Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has reportedly revealed the outcome of the closed-door meeting he had with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Speaking to BBC Hausa, the former vice president, who is now a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), revealed that he signed a pact with Obasanjo on how to save Nigeria.
Atiku Abubakar releases a statement on the Boko Haram insurgency. Photo: Facebook
Atiku said the meeting with Obasanjo at Otta Farm, Ogun state, was fruitful and in the best interest of Nigeria.
He said their discussion included the security challenges in the country, adding that he had advised President Goodluck Jonathan in the past to come up with plans that would lead to successful enlistment of volunteers like ‘Civilian JTF’ into Nigerian military, but was not given a thought.
“We discussed challenges our country is facing, and we reached a pact that we will work together and ensure that our country is out of the mess we are in presently,” he said.
The former vice president while speaking on his party’s primaries, expressed optimism that there won’t be any problem arising after the primaries because APC is one and will work for whoever emerges the party’s flag bearer.
Atiku said election would still hold despite the Boko Haram holding some territories in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states: “Yes, I agree that there are territories in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno that are under these terrorists, but this cannot stop elections. We have seen many countries with similar situation but they still went ahead and had successful elections in peace and calm.”
The APC chieftain, however, dispelled the speculations that politicians were not bothered about the insurgency ravaging the country but only their quest for power.
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“It is not true that we don’t bother. All the places we went, you will see us expressing concern and coming up with solution and giving support to the country. It is not true that we care less. I have once advised that the volunteers should be properly enlisted into the military because it will help. They know the terrain and, looking at the situation at hand, security shouldn’t be left for government alone; we should equally play our role and support them,” he said.
It would be recalled that the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, recently condemned President Goodluck Jonathan–led Federal Government after he had earlier stated that any presidential candidate of the APC is better than Jonathan.
The former vice president on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, declared his intention to run for presidency in 2015 general elections. He also gave reasons for running and clears the air on how to solve the long list of national problems.