I’ll fight corruption better than Buhari – Atiku vows

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has
vowed to fight corruption like never before
if given the chance to preside over
Nigeria’s affairs.

Atiku also challenged those he described as
his self-righteous political enemies to
either prove his alleged corrupt activities
or keep quiet.

The APC chieftain said this during a facility
tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press
Limited in Jabi area of Abuja on Monday.
This was contained in a statement by his
Media Office in Abuja.

Atiku was quoted as saying,
“he would fight corruption like never
before if he is given the opportunity to
preside over the affairs of the country.”

The former Vice-President said, “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.”

He noted that people 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
added.

Atiku said it was morally offensive for
people who despise honest labour to
become judges in the courts of public
opinion.

The Waziri Adamawa explained that though
he had not been convicted of corruption by
any court in the land or elsewhere, his
political enemies had been parading a fake
morality to fool gullible Nigerians.

He was equally quoted as saying, “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 recalled that he had 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 told the management and members
of staff of Yaliam Press 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 pauper because he
had been a successful investor throughout
his retirement life.

He said,

“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.”

Atiku charged the management and
members of staff of the company to
manifest the values of honesty, hard work
and diligence. These attributes, he said,
stood him in good stead during his years as
a public servant and an entrepreneur.

The former Vice-President said he was well
equipped to fight corruption because of his
vast experiences both in the public and
private sectors and his ability to build a
team capable of accomplishing the task.
“I will shock everyone because I believe
that I will fight corruption like never
before.”

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