On Monday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who has strongly featured in the news cycle in recent days due to speculations about his next political moves, went on a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi, Abuja.
He used the occasion to push back against corruption allegations against him which have intensified in the past week. He asked his accusers to either prove his alleged corrupt activities, or mind the skeletons in their own closets and keep quiet.
“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. People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief just like them,” he said.
And then Atiku seemed to confirm the open secret that he has set his eyes on running for the nation’s top job again in 2019. Turning the corruption allegations against him on its head, the former VP said if he becomes president of Nigeria he will be most equipped to fight corruption because of his vast experiences both in the public and private sectors and his ability to build a team capable of accomplishing the task.
“I will shock everyone because I believe that I will fight corruption like never before,” Atiku said, according to a press statement released by his media office in Abuja.
Atiku told the management and staff of Yaliam Press that he had pasted a reminder at his bed rest during his training as a Custom Officer that he (Atiku) would retire from any agency if he had not attained the headship of the place at the age of 40. Atiku said that he was only able to attain the position of Deputy Director before his exit in 1989 to chart a career in business.
He said that he retired from the Customs Service with untainted record, and that if anybody has evidence that he stole a kobo at the Customs or during his tenure as vice president, such accusers should come forward or file a petition against him.
Atiku said he didn’t become a Vice President in 1999 as a pauper because he has been a successful investor throughout his retirement life.
“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 added.