God might have said it’s Atiku’s turn to become president in 2023 –Wife
Mrs Titi Atiku-Abubakar, wife of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, speaks to Hindi Livinus about the genesis of her campaign against human trafficking and the success made so far, among other issues
Your son, Adamu Abubakar, has been crowned the Sardauna Ganye II, a title previously held by his father, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, before his elevation to Wazirin Adamawa. How do feel about this succession?
As Adamu’s mother, I feel elated at his crowning as Sardauna Ganye II. You know the tradition is that until an holder of the title in a family dies, you can give the title to his any other person in his generation. But the father deemed it fit, because he was elevated in Yola, as the Wazirin Adamawa, to relinquish the title, which was now conferred on his on his son by the Gangwari Ganye, HRH Dr Umaru Adamu Sands.
It underscores the need to bring the younger generation closer home to their community for them to understand the traditions and customs of their people. The father deemed it fit and good for him not just to have Western education but to also know our customs. And Gangwari also found him (Adamu) worthy to be conferred with the title as the second Sardauna of Ganye, after his father.
Being the Sardauna of Ganye, Adamu, who is the Commissioner for Works and Energy in Governor Ahmadu Fintiri’s administration, has now become an ambassador to the people of the community. As a commissioner in Yola, he’s doing very well and now he has been given another responsibility.
Since 1992, your husband former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, has been running unsuccessfully to be the President. Will you encourage him to try one more time?
When my husband was in school, he was into politics. And once you are a politician, you will continue to be a politician. Yes, he has been in politics, since the time of MKO Abiola, but it is destiny. If God said the time is not ripe, there’s nothing one can do. You continue trying. God says we should pray without ceasing, and we shall continue to pray. If it is your heart desire, you continue to pray to God and worry Him, until He gives you that thing you want. So, I cannot tell my husband not to play politics. Maybe, God has said this is the right time for him.