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Atiku Abubakar: Explains How His Father was imprisoned For Not Sending Him To School

Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice-President, told how his father was imprisoned when he was a child for neglecting to send him to school. Atiku claimed that his father later came around to the idea of education and that, despite his lowly beginnings, he received a free education.

This was declared by the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 election during a speech at the Baze University Graduation ceremony in Abuja on Friday.

In his speech, titled "Solving Nigeria's Education Challenges," Atiku noted that when he was younger, he would take his neighbor's cattle to the bush for rearing in return for grains that he would give to his grandparents to feed the family.

He explained, "I was a schoolboy and a herds-boy, and I fed my family."

"My father drowned and died while crossing a river in the neighborhood when I was 11 years old," Atiku continued. He hadn't reached the age of 40. My maternal grandparents raised me as an only child because I was an only child. I recall that there were times when we could only afford one meal per day.

"I went to school for free, in reality, I was paid to go to school, despite my challenging background." My father was initially opposed to my going to school, and as a result, he was sentenced to prison. I went on to other tertiary institutions to further my education.

At Kano's School of Hygiene, I was the President of the Students Union.

"My path to education was not the same as yours. Although your parents may have paid for your schooling, you were not required to raise cattle for food. But, in the end, both you and I were educated. Although the paths may alter, the final destination stays the same. Let us also assist others in reaching their goals."

He claims that without education, he would not have progressed as far as he has.

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