Former Vice President and a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has described himself as well and better equipped to fight the war against corruption, if he is given the opportunity to oversee the affairs of Nigeria.
Abubakar, who insisted that he has not been involved in corrupt practices throughout his service to Nigeria, both at the Nigeria Custom Services and as the Vice President, stressed that his wealth has only come out of his resourcefulness and successful investments.
The former Vice president, who made the charge at a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi area of Abuja on Monday, therefore, charged anybody with prove of his corrupt practices in office to come forward with such.
“It is sickening to continue to resuscitate 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 added that people who have no initiative, personal resourcefulness and ideas about wealth creation, always assume that a man cannot build himself without stealing.
According to him, “People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief just like them. It is morally offensive for people who despise honest labour to become judges in the courts of public opinion.”
The Waziri Adamawa regretted that though he has not been convicted of corruption by any court in the land or elsewhere, his political enemies have been parading a fake morality to fool gullible Nigerians.
“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.
Atiku noted he didn’t become a Vice President in 1999 as a pauper because he has been a successful investor throughout his retirement life.