

Atiku with Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minster of Science and Technology

1998 December: He won the election as the governor of Adamawa State on the platform of the People's Democratic Party.

1999 January: He was picked as the vice-presidential candidate to PDP candidate Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

1999 February 27: He was voted in as the vice president in an election that gave him and Chief Obasanjo a total of 62.78 per cent of the vote.

1999 May 29: He was sworn in as Vice-President of Nigeria.

1999: He alongside South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, launched the South Africa Nigeria Bi-national Commission.

Atiku with Comrade Adams Oshimole APC political Party Chairman

2006: He fell out with his Boss, the then president of Nigeria, when he objected to his Boss’ bid to amend certain provisions of the constitution to take a third shot at the presidency.

2006, November 25: He announced his intention to run for president.

2006, December 20: He was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC).

Atiku with Bishop David O. Oyedepo of Winners

2011 January: He contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary, garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan's 2736.

Atiku with Senator Bola Tinubu
2012: He 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 was the largest ever individual donation in the Association's history.

Atiku with former President Goodluck Jonathan

2014 February 2: He left the People’s Democratic Party to the join All Progressives Congress, with the intent of contesting the Nigerian presidency in 2015 on the party's platform.

Atiku with Hajiya Dada, mother of late President Umaru Yar'Adua, 

2017 June: He was turbaned the Waziri of Adamawa, and his previous title of Turaki was transferred to his son Aliyu.

Atiku with former President Ibrahim Babaginda

2017 November 2: He announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he helped to form.

Atiku with former President Olusegun Obasanjo

2017 December 3: Through a Facebook Live broadcast, he announced his return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Atiku with Vice President Oluyemi Oluleke "Yemi" Osinbajo

2018 October 7: He declared his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the PDP and won the nomination at its convention, he defeated 11 other contestants and got 1,532 votes, 839 more than the runner-up, the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal.

Atiku with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero

He is the founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), the first American-style University to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.

Atiku with former Head of States, Abdulsalami Abubakar 
The entire staff and management of the CRIMMD Lagos wish him a happy birthday and our very best wishes. 

Atiku with Bar. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing

Dr Raphael James is the founder of the largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 36, 000 photos. Publisher of African Dame and The National Biographer Magazines; The National Biographer Magazine have interviewed five world Presidents. He has written 56 manuscripts and published only 23 books. He has so far donated over 30, 058 books to schools in Nigeria and Ghana since 2008, to assist in promoting reading culture. 

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