So, presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP Atiku Abubakar had earlier issued a statement that he spoke with a widow of one of the soldiers killed by Boko Haram at Metele last month, Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba.

But it has now emerged that Atiku never spoke with the widow. Instead, it was the soldier’s sister identified as Maryam that he spoke to.

Upon hearing that she spoke with Atiku, the woman had denied she received a phone call from him and wondered why the 72-year-old politician lied.

But Atiku has now issued another statement which set the record straight and apologised for the “erroneous communication”.

Here is the statement:

“Following the death of Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba during the Boko Haram insurgents’ attack on 157 Taskforce Battalion in Metele, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s staff has made efforts to get the contact of his widow to enable the former Vice President express his condolences over the loss of the fallen hero.

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“Over the weekend, Atiku Abubakar was availed with phone numbers of Mrs. Sakaba and Maryam, younger sister of the late soldier, in the alternative.

“On Sunday, the former Vice President tried albeit unsuccessfully to contact Mrs. Sakaba but was able to eventually speak with Maryam, younger sister of the gallant soldier during which he expressed his deepest condolences to the family.

“However, this communication was erroneously communicated. The error is regretted.

“Atiku Abubakar, however reaffirms his deepest condolences to the Sakaba family, which sacrifices, like those of their brave son, keeps us safe”.

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