Why Nigerians think I’m a thief – Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

In a bid to dispute the notion that he is corrupt held by some Nigerians, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday said he had never stolen a ‘kobo’ of the nation’s resources while he held leadership positions.
Mr. Atiku, who is believed to be nursing a presidential ambition come 2019, said during a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi area of Abuja on Monday that all he had garnered in life was as a result of hard work
Mr. Atiku is believed to be one of the wealthiest politicians in Nigeria and also partly bankrolled the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
He recently caused a ripple in the polity when he slammed the ruling party, All Progress Congress, APC, for abandoning him after his support towards the party’s clinching of the presidency in 2015.
 Mr. Atiku said that Nigerians believed that he was corrupt because they “always assume that a man cannot build himself without stealing.”
“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 said.
“People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief just like them.
‘‘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.”
The former vice president challenged anybody who had evidence that he stole a kobo while he was head of Customs or during his tenure as vice president ”to confront him with evidence or file a petition against him.”
“I will shock everyone because I believe that I will fight corruption like never before.”
 Mr. Atiku also commented on William Jefferson trial in the US where he was reportedly linked to corrupt acts.
“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 vowed to fight corruption like never before if given the chance to preside over Nigeria’s affairs.


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  • Paul Graham

    Perception is part of human nature either positively or negatively. One wonders why a man who has a wife resident in another country avoids visiting the wife’s country of residence. This creates a negative impression that is long lasting. Most times through our actions or inaction we become the architect of our fortune or misfortune!

    • babajide Balogun

      If Atiku has been in the US, how are we to know he did or didn’t go? As far as I am concerned, he is a private citizen and his movements too should be private, so I think.
      What I think matters is if the US govt says they want him extradited. To the extent that the US says they have no criminal investigation against him, wherever Atiku chooses to go isn’t my business.

      • Paul Graham

        Jide Nigerians are peculiar people and think differently. They want answers and not excuses. Not long ago the Alfa in Ekiti dared Aishat to visit the United States because she has similar name to someone indicted for crime in the United States. To shut him up, she jumped into a plane and landed on U.S soil. There was photo ops’ end of story.
        That is the way the cookie crumbles!

        • Malik

          No mind Jide.
          If Atiku goes to Yankee and returns, walahi, he will become Presido come 2019, but if he goes and he hang for there, na OYO be that o! Ha ha ha
          I trust Atiku sha, he no go risk am lailai…OMO OLE!!!

  • Segun Adeleke

    Atiku should just accept the challenge thrown at him by both Nasir elrufai and Obasanjo by traveling to American and come back. Once he comes back freely, this negative perception of him on corruption will disappear immediately. Failure to do this, Atiku should accept his current fate and keep quite. It can be recalled that Atiku has been battling this corruption image since 2004/2005 (over 10 years) now and it has refused to disappear despite the efforts of Garba Shehu then. I think Atiku should help himself by doing this other this media propaganda which is not yielding the desired result.

    Interestingly, both Obasanjo and Atkiu stands indicted in the massive halliburton corruption scandal!At

    • You want the man to die in white man’s prison?

    • Stella Ejura Idachaba

      Atiku cannot go to America? He is a ‘clean man’ and ‘a leader’ who can get anywhere in this world. Why daring him? Do not let him get angry at all your assumptions o. He may just stroll to NYC now now and enjoy a brief vacation before returning to the plenty stress of Naija. Abeg allow the Oga have his peace o.

  • Debaptist

    You will only shock yourself sir. What have we not seen in this country? Nigerian politicians are a different breed otherwise one like you should be ashamed to speak out on corruption! For your information we know more than you think!

  • Pat

    The scheming that enthroned Saraki as Senate President to frustrate Buhari fight against corruption. Apostles of anti-corruption indeed!

  • usman alhassan

    Lol! This our politicians are very funniest. Imagine a person like ATIKU will come out to dare Nigerians that he did stole any kobo from Nigerian Copper. This statement is mockery and is capital lying. Nigeria will never again give chance to the type of you to rule. You spoiled our resources in the pass, so we need to rebuild them for our future unborn children.

    • Durotimi Oye

      My friend go and learn how to write English this is an embarrassment.

      • usman alhassan

        I learned from your fafa. You shouldn’t blame me for doing wrong but your father.

        • You’re a Nigeria not an englishman post whatever you want.

          Allah ne ma karufi ba mutumu ba.

          • Durotimi Oye

            Shameless illiterate.

          • I’m a bush man, i’m a Nigeria

          • Durotimi Oye

            You are not a nigeria you are a nigerian, this is pathetic!

          • I completely disagree with you i’m a Nigeria.

          • Durotimi Oye

            Olodo rabata

          • Thanks!

        • Durotimi Oye

          Just save yourself the trouble and write in hausa mediocre!

      • Professor, this is a public forum he’s a Nigerian not an Englishman (anglo saxon) if you thinks his writing or grammar is beneath you stay off his post.

        Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Galileo Galilei, all great men all struggle with the english language because it wasn’t their father or mother’s tongue.


        • Durotimi Oye

          Birds of the same feather flock together.

          • Ogbeni

            Birds of a feather not same feather…. OK?

          • Durotimi Oye

            Prepare yourself I am so sure you can’t win.

          • Ok Senior professor, thanks!

          • Ok professor thanks!

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    Heheheeeee, Atiku tiku good talk but we Nigerians are not fools, Vice Presido of Nigeria for 8 years under Poverty Development Party (P D P) chei you corrupt but clever Doro Band it.

  • donald,the russian stooge

    desperado ………………… with his high libido,this wan go finish naija …………………. would make “did well” ebele look like a joke ………

    • Malik

      Ha ha ha ‘did well ebele’…..nice one

    • dan arewa

      Did Well Ebele indeed !!! hahahahahahaha !!!!

  • thusspokez

    “If Atiku is a thief merely because of his resourcefulness…

    Atiku was indeed very resourceful in stealing, embezzling and accepting bribes.

  • thusspokez

    The former vice president challenged anybody who had evidence that he stole a kobo while he was head of Customs or during his tenure as vice president ”to confront him with evidence or file a petition against him.”

    Well, Atiku can’t expect his accusers to provide evidence if he is not willing to open his books and answer questions about dodgy transactions that may be found in those books

  • Comfortkay

    Alhaji Atiku please tell us how you made your wealth.

    • hear here!

    • Nuorah

      True hard work is success, Anyone can make it in life

      • Comfortkay


  • Anselem Ejiogu

    Atiku forgot that he worked with people when he was in custom. He can never argue his way out of this one. Let him enjoy his wealth while it lasts. We don’t need leaders with his kind of pedigree, we will vomit him from our mouths.

  • Frank Bassey



    1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
    2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
    3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
    4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
    5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
    6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
    7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
    8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
    9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
    10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company
    11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company
    12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Co
    13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
    14. Rland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services
    NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC
    Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services
    Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister


  • El Patron

    Lol. The words Atiku, fight and corruption should never be used in the same sentence. What a joke!

  • I agree with the man he stole dollars and pound, not kobo

    • Nuorah

      Atiku is not corrupt he had never stolen a ‘kobo’or dollars and pound as you mention

  • Du Covenant

    I don’t believe anything this man says to justify how he became rich. Anybody that has worked in the Nigerian customs is corrupt and must have stolen from the State. Why is Dangote, Dantata etc thieves?. I have problems with any Nigerian that has worked in government and has become rich. It is just not possible no matter how hard working or frugal such an individual is. Therefore, my take is Atiku is not a clean man and will NEVER fight corruption with the vigor that somebody like Buhari will. Everyone knows Buhari’s position on corruption and indiscipline long before he became our President, you can see it by his body langauge, you can see it in Buhari that he just does not care about material things of this planet. Atiku is the very opposite of Buhari and stinks of corruption anywhere he goes!.

    • Dangote, Dantata … are all crooks but they stayed out of direct politics and do fake charity works in their community, Attiku has done neither.

  • Rumournaire

    Atiku is obviously trying to play on the short memory of Nigerians. The investigation report on his management of PTDF funds, which was gazetted and published in Vanguard of 28th September 2006, says in part:



    (a) We are of the view that His Excellency, .Vice-President Atiku Abubakar (hereinafter referred to as the VP) abused his office and position by diverting funds approved for the PTDF operations to placements in ETB and TIB Plc instead of implementing the projects budgeted for. The funds were deposited in the two banks at below-market rates over a period of

    (b) Indeed, the projects are only being approved for implementation in 2006 which raises the question why the funds were
    withdrawn from the Treasury in the first place, so many years ago. It is the view of the Panel that these actions benefitted, business interests and those of the VP’s friends and associates like Otunba Fasawe and Chief Mike Adenuga rather than the public interest of accelerated implementation of the projects.

    (c) We also find that the VP’s action in unilaterally, approving the disbursement of the sum of US$20m (without the approval of the President an4t the Federal Executive Council as was done for the initial US$1 25m), violated the constitution and amounted to conduct unbecoming of the VP’s high office.

    (d) We view the VP’s explanation to the Panel that he thought the President and FEC’s global approval of the sum of US$l25m covered him on this subsequent approval as untenable.

    Does anyone need more evidence of his corruption? What about the US report
    on him as well?

    • Akiika

      These monies are in dollar ke. This are evidence of stealing dollar not kobo.

      • Rumournaire

        Good point! In that case, Madame Diezani is innocent because she did not steal any Naira or Kobo. You these Nigerians are just scandalising a great woman.

        • Passionate about Nigeria

          Lol! Hahaha!

        • Touché

      • Passionate about Nigeria


  • Inah hayes

    CUstoms must pay very well…Everyone at Customs is a currupt thief

  • Maitama Tambari

    “In a bid to dispute the notion that he is corrupt held by some Nigerians, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday said he had never stolen a ‘kobo’ of the nation’s resources while he held leadership positions.” Last week Atiku spoke of his businesses including
    INTELS NIGERIA Limited, PREDECO etc. Looking at the mirrorNigerians know better.

  • Lanre

    Alhaji Abubakar Atiku. Wazirin Adamawa, the father of the Turakin Adamawa. More grease to your elbows. Those who don’t know will know. Yes ke. Just like Obasanjo, Babangida, Danjuma, Abdulsalam Abubakar, Yar’adua Family, Abachas were hard working and the rest of us lazy. Let the millions of the paupers in Nigeria go and die jo. They are just lazy people. Olowo n’soro, otosi…….

  • Akiika

    Jeeeesus! Atiku no steal a kobo? what an outrageous lie! i challenge you to come America to prove you are not corrupt. The US congressman that confessed to bribing you is in jail.

  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Atiku, take it easy. Whether Nigerians perceive you as a corrupt person or not, as a Muslim, you know there is the day of reckoning, when you will stand before your Creator and account for every single Boko you have on this Earth. Your file is still open. It will only be closed the moment you die. So, the fact that you are not charged with any corruption or theft charges, doesn’t make you clean. The judgement of Allah, is the real and perfect judgement, as Allah is the best of all judges.

  • Concrik

    Is this man serious? Words mean nothing when actions prove otherwise. And as always, the words of a liar and politician should always be taken with a desert of sand.

  • Harry

    OBJ where are u? Can’t u come and testify on Atiku’s claim?

  • Afo

    Simple test is to visit the US and come back. Return our money if you want Nigerians to clear you.

  • Baba Jada

    The reward of hard work is success, Anyone can make it.
    Atiku is a true visionary who believes in One Nigeria, He has both the
    determination and experience to move Nigeria forward. Atiku isn’t
    sectional or tribal but uniting and accommodating of all Nigerians. Your country
    needs you Atiku. #Nigeriaforall2019

  • Lami T

    Yes! That’s the question Nigerians should be asking, not gullibly going with lies of selfish politicians. The man has so much investment in the country for God sake, unlike the real thieves who take there investments outside the country. Those are the people crippling our economy, please let’s tap into our God given common sense.