'Power Drunk': Buhari Replies Atiku
"I am uncompromising," President Muhammadu Buhari has said, but he emphasised in what areas he will remain rigid forever.
Do you remember how Doyin Okupe, Femi Fani-Kayode and the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress were firing words at each other prior to the 2015 general election?
We are at it again and this time, the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar and the Presidency are at war.
The days in this week have moved from one issue to another and the latest is on who is power drunk and who is not.
Hours after Atiku said president Muhammadu Buhari was power drunk, the President has responded.
In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari told the former Vice President that he was uncompromising in the quest to restore probity and accountability to public office and in cleaning the rot Nigeria was consigned into pre-2015, thus the war against corruption is being fought without fear or favour.
"The President is equally resolute in the determination to ensure that Nigeria is no longer a mono-economy, depending only on oil," the statement read.
Mr Abubakar was also accused of using President Buhari "to buoy his bid to get the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, whose flag had been flying at half-mast since it got roundly trounced at the polls in 2015".
"The former Vice President needs be told that the President is truly uncompromising, but only when it comes to looting the common patrimony of Nigerians, and squandering their riches.
"Yes, President Buhari is single-minded in effecting change in every area of Nigerian life. So, Alhaji Abubakar is right, if that was what he meant by the President being "uncompromising.
"But power drunk? No! And being a man "who will not be ready to leave power without a fight?" Never! Not President Buhari, who has demonstrated in many ways that he is a committed democrat, though also a retired military general. He has no apologies about that.
"Through a sterling military career, he served Nigeria with his heart and might, before venturing into partisan politics," the statement read.
The presidency further defended President Buhari, saying he had in many ways wielded power with decency, and as a means of serving the people, rather than for personal ends.
"If there's one person not intoxicated by power, it is President Buhari, and scores of millions of Nigerians know this.
"That is why they will invest him with power again next year, knowing that he won't misuse or misapply what has been entrusted to him.
"Former VP Abubakar may want to borrow a leaf from the decorous language employed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in answering his recent press statement on the restructuring debate.
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"That is the hallmark of statesmen, and not crying wolf where none exists, which is what the allegation of being uncompromising and power drunk truly is.
"President Buhari is actuated by service to country, and nothing else.
"So, there couldn't be anything like "not ready to leave power without a fight, the Presidency further stated.
The spokesman for President Buhari also accused the former Vice President of having a "mindset of a man who is either undemocratic, or has seen defeat staring him, and his party, in the face".
Mr Abubakar had said President Buhari was a man that was so "power drunk; (and) who will not be ready to leave power without a fight".
But the Presidency assured him that there will be no 'fight' over power in Nigeria.
"Not under President Buhari's watch. The people don't want a fight. It is some political leaders we must beseech to eschew pugnacity, and mind their language," the statement added.
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