The Presidency has accused former vice president and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, of taking political advantage of the scary security situation created by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East of the country.
Addressing a world press conference in Abuja on Monday, the former vice president had accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government of deliberate indifference to the activities of the terrorist group.
But speaking yesterday at a public affairs forum, “The Jonathan Administration: Four Impactful Years,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, accused the former vice president of taking a swipe at the military and President Goodluck Jonathan in a way that dignified the insurgents.
“We are facing many challenges from roads, finance, security but gradually, this administration is attending to them. It is obvious that people are also trying to make mileage of insurgency,” Okupe said.
Yesterday (Monday), a very notable member of the Nigerian leadership institution in particular, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku took a swipe at the Federal Government and at the President.
“You know, it is difficult to comment publicly about people, who have held very important and highly dignified positions in our polity, but when people go to the extent of trying to make political gains out of national tragedy, it is difficult not to say something because this is part of the misinformation, which the Nigerian public has been subjected to.
“Atiku said we have problems with leadership both political leadership and military leadership. For a former vice president, I believe, the comments passed by Atiku Abubakar, I don’t want to use the word, ‘irresponsible’, but I will say it is a little bit out of place.
“It is not something you expect from an elder statesman, somebody, who has been in the system and who understands how government works.
“I am angry for good reasons. When you want to be a political leader in the country, you want to be the president and you take sides with the insurgents and celebrate their supposed victory and ridicule your own Armed Forces, a potential commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces making a mockery of the Armed Forces that he is likely going to inherit, the least you can say for respect sake, is that it is unpatriotic and not dignifying; it is very unfortunate, it is sad.”