Can Atiku Actualize 27-Year Ambition Of Becoming The President?


Atiku Abubakar was born on November 25, 1946 in a village often known as Jada, in Adamawa State, Nigeria. He was named after his paternal grandfather, Atiku Abdulkadir because it was the wont, then, of the Fulani individuals to call their first sons after their paternal grandfathers. His father’s identify was Garba Atiku Abdulkadir and his mom’s identify Aisha Kande. Atiku Abubakar is the one youngster of his dad and mom.
Being a religious Muslim and a disciplinarian, Atiku’s father was averse to western training, which he believed got here with a baggage of laxity and immorality that would corrupt the impressionable minds of youngsters. Atiku’s father wished his son to be an Islamic scholar, an authority on Islamic theology who could be presiding over a madrassa. Garba Atiku wished his solely youngster to turn out to be a deep and inexhaustible nicely of Islamic information that will at all times quench the thirst of the Muslim trustworthy often known as Ummah for understanding God within the Islamic approach.
He (Atiku’s father) himself was a famend Islamic scholar within the village. He did all he might to protect the younger Abubakar from the prying eyes and the proselytizing arms of the Native Authority officers, who had launched into obligatory mass literacy marketing campaign within the area however all his efforts proved futile. Nonetheless, for making an attempt to cease Atiku from going to highschool, his father was arrested, charged to an Alkali courtroom and fined 10 shillings.
Atiku began Main College in January 1954 in Jada Main College. He was registered by his mom’s elder brother as Atiku Kojoli. After the completion of his major training in1960 he was admitted into Adamawa Provincial Secondary College in Yola. He completed his secondary college in 1965 with Grade Three in West African College Certificates Examination. Atiku proceeded to Nigerian Police School, Kaduna. He left Police for a job to make ends meet on the dwelling entrance for his mom, who was a widow. His thirst for information acquisition later took him to the Ahmadu Bello College in 1967 to check for a Diploma in Legislation programme.
In direction of the top of Atiku’s Diploma course, in June 1969, a workforce from the Federal Civil Service Fee got here on a recruitment drive to the college and so they recruited him into the Division of Customs and Excise. Whereas on the Division of Customs and Excise he accomplished his coaching on the Police School in Ikeja, Lagos and on the customs coaching College in Ebute-Metta in Lagos.
Instantly after his coaching in Ebute-Metta he was posted to Idi Iroko border station. In 1972, Atiku was posted to Ibadan in 1975 and promoted to Superintendent of Customs. In 1976 he was transferred to Kano. He was transferred from Kano to Maiduguri command in 1977 the place he rose to turn out to be Space Comptroller. Atiku was transferred to Kaduna in 1980 and again to Apapa Ports in 1982. In 1987, Atiku was promoted to the put up of a Deputy Director answerable for Enforcement and Medicine. In April 1989, aged 43, Atiku voluntarily retired from customs as a Deputy Director.
That is the 27th yr since Atiku Abubakar first tried to be President. In 1992, he sought the presidential ticket of the Social Democratic Social gathering (SDP) however he was unsuccessful, coming third within the behind winner MKO Abiola and runner-up Babagana Kingibe.
Atiku had joined the Individuals’s Entrance of Nigeria (PFN) in 1989 on the behest of Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, the social gathering’s founder. He turned one of many Nationwide Vice-Chairmen of the social gathering and the social gathering’s sole financier within the defunct Gongola State. When the social gathering was disbanded by the then Head Of State, Common Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, who got here up with Nationwide Republic Congress (NRC) and Social Democratic Social gathering (SDP), Atiku joined the SDP.
On August 21, 1991 Babaginda created Adamawa and Taraba States from Gongola State. Atiku constested for the governorship place of the newly created Adamawa State; he purportedly received the first election however the election was mentioned to be marred by violence and so cancelled on the instruction of the pinnacle of state.
Atiku joined the Peoples Democratic Motion(PDM) when the navy introduced its transition programme in 1998. PDM would later come along with different teams to type what’s now often known as Peoples Democratic Social gathering(PDP). He was chosen by Olusegun Obasanjo, who had defeated Alex Ekwueme to clinch the PDP presidential ticket, as his working mate. Earlier than Obasanjo selected him as his working mate, Atiku had additionally defeated his perennial rival, Bala Takaya of the All Nigeria Peoples Social gathering (ANPP), to win the governorship election in Adamawa.
Along with Obasanjo they received the presidential election in 1999. They re-contested in 2003 and received once more.