Nigeria former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has advised his critics to come forward with any evidence of corrupt practices against him and if they can’t, they should forever shut their traps.
In a statement released yesterday his media team, Atiku who was speaking during a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Jabi area of Abuja, said it is sickening to think that every rich person acquired their wealth through corrupt practices. According to the former vice president who has been accused of amassing wealth while he was in office, it was morally offensive for people who despised honest labour to become judges in the courts of public opinion.
“It is sickening to continue to regurgitate allegations of corruption against me people who have failed to come forward with a single shred of evidence of my misconduct while in office. People who have no initiative, personal resourcefulness and ideas about wealth creation, always assume that a man cannot build himself without stealing. People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief like them.” he said
Continuing, the former Vice President said “Despite previous desperate efforts to link me with corruption, the William Jefferson trial in the United States ended in 2009 without indicting me or linking me to corrupt activities,”.
Atiku stressed that he had become a successful investor before becoming Vice President in 1999
“If Atiku is a thief merely because of his resourcefulness and successful investments, my political enemies should tell Nigerians the sources of their own stupendous wealth,” he said.