Monday, September 25, 2017

Atiku Is A Scoundrel, A Bloody Nonentity...He Thinks He Will Become President By Insulting The North – Junaid Mohammed

*Atiku Abubakar 
Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has dismissed former vice president, Atiku Abubakar as “a scoundrel and a bloody nonentity” who is nursing the false hope that “by insulting the north,” he would finally actualize his ambition to become Nigeria’s president.

Junaid’s remarks came in response to Atiku’s interview published in the Daily SUN on Monday (September 25, 2017) where he said that those scared by the widespread calls for the restructuring of Nigeria “must be lazy” people.

“We fought the civil war with the Igbo. Today, the Igbo have been completely rebuilt, but we still find mud houses in the north. Is it the fault of the easterners that the north is like that?” the former vice president said.

But in a swift reaction, Junaid was unsparing.

“Atiku is a scoundrel and a bloody nonentity.  He attained political limelight because the late Musa Yar’Adua put him there; today he wants to position himself as the leader of the north. But the north doesn’t give people of no consequence such position. His interest is not really about restructuring. He thinks by insulting the north, the same way we are being insulted by the south, that will give him the presidency. With this kind of attitude, he can’t be the president of Nigeria. He will hear from the north at the appropriate time. He is one of those making the south to abuse the north. He is angry because his monopoly in the oil servicing sector has been broken.  His wealth will never buy him Nigeria’s presidency. The north is not for sale, Nigeria is not for sale. I pray God sees us beyond 2019, let him challenge me, if he ever becomes Nigeria’s president," Junaid told Daily SUN.
*Junaid Mohammed 
While addressing some youth groups in Abuja at the weekend, Atiku underlined his case for restructuring which he has become an ardent supporter.
“I would not have gone to school if I were born today. My parents were so poor they couldn’t afford to send me to school. I was born during the era [when] education was free, food was free for me; I was sponsored from primary school to the university. There was even a job waiting for me before I graduated. Yet, there was no oil boom then. I am certainly not a product of oil boom Nigeria. So, I don’t know what those who are against restructuring are afraid of. Those afraid must be lazy. We fought the civil war with the Igbo. Today, the Igbo have been completely rebuilt, but we still find mud houses in the north. Is it the fault of the easterners that the north is like that? I think that what is most important is the devolution of powers and resources with the various governments whether states or regions. How do the people hold those in power accountable for the resources handed over to them? Left for me, I will ask every part of this country to take charge of its resources while the federal government should handle defense, foreign affairs and immigration among others in the exclusive list. It should not be complicated to start with all the recurrent items in the constitution. The president can dialogue with the governors or the national assembly for states to take charge of the roads, hospitals, schools and such other items in the concurrent List while the federal government will continue with items on the exclusive list,” the former vice president said.  


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