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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Wednesday, alleged that he had been pushed to the corner by President Muhammadu Buhari-led government which he said he helped into power in 2015.

Atiku’s salvo at the government comes a day after one of Buhari’s ministers said she would resign from the cabinet should Atiku announce today he would run for president in 2019.

In an interview aired during yesterday’s morning programme of the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), Atiku said he had been sidelined despite the fact that he used his contacts and resources to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.

“Honestly speaking, I’m still a member of the APC; I was part of all the processes, including campaigns until success was achieved.

“But sadly, soon after the formation of government; I was side-lined, I have no any relationship with the government, I’ve not been contacted even once to comment on anything and in turn, I maintained my distance. They used our money and influence to get to where they’re but three years down the lane, this is where we are,” Atiku said.

He praised President Muhammadu Buhari on the successes recorded in the fight against Boko Haram, but said it was not yet time to celebrate because the ruling government had failed in many fronts.

“Yes, there were successes but not comprehensive success because the Boko Haram miscreants are still very active, killing our people and many local government councils in Borno and Yobe are under their firm grip. People cannot dare go back to their dwellings.

“This thing baffles me; I never imagined that Nigeria will fight a protracted battle with Boko Haram for five years. At a time, we fought the Biafra war, which was more complicated because of the terrain in the South but the Biafran soldiers were roundly subdued in 30 months. But here we’re, fighting an endless battle with the Boko Haram and there’s no end in sight,” he said.

On corruption, Atiku said very little was achieved in that respect.

“How many people were arrested, prosecuted and jailed? How much was recovered from the looters?

“When we came on board in 1999, I remember we recovered between $4.5 and $4.7 billion from those that looted under (Late Sani) Abacha,”‎ he said.

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  1. Biafra war it was during military era, nothing like human rights. For prosecution many were prosecuted but for jailing looters it's left for judiciary and the faults are on the lawyers who used to play delaying tactics. Confirm whether you have understand.

  2. Truth they say is bitter!!! I knew it was a question of time eventually we shall begin to hear what liar Mohammed has refused to tell us. So some villages are still under firm grip of boko haram?? I keep saying this; give us a high profile convict because even the judiciary is controlled by the presidency, govt have no excuse for these failures we are experiencing today. Instead of working APC is busy casting aspersions on failed Jonathan and PDP. Nigerians are getting wiser by the day

  3. ...They only abandoned you but they impoverished several millions of Nigerians and workers who find it difficult to feed now. God Dey ooooooo!
    Sai Baba!
    Chanji Dole!
    Baba for life!

  4. If you use genocide and famine for killing 3 million people and the support of the global powers you will win, but the world has moved on. You see the problem with Nigeria so called leaders is their ignorance or lies and the mumu of our people.

  5. Who cares?He is part of Nigeria problem

  6. Atiku should shut up, if not for a failed system, he would be in kirikiri.

    1. We are always fast to judge. If you ve not committed similar sin, cast the first stone.

  7. Atiku presented himself to his party as a presidential candidate during the presidential primaries and he was comprehensively defeated.In a normal developed country, being rejected the way Atiku was rejected,would have made you realised you are unwanted and irrelevant.Unfortunately, Nigeria and Nigerians sometimes defies logic,hence the unethically connected and irresponsible politicians are given platforms meant for responsible citizens

  8. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will eventually become a "beautiful" for political parties especially the ones that are still grappling with leadership problem.


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