Sunday, 3 December 2017

Atiku Reveals Why Buhari Was Banned From The US, Vows To Defeat Him In 2019


Former Vice - President Atiku Abubakar has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari was barred from the United States for 15 years. According to him, Buhari was banned due to his religious views.
Atiku was quoted as saying this during an interview with Dele Momodu, which was part of his weekly column titled,
Buhari had, at a seminar organised by the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria in August 2001, said,“God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country. I will continue to show openly and inside me, the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria".
Atiku, who was one of the notable voices that opposed Buhari at the time, said Buhari was actually barred from travelling to the US for 15 years as a result of his position on the Sharia issue. The former vice president was responding to a question on why he avoided travelling to the US.

Atiku stated,“It is the sole prerogative of America to determine who they want in their country or not. I'm not running away from America. I applied but wasn't issued a visa. However, they did not decline me categorically.
They have only said my application is going through an administrative process. This is not peculiar to me. For about 15 years, Buhari could not enter America on account of religious considerations.
"The current Indian Prime Minister , Modi , suffered the same fate for years. Today, he is being accorded a red carpet treatment in America. I fly to different parts of the world, including Europe. If America wanted me, it would be so easy for them to reach out to their allies".
Also, Atiku, who recently resigned as a member of the All Progressives Congress , boasted that he would defeat Buhari should the latter contest against him in the 2019 presidential election.
He said there currently existed in the country a widespread disenchantment with the Buhari government and that he, Atiku would defeat him in the election.

He added,“ I will definitely beat him this time. He has wasted a lot of his massive goodwill . A lot of people are disgruntled but they are keeping quiet and lying low . Our youths are suffering terribly . They are even now being sold into slavery .

"Everyone knows my track record of inviting and attracting a good team and giving them the opportunity to work professionally. Nigerians are tired of leaders who cannot think big and work big .”

While insisting that he hadn't yet joined any political party, Atiku stated that the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party were mounting pressure on him to join the party. He said the only way the PDP would be able to restore its faded glory was to pick a formidable candidate .

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