Former Vice President and presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has accused the Buhari-led government and APC, of sidelining him after he helped them win the 2015 general election.
Atiku who said this during an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, VOA yesterday September 6th, berated the party of using him to achieve their political gains.
Speaking during the interview which took place in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, Abubakar said
“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 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 noted that the government has achieved a few successes but that the war against corruption is still a mirage. He made reference to the success the Obasanjo led administration in which he was Vice President recorded in the fight against corruption.
“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
On Boko Haram, Atiku said “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”.