Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ATIKU OR BUHARI, A CHOICE WITHOUT REAL CHOICE?

Icheoku says like the proverbial two knives in the household  of a poor person, wherein one knife is sharp but has no handle and the other knife has handle but is not sharp, the APC is stranded between two not so good choices in the declared presidential candidacies of Muhammadu Buhari and Abubakar Atiku. Icheoku says ordinarily no political party would want or prefer such a situational limbo in choosing who flies their presidential flag, especially in an election cycle many consider as the opposition's to lose? But regrettably though, this seems now the sure fate of destiny that awaits the APC as their choices have drastically and threateningly narrowed to just two detestable, much loathed and highly unelectable candidates, Buhari and Atku. 

Icheoku says both candidates, having repeatedly ran for the office and now literally morphed into presidential candidates emeritus, have somewhat become very desperate and dangerous or at least are now perceived as so? Icheoku says such craving-desperation by both Muhammadu Buhari and Abubakar Atiku for the office of Nigeria's president forebodes of something sinister. So it is very safe to assume that both Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar are driven not by their altruism, but by some other ulterior motive, including obtaining a platform to take  out vengeance as well as the power to do evil. They should therefore be stopped, prevented and avoided.

Icheoku says considering the dearth of other credible potential presidential candidates in the APC and the near-desperateness of this two already irredeemably damaged presidential candidates Buhari and Atiku,  it is increasingly becoming obvious that the APC is running on empty in their quest to snatch from President Jonathan, the keys to Aso Rock in 2015? But cruel fate has apparently boxed the party into a corner with this two leprous candidates, non of who would nor could yield them their desire to form the next government at the center. Icheoku maintains that except a miracle is pulled off the hat of Bola Tinubu in giving Nigerians a presidential candidate they could vote for, the APC's dream of shoving Jonathan out of Aso Rock in 2015 might remain a hollow pipe dream and at best an illusionary nightmare. 

Icheoku says never in the annals of Nigerian political engineering has two frontline presidential candidates of a major political party, especially the opposition, come this laden with weighty putrid baggages. The two presidential   candidates, Muhammadu Buhari and Abubakar Atiku, both come heavily laden, heavily handicapped and heavily damaged with political barbs the APC wish they never carried or have to deal with. Icheoku says this is the dilemma of the All Peoples Congress Party as they search for an acceptable and credible candidate to fly their presidential flag this 2015 election season in Nigeria. Unfortunately, with Buhari and Atiku, their search remains a work in progress that requires more concert and grit. Call it the conflict of abstractions of two opposites or the lack of a fulfilled cause in a given quantum or a choice with no real choice or the compound dilemma. A complexity of complexities of some sort, that in either candidate, the party is not satisfied nor fulfilled that they have a winning candidate. 

Icheoku maintains that the candidacy of either Buhari or Atiku would be an insurmountable problem for the APC to solve or try to sell to Nigerians in the 2015 presidential election. Neither Buhari nor Atiku is the "IT" candidate and none of them is the much needed magical silver bullet to 'shoot' Jonathan out of Aso Rock in 2015. 

First Muhammadu Buhari, the austere one, although  disciplined enough to lead Nigerians is rather too fundamentalistic or at least perceived as such by Nigerians. Icheoku laments that unfortunately his handlers are not helping matters or doing enough at solving this his image problem which is hounding him and heavily militating against his electoral chances. Muhammadu Buhari is also too mean-spirited, lean and dangerous. As William Shakespeare observed of Cassius through Julius Caesar, such men should be feared and Nigerians have been put on notice. It is also arguable that Muhammadu Buhari might be more disposed to solving Nigeria's intractable corruption problem; but there is increasing fear in some quarters that he might not be able to put his money where his mouth is once the wheeling and dealing of election is done and he is sworn in, especially with Bola Tinubu calling the shots. 

In recent past, Muhammadu Buhari had threatened to reveal the type of corrupt NNPC and Nigeria's oil industry the duo of Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo ran respectively? He never followed through, but instead  made a b-line and backed down under pressure? Muhammadu Buhari also not too long ago, visited the Kano State and at the grave site of Sani Abacha, extolled him as the best head of State Nigeria ever had? Icheoku bemoans how a man like Abacha, who committed untold atrocities on both the physical and psyche of Nigerians, and who stole Nigeria blind to the tune of over three billion dollars, with some of his loot still being repatriated back to Nigeria, could be qualified by any sane Nigerian talk less of one who wants to be their president, as the best leader Nigeria ever had? 

Icheoku adds that any mind or brain that could arrive at this judgment or opinion, about the despicable midget of Kano, and despite the myriad of evidence and facts of consequence at everybody's disposal, is a mind-demented, a mind-troubled with reality or one simply delusional as to what is or what was? Till date and over thirty one odd years after, Muhammadu Buhari has also not been able to satisfactorily explain to Nigerians the circumstances surrounding the 53 suitcases that his then ADC Jokolo smuggled into Nigeria during the currency exchange in 1984? Icheoku says it is simply difficult, if not impossible, for such a mind as fore encapsulated, to be compatible with a mind that is seriously anti-corruption tinged or that would successfully lead Nigerians out of the woods and into the promised land. 

Icheoku says that Muhammadu Buhari is a very mean person  and has succeeded in alienating himself from decent and sensitive Nigerians is equally obvious. Buhari has been on the stage before and his records then was not stellar. Buhari  has killed innocent Nigerians before and would do it again? Buhari is also finding it extremely difficult to understand or accept how repulsive and abhor able an act it is to carry out the sentence of death on anyone based on a retroactive decree? Buhari is also finding it difficult to appreciate why civilized Nigerians are mad as hell at him for murdering those three innocent Nigerians whom his junta accused of drug peddling? Icheoku says no man with a good soul would kill innocent people who did not break any death-sentence law or arbitrarily carry out a sentence of death on them  just to prove that he is a blood-thirty monster that should  be feared. Icheoku says Buhari needs to understand that what he did was not only wrong but violates every sensibilities of a civilized behavior and must make atonement for them. Icheoku says humans do not just kill people just because they can and Buhari, except his habitat is in Serengeti, needs to apologize to Nigerians, particularly the families of those deceased three, and ask for general forgiveness. 

Further Buhari's overthrow of a duly elected President Shehu Shagari's democratic government is equally an albatross on his neck. Icheoku says Buhari cannot be allowed to probate and reprobate on an issue. So a denier of democracy cannot be allowed to turn around and seek to be a beneficiary of the same democracy he previously spurned and disparaged. Then add Decree 4, the muzzle-decree, that forbade any criticism of his junta regime and you see a man running amok with absolutely laboring to control every facet of life of fellow Nigerians. 

Icheoku says Muhammadu Buhari's baggage is too plentiful, it hurts his chances so much.  The Buhari then is the same Buhari now and there is no evidence that he has seriously walked himself back into the minds and hearts of decent Nigerians. Icheoku therefore maintains that an APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari is not sellable to Nigerians,, despite some fanatical following in certain  quarters of the country. Buhari's despotism is still there, although arguably latent, but would surely bubble back to the fore in the event of his getting back to power.  

Icheoku agrees with Mohmmed Abdulrahman that although "Buhari may be a good person and can also be a good leader but he will never "rule" Nigeria again. Buhari was and still remains a dictator and has no business analysing political processes and direction. Buhari was a die-hard dictator who executed those three drug carriers unlawfully and jailed the newspaper men, who exposed the truth. Buhari cannot be President of Nigeria again. It takes more than being a good person to be President of Nigeria, considering other factors, like quality of being humane as in humanity, ethnicity, religion as well as other factors."

Abubakar Atiku on the other hand, is a much more amenable of the two candidates to all the different disparities in Nigeria. Atiku is more liberal with his religious views and inter-personal relationships with other Nigerians who do not knock their forehead on the ground in prayerful supplication to their "God or Allah or whatever nomenclature that suits?" However, Atiku's worst leg-chain is that the is eminently very corrupt. Put in another way,  Icheoku says Abubakar Atiku could be described as a personification of corruption or the human face of corruption in Nigeria. It is on record that till date Atiku is yet to accept Baba Iyabo's challenge to travel to the United States and be arrested for corruption? 

Nigerians are aware that Atiku Abubakar is a fugitive on the run from justice in the United States of America on account of multiple  corruption one of which was implicated in the case that sent US Congressman from Louisiana William Jefferson to prison. It was on account of this that Baba Iyabo, Olusegun Obasanjo, sarcastically remarked "I dey laugh" when the issue of Atiku's first attempt at running for the presidency was broached. It is also on record that Atiku Abubakar has nothing to show for explanation as the source of his stupendous wealth, other than that he worked for the Nigerian Custom and Excise and then went into politics?  

Icheoku says if Bola Tinubu ever settles for any of this two candidates, he will have some serious explaining to do for Nigerians on why they should trust their destiny in either evils?  But the man who owns and runs APC PLC will first have to inform Nigerians in APC, why they should choose a very mean-spirited Muhammadu Buhari over a very corrupt Atiku Abubakar or vice versa. 

Icheoku says that both men have unsuccessfully made the same bid for Aso Rock, on two occasions in the past and each time came miserably short of the goalpost, does not bode well for this repeat attempt. Icheoku harps that nothing has changed since their previous presidential runs, both in their like-ability factor and their campaign performance/strategy, to warrant or suggest that this time the outcome is going to be anything different? None of the candidates have developed any wow factor or mesmerized Nigerians enough for them to suddenly fall in love with them and fall in line behind them. 

But until APC decides or settles on which of the two unelectable candidates, Icheoku wishes them luck in their effort at displacing the man already occupying Aso Rock, President Goodluck Jonathan? An occupant who would have ordinarily been easily beaten due to non performance and Nigerians disenchantment with his governance thus far, but the lack of any credible alternative would force Nigerians to go to the poll with their noses covered and reluctantly cast their ballots for Jonathan and the PDP in 2015. As the saying goes, the devil one knows is still far better than the strange but possibly bellicose angel. As between the deep blue sea that either Buhari or Atiku choice represents, and the hard rock which the non performing government of Goodluck or rather "Hardluck" or "Badluck" Jonathan is, the bet is that survival chances are better with the hard rock than ending up as dinner or lunch in one marine mammal. 

Peradventure, the APC might settle for an entirely and surprisingly new candidate, possibly of previously unknown quantity, but who would be credible enough to be accepted by Nigerians. If such candidate emerges and provided it is not a candidate just to replace an already in place Christian president or displace an already in place South-south candidate or simply for power shift back to the same Northwest, then APC might stand a chance at forming the next government in 2015. Nigerians are disillusioned at the government of President Jonathan inability to have real traction on the firmament and would gladly welcome a better option for a change but this option must not and should not include either Muhammadu Buhari or Atiku Abubakar. Icheoku emphasizes that unless APC makes to Nigerians an offer they could not refuse nor resist with a viable Jonathan's alternative, the 2015 race will be President Jonathan's to loose with either Buhari or Atiku flying their presidential flag. In that case, Nigerians would rather vote against either Buhari or Atiku and thus elect Jonathan by default as a preferred evil. Until then, Icheoku alongside millions of other Nigerians, will join Baba Iyabo in saying "we dey laugh o" at the declared presidential intention of Abubakar Atiku and Muhammadu Buhari's based on their antecedents and their electability question. What an albatross? What a Catch-22 nobody in APC would otherwise want?

Monday, October 13, 2014

OBASANJO CAN TAKE A HIKE - ATIKU

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo had the right to endorse whoever he wanted for the 2015 presidential election.
Atiku said this in Abuja, at a news conference organised by his media organisation to intimate the public of a policy review summit coming up at the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta on October 27.
Debunking claims that the three-day conference was a ploy to get Nigeria’s ex-president to endorse him for the next general election, Atiku said the choice of Abeokuta for the conference was because his media organisation felt each time they went to Lagos, the people’s daily routine was usurped.
He said: “Abeokuta is a more serene atmosphere for thinking and suits our purpose. It is not a strategy for endorsement.
“Obasanjo is in the PDP; he has a right to endorse anyone he wants as president but you will agree with me that the ultimate choice lies with the electorate.”

Friday, October 10, 2014

ATIKU IS AN 'UNCLEAN VESSEL' - OBASANJO

Culled from Punch Newspapers:- 
There are strong indications that former President Olusegun Obasanjo may have warned the All Progressives Congress not to field former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku as its flagbearer in the 2015 elections. Obasanjo, during a recent visit by the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to his residence in Abeokuta, was said to have warned the opposition party against fielding an “unclean vessel” as its presidential candidate in 2015.

An impeccable source, who was at the meeting but did not want his name mentioned, told Saturday PUNCH that last week’s visit by Tinubu to Obasanjo was meant to remind the former President of the need to support the APC to realise its ambition of winning next year’s presidential election. The source said, “Chief Obasanjo appreciated Tinubu’s visit to his home, but specifically warned the APC to shut its door against “unclean vessel.” 

“Chief Obasanjo reiterated his refusal to join the APC when Tinubu visited him in his Abeokuta residence, but warned the party to beware of Atiku. “The former President appreciated the move by the APC to find out what he knew about two of the APC aspirants seeking the party’s presidential ticket. He was happy that the party consulted him over whom to pick as its presidential candidate. The former President gave detailed information on the APC presidential aspirants to Tinubu.”

Tinubu had told journalists that he had discussion with Obasanjo on “some of his former boys” who would vie for elective positions in the 2015 general elections, especially the Presidency. He had said, “We are here to pay homage to our former President and discuss with him because he has a number of influences in the political sphere.“We need to talk to find out his thinking about Nigeria and the future. We need to seek his observation on some of his former boys who are running for Presidency in our party.” 

Icheoku says Baba Iyabo known for his unforgiveness has never forgiven Abubakar Atiku and will do whatever it takes to register his displeasure against the Adamawa Turaki. In other words, Baba still "dry laugh" at the dream that is Atiku seeking the presidency and Icheoku joins Baba in this laughter! Atiku, Icheoku says visit America today and exonerate yourself from the corruption sword of Damocles dangling on your freedom and liberty.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ATIKU POINTS A FINGER AND THREE POINT BACK AT HIM?

Former Vice President has observed that after 54 years of independence, the ordinary Nigerians are still lamenting what independence meant to their lives because of the widening gap between the leaders and the people.
In a statement issued in Abuja by his media office, the former Vice President noted that many Nigerians were concerned about how democratic governance has changed the quality of their lives for the better. He regretted that the rate at which poverty is ravaging Nigeria is inconsistent with the vast resources available to Nigeria. According to him, the country’s wealth does not automatically lead to better life if good governance is lacking? Atiku said the rate at which unemployment is accelerating among Nigeria’s youth, creates youth restiveness, which itself lead to other social crises such as armed robbery and other violent crimes. At 54, he said, Nigeria should have counted among countries that have lifted its citizens out of poverty.

The former Vice President also noted that a situation where the leaders are getting richer at the expense of the people while the ordinary citizens are becoming poorer is a bad omen for the country. He recalled that even before the current grim security challenges, poverty, disease, hunger and unemployment were dominant features of the country’s challenges of development. As the sixth largest oil producer in the world, Atiku insisted that Nigeria has no excuse for failing to lift its people out of poverty. He argued that there is a correlation between the quality of the country’s leadership and the quality of good governance. According to him, “we should not expect individual leaders to rise above their own level of competence. Those seeking elective offices must be adequately prepared for leadership; they must be people with vision and commitment.” Atiku Abubakar warned that unfulfilled promises leads to disillusionment, thereby creating disconnect between the leaders and the led.

On the country’s unity, Atiku blamed politicians for playing up the ethnic and religious differences for personal advantages. This attitude, he said, puts the unity of the country under a severe strain. The former Vice President, however, noted that Nigerians should not lose hope in the country, stressing that the country could get out of the woods if leaders are elected on the basis of their competences rather than primordial considerations. He said the consequences of misgovernance and poor leadership have no ethnic and religious borders.

Icheoku says except that Abubakar Atiku is part of the problem if not a main cause of it. Atiku was in government for eight long years as vice president and he failed to tell Nigerians what he was able to do during this period to help alleviate Nigerians problems. Also how he amassed his stupendous wealth was not disclosed but Nigerians know better that it was not through dint of handwork but the same corruption that has eaten very deep into the body politic of Nigerians. Anyway, it is the silly season of politics in Nigeria, and every Satan now pretends to be Angel Michael. Icheoku calls on Abubakar Atiku to take up Obasanjo's challenge and visit America to clear himself of grave corruption allegation hanging on his neck. Until then, Atiku can blow all the hot air he wants but Nigerians alongside Baba Iyaba, go dry laugh at his third run for the presidency!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ATIKU SAYS TO FIGHT CORRUPTION?

Icheoku says except that Nigeria is peculiar country where anything goes, this man should have since been locked away or at worst politically disposed into irrelevancy for corruption. Here is a man wanted by the United States of America for corruption, but who has remained a fugitive from justice on the run, now saying that "He wants to lead a government that will rebuild the institutions of governance with zero tolerance for corruption and nepotism, where hard work and dedication are adequately rewarded?" 

Icheoku says if only Atiku Abubakar will lead by example by accepting Baba Iyabo's challenge to visit America and enjoy their big house. But hey, the joker and obviously a proven failed president wanna-be, has  begun yet again another arduous Mountain Everest climb without preparation nor appropriate gear. For Jonathan Goodluck, it seems that the gift of an Atiku challenge would be a gift that keeps on giving. Atiku Abubakar, Icheoku says accept Olusegun Obasanjo's challenge and visit America today and prove yourself worthy of Nigerians' sacred trust by putting your money where your mouth is. If you have nothing to be afraid of, board the next Delta Flight to JFk and until then, you remain only a blow-hot especially on the issue of corruption! -www.atikuvisitamerica.blogspot.com

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTH WILL NOT VOTE FOR PDP - ATIKU.

Icheoku says first of all "NORTH" is not the entire Nigeria? Second of all which "NORTH" is Atiku referring to? Is it the Hausa/Fulani "NORTH" that has been killing and maiming the other "NORTH?" Is it the Northwestern "NORTH" that has been appropriating everything allocated to the North? Is it the Northeastern "NORTH" that Boko Haram has ravaged and rendered "NORTHLESS?" Certainly the Middle Belt "NORTH" does not agree with Atikku that there is one single cohesive "NORTH" in existence; and has since for the records disassociated themselves from the Atiku's hegemonic NORTH. There is also ACF's NORTH and NEF's NORTH. So would Abubakar Atiku please tell Icheoku and other Nigerians who cares to listen to his bullcrap which "NORTH" will not vote for PDP? In the mean time, Icheoku asks Atiku when is he going to take up the Baba's challenge and visit America where FBI's red carpet reception awaits him to join the banquet of William Jefferson. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ATIKU, AN AL-QUEIDA AGENT - WIKILEAKS?

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Obermayr MEP, has accused the Opposition All Progressive’s Congress (APC) of channeling European Parliament financial aid to Boko Haram in the North East of Nigeria, and called on the European Commission to investigate alleged concerns over the party’s financial and political allegiance with the terror group. 

The Nigerian Times learnt exclusively that Franz Obermayr, of Austrian Freedom Party, currently the most popular political party in Austria, made the statements in a press release issued on 16 September and covered widely by the European press.The Nigerian Times also learnt that Obermayr has been working closely with Stand for Peace, a Muslim-Jewish interfaith organisation dedicated to countering extremism and promoting social and religious cohesion. Oberamy has also called on EU election observers to closely scrutinise the links between the APC and Boko Haram in the run up to the 2015 presidential election.

Monday, September 8, 2014

WHY ATIKU WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT - SHEHU GARBA.


"Turaki has been passionate to serve, he has the passion to give back to Nigeria.  You know his story, how he rose from being a nobody to becoming what he is today. The story about a ‘shoeless leader’ was stolen from Atiku. That one without shoe is no other person than Atiku. He was a herdsman child, his father didn’t know education. He didn’t go to school he was only rearing cattle and wanted his son to do the same. And you know the story about the fact that the local judge had to jail Atiku’s father so that Atiku could go to school.
Atiku went to school barefooted. Government gave him uniform, slippers, gave him education free and even gave him allowance for his upkeep as a school going kid. So looking at the opportunities he had gained from the state and seeing what he has become, rising to become the second most important  person in the leadership hierarchy of this country there is always the wage to give back in kind.
He has also been given enormous opportunities and has invested heavily in the southern part of Nigeria. He currently ranks higher than most state governments in terms of job creation as the businesses he is involved in has served more Nigerians both directly and indirectly in terms of employment  than even the government.
 If you look at what is happening in his native home of Adamawa, he has the American University of Nigeria. As I speak to you now that university has the largest concentration of Americans in the country, there are more Americans there than you have in the American embassy. You can imagine what it does for the image of Nigeria.  So this is how far Atiku’s vision has taken him. He wants to give back to Nigeria, he believes he owes Nigeria and Nigeria does not owe him. That is why he is driven by passion and in his view, as an individual and also a member of a group that is doing business,  I can say he has done so much to change the lives of Nigerians and still wants to serve on a scale that is much better. As soon as he becomes the president of Nigeria, using the enormous power  conferred by the constitution on the president, his vision is that this opportunity that he got as a child would be given to every Nigerian child, that we would be living peacefully in the country and proper as citizens of Nigeria.
Won’t that create further problems for the APC given that there are quite a number of aspirants standing before him?
Atiku’s bid for the ticket of the APC will not cause trouble for anybody and will not generate friction. You are not going to see us attacking any aspirants, because if we attack any aspirant, we will weaken the party; so his conduct will be one of civility, of respect for each contestant. We are hoping that this will be about ideas.  We need more aspirants within the APC to put themselves forward for election and Nigerians will choose who they want. This right is guaranteed by both the Constitution of the country and that of the party. So the assumption about other aspirants who have not made a declaration so far is not going to be a problem. The Constitution does not say that the first to aspire gets automatic ticket. In fact, APC wants to show the world that it is different from other parties by not giving automatic ticket to anybody. They don’t have that language in the APC.
Atiku has been in the race for decades and some say this portrays him as ‘desperate.’ Does this recent outing not confirm he is desperate to be president?
Atiku does not need to be president, he is only desperate to serve and what is wrong with that? This man feels heavily indebted to the country, he feels Nigeria has been so good to him; as I said, he feels he owes the country and feels he has to give back. He has the vision and nobody can deny the fact that Atiku is the most visionary Nigerian that is alive today and we are where we are today because this country has been  condemned to visionless and clueless leaders. Atiku has a vision for building the country. His vision is that the regulatory environment in the country in terms of foreign and local  investment will be such that foreigners will bring money and develop the country. You don’t even need government money to develop the country, if the environment is right, investors would come.
With a population of 170 million, Nigeria has a big asset and Atiku is looking at that, there’s nobody in the world that would not wish to bring their money into Africa’s number one economy if there is peace and security for persons and property and he is prepared to guarantee that.
This was how they built Dubai. The father of the present ruler of Dubai, when he called the world and said ‘this is my vision, this is what I want to do,’ people were laughing at him, they said, ‘this desert? Who do you think will want to come here?’ But all of us now want to go there. A friend was telling me this morning that he wanted to go to Dubai and for seven days the planes were fully booked. Nigerians are trooping to Dubai to go and either do business or rest, so why can’t we make others come to Nigeria? The ground rule must change and Atiku is prepared to lead this change, that is the point.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

ATIKU ABUBAKAR, THE SEPTEMBER 24 DECLARATION.

Icheoku says Atiku Abubakar, like any other Nigerian citizen reserves the right to seek any office in the land including the presidency of the Federal Republic. Therefore Icheoku does not begrudge the Adamawa State native for once again readying himself to throw his hat in the ring to contest the presidency of Nigeria in 2015. Like in 2007 and 2011 when he contested and lost respectively to late Umaru Yar'Adua and Goodluck Jonathan, there is no crystal ball to see if the result this time will be any different. However that does not preclude or stop him from at least trying; there is nothing wrong with that especially since quitters don't win.

Anyway, Icheoku says there is a certain issue the Turaki of Adamawa needs to settle before Nigerians and the International community can seriously see him as a contender worthy of their respect. It is called the Obasanjo Challenge. Atiku Abubakar must first take up the OBJ challenge and lift the weighty monkey of corruption off his shoulder before he can earnestly offer himself as an acceptable candidate for the presidency of Nigeria. Recall that Olusegun Obasanjo, his former boss, categorically swore that on his watch that Atiku Abubakar can never be president of Nigeria.

According to Baba Iyabo, Atiku Abubakar is putridly corrupt and such a sewer of corruption is not a good personality to lead or be the president of Nigeria. To buttress his point, OBJ challenged Atiku to take a flight to JFK and see the red-carpet reception the FBI will give him. Icheoku laments that till date, Atiku Abubakar has not taken up Obasanjo on this, rather he has ignored the challenge, hoping that like everything in Nigeria, it will soon fade away, filed away in their ever forgetful short memory bank? To date, Atiku Abubakar has neither denied the alleged nor had he made any vehement protest to either clear his name or distance himself from the allegation. A matter made worse because the United States of America Senate still has an open warrant for Atiku Abubakar, pending a voluntary appearance to defend or his forcible arrest upon sight.

According to the criminal complaint, Atiku Abubakar was involved in corrupt money laundering activities wherein he caused to be to be laundered sums totaling over $40 million dollars through the United States banks between 2000 and 2008. Continuing, Atiku Abubakar used one Jennifer Douglas as a point person in moving large sums of money from ghost offshore corporations into the United States. A 2008 civil complaint by the United States Securities and exchange Commission also alleged that Siemens AG of Germany, doing business in Nigeria, also paid Atiku Abubakar bribes totaling $2million dollars. It is on record that Siemens has since pleaded guilty and paid criminal penalties to the US government for several bribery charges including Atiku's.

Atiku Abubakar was also involved in a massive corruption at Petroleum Technology Development Fund PTDF where from large sums of money was equally laundered through US banks using phony companies Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Limited, LetsGo Ltd and Sima Holding Ltd, companies which Atiku Abubakar had interests in and operated by proxy. When Jennifer Douglas was arrested and questioned for all the staggering transfers, she confessed that she was a conduit for Atiku Abubakar and only made commissions for helping him launder the money.

Atiku Abubakar equally transferred a total of $14million dollars to American University in Washington DC to purchase naming rights and consulting services for his Nigerian American University in Adamawa?

Atiku Abubakar's catalogue of corrupt practices was also implicated during the trial of US Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana, who was another agent of Atiku Abubakar. Recall that the Congressman was found guilty for aiding and abetting a foreign state official's (Atiku Abubakar) corrupt practices in the United States and is currently serving a long prison sentence. Recall also that a sum of $90,000 in cash was found in the Congressman's freezer, part of his proceed from Atiku Abubakar bribery. So what did Atiku Abubakar do when he learnt that the FBI is closing in on him to arrest, indict and prosecute him for corruption? He bolted away from the US in the middle of the night, abandoning his multi million dollar mansion home in Potomac Maryland, never to return to the United States ever again for fear of prosecution and long prison sentence.

Atiku Abubakar knows that the US is an equal opportunity prosecutor and their prison home to everyone regardless; that was you commit the crime, you will do the time and their law knows no Turaki of Adamawa before whom to bow and tremble? This is the story that has made Atiku Abubakar a fugitive from justice in the United States of America today.

Icheoku says who else would know better of all these but Baba Iyabo himself, the reason he swore against Atiku Abubakar' presidency and challenged Atiku to visit the United States of America if he does not fear a long incarceration. Icheoku hardly agrees with Baba Iyabo but on the occasion of his dare to Atiku Abubakar to visit America, Icheoku is  on lock-step with OBJ and says Atiku prove your innocence, take up Baba's challenge NOW.

Icheoku laments that Nigerians always complain about their leaders but are always complacent in choosing who leads them. In a more civilized and morally-hinged society, a person with the baggage of Atiku cannot and would not be dreaming of the presidency of the country; not with so many uncleared allegation of gross corruption pending against him. Icheoku recalls when Gbenga Obasanjo first blew the whistle, during the privatization process which Atiku as vice president then headed, that Atiku is trying to buy up all Nigerian assets at understated prices, that he was scolded by even his father Olusegun Obasanjo for making his government look bad. But it is equally on record that OBJ never denied as incorrect or untruth the information let out of the bag by his now estranged son. Icheoku says this is the man, Atiku Abubakar, who is readying himself to become Nigeria president?

The other problem with Nigerians is that to them the end always justifies the means; hence no one ever pauses to ponder how Atiku Abubakar made his money? Nobody knows anything about his educational background or in short any other thing about him except that he was a Custom officer, then what? Nigerians first heard about Atiku Abubakar during the Buhari regime when his ADC Jokolo was involved in a 53 suitcases scandal. Thereafter he was forcibly retired from the Customs and he went into some cargo clearing and forwarding. Subsequently he delved into politics, joining Shehu Yar'Adua's PDM and later won Adamawa State's governorship from where Obasanjo picked him to be his vice president and the rest is now history. Icheoku says a man with this many lacunae in his curriculum vitae is readying himself to become president of Nigeria?

What Icheoku  is trying to say is that Atiku Abubakar's only glaring and most meaningful business is CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION and CORRUPTION and such ALONE does not qualify him for the highest office in the land, period. Anyone in doubt should please tell Icheoku the road traveled of Atiku's wealth - how did he acquire his stupendous wealth? What product does Atiku manufacture or make or produce? What "app" code did Atiku write? What construction or supply company does Atiku own and whoa re his employees? What tax bracket is Atiku in and what are his sources of income? And this is the man gunning for Nigerian presidency, Icheoku asks?

But hey, like John the Baptist in the wilderness, Icheoku can only warn but have no way of influencing many of the zombies that populate Nigeria, many of whom hunger and the desire to make some money have driven to near stupefied senselessness. But regrettably, people who lack conviction, moral fortitude and the courage to do the right thing would readily bend over for Atiku if he pays the right price? Icheoku says if Atiku Abubakar could pay the purchase price for the presidency, Atiku Abubakar would rule Nigeria, regardless; only for Nigerians to later complain that Atiku is an incurable kleptomania? But now that they still have the chance to do something to stop Atiku, they will not; but are waiting and positing themselves to partake of the Atiku bonanza in form of campaign largess.

Nigerians, Icheoku warns that Atiku Abubakar is not good for you; never been and will not be in the future. A man who selfishly hops around political parties, scheming, just to aggrandize his own personal goals is not the kind of leader Nigeria desires and/or deserves. Yesterday Atiku was a PDP vice president; the other day Atiku was ACN presidential candidate, the day after he crawled back to PDP and today he went back to his vomit in APC and again seeking the presidency? Icheoku queries what manner of a man is this Atiku Abubakar to whom anything goes well that will yield him the presidency of Nigeria? Icheoku asks why does Atiku find it convenient to hover around political parties looking for an easy ingress into Aso Rock, but would not help to do the heavy lifting building political parties and fighting electioneering campaigns require?

Icheoku queries why does Atiku Abubakar not want to work and fight for the presidency or walk the talk to get there but is prostituting himself to sneak into Aso Rock? Icheoku will not be surprised if Atiku Abubakar rushes back to the PDP when the APC presidential primaries is fought and won. Icheoku is emphatic that Atiku Abubakr too will meet the Tom Ikimi's treatment because Tinubu does not forgive nor forgets; and will not preside over an APC that will fly an Atiku Abubakar's presidential ticket. Icheoku's consolation is that Nigerians appear to know the empty corrupt suit called Atiku Abubakar very well. They have severally, twice, rejected him in the past and will readily do the same come 2015, assuming the phantom of his APC presidential candidacy becomes a dream come true. So until then, Icheoku will continue to "dey laugh" with the once again quest for Aso Rock Atiku Abubakar. Hopefully he will share some proceeds of corruption to Nigerians in form of campaign expenses. Icheoku says "walahi talahi bana ji Atiku Abubakar; kai, wanaa ba acha u. Atiku no be am!

Friday, September 5, 2014

ATIKU FIRST THING FIRST, VISIT AMERICA.

U.S Senate accuses Atiku & American Wife of $40m illegal transfer


WASHINGTON DC —A REPORT on former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar was presented to the United State’s Senate yesterday.
The US Senate report which showed how funds were transferred on behalf of the former number two citizen showed that: “From 2000 to 2008, Jennifer Douglas, a U.S. citizen and the fourth wife of Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and former candidate for President of Nigeria, helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States, through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank accounts.”
The report said: “In a 2008 civil complaint, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, alleged that Ms. Douglas received over $2 million in bribe payments in 2001 and 2002, from Siemens AG, a major German corporation.
“While Ms. Douglas denies wrongdoing, Siemens has already pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges and settled civil charges related to bribery and told the Subcommittee that it sent the payments to one of her U.S. accounts.
In 2007, Atiku Abubakar was the subject of corruption allegations in Nigeria related to the Petroleum Technology Development Fund.
“Of the $40 million in suspect funds, $25 million was wire transferred by offshore corporations into more than 30 U.S. bank accounts opened by Ms. Douglas, primarily by Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., LetsGo Ltd. Inc., and Sima Holding Ltd.
“The U.S. banks maintaining those accounts were, at times, unaware of her PEP status, and they allowed multiple, large offshore wire transfers into her accounts. As each bank began to question the offshore wire transfers, Ms. Douglas indicated that all of the funds came from her husband and professed little familiarity with the offshore corporations actually sending her money. When one bank closed her account due to the offshore wire transfers, her lawyer helped convince other banks to provide a new account.
“In addition, two of the offshore corporations wire transferred about $14 million over five years to American University in Washington, D.C., to pay for consulting services related to the development of a Nigerian university founded by Abubakar.
“American University accepted the wire transfers without asking about the identity of the offshore corporations or the source of their funds, because under current law, the University had no legal obligation to inquire.