Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who recently resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has described himself as a rebel, stressing that he can only agree to be governed, not ruled.
Speaking in Lagos on Thursday night at the 2017 Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs conference titled: “Networking with the Giants,” he urged Nigerians never to allow the word “rule” to be used in Nigeria’s democratic process.
Atiku, who was responding to an earlier statement by one of the speakers, Mr. Fela Durotoye, said, “For me, I am a rebel. Never should the word ‘rule’ be a term in our democratic process. You all must be governed because you must participate in that process. For me, I will not accept to be ruled, but I will accept to be governed”.
While ditching his former party a forthnight ago, he had accused the APC of instituting “a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced”, adding that the ruling party was yet to purge itself of arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that causes fractionalization in political parties.
The former Vice President, who received the award of African Outstanding Entrepreneur at the event, dedicated same to Wizkid, for winning the Music of Black Origin, MOBO, awards, as well as youths in Nigeria.
He charged his audience to imbibe the entrepreneurial spirit as those from the South-East, stating that Nigerians should not be known for drugs and fraudsters, but for business and enterprise.