Ummi Bukar Bolori, ex- wife of Atiku Abubakar’s son, Aminu, has given the details of what led to their battle over the custody of their two children, Amirah and Aminu.
She accused Atiku’s wife, Titi of dragging the matter to the public domain having refused her access to the kids before now.
She said she’s not out to embarrass the former Vice President who is eying the position of the number one citizen of Nigeria.
According to her, “It is not as if I have not bothered, that is not true. I am a woman and I am a northerner, a full northerner at that. I am from a respectable home,” she told Punch.
“When I started asking for the custody of my kids , I didn’t want it to degenerate to this messy and scandalous path that it eventually took now. I had reached out to my ex’s father twice.
“I spoke to him like a father, I explained to him how I felt and how I wanted my kids. I didn’t set out to embarrass anybody. I didn’t want my story to be out there.
“No way. This is not anything political, I am not like that. It is not because of what they are going through now that made me come out openly to ask for my kids. I have never lived a public life. I am just a normal Maiduguri girl. I am from a humble home.
“For it to happen this way, you should know that I have tried all the possible ways to do it in a peaceful way and in a solidarity manner. I am not sure his father will even blame me for taking this route. He knows that I have tried so much to get my kids. I don ’t blame his father for everything that has happened.
“I blame his mother, Titi. She has been behind all these. She never wanted me to see my kids again. She wanted to punish me because I left her son. In fact , her son told me it was his mother who told him not to allow me to see my children.
“She kept me away from my kids because she is a woman and she knew keeping me away would get to me. Her poor son just followed her and he just ended up messing himself up.
“Mothers are very strong in every family. Nobody can prevent a mother from seeing her kids . My ex- husband said nobody could fight them.
“He even said that to me before now. I even felt it was true at that time. Even my family, nobody was behind me in this fight . I fought him alone. But he fought me with his mother.
“I don’t think his father was with him. When I went to my kids’ school to get them, it was Titi that was even calling the DPO and telling him not to give me my kids and that he should arrest me . She wanted me to go down. She wanted to hurt me.”