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The government expressed the view in a statement in Minna on Tuesday, issued by Jonathan Vatsa, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, to mark Abubakar’s 75th birthday

The Adamawa Emirate Council has confirmed the elevation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the position of Waziri Adamawa, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Mallam Muawiyah Abba, the Information Officer of the Emirate Council, confirmed the development to NAN on Friday in Yola.
Atiku’s appointment to the position followed the death of the former Waziri, Alhaji Muhammad Abba in April.
The Waziri is the most senior kingmaker in the emirate and serves as close confidant and adviser to the Lamido.
Abba explained that the Council had also conferred the title of Turaki Adamawa, hitherto held by Atiku, on his son, Aliyu.
He said: “It is true that the emirate has appointed Atiku Abubakar the new Waziri of Adamawa, while his son, Aliyu, is also appointed as the new Turaki Adamawa to take over from his father.”
The new Turaki is also a grandson to late Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa.
When contacted on the development, the spokesman of Abubakar, Paul Ibe, confirmed the appointment, adding: “I have spoken to him (Atiku) and he confirmed it.”

He is survived by children and grandchildren, among who is the wife of the Senior Special Assistant (Media) to Oyo State Governor, Oluwaseun Oyedele

A report in the current edition of the University of Ilorin Bulletin quoted the don as ascribing his elevation to God and pledging to impact positively on the lives of his people, especially in the field of education