Buhari Mocks Oyegun Over Atiku’s Exit

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sympathised with the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over the exit of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the party.

Buhari chose the venue of the inauguration of the Ama Pepple-led National Minimum Wage Committee to convey his sympathy to the party chairman who joined top government officials for the event.

The President made his position known while acknowledging dignitaries that attended the event ahead of his remarks.

Turning to Odigie-Oyegun, Buhari said, “Accept my sympathy for losing a senior member of your party.”

Although he did not mention a name, it was obvious that the President was referring to Atiku who announced his resignation from the APC on Friday.

The former vice-president was one of those who contested the party’s presidential ticket ahead of the 2015 general elections and lost to Buhari.

He came a distant third behind Buhari and a former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Buhari and his spokesmen had avoided speaking on Atiku’s exit since the news broke on Friday.

Before making his position public on Friday, Atiku had resigned from the APC since October 18, 2017.

In his resignation letter, the former vice-president said he left the APC because he could not “reconcile” himself with the ruling party’s dismal performance.

The resignation letter was addressed to the ward chairman of the APC in Jada 1, Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The letter, which was titled ‘resignation,’ was received by Usman Muazu.

The letter dated October 18, 2017, read in part, “I wish to inform you of my decision to resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress in this ward with effect from the date of this letter.

“I’m resigning from a party we formed and worked so hard, with fellow compatriots across the country, to place in government.

“I had hope that the APC government would make improvements to the lives of our people and the continued existence and development of Nigeria as one indivisible nation. This hope has now been dashed.

“I’m unable to reconcile myself with the dismal performance of the party in government, especially in relation to the continued polarisation of our people along the ethnic and religious lines, which is threatening our unity more than any other time in the recent past, and the unbearable hardship that our people are currently undergoing.

“Let me emphasise again that this is not about me. We have to have a country before people can aspire to lead it.

“While wishing you well, let me express the hope that in the near future, a substantial number of you will join forces with us to, once again, defeat impunity, and restore vision and purpose to the politics of our great country.”

Atiku Assures He’s Well Equipped To Fight Corruption If Elected Nigeria’s President

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar says if given the chance to rule Nigeria, he would fight corruption like never before.

Abubakar explained that his vast experiences both in the public and private sectors and his ability to build a team capable of accomplishing the task put him in the position to fight corruption better.

He made these in Jabi area of Abuja on Monday, where he also challenged those he called self-righteous political enemies to either prove his alleged corrupt activities or keep quiet.

The statement said, “He would fight corruption like never before if he is given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of the country.

“It is sickening to continue to regurgitate allegations of corruption against me by people who have failed to come forward with a single shred of evidence of my misconduct while in office.”

The Waziri of Adamawa stressed that those who lacked initiative, personal resourcefulness and ideas about wealth creation, “always assume that a man cannot build himself without stealing.”

“People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief just like them.”

He noted that it was morally offensive for people who despise honest labour to become judges in the courts of public opinion.

Abubakar syressed that though his political adversaries have being spreading fake morality to fool Nigerians, he had not been convicted of corruption by any court both in Nigeria and abroad.

“Despite previous desperate efforts to link me with corruption, the William Jefferson trial in the United States ended in 2009 without indicting me or linking me to corrupt activities,” he said.

He recalled how he once pasted a reminder on his bed side during his training as a Customs officer that he would retire from any agency if he had not attained the headship of the place at the age of 40.

Disclosing that he was only able to attain the position of a deputy director before his exit in 1989 to chart a career in business, Abubakar insisted that he retired from the Nigeria Customs Service with a clean record.

Abubakar also dared anybody who had evidence that he stole money during his time as an officer or during his tenure as vice-president to confront him with evidence or file a petition against him.

“If Atiku is a thief merely because of his resourcefulness and successful investments, my political enemies should tell Nigerians the sources of their own stupendous wealth,” he said.

“I will shock everyone because I believe that I will fight corruption like never before.”

Source: Daily Post

 

Resign If You Want To Work For Atiku – Shehu Sani Tells Minister

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, has advised the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, to leave President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet if she want to work with former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
He condemned the criticism that followed the open admittance of her loyalty to the former vice-president, saying the minister was better than others in the Buhari’s government who were nursing political ambitions and were undermining the administration.
Sani further, “The difference between that woman, who made the statement as a minister and others, is that she was open and others are still having it in their minds.
“If she is prepared to work for the former vice-president, I think in the event that this President contests (again) or not, she can easily excuse herself from this government and concentrate on what she believes in in 2019.”

I’ve Achieved My Dream By Building American University, Says Atiku

The former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he is satisfied that his burning desire to set up an American-styled university in Nigeria has been realised.

Atiku who was guest of honour at  convocation ceremony at American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, Adamawa State, said the effort that saw to the establishment  15 years ago was a  dream he once held close to his heart. 

Atiku spoke at the weekend during inauguration of a solar project and an administration building complex as part of ceremonies marking the 2017 convocation at the AUN in Yola. 

He recalled how his wife, Dr. Jemila Abubakar, aided the modelling of the institution after the American University in Washington D. C.

“For those of you who don’t know the role of Dr. Jemila Abubakar in the concept and planning of this university, I think I need to go a few years back when I decided to have an American-styled university in Nigeria. 

“At that time, Jamila was a PhD student at the American University in  Washington, and her main project supervisor was Jim Goodman. Then, I told her and said look, I want to set up an American-styled university in Nigeria, how can you help,” he said.

Narrating further the role of his wife in the actualisation of the university dream, Atiku said Jemila’s thesis supervisor, Jim Goodman, played a significant role in convincing the authorities of the American University to accept to  send a team to Yola for the citing of the institution in 2004. 

“Then she invited Jim Goodman to a dinner in our home in Washington, we had the dinner where we introduced the project to him and he was excited and took it up with the authorities of The American University, Washington. Thereafter, a committee was set up to visit Yola, under the leadership of the then Vice President of the American University of International Affairs, late Robert Pastor.

“The team paid their first visit to Yola, I remember while visiting Yola for the first time, he asked: “Where is the university?,’ and I pointed to the bush. And he asked, ‘how will you do this?’ And I said:, ‘this is why I brought you here.’ 

“From there, we started work and here we are today, it  is a reality, it is a dream I dreamt  about 15 years ago and it continues to unfold and continues to make history not only in Nigeria but also in Africa,” he said.

The former vice president noted that one of the unique features of the curriculum of the AUN is its emphasis on students’ participation and excellence in community service which has endeared the institution to the local populace.  

Over the years, AUN has had an array of notable Ike Chioke of Afrinvest West Africa Limited, who stood in as the new keynote speaker for its graduation ceremony, however, thrilled the audience at the Lamido Aliyu Musdafa Commencement Hall with his brilliant presentation of his life story as a professional with many backgrounds.

A first-class Civil Engineering graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and a trustee member of the AUN board, Mr. Chioke, spoke of the revolutionary and transformational role AUN has played in the life of the people of Adamawa State

Over 100 students graduated from the school in the 2017 academic session with many of them wining awards in various categories.