Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar says if given the chance to rule Nigeria, he would fight corruption like never before. Abubakar explained that his vast experiences both in the public and private sectors and his ability to build a team capable of accomplishing the task put him in the position to fight corruption better.
He made these in Jabi area of Abuja on Monday, where he also challenged those he called self-righteous political enemies to either prove his alleged corrupt activities or keep quiet.The statement said, “He 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.”The Waziri of Adamawa stressed that those who lacked initiative, personal resourcefulness and ideas about wealth creation, “always assume that a man cannot build himself without stealing.”
“People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief just like them.”He noted that it was morally offensive for people who despise honest labour to become judges in the courts of public opinion. Abubakar stressed that though his political adversaries have being spreading fake morality to fool Nigerians, he had not been convicted of corruption by any court both in Nigeria and abroad.“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,” he said.
He recalled how he once 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.Disclosing that he was only able to attain the position of a deputy director before his exit in 1989 to chart a career in business, Abubakar insisted that he retired from the Nigeria Customs Service with a clean record. Abubakar also dared anybody who had evidence that he stole money during his time as an officer or during his tenure as vice-president to confront him with evidence or file a petition against him.
“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,” he said.“I will shock everyone because I believe that I will fight corruption like never before.”
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