Nigeria appears more divided than ever before – Atiku

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

Secession threats, inter-ethnic discontent and hate speech have plunged present day Nigeria into a division that has probably never been experienced before, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has said.

Mr. Abubakar who made the observation at the 40th anniversary of the Federal Government College Okigwe, Imo State on Saturday, noted that all tribes of the country needed one another to achieve desired goals.

“This celebration is coming at a critical time in our country’s history,” he said. “All of you must be aware of the recent agitations from different parts of the country, with some groups threatening violence and, in some cases, secession. These agitations are the result of a number of factors which I will not bother going into at this time, although since you are all enlightened men and women, I have no doubt that you are well and fully aware of what they are.

“As a result of these various forces, the Nigeria of today appears more divided than it has ever been before. Our country is not at war in the sense of guns and bombs, but the level of inter-ethnic discontent, hatred, and hate speech is at an all-time high.”

Recently, Nigeria has been embroiled in secession calls particularly from the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the South-eastern part of the country.

The secessionist movement which calls for an independent state of Biafra, a republic that existed for about three years during the Nigerian civil war, was in September designated a terrorist group by the Nigerian government.

To quell the tension which has arisen from IPOB agitation and that of other groups, many Nigerians have called for restructuring of the political system.

The former vice president, who was represented at the occasion by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, emphasised the need for unity among different ethnic groups rather than a restructure of the country.

“You know from personal experience that the Hausa man’s problem is not the Igbo man, that the Igbo man’s problem is not the Yoruba man, that the Yoruba man’s problem is not the Hausa man, etc.

“You know the beauty of unity, of living together as brother and sister, in the same dormitory, in the same classroom, of belonging to the same house and working towards the same goal, whether it be winning a medal during inter-house sports competitions or a prize during a quiz competition. You know that, at those critical times when everyone’s eye is on the goal, the Hausa and Igbo and Yoruba need one another, must depend on one another to achieve.”

Tracing the establishment of the school and other federal government colleges to a conscious move by the then military administration to promote unity after the civil war, Mr. Abubakar who is also the grand patron of the school, charged the students to take up the responsibility of restoring the lost glory of the country.

“My dear students and alumni of the Federal Government College, Okigwe, Nigeria needs you at this hour. The glory of what was begun here 40 years ago must not be allowed to die. It must be propagated throughout all our country. That is a responsibility that you must all meditate on as you celebrate with one another over the next few days of this grand occasion.”


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  • sunny

    2019 loading we are waiting

  • Al

    Tales by moon light

  • Abu-Mu’awiya

    Atiku you are politically irrelevant now you can’t make it at any election now be it local state and at the national level,you have been in government for decades but you didn’t do anything to your Jada local government and the state of Adamawa and Nigeria in general all the roads in Jada and Adamawa were a death trap you are only special in conniving to loot treasury. You are part and parcel of Nigeria’s problems and now you have ran out of your time,just poor bye.

    • Monday Oshoikpor

      ..because he was being a politician for all and not Jeda local government,is that why you consider him irrelevant?

      • Abu-Mu’awiya

        Please read back my comment I said Jada local government,Adamawa state and Nigeria in general.please mr. Monday one should not be castigated where he is not supposed to be.

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      As of today, majority of Nigerians are for Atiku. OBJ should go and climb 132KVA transformer. Come 2019, Atiku will transform this country. Atiku will reunite Nigeria for good. Buhari has ONLY ONE friend in his entire life and that is mamman Daura his newphew. no more no less. Even Aisha has told the world that never again will she vote for Buhari.

      • Abu- Mu’awiya

        How do you come to your conclusion of majority of Nigerians are with Atiku?,support your argument with facts.

        • Okakuoofbenin

          We will give Atiku block votes in the SS, the SE will do the same, the Yorubas can’t be fooled twice, so i reckon with 80% voting Atiku, North Central will vote 90% against Buhari if only for the attrocities of his Janjaweed herdsmen, NE sowieso( German translation for anyway), So even if all the under age in NW vote again for Buhari including his Miyeti-Allah confranity from Chad and Niger, he will loose. kapisch?

  • Abu-Mu’awiya

    Atiku should keep quite if he is shameless,he has no guts to make a word as Nigerians were divided because of your huge treasury looting which turned the nation poor.

    • Adams Oloreofe

      But till today, Atiku is the most free person. If he had looted, do you think Buhari won’t be chasing him upandan?

      • Wetin Naija

        Good question

      • Abu-Mu’awiya

        If Atiku is free Evans must be free and more clean.

      • Uche Chioma

        I sorry for you. Receive sense IJN. Buhari is after PDP members who he Sees as enemies yet he’s the father of corruption

      • Okakuoofbenin

        Thank you my brother. In the first place the guy who painted Atiku as corrupt is himself the biggest hypocrite on the planet and the Oga of corruption. Go listen to Fela

  • Monday Oshoikpor

    One thing is obvious, the people we think can’t do the job always end up giving high performance.We can’t continue to glamour in hates instead we can be logical especially when we cast our minds back to how we spread same propaganda to bring this administration that has divided Nigeria unrepentantly.Does anyone ask the question as to why everyone want to be separated from Nigeria? Why is I it happening during Buhari tenure? Many may not have taken time to look Atiku profile and pedigree,I believe in his antecedents and can lead Nigeria out of this modern slavery.

    • Mufu Ola

      There’s no slavery anywhere.It’s only losers peddling the slave theory all over town. When people imbibe d spirit of democracy, & dispensing the mentality that an incumbent cannot lose election,we shall move forward.All d noise about “division” is because somebody lost out in election.Period!!

      • Wetin Naija

        Look at every vital, powerful and reasonable appointment belong to the north.

      • Frank Bassey

        You are seeking a way out. And you are not getting the argument. You must be suffering a slavery mentality to say there is no slavery. This has nothing to do with losers or fraudulent gainers. How would you justify the Table below:

        BUHARI’S RECENT APPOINTMENTS AT NNPC – SIGN OF AN UPRIGHT SAINT?
        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 (dormant)
        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

        • Okakuoofbenin

          Mufu abi Mumu Ola paid BMC agent won’t you answer? Ode gidigan, Oloshi!!! Nigeria’s problem can only be solved through a systemic change which means restructuring and not any individual even if his name is Jesus Christ. That is what Atiku represent. Sai Turakin!!!!!!

      • mayGodpunishopressors

        you are living to your name MUFU. Mufu means a liar, deceitful, deceptive, evil.

    • Malik

      Which antecedents?
      Please enlighten us.

    • Powerlessconscious

      Because you supported pdp the party of thieves. You do not expect apc supported to agree with you. Atiku is a role model in sane clime.

      • Monday Oshoikpor

        My dear friend it has gone beyond politics.APC and Buhari have done more hard than good.Dring this administration,our peaceful coexistence was threatened.The economy suffers and still suffering.Freedom of speech turned to crime in a democratic state.Absence of impunity,incessant killings without justice.Its time to reject this curse and bring back sanity and Atiku has seen this epidemic display first hand .He has the pedigree to change things around for the good of the nation.

      • Frank Bassey

        If PDP is the party of thieves, and over 50 per cent of those in APC were PDP, how do you define APC? People like you are mentally disjointed. This government is leading us into perdition; and any one who plays along with them in a supportive manner, is not worth continuing in existence.

  • Monday Oshoikpor

    This man here is trying to lead us out of the enslaved dungeon of ethnical leadership to a representative leadership where every Nigerian can feel safe and where the hope of all can be restored.We have lost faith in the Nigeria state and we need someone who is vast in knowledge and parade the spirit of oneness.We need progress and this man here represent a progressive Nigeria.

    • Uche Chioma

      I sorry for you Mr. Man. Even for Paul Ibe to say that this country don not need restructuring or secession. I think he need a medical check up

      • Lami T

        You should go back up and read again, this time read it louder so you can hear yourself. And note what Mr. Paul Ibe said as a representative of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is in quotation marks, the rest is the writter’s.

    • Frank Bassey

      You are right. But if we can have a new hand; the better.

    • Really

      No person, I repeat no single person can lead Nigeria out of the darkness that took 56 years and the best hands including Atiku himself, the system could afford to create.

      It is just over with the present one Nigeria Tyranny and all that created the present situation knows that very well, and are trying to reinvent themselves .

      The problem is not that of leadership it is a systematic problem that reflects in the leadsership.

      In a functional constitutional democracy, leadership is the least imprortant. That finds more relevance in dictatorships and Tyranny which has simply failed the citizens.

      Sorry

      • Monday Oshoikpor

        I really feel your pains my dear friend. When we think of the evil perpetrating our land through the men we voted during the last election, I can never blame you for comments like this. I have one thing to tell you, do not loose hope for a brighter day is near. It is said in Africa that when the situation become very tight, solution is not too far away. WE bring you that solution in 2019 in Atiku. I once made statements like yours but changed my mind when I saw the light coming towards our direction as a people. Support the movement!

  • Adams Oloreofe

    Fact! Atiku is 100% right. The country is in total confusion and massive corruption. We have never had it this bad. I thought Buhari said he is for nobody? So unfortunate we will have to wait another 2 looooong years to chase him and his cohort out.

    • Abu-Mu’awiya

      Atiku appears more corrupted than ever before.

      • Zirem

        How does someone appear corrupt? Oh! Nigeria my country.

  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Sorry for you, Atiku. You have been left behind. It is now that you know this.

    • Wetin Naija

      Buhari has divided this country along tribal lines. We used to be one before but what happened?

      • Powerlessconscious

        You used to be one under corruption of one party system pdp for 16years.

        • onome Y.J.

          So you think you have a corruption-free society now. The two years that the pretender and hypocrite has ruled us are beginning to look worse than the 16 years of PDP. At least I remember Obasanjo, Yar’adua and even Jonathan sacking ministers for corruption. Buhari on the other hand protects corrupt people once they are his people. It is those in opposition and those that are not his people that he prosecutes. I would rather have a man who has ideas and the mind of a CEO like Atiku to run this country than a pretender who is indolent and blank-minded.

        • Frank Bassey

          Stop deceiving yourself with this “16-year” stuff. We now know better. If within 2 years, this government could initiate and condone such homogeneous corruption, Nigeria will not be there in the next 16 years. If you think this regime is not corrupt, you owe yourself a pill of poison. And that is why NEMESIS is really at work, because deceit has a limit. Can you imagine what has happened in Maina case? Would you ever believe such rot could occur under a government headed by a Saint, where NNPC contract papers are signed on sickbed?

      • Absolutely Sane

        We have been one till the massive looting of our treasury under PDP was stopped and the affected ones started sponsoring protest here and there to make us appear divided. But when the Python show face, the noise of division reduced drastically till Atiku’s frustration reminded you of their propaganda to discredit the administration that put an an end to his hegemony at Nigeria Seaports.
        Though Atiku’s frustration is noted, he should be reminded that whatever one gains by crook means never last. However, he Atiku should speedily return Nigeria 40 billion Naira revenue before he expend it on futile election endeavour.

  • Timothy

    Am sorry Atiku….I hear you are a good man…good at sharing the loot across board and never ignoring helping anyone….they say you are a philanthropist with a generous heart….but as a leader or ruler…you are not so trust worthy….I guess you are best made as the king maker….special adviser….policy maker….but as a ruler…..not a chance….Nigerians are too serious to want someone who satisfy everyone at the detriment of growth….we actually need growth no matter what you think we all like….yes many may like that little handouts you dole out once in a while….but for a country and overall it wont help all of us…except for a view and it spoils the man for anything….anyways that just my thinking….I hear you came out with an economic blueprint in your last campaign…infact one of the best…..I hear you were the one who suggested the establishment of EFCC….you were in charge of the economy during Obasanjo’s era….these things tend towards your good sides and gives you a good point….but implementing it to the letter is usually left to other people….left in your hands may not work….my own opinion oooooo!

    • Netanyahu

      Good to know that this is your opinion, which to me is confusing. Atiku is a mile better than this clueless bigot in aso rock. He is a successful businessman and effective manager of men and resources. We need to give him a chance to re-unite this kwauntry.

      • Absolutely Sane

        Your name has said everything about and what could come of your mouth. You called him names much worse than this in 2015, yet he overcame you. So long as his good work continues to convince the good ones of his commitment Nigeria development, who cares about name-calling and even you that got masters in name-calling. Remember to tell your bro Atiku that it is not business as usual and that he should return Nigeria 40 billion naira revenue before he spend on futile election effort.

    • Frank Bassey

      Comments like this show you are a nonentity. If all you know about Atiku is what you HEAR, and you base your judgement on what you HEAR, then you will commit the same error when you adjudge someone worse than Atiku a suitable stuff. People should allow reason guide their utterance. Using this platform to insult others unnecessarily is no sign of wisdom. If you have been following Atiku’s antecedents and you are familiar with his legacy, you will know he is not the empty type. Nigeria is where it is today because Buhari’s integrity was over-rated while his incompetence and tribal sentiments were grossly under-assessed. When a man elected President tells the world that he will NEVER treat the people he is elected to lead equally, you cannot but expect the deep division that is plaguing Nigeria today. If a man parades himself as not corrupt, yet condones corrupt practices under his nose, what do you call such a fellow?

      • Absolutely Sane

        We call him Goodluck Jonathan. Not only that he parades himself as not corrupt but also calls himself peacemaker because of accepting election defeat. But he allowed Boko Haram to ravage North East.

        • Sab

          Please who said that any fight against Boko Haram will be viewed as fight againdt the North? When was it said and what was the effect?

          • Monday Oshoikpor

            Buhari made the statement on Liberty radio,June 2013

      • Timothy

        Careful Frank, you may be insulting your father in this forum thinking he is your mate….I never insulted Atiku unless you can not differentiate between what a insult is and what a comment or commendation is….I pointed out his good qualities….but I also said my opinion is that he is not a good leader we need in this country….based on the fact that he is a good politician and likes to win the heart of others….which means looters would be given a chance to loot as long as they share their loot equally….which means those who dont have the chance to loot can just wish and hope that someday it gets to them…..the problem with people like you hating Buhari is that you think too highly of him….you are holding on to the campaign saga like its life and death agreement….you however do not realise that come 2019 this man Buhari may not recontest….whoever wins is on his own….if we continue this cycle of criticism of hate instead of constructive and objective criticism what do you think would happen to the next president? You think he would be left to rule easily? So Buhari said he would not favour those who did not vote for him….Politics is what it is…live with it….those that didnt vote decided they did not want him…so should he force himself on them? The key positions in govt are spread across different regions….that is how comfortable he wants to rule….live with it….when your preferred candidate wins the next election please dictate to him who he should put and the part of the region he should favour more….please this nonsense must stop…its not about the region is about who can deliver irrespective of where the person comes from….stop all this childish and ethnic nonsense talk…If you are good at what you do…you will be called upon someday to serve….if you like favour only your side…when the next person enters your side will be neglected …..until it comes back to your own side in another century…..be careful what you say…Buhari has done nothing to you.

    • Zirem

      It’s a shame that your opinion is based on what you hear and not facts. Our country will never be great if we base our decision on hear-say, if we wish to develop ,we must start using our brains and not wait for malicious people to dump their own thoughts on us.

      • Absolutely Sane

        You stated the exact problem of an average Nigerian and I salute you for that. But why do we jump at anything we hear? Sometimes it is because of our political, religious or ethnic/tribal affiliation to which we think we owe allegiance irrespective the situation. Atiku’s statement shows why he would never be fit to rule not even a local government in Adamawa. Outrightly he observed our bigotry and think he can play on emotions. But a sensible man would know the many reasons behind Atiku’s assertion: 1. The national wealth he is solely sitting upon is gradually being taken back by the Buahri’s administration to say it is not business as usual. 2. His greed to accrue more wealth to himself once he gain power like his boss OBJ did.

      • Timothy

        You see if its based on what I hear…then I am wrong to call him a good politician or a philanthropist….and generous man…my observations is that he was indicted sometime ago of bribing a US Senator…however the matter died a natural death because it would expose US hypocrisy. However we still have many scandals hanging on his head….I have also had people working for him…I also remember years back where a man climbed up a mask to protest that Atiku owed him money and he was going to kill himself in Central Area….all these do not point to someone who can unite the country….it means those who have the opportunity to steal will go ahead….as long as you share with those around….you wont have a problem with him….those who cannot are left to worry or fend for themselves…For me a man like that would only glorify the need to be in power to loot and amass wealth and not to develop anything…..again my opinion…he is yet to convince me otherwise.

        • Zirem

          You haven’t said anything different, some facts will be really refreshing.

          • Timothy

            I dont get you….are you presenting facts or are you expecting facts? I would surely like to be refreshed….

        • Monday Oshoikpor

          My friend, do not solicit for a “perfect” human being as a leader.Anyone who claims to be perfect can be worrisome.Pointing out his differences with people during his day-today business activities does not in anyway reflect his true nature. In finance, it is said that you protect your investment at all times.Some people may want to create scenes cause they know Atiku is a public figure and without any investigation,people like you makes conclusions and use same to rubbish the character of a man. In your previous post you pointed out very important qualities of a man who can unite a country like Nigeria. Atiku is already rich and does not in anyway need the money from the negative balances in the national accounts. Nigeria as a country is broke and need help. We must get those help from people with experience and skill.People who mean well for the country and yes, over time you will be convince if you try.

          • Timothy

            Mr. Monday I sincerely hope you are right…I would infact encourage Atiku to give it a try….but they say you can tell alot about a man from his antecedence and the company he keeps….Atiku is concerned about 2 things Money and Power….Money he may have but Power he has not….look at Buhari and then take a look at Atiku….has it occured to you that Buhari came out for election and in most cases came out second among all the elections….he does not have the money or clout Atiku has and yet could come out to be second runner up in all elections he participated and even contested the results in court…however for Atiku anywhere he goes he is being overshadowed? That is one aspect that tells you this man does not move crowd…..people are not moved by Atiku’s antecedence…he does not command respect of followers but rather encourages business partnership…as a leader I dont think Atiku has it….Someone like Buhari can talk to a crowd and they follow….without using cash…..but for Atiku people would want him to spend…and may not give him the support.

            Secondly Atiku is the kind of person with great ideas…he can actually make things work for the country….but that is when he gets his reward—-POWER— the power to command and subdue his enemies…he will grow this power simply by ensuring that those that matter are rewarded and answerable to him….he is the type when he sees people agitating he would call their leader and give him a juicy position in govt…make the person rich and the person would owe his allegiance to him. He is like IBB in a way…he knows how to settle scores and that is not what we need in the country….unlike Buhari who does not settle but rather wants to get to the root of things and solve it once and for all…Atiku is not that type…after settling the leaders of agitation…if anyone comes out again it would now be between them and their people and not them and the nation….that way nothing is solved only created problem among brothers.

            If Atiku wants to be president…he has to show it…act it and be like one….he should not play opposition….he should not play ‘I am better than Buhari’ NO. He should be a team leader…..someone who takes charge and ensures he can handle it…so far he is jumping from one party or the other showing his desperation. Let him stick to one party ensures he gets the party’s mandate and when he does he will be given the presidency. Not when he cant win a primary he leaves the party to another party and expects all of them to bow for him because he is Atiku. No.

          • Jeward

            Atiku has one thing Nigeria needs, he understands the dynamics of a corporation. He understands profit and loss. If Nigeria is runned on these basis and not nepotism/favoritism, we will progress.
            We honestly don’t need a saint as president, we need someone with hands-on experience.
            I personally feel Atiku has it. He’s above 70, how much can he really still before he dies?
            But we surely need his wealth of experience especially in business.

          • Timothy

            Sometimes we mistake or misunderstand this is a country and not a corporation which one person takes charge and others follow…..if that is the case then Buhari with his dictatorship styke would been a success….we honestly fail to learn from history and that is why did OBJ seek third term and failed…why did Jonathan fail….why is Buhari seem to be failing…..we forget that we are a diverse country with too many diverse interest….we fail that many may not share your ideology and you cant impose you views on them no matter how noble and humble you may be….I want you to take a step back and look at Nigeria…its politcal landscape and its people from all the regions…find out why leaders are not working….for me its lack of the project one Nigeria….understand its beyond personal interests….but what will you do to those who are elected officers who come to office with one thing in mind and that is how to get rich? Are you going to force your will on them….or are going to make them understand its for the benefit of those he doesnt care about….many politicians are there to make money….the corrupt system is already in place and the NASS is not worried about that because they too benefit from it and anyone who comes in their way will be targetted as an enemy…How is Atiku gloriously going to conquer this from a business perspective? He is going to tell the people in NASS to abide by his rule or what? Or he is going to tell Boko Haram to stop killing and come and take a sit in govt? Or tell IPOB that Nnamdi Kanu is better by his side collecting a fat sum while his people sit at home and groan……Even if Atiku has the mind of a genius to transform any business to a mega business venture….he is dealing with a country of many interests and many great minds and those who dont like him no matter what….the same challenge Jonathan faced…the same challenge Buhari is facing and same challenge he would face….so he is not the right person to be president because he is not a good leader.

          • Monday Oshoikpor

            Hello friend, I’m particularly happy you know a few things about Atiku a lot of people do not know. It takes me and you to tell others what they do know about this great man who actually can solve the problem of Nigeria like you have rightly said in your post. We know how Buhari came to power,we can also tell of how people are disappointed at his leadership. Don’t you think its high time to do away with people with ability to pull crowed and disunite them thereafter? Don;t you think we need someone who can feed people with food instead of generating hunger in the land? Don’t you think we need someone with the entrepreneurial skill to grow Nigeria? We do not need a leader of the now. We need a leader who can prepare our country against tomorrow when me and you are no longer alive. We need someone who can retrace the creed upon which we gain our independence and upheld it. We demanded independence because of political and economical concerns,57 years later we are still glamouring on same issues? We need someone who has grown individually,someone with foresight that can take us out of this present situation. Power is a function of many indices,Atiku have got those indices and still have not killed anyone or oppress any. Buhari has used the power bestow on him by the constitution to jail people in an undemocratic way even in a democratic state. We have the Dasuki,El Zakzaky and a few others who have not been tried in court till date. We have had people being taken to court for naming dogs after Buhari. Do you know our freedom of speech is being threatened? Please my friend, I used to think like you but now,I can see and need you to also see this new light and behold it.

          • Timothy

            Am sorry friend I do not share your sentiments……firstly Atiku is not a business entrepreneur….he was successful from the system we run….he is rich today because of that faulty system….I dont think he would like to change that and make the country more prosperous than he is…….secondly Atiku is about money and power….but it is said that a rich man does not like to lose and if he sees an opportunity to add 1 naira to his wealth he would gladly take it….he wont want to lose the opportunity to make more money….so that will already disqualify him…he can spend so much to be president only to be broke at the end….he wont try it…..thirdly you have a very biased mind about Buhari….have you gone through the oath of office where it says ‘to defends Nigeria Sovereign Integrity’ which means when a small group of people believe they are above others and can do whatever they like it brings chaos…beside Buhari did not order the military to go after El Zakzaky…you know what happened but you confortably blame it on Buhari….mind you it already made a bad sale for Atiku because it means he would have allowed the chaos to continue unabated….when you deal with people who dont understand reasoning…..its best to use force to show strength….though the military went too far…excess if you like…but it was a show of strength and with it we have peace there now…..you blame Buhari for a lot in 2 years….but Atiku was part of the govt from the inception of this democracy and with the same PDP we all condemn today…all of a sudden he is the right person for the job? He couldnt win primary in PDP nor in APC…he is now justling for another political party to achieve his dream….does he think he would just be given the mandate without a contest? He has to show that he has crowd and that people believe in him….not what he says he can do…..am afriad my friend if Atiku wants this presidency….you guys should stop and ask why others failed and what will happen if he gets in….remember they said Buhari was sponsoring Boko Haram….today we can see its not….they said he would Islamise Nigeria…today its not…these are political enemies sowing seeds of discord among the people….unless Atiku is part of the people sponsoring such discord how would you think it would suddenly stop once he becomes president?

          • Monday Oshoikpor

            From your conclusions, I won’t be surprised if you say all successful business persons and entrepreneur in Nigeria took advantage of the “system”. Then I asked, what system? MKO Abiola was a successful business man in Nigeria during his time.He contested the seat of the president, though the results of that election was annulled, it was alleged that he won. Orji Uzor Kalu is one of the most successful businessmen in Nigeria even before he became the governor of Abia state.The system do not make the man, the skills does. We have a lot of people in Nigeria, how come these few were able to take advantage of the “system” that is open to all at the same time? Mind you,being able to identify an opportunity is a skill.I really do not agree to that sentiment that Atiku was successful because of the “faulty”system. He worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to becoming
            the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service was
            then known. He started some of his businesses during his service in the custom and even before becoming the VP.He won the governorship seat in Adamawa 1998 before called upon to run together with Obansanjo in in 1999. Amidst this enviable profile, he is also known for his philanthropic nature, why do you think such a man will suddenly change from his behavior that is as old as his humble self to yield to the propaganda that his is after power and money?

            Let me reiterate here that Atiku has all the educational qualities backed by decades of experiences both in business and politics to run Nigeria more successfully than it has ever be. This own to the fact that, whoever can be successful on their own can as well do it again in another platform like being the commander-in-chief. In your previous posts, you indicated his economic designs that were really superlative. Guess what, those designs are still with him and have not been put to use. In this time when our economy is nothing to write home about, we need such a proactive president with solid plan to be in the hem of affairs.

            In as much as I hate to comment on the incompetence of Buhari and his cohort, you keep bringing me back to remember how being undemocratic can be seen as being efficient. Are you rather saying we are better off under the military rule? It is only in the military regime that situation are handled with the use of force. It has been proven worldwide that the use of force doesn’t solve problems rather they create more problems. Unfortunately, there will be those sets of people that will always break the laws in a democratic state. It takes intelligence and the skill of true leadership to handle such problems without the use of force. Thank you for acknowledging the killings of the Shiite groups as awkward and repugnant. How long can we continue to sacrifice humans for someone’s inabilities? How long do people have to die for one man’s incompetence? The president is the commander in-chief who is suppose to secure the lives of every citizen. How come he couldn’t use that power to protect those Shiite members that was killed? I will really begged that you change the notion of force being the only method to cub violence in the society. When communities are strengthened, security is tight, and the citizens feel some sense of belonging then peace will not be far off. I recommend that you watch the speech given by a poet called Dike Chukwumerije in the just concluded Nigeria Economic submit, then you will understand that violence and other social-economic, social cultural vices can be curtained with weapons of love,good governance and selflessness. These are the qualities you can find in Atiku when you say he is a philanthropist.

    • m

      Its unfortunate that many people find it difficult to understand who ATIKU is. Atiku is to say the least, the most finest politician in Nigeria. Atiku may be the only living politician that can reunite Nigerians, where each and every tribe and religion will have a sense of belonging. Atiku is our bridge builder in Adamawa state. OBJ wants to destroy Atiku for just no cause rather than his selfish reasons.

      • Emmie

        Atiku can never be a leader you dont jump and move from one place to the order and condemning where you left like a saint .. why cant atiku work with any party and create a strong difference is stead of switching once he is not favored. we all deserve a chance but we need to manage the first few chances given to us.

      • truth

        Abeg, say something else.

      • Timothy

        Well you have not really given us your reasons why Atiku is the right choice….you almost sound like those ‘Otimkpu’ sycophants who can shout ‘CHAIRMAN’ only when he is around or there’s money to be shared but never really know why you are doing it….Whatever is the reason why OBJ does not want Atiku as president…its between both of them….maybe this coming election will expose it all and the whole world will know…..but that does not mean he wont try….Buhari tried severally…Atiku has always been beaten in primaries…both in PDP and APC…I hope you know that….I heard even Rochas beat him primaries…thats to tell you his political strength so far.

        • Monday Oshoikpor

          The dream of every man is driven by determination and good intentions. It doesn’t matter how many times you go down,what matter is your dream. Atiku may have lost so many primaries,his dreams and good intentions for Nigeria and Nigerians which was overshadowed by the evil caucus was never in any way tampered with. What drives a man is within. WE need such a man who can withstand the storm and not be shaken. Buhari did not contest elections for a dream. He was doing that for bad intentions and that is evident in this regime.

      • Olatubosun

        Have you drunk?

        Stop that Igbo that you taking

    • Monday Oshoikpor

      You rightly acknowledged in your post that Atiku has never stopped helping others, he has a generous heart and can give good advise and make good policies. If we can entrust Nigeria into the hands of man whose antecedents suggest incompetence, how come you find it hard to know what it takes to be a leader in Atiku? Our economy is in shambles because our president lacks the knowledge of making good policies. We are divided today cause our president do not care about everyone. It takes someone who cares to be philanthropic like Atiku. We should stop playing politics and open our eyes to see diamond in the rough. A few politicians like OBJ may not want him to be president because they know his abilities and his truthfulness which may not go down well with their evil agenda towards our dear Country. I believe you must take to the heart someone who cares so much as evident in the person of Atiku with his widespread generous nature. You really have said it all that he has a lot to offer as seen in his economic blueprint in the last campaign and his immense contribution towards the economic growth of the nation when he was the VP but its unfortunate the enemy of Nigeria is not allowing the star to shine.Implementation is collective especially in the public sector. At the apex of decision making,Atiku has the policies making expertise as rightly stated in your post.Policy makers always know the right people to bring to the table to achieve their goals. Atiku is one of the most successful businessmen in Nigeria today and you may want to ask how he achieved that milestone? Using the right people in running businesses successfully is also a skill just you know.We must stop the enemies of this country to bring this kind-heated individual to power so that we can be liberated.

      • Timothy

        You are good for a spokesperson…especially your interest in Atiku…however I have just replied you a lengthy text on my views about Atiku….however when you say we entrust to a man whose antecedence is incompetence then you have not only got it all wrong you have a very awful biased mind….we entrusted Buhari because we believed the looting of the national treasury by a few was becoming too much to bear. We entrusted Buhari because we wanted a man to make the hard decision to say Yes or No to certain things no matter who it is….we did not want a man who will dance to everyone’s tunes without a direction…we did not want a man who thinks because he has wealth so Nigerians dont matter…We want someone who can fix things….someone determined to fix things and not think about what he will get in return….Buhari contested the election thrice…same party even after they merged….he contested along side an Igbo man….it didnt work….went on with Tunde Bakare…it didnt work….he was determined and now people want him to perform themagic in 2 years from a decay of more than 16 years….are you really serious? You want him to manage the opposition…mange the terror…manage the economy…manage the insecurity and simply snap his finger and all is well? In our dependence on oil and lazy people who suddenly dont have ideas on how to improve themselves? to the point Buhari has to force it down their throat that the way to go is farming? That we have to ban certain things we import…we have to focus on enterprenuers? You want all this to work in 2 years

        Please list out for me how many countries in the world changed their lives in 2 years…please am waiting.

      • FD

        In 1999 Atiku was successful to win the election to become the first civilian Governor of Adamawa state; but was tricked to run as VP under ex convict Obasanjo who later threw him out into dust bin after use! With Atiku as President after OBJ, Boko Haram that took over NE Nigeria and lawlessness of the Hausa Fulani cattle rearers roaming from Niger and Chad to North – South Nigeria with AK47 terrorising every one along their route would not have taken the dimension it has become since 2007. Why? For his AUN at Maiduguri to flourish, Terrorism will need to be check. Unlike PMB who requires terrorism to enable cattle rearing to flourish with free grass, water, along their route from sahara to Atlantic ocean. Just give ATIKU a chance as President of Nigeria where everyone will belong and feel at home with equal right like pre 1966 Nigeria.

  • Bode_139

    It feels as though we’re all saying the same thing but in different tongues. The need for restructuring is not embedded in diversity. That is just a cliche. The real need for restructuring is to enable us to re-engineer our polity towards equitable economy opportunity and social progress. Everyone knows that diversity is beautiful. As Nigerians, it’s a question of watching some of the latest movie I.e the wedding party to know that our diversity is also our strength. However, for that diversity not to become a tool for dissatisfaction, it has to be embedded in meaningful social and economic progress. All over the world, countries review their political and social situations intermittently in order for them to channel ways of reinforcing their unity and progress. Otherwise, discontent often leads to discontinuation. For Nigeria to remain strong and able, it must adapt to evolving changes. How we do it is what has to be worked out. However, first and foremost is for the regions to identify their economy strength and seize upon the current situation to energise new strategies. The current situation surpasses the ability of states, restructuring must be regional base for it to have a meaning. That does not mean that an Ibo man that lives in Ibadan has to return to Enugu to be part of the new development. NO. As long as a you’re a Nigerian citizen, residing in any part of the country, it it is your duty to participate in the economic and social development of the region you resides and should be recognize in your endeavours and not your ethnic appurtenances. We as Nigerians should begin to see ourselves as an entity and that regionalism is not a panache for divorce, rather, it should become a tool for social and economic integration with the one of the advantages being the avoidance of heavy political bills that has crippled the nation so far. Regional economy will lead to fruitful economic renaissance and revolutionise our social concepts of ourselves and nation. The power base will be closer home, choices will be made scrutinisingly, and I am certain that , once we can identify a way forward, and methods of governance that will be inclusive, most agitations will be quelled and the task of reconstruction will be everyone’s. The hate words comes from uncertainties and anxieties so attached. Everyone needs a fortified sense of belonging. And, only those who are able to attain some form of social and economic freedom, has little to agitate about.

  • PeaceMaker

    You are right but you are contributing your own share of the disunity!! Just tell Intels to first pay Nigeria’s money into our TSA!!!

  • Zirem

    Nigeria is so divided and any sensible Nigerian knows it’s not working for us, at least not for must of us. We should do away with politicians preaching division, because it only benefits them. As it is we are busy fighting each other while those in power are having it easy and ripping us off our entitlemen.

  • Shahokaya

    To Atiku Nigeria is in worst shape than ever before, the NPA lady has poured sand into his intel and unfortunately for him more such is coming into his way.

    • Okakuoofbenin

      It’s not NPA my friend, that is the handiwork of Buhari and his cabal because they have no tangible evidence to nail him for corruption except the malice of Obasanjo the Godfather of corruption.

    • Monday Oshoikpor

      What does that suggest to you? Vendetta!! Do we need people who fight when they feel you want to contest against them in an election? How come suddenly,INTEL is not worthy of the contract? Think and don’t be deceived.

  • Julius

    Yep, you can’t steal as easily as you used to do. Now, your INTEL company will pay up the money you’ve been stealing from us ! Be ready !

  • Olatubosun

    Atiku is not getting it at all. ….
    What is he trying to insinuate

  • Olatubosun

    Atiku can’t be our president

  • August January

    Atiku is an opportunist! He’s singing what he thinks many unprincipled and unstable Nigerians like him want to hear!!! Only fools would want someone as unstable and unprincipled and without any ideology like Atiku to be President of Nigeria.