Africa

Pressure mounts on Nigerian President to stop probe into Atiku Abubakar fraud case

Nigerian president Muhammad Buhari has been warned to stop investigations into corruption charges against former vice-president Atiku Abubakar. The Nigerian government is probing charges against Atiku Abubakar in his alleged role in financial corruption and the collapse of Bank PHB. Apparently, Buhari has been asked to stop the probe, claiming that it is politically motivated, and will take the country into anarchy.

Are the allegations political?

Nigerian Minister of Information Lai Mohammed said that they have clear proof of Atiku Abubakar’s suspicious activity, and of his massive slush fund, one that is responsible for the collapse of the bank. In spite of his claims to have proof of a paper trail that goes back to many years, he is being warned to “steer clear”.

Time Frank, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary for All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a warning to the Nigerian President, asking him to stop the probe into Abubakar. The investigation, he feels, is for political gains only.

But is it just a political game? In what could be another political move, Dr Kyode Fayemi, the Ekiti State Governor, has denied asking Abubakar to collect documents on economic policy, and how to govern the state. And yet Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate hopeful, said Fayemi did ask for the documents and that he obliged. Fayemi, speaking through his media aide, said Abubakar may have misquoted him.

Nigerians are worried

Nigerian citizens are concerned. A group by the name of Concerned Nigerian Patriots For Sustainable Future (CNPFSF) has been formed, and it has called on politicians to stop using people for political gain and to stick to democratic measures only. Nigeria needs stability, its people need free elections; they do not need political games.

The group has also called on the international community to intervene and to ensure that Nigeria holds on to its democracy, fair elections and have the liberty to the current government’s opponents, i.e., Abubakar. Chief Adebayo EzeSakir of the CNPFSF issued a statement saying they have asked the international community to mount pressure on current President Muhammad Buhari for freedom and fairness.

The elections are just three weeks away. Although Abubakar is in USA, he is likely to be arrested for fraud on his return. Such an arrest could throw the entire stability of Nigeria into chaos. This is something Nigeria can ill afford.