Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, one of the wives of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has opened up on why she is requesting for divorce from the politician.
In a statement titled “Putting the records straight,” Jennifer explained she had asked Atiku for a divorce on June 26, 2021, however clarifying that she did not request divorce because Atiku married a new wife.
She stated that some of Atiku’s friends tried to mediate and stop the divorce but their efforts failed. She also explained that the core reason for the divorce was disagreement over her continued stay in the United Kingdom among other “long-standing issues”.
Jennifer further disclosed that she was already aware that Atiku had a new wife even though he did not inform her. She also dismissed claims of attempting to take over properties belonging to the former presidential candidate in Nigeria and Dubai.
She wrote: “For some time now, especially in the last few weeks, there has been a whole lot of rumors in circulation about the state of my marriage to his Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri Adamawa, GCON. The stories got more vicious as they continued to circulate. I deem it necessary to defend myself against the calculated propaganda to malign my character, position me in a bad light and damage my name. Without resorting to nonsensical talk, I would address the two key issues at hand:
“(1) That I asked for a divorce because His Excellency got married again.
“(2) That I sold his Excellency’s house in Dubai.
“That I asked for a divorce because His Excellency got married again
“• On 26 June 2021, I asked His Excellency to grant me a divorce in light of the breakdown of our marriage. And, during that period, I told his Excellency that I remain at his Excellency’s service to continue to assist him in his activities even If I am no longer married to him. Suffice it to say that several friends of his Excellency tried to mediate in this matter. I thank them most graciously and remain grateful for their efforts, Peter Okocha, Senator Ben Obi, Tunde Ayeni, Captain Yahaya, and Senator Ben Bruce.
“• The core reason for the divorce was disagreement over my continued stay in the United Kingdom to look after my children and several other long-standing issues. I needed to play the role of a mother at this time to the children who have gone through the absence of both father and mother growing up; especially, with the passage of my elder sister who used to look after them. Furthermore, in light of Covid times, choosing to stay with the children was nonnegotiable. However, in line with Northern culture, allow the new wife to take up the baton so I can also focus on giving the kids more care.”