Abubakar was born in Jada in Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria. When he was eight years old, his father died in prison, so he was admitted with relatives. From 1954 to 1960 he attended primary school in Jada and from 1961 to 1965, the secondary school in Yola. At the Yola Middle School, he studied economics, British economic history, politics and the Hausa language. In 1967 he moved to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a PhD in law. In 1969, Abubakar worked for 20 years at the customs authority, where he rose to deputy director. After retirement in 1989 he worked as a private entrepreneur in the energy and media sectors; before his election as Vice President, he was chairman of seven companies. He has, among other things, the ABTI American University of Nigeria and the oil companies Intels Nigeria Limited, which operates in Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe. In 1998 he participated in the founding of the People's Democratic Party (PDP ), and with their electoral success, he was on 29 May 1991 Vice President of Nigeria.
For the presidential election on April 21, 2007 Atiku Abubakar wanted to stand as the candidate of the PDP and therefore disapproved of the attempts Obasanjo to run for a third time by a constitutional amendment. Obasanjo did, however, hinder the candidacy intentions Abubakars and raised allegations of corruption against him. After the Commission for Economic and Financial Crime Abubakar accused on 18 September 2006 of embezzling 555 million U.S. dollars (about 425 million euros ), the PDP suspended him as Vice President. Abubakar joined the opposition party Action Congress ( AC), which is of inputs an electoral alliance with the All Nigeria People's Party ( ANPP ). He received 7.47% of votes in the presidential election
Allegations of corruption
Atiku Abubakar founded his own wealth with wise investments, hard work and the luck to have been the right time at the right place. But critics accuse him of corruption. In 1984 was determined against Abubakar, as he transits of 53 allegedly partially filled suitcases with money of the Emir of Gwandu allowed as the responsible customs officer at the Lagos airport without having checked the contents. In August 2005 it was announced that Atiku Abubakar has received bribes from U.S. Congressman William J. Jefferson and introduced in return the internet technology to a U.S. company in Nigeria.