Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan does not have the capacity to conduct the 2015 general elections describing the political situation in the country as “grim.”
Atiku also said there was nothing wrong holding national conference, maintaining however that the Jonathan administration also lack the capacity to organise the National confab within the same year with elections.
The former vice president, who featured as a guest on the personality programme Liberty Radio, a private station in Kaduna, said the situation in the country, was no longer about the ambition of any individual but about Nigeria.
He said: “We have got to a stage; you have an ambition if the environment permits. The environment does not even permit for that. So you have to restore normalcy, the environment first before you begin to think about ambition.”
Atiku disclosed that he and former military Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) had shared concerns about the political situation in the country. “If you allow your ambition to override you, you will find that you don’t even exist.
I and Buhari have never seen things as bad as these since the pre-civil war period. It’s really serious.” Asked why he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar said he never left the party but was forced out by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He said: “First of all I did not leave the PDP; I was pushed out of the PDP by my former boss.
Ever since I returned four years ago, PDP has not communicated to me and I have not communicated to the party. I have not attended any of their meetings and they have not invited me. “I’m supposed to be a member of Board of Trustees; I have never attended the meetings.
I’m supposed to be a member of NEC; I have never attended one meeting. I am supposed to be a member of caucus by convention because when we were in office, we said the President should always nominate the Vice President, that was why Alex Ekwueme was nominated, but I am not in the caucus. “Actually at every level of the party, I am four years today but I’ve never participated. I’m just looking at them.
If you don’t participate in a process, how do you contribute your experience, your expertise and so on, in resolving problems for the party?” He said further that the visit by the new chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu to those who had defected from the party will not solve the problems within the party.
“I told him (Muazu) it won’t make a difference. Before he took up the job, he came to me and told me he wanted the job, I told him to leave it because you are not going to do anything about the situation,” Abubakar said.
In a related development, the National Defence College, NDC, yesterday, raised the alarm over the heights of unguarded and inciting statements by politicians, warning that they were threatening the security of the country.
The Alumni Association of National Defence College, AANDEC, raised the alarm in Abuja, at a press briefing on its fourth seminar on national security with the theme; “Youth Development and National Security: Options for Nigeria”, addressed by the Chairman of the Programme Committee, Air Vice Marshal Christian Obinna Marisu (rtd). The Alumni said that they would not fold their hands and watch the situation continues unchecked, saying that they were already mapping out strategies to stop them.
Morisu, who represented the Chairman of AANDEC, Rear Admiral Amos Adedeji, noted how politicians have been inciting youths to commit violence for selfish reasons.
He said that the seminar was aimed at stopping the menace as the country commences preparations for the coming elections. The association warned those threatening to dismember the country that, “the survival of the Nigerian nation is not negotiable.”
“The theme has been selected following reflections on the need to tackle the extant problem of insecurity in our country from policy and strategic perspectives with a view to engaging the most active segment of the society, that is, the youths in the age bracket 16-40 years.
“The reason for focusing on the youth is not farfetched as it has been observed that the youth take more serious views of public statements made by respected senior citizens (both serving and retired).
“Besides, a chronicle of most of the violent security challenges prevalent in our nation today, shows that the youth have consistently been used as tools and negatively exploited by a system that is supposed to nurture them for growth and productivity.