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WHO IS ATIKU ABUBAKAR

 WITH FEW DAYS TO THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS, THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF SAY YES TO MY NEEDS FRANCIS PEMBER  WITH BRANCHES ACROSS THE 36 STATES OF THE FEDERATION WHOS ORGNIZATION  HAS PROMISE TO MOBILIZE MORE THAN A MILLION VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP), WRITE ABOUT THE MAN ATIKU ABUBAKAR.

When Atiku Abubakar was pronounced as the standard bearer of the   People’s Democratic Party PDP, in the forthcoming presidential election following his victory at the party’s primary election in Porthartcourt the Rivers state capital, some Nigerians received the news with mixed feelings and questions. One main question came up from certain quarters was WHY ATIKU?  In my bid to answer that question, more and more questions popped up which led to the big question WHO IS ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBARKA?

The saying that life is by choice is very true of Atiku Abubarka. At 15 Atiku has already built his first house for the mother Aisha Akande, since then it has been a successful journey for Atiku Abubkar.

Atiku Abubakar was born on November 25, 1946 to a Fulani trader and famer Garbar Abubarkir, and Aisha Akande, in Jada village of Adamawa State. He began his early education when he was eight years old this was because his father was not in support of the acquisition of Western education for fear of his child being corrupted. Government intervened and he agreed. In 1957, Atiku Abubakar loses his father when he was 11 years old. So he enrolled in Jada primary school; after which Atiku was admitted into Adamawa Provincial Secondary school, Yola, in 1960.

Upon completion, he proceeded to the Nigerian Police Collage, Kaduna. Atiku entered the school of Hygiene, Kano in 1966 and 1967 obtained a Diploma; and later a Law Diploma at the famous Ahmadu Bello University in 1969. In 1969, when Atiku Abubakar was 23 years he began his career with the Nigerian Custom Service, in 1971, he married Tilayo Albert. Atiku Abubakar has four wives and twenty six children his family is an example of how a family should be. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar  voluntary retired in 1989 at the age 43 to pursue his business career.

Atiku’s story in business was equally impressive. He began business in the real estate business during his early days as Custom officer. In 1974 he obtained a loan of 31,000 Naira to build a home in Yola, which he rented out. Atiku purchased another plot of land and built another from the profit of the first house. Atiku was able to build eight houses in choice arrears of Yola within a few years. He went into agriculture, trading- buying and selling truck wad of rice, flour and sugar. Atiku was invited by an Italian business man to set up Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a logistic operating within the ports. The company goes on to provide immense wealth to Atiku Abubakar and employs over 15,000 people.  His business empire includes a beverage manufacturing plant in Yola, as well as an animal feed factory.

He has also invested hugely in the education sector. In 1992 he established ABTI Nursery and primary school in Yola later   ABTI Academy; which was followed by ABTI American University of Nigeria

Tomorrow SYTOMN news will take a look at Atiku’s journey in to politics as well as other news updates of the Atiku campaign movement      

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