Chris Steven, Abuja
Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar has told those he described as mischief makers to allow him to enjoy his peace rather than trying to sow seed of discord between him and President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said those behind the propaganda making the round that he was hosting political meetings in Dubai were out to cause distrust and President Buhari’s government.
The former Vice president in a statement issued by his media office to react to insinuations that he has been hosting political meetings at Burj Al-Arab, Dubai, said contrary to the rumours being bandied around by political opponents, he is currently in Dubai with his family for physiotherapy on his injured knee.
The statement said Abubakar was embarrassed by the deliberate falsehoods being spread against him by political opponents who he said are bent on causing distraction for President Buhari at a time all energies should be channelled into helping the President actualise his change agenda.
Describing rumour mongers as “ill-motivated busybodies that don’t wish the country well”, the Turaki Adamawa explained that his medical treatment is his private affairs, which should not be politicised by anybody to achieve sinister objectives.
Atiku Abubakar said he is entitled to enjoy his private life, including the right to attend to his health, without being harassed and lied against by political opponents.
While noting that, contrary to the insinuations by political opponents, the former Vice President said the success of the Buhari administration has been his preoccupation, and that any true APC member should have the same zeal.
According to him, rumour mongers that seek to cause distrust and distraction in Buhari’s government do not mean well for the APC administration.
He said the present administration is concerned with the challenges of providing good governance for the country and creating job opportunities for Nigerians, including reducing the impact of poverty,noting that President Buhari needs all the goodwill and support in this endeavour.
“Whether at home or abroad, the Turaki is preoccupied with his unassailable support to President Buhari and his administration, especially in this critical time, as it works assiduously to turn the fortunes of our dear country around and make Nigeria work for the greater good of Nigerians”. He said
According to Atiku, rumour mongers and mischief makers are toxic to the progress of the APC and the country at large, adding that the campaigns are gone, and therefore, all energies should be constructively devoted to the success of the Buhari administration.
“This is yet another plot of the enemies of our country and democracy to divide, divert attention and distract the APC in its avowed commitment to secure the country, provide jobs for the mass of unemployed youths, build needed critical infrastructure, enthrone a regime of probity and accountability and pull the country out of the economic woods it has been consigned to by locust years of mismanagement.” He added