The Philanthropic Achievements of Atiku Abubakar
"The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government"
He sees development as “the effort to increase the productive capacity of a society, improve the people’s wellbeing and expand the frontiers of freedom, while protecting the ecosystem for current and future generations. An individual's success is deemed to be of limited social value if it does not lead to the success of others in the family, clan or community”.
Abubakar went into private business after his retirement, with interests in oil Services, agriculture, food and beverages, print media, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and education. His reported philanthropic activities have included building of schools and mosques across the country, sponsorship of local and foreign treatment of citizens with aggravated medical problems, as well as local/oversea scholarships to disadvantaged Nigerian students.
He has brought back home excellent and outstanding professionals, who in their chosen paths are doing great. Promoting effective leadership and encouragement within young citizens, as well as employing thousands of Nigerians through his businesses. With a track record of creating over 50,000 direct and 250,000 indirect jobs in his home state.
In 2012 Atiku 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.
He established The Atiku Abubakar Foundation for the less privilege to represent and assist those who are helpless in other to survive through legitimate means.
After Atiku was sworn into office as the vice president of Nigeria on 29 May 1999, he took up the responsibility of overseeing the sale of hundreds of loss making and poorly managed public enterprises in the country.
In 2006, He opposed the constitution amendment for third consecutive term for presidency. This caused the Nigerian National Assembly to eventually vote against allowing presidents contest for a third term.
He founded the American University of Nigeria, a first of it kind in Nigeria due to its American style and curriculum in yola 2005. In his bid to further the education system in Nigeria.
In a bid to alleviate the educational decadence in Northeastern Nigeria, Abubakar issued scholarship to 15 escapees of the kidnaped chibok girl.