Abubakar Atiku: The Betrayal of President Obasanjo

by Sabella Ogbobode Abidde

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.” (Mark Twain).

There is something about rats, snakes, leeches and anopheles mosquitoes that I can’t stand. Damn, they make you sick. And I for one can not tolerate them. And no one should. The more I think of Mr. Atiku, the more I think of these lowly creatures; the more I think of these creatures, the more I think of Mr. Atiku. Additionally, among other deserved and applicable derogatory adjectives, I guess we can now also describe Mr. Abubakar Atiku a dunced-coward. And why not; after all, this is a man who, at every opportunity, has found it expedient to stab, jab and draw his boss’s blood. Tell me, what kind of a man would do or say something like that; why and for what?

In some ways, Atiku reminds me of Governor Jonathan Goodluck of Bayelsa State. This was a fellow who was privy to all types of illegalities and iniquities under the ignoble, injurious and felonious administration of Mr. Alamieyeseigha. He was part of it. He saw and perhaps partook in high crimes and misdemeanors. Yet he won’t resign. He refused to take the high ground. Damn, he didn’t even have the temerity to call his boss to order. He simply went along year after year after year until he was certain the “coast was clear.” And before you knew it, he shot his boss in the back (in an Atikuquesly fashion). How do such men go to bed…do they sleep well and soundly? I wonder!


Atiku was Obasanjo’s right hand man until recently. They both muddied the water. They both engaged in fuzzy arithmetic. And they both engaged in electoral shenanigan. But Atiku now disowns his brother, discrediting his partner in crime and attempting to pull down the sandy-infrastructure both men built. Atiku now wants to turn around and say, “hey, I am the good fella…OBJ is the hooligan, the despot.” Why has it taken him this long to come forward to accuse his political boss of illegalities and unconstitutional intent? Why and why now. Is he now waking up from his deep slumber? I doubt that.

Abubakar Atiku is not only a dunce…well, he is a dunce and a coward! If he really thinks that President Olusegun Obasanjo is a despot, dangerous and inimical to the progress and wellbeing of the country, why won’t he resign? As a matter of high principle, he should resign and then continue with his criticism and battles against his boss. You cannot belong to an organization and then insult, criticize and try to bring it down. That is wrong! Third term or no third term, Atiku will never amount to anything. After this moment, his walk into the sunset will be very quick. His irrelevance is evident and imminent.

Where were his sense of democracy and the rule of law when his men beat a journalist to pulp? There cannot be selective ethic, selective morality or selective law and order. For instance, is it democratic and lawful when Atiku, Tinubu and their goons are all stealing money and abusing their offices? By the way, is there anybody in Nigeria who does not know that Atiku is one of the “masters of the game” when it comes to siphoning our country’s wealth? Atiku is talking about the rule of law from one side of his mouth and then using the other side to engage in all kinds of nonsense. As for Orji Kalu…damn, the dude is a joke and a calamity. He tells lies here and there, grandstands and opens his foul mouth — claiming to be a democrat and a peacemaker?

You see, we all know that Obasanjo’s planned political abracadabra is not good for our country and for the African continent. We know that. In the same vein, Atiku’s recent moves and claim of righteousness is also dangerous for our country. He is playing a dangerous game –dangerous and duplicitous.

If Atiku is not happy with OBJ, he should resign and then form or join the opposition. But unfortunately, the coward won’t go that route; if Atiku thinks his boss is no good and his planned acts inimical to the wellbeing of the country, he should resign. If Atiku thinks OBJ is dragging the nation down a slippery slope of no return, he should say so and then resign immediate (so as not to be part of a “dangerous game”). But not so with Atiku. The man is as undemocratic as any other despot in the continent. And he is a better rogue than most.

If he is so concerned about the country and about our people, he should resign. With his utterances and shady acts, he is tinkering with our country’s stability, prosperity and foundation. He is a distraction. He is a distraction not just for Mr. President, but also for the nation. How can we have a split presidency? How can the president work with his number two? And why would the world take us seriously when we can’t even put our house in order?

From now on, how can he look his boss in the face? How can he give his boss untainted advice regarding the affairs of the country? How can he represent his boss during state functions? You cannot have co-captains in the affairs of nation-states. No matter what we may say or think of Olusegun Obasanjo, he is our president; he is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Not Abubakar Atiku. If Atiku is interested in the office, he should go about it in a noble and mature way. As it is, Atiku’s pronouncement and actions are becoming grave distractions. Therefore, he should resign now. Now!

And finally, don’t you just want to cry and or laugh at these overnight constitutionalists, Monday morning paragon of democracy…Alhaji Ghali Na’Abba, Mr Audu Ogbeh, Alhaji M. D. Yusuf, Alhaji Gambo Jimeta, Governors Bola Tinubu, Boni Haruna, Orji Kalu, and Senator Uche Chukwumerije…

The fact is you mus

t not and can not call anyone a thief when you are also a crook. You can not point to a man and say he is a despot when you your self are a tyrant. You can not call for a man’s dismissal when you have also committed same crimes. Take a look in the cupboard of the aforementioned and tell me if there are no very old and very fresh skeletons. In other word, these are not the men who should be calling Obasanjo black since they themselves are kettles, badly used black kettles.

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Anonymous April 13, 2006 - 11:40 am


I strongly admire Atiku's courage.

He believes 'as a well fed slave' he has freedom of speech as much as that of a 'hungry free man'.

Atiku just watch your back! A 'kinda fayode's coming behind 'remi-shly'.

Terlumun Gwaza.


Anonymous April 13, 2006 - 11:29 am

Hello Sabella,

Atiku only wants to prove that he would never have been silent as a 'selected Governor of Adamawa State' in the '1999 Selection' and sudenly made a Vice President for God knows how long.

He may follow the 'Jacob Zuma way' because "Uncle Shege" writes with a PERMANENT MARKER.

James Torsar Ikpagher Yiye

Abuja, Nigeria.

Anonymous April 12, 2006 - 9:34 pm

…This is largely an attack on the person of Atiku, and is not what we would like to hear. We want to hear you discuss issues. The issue here is about 3rd term and the percieved ills. Please Sir, are you for or against this madness?


Anonymous April 10, 2006 - 11:25 am

Quality of argument of this article is so poor.it changes the context of atiku's action in order to make a point.it ignores the situation on ground for arguments sake.for the sake of argument,is the writer implying that a moslem or christian must leave his faith in order to critise his fellow religionists, if the situation warrants it.must a doctor leave the health sector before he can justifiably critise that sector,or must the lecturers in the university resign their posts before they can advocate for changes.

Atiku did not critisise a government policy.he just took a personal stand on an issue which even obasanjo has not declared any official interest yet.pdp as a party has not taken an official party stand.so how could he be backstabbing obasanjo.

In the presidential system,the vice president is elected along with the president in his own right,as an alternative president.his loyalty is to the constitution,unlike ministers and presidential assistants.in that context,issue of blind loyalty which obasanjo demands from everyone is not tenable.

Nobody is backstabbing obasanjo.it is obasanjo who is backstabbing nigerians by requesting all of us to be loyal to him instead of to our consciences.

Anonymous April 9, 2006 - 11:57 am

OBJ is bad! His enemies are worse.

Anonymous April 9, 2006 - 1:31 am


You are always on target!!! A custom officer turned Billionaire…only in Nigeria – the land of unexplained wealth and unimaginable human suffering. Fela had said it many times before…RIP.

Anonymous April 8, 2006 - 10:11 pm

It is in the developed world that resigning will be in the interest of Atiku but as we are not a "civilised society" Atiku is fighting the only way he knows how.This election will be the undoing of those people who run Nigeria aground while enriching themselves and the pathetic thing is its still the same set of people since 1960. While I know that Atiku is not a saint,I kow that he can be a tool in God's hand so this fight is for Nigeria. We as the polity still have the right to vote whoever we like so if this is the only political thing he has ever done I say kudos ,he's not the dunce/fool that he was taken to be. Now, those who the God's want to kill, they first make mad. Nigeria is overdue for a revolution and it will happen now irrespective of whether we know it or not. We must fight for what we believe in ,its the only way we will ever get out of this crippling force in our society, the force that says what can we do about it?-a lot I say.They will clear out this country and leave it for competent hands to rule enough is enough. So people expect more the battle has just begun.

Anonymous April 8, 2006 - 12:11 pm

Abubakar Atiku is a contradiction in a contradiction. A conflict in a conflict. An extremely advantaged nigerian enjoying an unbelievable level of affluence. A constituent of what is wrong in nigeria. An agent of doublethink and doublespeak. An individual who have sulked so much out of Nigeria and Nigerians. A member of an organisation that have hold our people to sub-human bondage. Any one as rich as yourself cannot be in love with the masses.

Mr. Atiku have helped to chain nigerians to poverty, madness and a corrupt psyche. I watched the recent wedding of your son and I could not believe the extent of the extravagance.

Mr Vice President, if you like Nigeria and Nigerians, please do the honourable thing as regards your position. Your wealth is too much, please give 98% of it back to nigeria. The remaining 2% would still make you a very rich individual in nigeria and the world. For now, you are among the .0001% who have an unacceptable hold on our country. For now, a judge on morals you cannot be. I say no more.

Mr. Abidde, thank you for a beautiful and well written article.

Yomi Dawotola.

Anonymous April 8, 2006 - 11:01 am

Balance but untimely remark!

Anonymous April 8, 2006 - 10:59 am

Mrs. Obi,

This is all about Mr. Atiku!

Atiku is an opportunist who is selectively ethical and morlaistic, as you have learned from Mr. Abiddeh.

And in case you have not heard, Atiku's opportunism has led him to now cash-in, by declaring his candidacy for 2007.

I hope Atiku resigns or he is impeached shortly!

Paul I. Adujie

New York, United States

Anonymous April 7, 2006 - 9:05 pm

Sabella, foul !!!!

This is not about Atiku. The electorates will decide whether he's good enough when the time comes. This is the essence of all the efforts…………..for the time to come. No amount of tinkering will accomodate Obasanjo's candidacy when that time comes. This is a more urgent issue, which I thought you would have addressed. Sadly you chose to insult Atiku. I would like to end by stating that Atiku may be rightly considered one of our problems as a nation. I personally would not vote for him in any election.

obi, USA

Anonymous April 7, 2006 - 7:56 pm

Sabella I strongly believe like these politicians we should be seeking our own interests. The Atiku-OBJ fight is in the interest of Nigeria; while this does not necessarily translate to my support for Atiku, it does translate to my support for this revolt. Nigeria we hail thee.


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