Nigeria’s former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has started his 2019 presidential campaign by promising to fight corruption like never before if given the chance to become President.
Atiku, who many has described as corrupt also challenged those he described as his self-righteous political enemies to either prove his alleged corrupt activities or keep quiet.
Atiku, in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, said this during a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi area of Abuja yesterday.
The statement said Atiku, “would fight corruption like never before if he is given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of the country.”
“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.”
“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.”
The Waziri Adamawa explained that though he had not been convicted of corruption by any court in the land or elsewhere.
He also said, “Despite previous desperate efforts to link me with corruption, the William Jefferson trial in the United States ended in 2009 without indicting me or linking me to corrupt activities.”
Atiku revealed that he pasted a reminder on his bed side during his training as a Customs officer, that he would retire from any agency if he had not attained the headship of the place at the age of 40.
He said that he was only able to attain the position of a deputy director before his exit in 1989 to chart a career in business.
Atiku also said that he retired from the Nigeria Customs Service with unblemished records.
He challenged anybody who had evidence that he stole a kobo at the Customs or during his tenure as vice-president to confront him with evidence or file a petition against him.
Atiku said he did not become a Vice-President in 1999 as a nobody, claiming that he had been a successful investor throughout his retirement life.
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