A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has claimed he would continue supporting democracy and education in the country by using his experience and fortune.
As Atiku Abubakar is to mark his 69th birthday on November 25, Paul Ibe, his media adviser, issued a statement today, November 24.
The statement says that Atiky has provided scholarship both in Nigeria and abroad to thousands of needy Nigerian students and had also built several schools across the country.
The American University in Yola was founded by Atiky with the cooperation of the American University in Washington, among others.
"I get enduring joy from seeing my people empowered with jobs, skills, income and opportunities through my investment," the statement reads.
The university, which was started 11 years ago, presently, has 1,500 students. The former Vice President gives the 60 per cent subsidy to gifted students to gain access to world-class education in a private university.
"Gifted children, regardless of their parental background, are also afforded opportunity to better their fortune in the university. The university not only helps students acquire first rate degrees, but promotes entrepreneurship courses to meet the challenges of the present Nigerian realities," the statement says.
Apart from education, Atiku has also dedicated his life to bringing succor to humanity. He made donations to tackle many deadly but preventable diseases like the now eradicated polio and had identified with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“Atiku is also an exponent of peace, unity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence as exemplified by the setting up of the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API) by the America University,’’ the statement said.