August 18, 1973, the date Vice President Atiku Abubakar claimed to have signed an affidavit in court claiming to be the same person as Sadiq Abubakar has turned out to be a Saturday.
From time immemorial, courts in Nigeria do not open for business on Saturdays and Sundays, being work-free days in the country.
In the said affidavit, Atiku had sworn to an oath that he sat for the West African School Certificate Examination (WAEC) in 1965 as Sadiq Abubakar but that he later changed his name to Atiku Abubakar.
The revelation may have confirmed accusations that the said Sadiq Abubakar might be an entirely different person from Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku’s wild goose chase
Atiku had, in a public statement on Sunday, October 10, 2023, insisted that he was the same person as Sadiq Abubakar who sat for WAEC in 1965.
Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mr Paul Ibe in a statement, said among others, that: “It is on record that the change of name of the former Vice President reverting to Atiku Abubakar from Siddiq Abubakar is well documented in an affidavit dated 18th of August 1973, spanning over a period of 50 years.”