Saturday 26 November 2016

Atiku Abubakar: "Why I Married More Than 1 Wife"

Nigeria's former vice-president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has revealed why he married more than 1 wife. He married Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar, Ladi Atiku Abubakar, Princess Rukaiya Atiku Abubakar, Fati Atiku Abubakar, and Jamila Atiku Abubakar. 

Atiku Abubakar's children {in no particular order} include Shehu, Mohammed, Ahmed, Adamu, Aminu, Halima, Fatima, Rukaiya, Walida, Mustapha, Jamila, Lamido, Asmau, Laila, Mustapha, Aisha, Zara, Faisal, Abdul Malik, Amina, Ama, Zainab, Abba, Hauwa, Atiku, Maryam.

It is worthy of note that Atiku Abubakar married at a young age and met his first wife Titi in Lagos when he worked at Idi Iroko, Ogun State as a customs officer in the late-1960s. In December 1971, Titi and Atiku married at the Ikoyi Registry when he was 25 years old. Atiku married other women after Titi.

In the book titled 'Atiku - The Story Of Atiku Abubakar', the ex-VP tells author Onukaba Ojo why he opted for polygamy as a young man. Atiku said he chose this path because he "wanted a large family to compensate for his lonely childhood as he had been born a lone child to a father who was himself a lone child and to a mother and two sisters who had no other child besides him".

In his words, “I wanted to expand the Abubakar family. I felt extremely lonely as a child. I had no brother and no sister. I did not want my children to be as lonely as I was. This is why I married more than one wife. My wives are my brothers, my sisters, my friends and my advisers and they complement one another”.

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