Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday in an interview on the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), said that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government abandoned him despite his effort in ensuring that he (Buhari) emerged into power in 2015.
He added that he was part of all the processes that led to the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015. But after the APC took power, he was sidelined.
“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 are but three years down the lane, this is where we are.” Atiku, who noted that he is still a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stated.
He praised President Muhammadu Buhari in the successes recorded so far in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group, but however noted that it is not time to celebrate as there is still things yet to be done and the APC 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 are, fighting an endless battle with the Boko Haram and there’s no end in sight”.
On President Buhari’s fight against corruption, Atiku noted that just a little was achieved. “How many people were arrested, prosecuted and jailed? How much was recovered from the looters?” he asked
He made reference to when he was Nigeria’s Vice President under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration from 1999 – 2007. According to him, over $4billion was recovered from those who looted public funds.
“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.