Hours after Minister for Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, said she would support Atiku Abubakar, in his presidential pursuit against her current boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, in what looks like a follow up, the former Vice President has said the All Progressives Congress APC), a party he financed into power, has abandon him on the way side.
Atiku Abubakar, who made this known on Wednesday said President Buhari’s government which he said he helped into power in 2015 has forgotten his noble role in defeating the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In an interview on the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), the former Vice President said he had been side-lined despite his efforts in making sure that the PDP was defeated in 2015.
Abubakar said, “Honestly speaking, I am still a member of the APC; I was part of all the processes, including campaigns until success was achieved.”
“But sadly, soon after the formation of government; I was side-lined, I have no any relationship with the government, I have not been contacted even once to comment on anything and in turn, I maintained my distance. They used our money and influence to get to where they are but three years down the lane, this is where we are.”
On the war against Boko Haram, he said: “Yes, there were successes but not comprehensive success because the Boko Haram miscreants are still very active, killing our people and many local government councils in Borno and Yobe are under their firm grip. People cannot dare go back to their dwellings.
“This thing baffles me; I never imagined that Nigeria will fight a protracted battle with Boko Haram for five years. At a time, we fought the Biafra war, which was more complicated because of the terrain in the South but the Biafran soldiers were roundly subdued in 30 months. But here we are, fighting an endless battle with the Boko Haram and there’s no end in sight”.
On corruption, Abubakar said little was achieved, he asked rhetorically: “How many people were arrested, prosecuted and jailed? How much was recovered from the looters?”