While speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa Good Morning programme
on Saturday, Atiku Abubakar, opened up on the reasons he parted ways
with his former party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), saying that
it was the inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the
negative manner in which the party was being run.
According to PREMIUM Times, Atiku Abubakar said; “After 2015
general election, I met the president. I told him the activities of the
party have been crippled and there is a need for restructure. Also I
advised the president on issues concerning his administration. I said to
him, if things continued like this, I will quit but Mr Buhari turned
deaf ears and remained mum.”
When asked how he would battle corruption if elected in 2019, the presidential candidate said:
“If Nigerians can recall, we initiated the Economic and Financial
(Crimes) Commission (EFCC). I’m the person that sourced for the takeoff
funds for the EFCC.
“In this administration (Buhari’s), there are people that are
untouchable, they are doing things that are not in order but they are
being shielded by the government. If elected Nigeria’s president, my
administration will not spare any personality. When I was in (at) the
helm (of affairs), none of my relatives or friends wanting.
“Eight years after, Nigerian government is still fighting Boko
Haram that are not professionally trained. If elected Nigeria’s
president, I will investigate how the government was unable to defeat
Boko Haram for years, also I will investigate the procurement of arms
bought by this administration. If elected Nigeria’s president, 40 per
cent of my cabinet ministers will be youths,” Atiku added.
When asked on his perceived ban from travelling to the United States of America, the former vice president said he “has no any grudges with the American authorities.”
“I requested for visa, they said it is under administrative
process. I’m not desperate to travel to America, I don’t have any
investment there. The house I bought for my wife years back, she sold
the house, I don’t have anything to do in America. It’s my tradition, I
buy houses for my wives but for me, I don’t need house.”
When asked whether the ‘ban’ will affect his chances of becoming Nigeria’s president, Abubakar said: “It’s not by going to America that qualifies one to be a president, it’s not in our Constitution.”