Former Presidential Adviser, Reuben Abati Explains Why His Mechanic Wants To Be President; Says The Likes Of Sowore, Fela Durotoye Are Like His Mechanic
Ahead of the 2019 Presidential Election, many seemingly outside contenders have shown their interest in contesting for the top position. Amongst them are Saharareporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore; renowned life coach, Fela Durotoye and Former President of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu.
According to the ex-special adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati, the ambitions of these people is fuelled by the fact that the polity of Nigeria has been grossly mismanaged, mishandled and demystified and thus almost everyone feels they can do a better job of leading the country.
In his article titled ‘2019: Nigeria’s emerging political leaders’ which was published yesterday, Mt Abati used the story of his mechanic also wanting to be President of Nigeria to illustrate the state of things presently.
As gathered by NIGERIA NEWS, Abati wrote: “The process of that demystification has taken different shapes and tones since the return to civilian rule in 1999, but now everything seems to have gone so bad, far beyond expectation. My mechanic couldn’t have phrased this national dilemma better. He came to see me the other day, full of excitement…
‘Oga, I have come to inform you that I am thinking of running for President.’ I thought the guy was talking about the Presidency of the Mechanics Village Association. So, I brightened up. No, he meant President of Nigeria. I removed my eyeglasses and dropped my pen.
‘President of Nigeria? How? Look, have you been drinking?’
‘Oga, you know I am a Christian. I don’t drink. I am serious oh. I have been thinking about it for a while. I can do a better job. The way these people are running Nigeria, some of us have good ideas about what can be done. If we leave this Nigeria to these politicians, they will finish all of us. Anybody that likes this country should get involved.’
”I paid attention to him.
“Oga, look at me, I can do it. We can do it. I have worked it out. By the grace of God, I will be the next President of Nigeria.
“I had known this mechanic for a while, but I never suspected he had very tall ambitions. I had not yet given him my honest opinion; he had already conscripted me. “We can do it”. We? Every Nigerian politician is an optimist, and the most optimistic are often the ones who don’t even stand a chance at the polls.
“I pretended to be interested all the same; so he continued with his campaign.
‘Oga, you know me. Am I a lazy man? No. I am not.’ When people insist on answering their own questions the best you can do in the circumstance is to listen.
‘What this country needs now is a mechanic, somebody who can take a look at a vehicle that is having problems, and fix it. We, mechanics, do that every day. When they bring a car to you, first you diagnose. What is wrong with the car? Why is it not functioning well, and then you go straight to the problem and fix it? Why can’t people fix Nigeria? If we mechanics were to behave like politicians, this whole country will be littered with broken down vehicles. In the hands of these politicians, Nigeria is broken. E be like say Nigeria don knock engine set. I am the man who will fix that engine.”
Atiku sues Lauretta Onochie for N500m as PDP reveals reason
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been reported to have demanded that , Lauretta Onochie, the Social media aide to Nigerian President, ha President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide c, for an apology and N500 million for slanderous statement she made against him.
NIGERIA NEWS report that, this was in wake of the tweet Onochie tweeted of the 7th of May in which she claimed, Atiku was on the watchlist of the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
Onochie who is reputably known for always taking to twitter to take on the PDP’s presidential candidate was at it as she said, “Atiku on UAE watchlist- Security sources,” she went on further to state that, “Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice Pres Atiku Abubakar who has been in the Middle East nation for several weeks now What is he doing there?
“Me: Shopping for Terrorists?”
In another tweet, she mocked Atiku over the termination of Intels Pilotage Contract by the Nigeria Port Authority. She said, Nigeria Ports Authority Terminates Intels Pilotage Contract over Failure to Remit $145.84m After about two years of bickering, the NPA has terminated its boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement with INTELS Nig. Ltd. (Atikulooted Ltd)
Me: Long overdue? Absolutely.
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar in a letter dated May 14 and addressed to Onochie by his lawyer Mike Ozekhome, has threatened to press a charge against her if she did not meet his demands.
Atiku said: “Your odious publication is clearly also aimed at rubbishing our client’s image and reputation,” “It has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and done incalculable damage to him.
“Your publication has also caused our client, in the eyes of reasonable members of the public, unspeakable odium, obloquy, hatred, ridicule and psychological trauma.
“He has thereby been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism. Numerous telephone calls, emails, visits, letters and private social media chats by his family members, friends, political and business associates, and international statesmen and women in the last few days attest to the alarm and serious concerns generated by your false publication.” the letter read.
How APC hired an Israeli based firm for elections – Frank
Comrade Timi Frank, former assistant National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), applauded a press release by a U.S based agency – the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory of the Atlantic Council.
The US firm had revealed ‘Archimedes’, a political consultant firm in Isreal role in spreading fake news through the social media about PDP Presidential Candidate – Atiku Abubakar.
Facebook expelled Archimedes from the network on Thursday due to its “coordinated and deceptive behavior”. The popular network also removed dozens of accounts and thousands of facebook pages that are created to disrupt elections in Countries in Africa, with a few sparse exercise in East asia and South America.
In response to the ban, Mr Frank, through a comment on Saturday, said the world would eventually realize all the lies behind Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation as the victor during the last election.
One of pages removed by Facebook on Thursday, as revealed by Frank, was loaded with viral false news and targeted attacks on Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president.
According to Timi Frank, the report reads:
“that on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers, according to Facebook’s estimates.”
After praising Facebook, He went on further to say:
“Nigerians ought to be worried about how the APC-led government is spending huge amount of money just to discredit the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
“I believe that if a lie goes on for 20 years, truth will definitely catchup with it one day. It will not be long before Nigerians will realise how desperate and fake President Muhammadu Buhari is in his bid to hang onto power.”
The political nationalist called on the rest of the world to acknowledge the press release of the Associated Press as well as the resulting damage accomplished in the last election to Nigeria’s second largest party and its presidential nominee.
“The AP’s report has clearly shown the level of lies sponsored against Atiku during and after the last general election. The campaign of calumny has not stopped but Nigerians should henceforth disregard malicious reports in the social media against the former VP,”
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