No less than a day after a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, made clear his view in the Halliburton scandal, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, said that “Atiku is being haunted by the demons of corruption.”
El-Rufai, while dragging Atiku into the scandal that consumed American congressman, William Jefferson, who bagged a jail term in the United States of America, dared him to step his foot on the soil of the American country.
In a statement issued by him with the title, “Atiku haunted by his corrupt demons,” El-Rufai accused the ex vice-president of wiring $40m to the US – challenging him to clean up his corruption credentials.
“Can Alhaji Atiku explain the findings in the report of the United States Senate Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations which detailed a pattern of wire transfers of more than USD 40m from offshore companies like Siemens into bank accounts controlled by him and one of his wives?” he questioned.
The Kaduna state governor also slammed Atiku for spewing out lies and innuendos in an attempt to rejuvenate his image – in the wake of his vaunting ambition to become the President of Nigeria.
His words: “This statement is issued in response to the latest falsehoods emerging from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. He has a record of spewing outright lies and innuendos against my person. As we struggle to build a law-abiding society and secure progressive outcomes for our people, we cannot allow the triumph on these shores of those who will have us move to a post-factual world.
“Not even from a man as practised as Alhaji Atiku is in the dark arts of damaging other people through a campaign of lies from him and his media machine. Therefore, I am constrained to provide a response to the fake news and irresponsible revision of recent history by Alhaji Atiku.
“The report detailing the US Senate findings is online. Alhaji Atiku should tell a better tale of why he is avoiding the United States of America.
“I never had anything to do with the incorporation of Transcorp. Those that established that company like Festus Odimegwu, Tony Elumelu, Otunba Lawal Solarin and Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke are still around and alive. As such, I could not have, and did not offer Alhaji Atiku any shares in Transcorp. I declined the shares that were offered me. Having done that, how could I have offered anyone shares?”
In an interview Atiku granted to a quarterly magazine published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Zero Tolerance, the former vice-president accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of scheming to make himself life president.