A Centenarian from Dutse Emirate Council in Jigawa State, Isyaku Adamu has revealed that the mother of Atiku Abubakar was from Jigawa State.

Adamu stated this while reacting to the controversy surrounding the nationality of Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had alleged the former vice president is not a citizen of Nigeria, and therefore not qualified to contest the presidential election.


But while addressing reporters on Tuesday in his community, the official of the Dutse Emirate said Abubakar’s mother, Aisha, popularly called ‘Kande Yar-Malam’, who is from Jigawa State married Abubakar’s father after her first marriage crashed.

The chief disclosed that the father of the former Vice President, Garba was a student coming from Sokoto to Dutse in search of Islamic knowledge when he met and later married Kande.

The Centenarian was quoted saying: “He settled at our house, popularly called ‘Gidan Malamai’ (Scholars’ House), there, he met and married Kande and took her to present day Adamawa State where Mr Abubakar was born.

“Mr Abubakar’s mother, Kande, was junior to Alhaji Ali and Azumi; they are all late now. Kande was our daughter and Mr Abubakar is our grandson.

“We are all Fulani by tribe; our forefathers are scholars here in Dutse, that’s why our home is called Gidan Malamai.”

This reaction is coming at a time the PDP presidential candidate responded to claim by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that he was not a Nigerian.

Abubakar had insisted that he was born and raised a Nigerian, hence has the constitutional right to contest for the presidency.