Stop Dancing On Our Heroes’ Graves – BMO Tells Atiku

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has carpeted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar for their scant regard for human lives, and for playing politics with the death of Nigerian soldiers in battle.

It said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that since the unfortunate attack on Metele village in the North east a few days ago, the opposition party and its candidate had been using every opportunity to celebrate the situation.

BMO said “We are at a loss as to why opposition elements have been milking the tragic deaths of national heroes so much so that the international media took notice with different castigating headlines which should have made these people retrace their steps.

“In a bid to discredit the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, PDP posted gory pictures of dead soldiers from elsewhere and few days later, Atiku offered scholarships to the children of slain soldiers.

“The former Vice President’s move came at a time the military authorities had not even completed the standard practice of identifying soldiers killed in action or even notifying their next of kin”.

It noted that the inhumane act amounted to dancing on the graves of those who paid the supreme sacrifice to ensure that the PDP Presidential candidate could conveniently invite his friends to celebrate his American University of Nigeria Founder’s Day last weekend.

“He and his media handlers have forgotten how in 2014, he lamented at a press conference that a handful of Boko Haram fighters had successfully invaded and hoisted the caliphate flag in Mubi, a town with a population of about 300,000 as well as Michika and Gulak after they had over-ran Bama a town nearly 400 kilometres from Yola. 

“This gave rise to thousands of displaced persons in Adamawa, and not once did the former Vice President announce relief support for IDPs or scholarships for children of soldiers that died liberating his state.

“The height of Atiku and his party’s insensitivity is the fact that they are still busy issuing statements critical of the military leadership twenty four hours after Air Force jets crossed into a neighbouring country to launch airstrikes on the base of the terrorists who carried out the Metele attack, based on actionable intelligence.

“They didn’t even acknowledge that over 200 foreign terrorists were killed and some of their armoured vehicles destroyed in the air raids”.

BMO noted that Nigerians would not forget in a hurry how PDP allowed the insurgency to fester for years during which no fewer than 16 local government areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states were fully controlled by the insurgents.

“We make bold to say that if the $2billion set aside for arms purchase in 2015 were not shared to PDP members through the office of the National Security Adviser, no one would be talking about the capacity of Boko Haram or ISWAP in 2018”,it added.

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BMO Dismisses Atiku’s Criticism On Sale Of FG Asset

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described recent criticism by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar on the federal government’s plan to sell some public assets as laughable. 

It wondered when the former Vice President had a “road to Damascus” encounter on what he only recently recommended for the oil and gas sector.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that the Atiku Presidential Campaign team is just playing to the gallery with its ill-conceived criticism of a well thought out plan.

“We make bold to say that the former VP’s media handlers did not consult him before issuing a statement that is at variance with what their principal stands for. 

“If they did, Atiku would have reminded them of the interview he granted Reuters in May this year where he vowed to privatise the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other major sectors of the economy including mining if elected President.

“We consider it quite an irony that the same campaign team that advanced reasons for the sale of the nation’s refineries as canvassed by its principal, just a short while after, throw so much tantrums in condemning the intention to sell a consciously profiled set of public assets in a sector the Nigerian government had historically privatised. This simply shows the hot air the Atiku Campaign is made of”, it argued.

The group noted that if not that the Atiku team was being mischievous, it would have realised that the privatisation plan of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration also involves putting up part of government’s equity in state owned enterprises like NICON insurance and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited for sale through initial public offering.

BMO noted that the government is also keen on concessioning of Terminal B of Warri Old Port Complex which previously was held by INTELS, partial commercialisation of NIPOST as well as the restructuring/ commercialisation of six River Basin Development Authorities.

Others are the privatisation of the Afam Power Generation plant and the Yola Power Distribution Company which even the Bureau of Public Enterprises has said would be done with the benefit of lessons learnt from the previous exercise.

“We admonish that they should not self-adulate on the assets to be put up for sale on the ground that the assets were legacy assets from the PDP years. In character, these assets were unfinished projects now completed and prepared for value transactions with interested investors.”

All these, according to the group, cannot be compared to the shoddy manner the former Vice President handled a process that saw the country losing its priced assets to his cronies at ridiculous prices with little benefit to the Nigerian public.

It said, “it is surprising that the Atiku team claimed that he supervised what they described as a successful policy of privatisation but it is common knowledge that the process left the country worse off as state owned enterprises like NIGERDOCK, NAFCON, Eleme Petrochemical, Daily Times, Ughelli and Egbin Power plants, Transcorp Hilton Hotel and ALSCON were sold off to cronies.

“It is one of the reasons the PDP presidential candidate had issues with his former boss Olusegun Obasanjo who recently spoke of the need for Atiku to seek the forgiveness of the Nigerian people.”

BMO also reminded the opposition that the proceeds from the process are to finance critical capital projects as approved by the National Assembly in the 2018 budget and not recurrent expenditure as was the case in PDP inglorious years in government.

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Romanticising Corruption! By Okoi Obono Obla

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),Atiku Abubakar reacted to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to seek law enforcement agencies to place travelling restrictions on those whose names are included in the schedule to Executive Order No.6, 2018.

I really found the reaction of Atiku Abubakar curious and surprising. How can a foreign travel embargo placed on 50 persons who are standing trial for the past three years or more constitute a disincentive to foreign investment? Investment thrives where corruption is reduced.

Is Atiku Abubakar, not aware of the incontrovertible and notorious fact that corruption itself is constraint and impediment on economic growth and development?

Is Atiku Abubakar, not aware that corruption poses serious threat to the stability, security of societies, undermines the institution and values of democracy, ethical values; justice and jeopardises sustainable development and the rule of law?

Is Atiku Abubakar, not aware that in 2003, the United Nations General Assembly in acknowledgment and recognition of the debilitating and corrosive effect of corruption on human civilisation criminalised corruption, and therefore passed the United Nations Convention?

It is therefore amazing that Atiku Abubakar, is romanticising corruption under any guise when it has been responsible for the gross under development of Nigeria.

Research and studies have conclusively proven and shown that corruption is a major disincentive to direct foreign inflow to any country. How has embracing corruption helped Nigeria in its decades of existence?

The current romanticizing of corruption to the point where an executive order focusing on cases in court is interpreted as discouraging foreign investment is indeed a laughable reach. Executive orders are disparaged yet anti-corruption bills stagnate at the legislature with little or no commentary as to how this affects the country.

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2019: Atiku, Obasanjo Will Lose Together – Presidency

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu has said former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorcement of Atiku Abubakar will not distract the president.

In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, Shehu stated that both Atiku and Obasanjo will lose together.

Recall that Atiku, who is PDP presidential candidate, visited Obasanjo on Thursday, in the company of some cleric and party members.

He said the pompous statement from the former President advising Nigerians on a vote against President Buhari is the best recommendation that can come at this time.

“It also betrayed a lack of understanding of today’s politics which is about good governance., he said.

The presidential aide said President Buhari was proud of his record because his achievements are verifiable, while that of the PDP was manifested by the devastating social and economic impact of large scale corruption.

The statement stated that Nigerians trust President Buhari because they are convinced he was not in government for financial benefits.

“Just eleven years ago that the former President and Vice President in their ugly fight for power accused each other of corruption. Nigerians are yet to forget all that”. he added.

 

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Buhari’s Farm: Where Atiku Missed The Point, By Maiwada Dammallam

When I read the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, making fun of President Mohammadu Buhari’s modest farm in Daura, I thought PDP/Atiku would be sensible to use the few months ahead explaining why any sensible Nigerian would abandon the safety of President Buhari’s leadership to experiment with Atiku Abubakar as the modern day Christoper Columbus who will discover Nigeria’s El-Dorado.

Not that I’m blaming Atiku for daily rolling in the mud just to stain President Buhari after all, you can only take a pig out of the gutter but you can’t take the gutter out of a pig. I’m only interested in the absurdity of Atiku’s campaign theme which is wholly centered on the person of President Buhari while ignoring the importance of explaining to Nigerians how he intend to address the problems he kept preaching to Nigerians that President Buhari has failed to address.

It was quite petty reading his remarks about Buhari’s farm. I will contribute few words to explain why Atiku couldn’t comprehend the rate of growth of President Buhari’s farm.

President Buhari farming business is a legitimate business, the only business civil servant are allowed to engage in. The rate of growth of his farm/cattle is commensurate with the economic reality of Nigeria and in conformity with what’s obtainable in the North west. Buhari refused to used numerous opportunities that came his way to turn his farm into the big business Atiku had in mind when he attempt to assess the success of Buhari the farmer.

If President Buhari was a corrupt, unscrupulous, conscienceless and unpatriotic Nigerian, Atiku’s farm in Adamawa which he claimed is the biggest, would be a little portion in Buhari’s farm after he financed its growth with proceeds from his offices as Minister of Petroleum, Governor of N’East, Head of State and Chairman of the most successful intervention Programme in this part of the world, the PTF.

Had Buhari wanted, his Daura farm would have been an international brand with tentacles covering all parts of the globe long before Atiku discover the magic lamp that transmogrify a civil servant into a billionaire businessman that could afford to buy the conscience of a once described biggest political party in Africa, the PDP.

But then, probably there wouldn’t be a Kaduna or Port Harcourt refinery for Nigerians to see and acknowledge his uprightness. There would only be a Buhari playing big league in agriculture, rubbing shoulders with the John Marlones, Brad Kelly and the Emmerson family at the expense of shortchanged Nigerians. That he’s being mocked by local giants for his modesty by Atiku only confirmed our disrespect for honor and integrity.

Buhari may not have a farm with a fancy name that resonate across Nigeria but he’s generously compensated with a name that not only resonate across the globe but cause jitters among so called “successful businessmen” of Atiku’s class and background. I’m sure President Buhari could easily give details of his investment without mixing gari and sand. I’m yet to get a coherent history of Atiku’s so called business acumen. In one story Atiku claimed he started his business with a housing loan with which he built a house on a land allocated him by his state.

In another story he claimed he obtained a loan, bought vehicles and started a transport business. He left many unanswered questions without which making sense of his claims is humanly impossible. We may have to wait until Atiku settled on one of the two stories before we forensically audit his businesses to determine the rate of growth that made him the billionaire international businessman he is.

Before then, let’s just say it’s highly probable that his business empire is an extension of the public offices he held and this stands until somebody provides detailed explanation of Atiku’s sources of funding his conglomerate.

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Report: Why Atiku Abubakar Can Never Step His Foot On US Soil Again

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar can never step his foot on United States soil again because he is wanted for money laundering and illegal transfer of funds.
Atiku who is the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate was the subject of a probe ten years ago, by a United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin.
The report detailed how Atiku Abubakar while still the vice president of Nigeria between 2000 and 2008, used offshore companies to siphon millions of dollars to his fourth wife in the United States, Jennifer Douglas.
Specifically, the report said Jennifer Douglas, an American citizen, helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank accounts.
In 2004, the then President Bush barred Atiku and other corrupt politically exposed persons from being issued visa to the United States.
The US Senate probe was motivated by US government concern about corruption in the Third World and its corrosive effects on the development of honest government, democratic principles, and the rule of law.
“It is also blamed for distorting markets, deterring investment, deepening poverty, undermining international aid efforts, and fostering crime. Some have drawn connections between corruption, failed states, and terrorism. Corruption also continues to be a massive problem. The World Bank has estimated that $1 trillion in bribes alone exchange hands worldwide each year,” the committee noted in its bulky report.
The report unveiled violations of US laws by Atiku and his fourth wife, Jennifer Douglas. It also included revelations about Siemens bribe paid into one of the accounts, and it possibly provided the basis for Atiku being barred from entering the United States, since then.
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2019 Presidency: ‘I Hope Sule Lamido Will Step Down To Enable Me Get PDP Ticket’ – Atiku

Former Vice President and presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he is hopeful the former Jigawa State Governor, and presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sule Lamido, will step down to emerge as the party’s presidential candidate.

Atiku stated this on Monday, during the campaign visit to Dutse, the Jigawa state capital.

Sen. Abdul Ningi who stood-in for Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the Director General for Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, noted that Alhaji Abubakar and Sule Lamido have come a long way in their political careers and personal relationships, advising their supporters not to get carried away, but to support anyone of them that eventually emerge as the party’s flagbearer.

He said, “Out of 13 presidential aspirants, we have vowed to support anyone of them that eventually emerged as our Presidential candidate even though I know that Atiku Abubakar stands out amongst the rest”, he declared.

On his part, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, said he is hopeful that Sule Lamido, who is also in the presidential race would step down for him.

According to Atiku Abubakar, “I hope my younger brother, Alhaji Sule Lamido, would ?respectfully step down his aspiration to enable me get the ticket to contest the presidential election next year.”

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Buhari Became President With The Support Of Tinubu, Says Atiku

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has berated President Muhammadu’s Buhari’s cult-followership, saying it was unable to deliver him victory in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Presidential elections.

Atiku, in an exclusive interview with ThisDay newspaper, revealed that “without the support of Bola Tinubu, Buhari would not have been elected as the President, his cult followership notwithstanding.”

The Presidential aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also reiterated his fitness to contest the 2019 Presidential election.

His words: “I know when I was born. This is my exact age. I do not have a football age. But the issue is even beyond age. It is about fitness. I am fit. I am ready to publish my medical records and I challenge all those who are running, including the incumbent, to give that same assurance.”

The Adamawa born aspirant further vowed that if elected Nigeria’s President in 2019, he would only do one term.

“I have said this before on my own initiative. I believe in it. If I am elected as the President in 2019, I give an undertaking that I would only do one term.

“Having said that, let me remind Nigerians that Buhari also gave such an undertaking in 2011, but he is not living up to it today. My own case will be different. I am prepared to sign an undertaking to do only one term.”

On what he would do if elected President, he said, “If I am elected as the president, I will ensure that the education sector attracts the best brains by working with the states to achieve targeted salary increase for teachers and lecturers. You cannot have a local government councillor earning more money than a lecturer and expect our best brains to be attracted to the academia. I would change that.”

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I Am Not A Member Of Miyetti Allah, Says Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has said that he is not a member of the Miyetti Allah cattle rearers.

Speaking through his media aide, Mr. Paul Ibe, in Abuja on Friday, the former Vice President also said it was wrong to describe him as the chief financier of the Miyetti Allah.

Recall that the Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Dr. Paul Unongo, had named Atiku as leader and chief financier of the organization.

Atiku in his reaction, said: “It is very disheartening that in this period of intense grief in Benue State, Chief Paul Unongo would choose to level these desperately sad and false allegations against Atiku Abubakar, whom he erroneously described as the chief financier of MACBAN.

“Yes, Waziri Atiku Abubakar is a Fulani and is proud to be one as he has never hidden that fact. However, the Waziri is a thoroughly detribalized Nigerian who would never favour one ethnic group over another.

“Last year, during the massive flood in Benue State, which affected over 100,000 families, Waziri Atiku Abubakar, who holds the Tiv traditional title of Zege Mule U Tiv, donated cash to the Benue State Government for the care of the victims.

“This is befitting for a man whose Tiv traditional title means ‘the biggest shade of the Tiv people’.

“It is strange that Chief Paul Unongo chose to neglect that act of love and care from the Waziri Adamawa to the people of Benue. Not only did the Zege Mule U Tiv make a financial donation, he also called on the Federal Government to do more to assist the flood-ravaged communities.

“Let it be known that though Waziri Adamawa is Fulani, he is not a member of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria nor has he ever been a member. He has also never discussed about that group with Chief Paul Unongo.

“Furthermore, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, enjoins that a thorough investigation be made into the killings in Benue, and that anyone found culpable be made to bear the full weight of the law.

“Having said that, it has not escaped our notice that Chief Paul Unongo is the Chairman, Governing Board of Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, a position he was appointed to in April of last year.

“Understandably, Chief Unongo would be very grateful to those who gave him such a position and may feel it is his duty to attack and sully those in their bad books.

“If that is the case, it would be a very sad day when a supposed elder chooses to make mileage of the sufferings of the people of Benue State, who have had to endure the impunity of these killings for far too long.

“Waziri Atiku Abubakar prays for the souls of the departed and as a traditional title holder of Tiv land, he assures the entire people of Benue (including the Idoma and Igede) that he would do everything in his power to bring justice, relief and compensation their way; so help him God.”

 

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Fulani Herdsmen Crisis: Unongo Names Atiku As Chief Financier Of Miyetti Allah

The Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, has accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of being the chief financier and most influential member of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, the apex body of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria.

He, therefore, called on Atiku, who is a prince of the Tiv Court, to caution the herdsmen, who have been slaughtering hundreds of people in the country.

Unongo said this during an interview with Punch newspaper on Friday.

The NEF Chairman said, “I am aware that the most powerful person in Miyetti Allah is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,who wants to be the next president. If they are fighting for power and Atiku wants to create problems for Buhari, I don’t know. There are so many possibilities.

“The most powerful person who finances the Miyetti Allah is Abubakar Atiku and he is a prince of the Tiv Court. The Tiv gave him a traditional title, meaning ‘the biggest shade of  the Tiv people’.

“This implies that the Tiv people should be able to run to Atiku who will protect them.

This is the man who heads Miyetti Allah and is the greatest financier of this organisation.

He has more cattle than anybody in Miyetti Allah.

“It is an establishment of the big people, a very rich group of Nigerians and they pack small boys to take their cattle all over the place and then buy all these arms to give herdsmen to go and kill people, and the government is doing  nothing!”

When asked if he was sure that Atiku was the most influential member of the Miyetti Allah, Unongo said the former Vice President told him personally that he was an influential member of the association.

He added, “I know, I got my facts partially from him regarding Miyetti Allah when I used to talk to him.”

When Punch asked Unongo if he had met with the former Vice President recently over the issue, the NEF boss said it was very difficult to see him.

He said, “Have you tried to see a ‘big man’ before? I don’t like to wait at people’s doors. If you’re in government, yes, but when you’re not in government, it  shouldn’t be so hard to see you.

Atiku is my younger brother and he should come to me.

“Anytime you go to his place, the people around him think you are there to collect money that they are sharing. So, I decided that I would not disgrace the NEF. I am not belittling him, but he is no longer in power and I deserve some respect.”

Punch

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2019: I Have Confidence In President Buhari, Says Tinubu

Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has restate commitment to support President Muhammadu Buhari should he intend to run.

Tinubu, in a statement signed by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, disclosed that the issue of supporting Atiku Abubakar or not is a ‘moot point.’

He said: “Asiwaju Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku belong to two different political parties. Asiwaju will support his party and the party’s candidate any day. Moreso, Asiwaju’s position on the presidency is very clear. He has said time and again that for as long as that patriotic leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, is on the saddle or seeks to run, he would not contest against him.

“He played a yeoman’s role in bringing this government to power and he believes President Buhari is confronting the nation’s problems head on. He is not saying there are no challenges but he has always said he has implicit confidence in President Buhari to tackle these problems. “Those who are busy fishing for other reasons for this undiluted support for PMB are free to do so. It’s their opinion and they are entitled to it.”

But in his response, Atiku who also spoke through his media adviser, Paul Ibe, said he has become the issue in Nigerian politics because Nigerians have seen him as the best option in the face of the monumental challenges they are facing and for which the current administration has no solutions except blame gaming.

He said: “As such, he will be the subject of falsehoods and accusations. It comes with the territory. These conjectures are baseless and without foundation whatsoever and I will not dignify them with a further response. Nigerians are jobless; poverty and hopelessness is rife.

“Our own Nigerian Bureau of Statistics revealed that over 10 million Nigerians have lost their jobs under this administration even as unemployment currently stands at 18.8 percent. Meanwhile, the cost of everything from food, to petrol, to electricity has gone up.

“Waziri Atiku Abubakar knows how to create jobs and opportunities and his focus is to alleviate the pains of the long suffering Nigerian people who spent their Christmas at fuel stations and from all indications may spend the early part of the New Year also at fuel stations rather than with loved ones.”

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Atiku’s Defection: Alhassan Pledges Loyalty To Buhari

Following the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan has reiterated her loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister, reportedly met with President Buhari, after she, alongside other cabinet members, attended the launch of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.

Alhassan, at the meeting, opted to remain with President Buhari and APC, and assured him of her loyalty and support beyond 2019.

 

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