2019: Atiku meets Afenifere, recounts how Obasanjo queried him


Former Vice President now presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday disclosed that his then principal, former president Olusegun Obasanjo queried him for backing restructuring while they were in office.

Disclosing this when the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, hosted him in Lagos, he said that the query was the punishment he suffered for supporting restructuring of the country.

Atiku stated that his commitment to restructuring was absolute and this position has once gotten him a query when he was vice president.

His words: “In my entire political career, I have not seen Nigeria in a state of danger that may affect its existence as a country as at today. This is because – just like a house- if you get a faulty foundation that building is not likely to last. This is where we find ourselves.

“As a Vice President, I came to Lagos then to discuss why we should restructure this country so that we can survive and provide leadership for West Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.

“That lecture earned me a query from my boss then. I can assure you that I will restructure Nigeria  within six months of my administration.”

Adebanjo had, while speaking on next year’s election, declared that the group supports Atiku, stressing that he would ensure Nigeria is restructured.

Adebanjo said: “You (Atiku) have been writing about restructuring over a decade ago. You gave me your commitment to restructure Nigeria  within six months in one of our meetings several years ago.

“When people talk about good governance and promise good road, agricultural development and all that, we just laugh. There must be a country first before any development. Nigeria can not have peace and stability without restructuring.

“We know that there is no greater champion of restructuring from the North than Atiku,” the Afenifere leader said.

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