H.E. Atiku Abubakar (Turakin Adamawa), GCON, was elected Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. Born in Jada, Adamawa State, on November 25, 1946, Atiku Abubakar attended Ahmadu Bello University, graduating in 1969 with a Diploma in Law. The former Vice President enlisted in the Nigerian Customs and Excise Service, retiring in 1989 at the rank of Deputy Director. Upon his retirement, he went into private business, serving as Chairman and Director of several companies. His political career began with Shehu Yar'Adua's determination to build a national grassroots organization in Nigeria. He is the Founder of American University, Yola and many private businesses.