As 2019 general election draws nearer, former Nigeria's Vice-President has vowed to fight corruption like never before if given the chance in Aso Rock. .
In a statement released by his Media Office in Abuja, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, who spoke during a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi area of Abuja on Monday, vowed to fight corruption like never before if given the chance to preside over Nigeria’s affairs.
According to Punch newspaper, the influential APC chieftain also challenged those he described as his self-righteous political enemies to either prove his alleged corrupt activities or keep quiet.
He was quoted as saying, “I would fight corruption like never before if I'm given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of the country.”
“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,” the former Vice-President said.
He noted that people who lacked initiative, personal resourcefulness and ideas about wealth creation, “always assume that a man cannot build himself without stealing.”
“People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief just like them,” he said, adding that it was morally offensive for people who despise honest labour to become judges in the courts of public opinion.
The Waziri Adamawa explained that though he had not been convicted of corruption by any court in the land or elsewhere, his political enemies had been parading a fake morality to fool gullible Nigerians.
He was equally quoted as saying, “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.”
The former Vice-President said he was well equipped to fight corruption because of his vast experiences both in the public and private sectors and his ability to build a team capable of accomplishing the task.
“I will shock everyone because I believe that I will fight corruption like never before.”
Atiku recalled that he had pasted a reminder on his bed side during his training as a Customs officer that he would retire from any agency if he had not attained the headship of the place at the age of 40, adding that he was only able to attain the position of a deputy director before his exit in 1989 to start a career in business.