What Atiku Told Nigerians Accusing Him Of Looting Funds
Atiku Abubakar has been busy on Twitter.
On one hand, he is trending and on the other hand he is responding to some Nigerians raising issues with a few things.
These issues all point to something.
Did Atiku grow his companies with Nigeria’s money?
That seem to be the question on the minds of the persons asking him these questions.
Atiku has not publicly declared interest to run for Presidency in 2019, but these issues raised underlined tendencies that he may be vying for the position in the next general election.
The first arrow was shot by @lzz_Korede and he was sceptical that Atiku could give Nigerians good governance. If he was elected.
After I heard that Atiku is the owner of Mikano,it dawned on me that if he becomes president the whole Nigeria would be in pitch darkness— Korede Not Bello (@Izz_Korede) September 7, 2017
Atiku gave a response to this tweet and he wrote:
Young friend, this is not true, but you tweet it all the same. I own bigger companies and they're known publicly, why would I deny this one? https://t.co/vYQwfCS1SI— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) September 7, 2017
Another Twitter user, @adewoleade was blunt and direct in a question tweeted at the former Vice President, alleging that he looted Nigeria’s funds and set up a few companies with it.
"The companies u own were set up by looted funds. From 1999-2007" https://t.co/TB2PKuEGnf— GZA (@adewoleade) September 7, 2017
But Atiku also responded to that tweet, clearing the air that his companies were set up before he became the Vice President.
"1. NICOTES (now Intels) founded in 1989.— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) September 7, 2017
2. Prodeco, 1996
2. My farm, 1982.
3. ABTI schools, 1992" https://t.co/eHIhnQbnI5
Someone else has a response to the claims put forward by Atiku, insisting that the companies were not up and running before he became a Vice President.
Atiku did not back down, as he responded with a claim that Intels was already Nigeria’s biggest indigenous oil before he the administration of Mr Olusegun Obasanjo.
"Intels was already Nigeria's biggest indigenous oil & gas logistics firm before 1994. This is why military government tried to seize it." https://t.co/rbSdWw5TWl— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) September 7, 2017
2019 is just a year and some months away. The Nigerian polity is already tilting to political track.
Atiku was also in the news few days ago for claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari side-lined him after he won the 2015 election.
He may not have publicly declared interest in running for Presidency but he did not make any comment to negate his enthronement by the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, as the President come 2019.
Both of them are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, but Mama Taraba, as she has been nicknamed, seems unconcerned about the repercussion of her actions.
Nigerians are still waiting to see the response of the government to Mrs Alhasan, who was summoned by the Presidency on Thursday.