Former Vice President of Nigeria, Mr. Atiku Abubakar has condemned what he termed as “recycled and regurgitated lies” suggesting that he and members of his family are being followed by the United States Government.
Atiku, in a press statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr. Paul Ibe, described the recent report of being put under surveillance by the US as a false allegation meant to rubbish his image.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar is not under any US watch list, neither has he been charged, or will ever be charged by the United States Justice Department or any other in a foreign jurisdiction,” Mr. Ibe said.
He recalled that “these recycled lies were re-unearthed just before the February 23, 2019 Presidential election, and to put paid to them, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, applied for and received a US visa, whereupon he embarked on a visit to the United States on January 17, 2019. He stayed at a hotel just miles to the United States Department of Justice.
“Atiku Abubakar in the course of that trip was also received in audience, by officials of the United States Government.
“These ‘new’ reports are a desperate gambit to recast these discredited accusations. They are meant to divert the attention of Nigerians from the recent statement by the Secretary of State of the United States, Mr. Mike Pompeo, announcing visa and travel bans for certain unnamed but notorious individuals.”
Mr. Ibe also noted that the timing of the report, less than 24 hours after the Edo state gubernatorial elections, should give some thought to thinking people.
“Considering the season that we are in, more of such jaundiced stories seeking to discredit Atiku Abubakar would come.”
He, however, restated that the former Vice President and every member of his family keeps a clean business portfolio that has nothing to do with government resources and in conformity with local and foreign laws of respective countries.