The former vice president of Nigeria, Mr. Atiku Abubakar is said to be seeking political asylum and a residency permit, or green card, as they are colloquially referred in the United States of America.
Mr. Atiku Abubakar, it will be recalled, fled to the United States after he caught wind of an intensive and massive probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which has had an ongoing searing search for public resources pillaged and plundered by the former vice president, public resources which he converted for his personal benefit.
The former vice president of Nigeria, who was deemed expelled and dismissed by his former political party, the People Democratic Party last week, is currently in the state of Maryland, where he owns and maintains a palatial mansion in a well-heeled neighborhood. A mansion that he acquired about five years ago, an acquisition or purchase prohibited by law if undertaken while he was the vice president of Nigeria
Mr. Atiku Abubakar, now a political refugee in America, a man who was Nigeria’s vice president until last week, is said to have become a political orphan who has become so desperate. He is currently sitting in limbo in his Maryland mansion. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports are that he is seriously contemplating a petition for political asylum, in which he may secure a temporary respite from a very likely extradition request by the EFCC, in view of the monumental charges of corruption he faces in Nigeria.
Keen observers of Nigerian political events will recall that the dismissed former vice president has in recent times, been making outrageous and outlandish accusations against his former political party, the PDP, upon his decampment to the Action Congress political party. The Action Congress has been dubbed “Active Crooks” by indomitable Nigerian commentator, Mr. Adebayo Animashaun. Action Congress has also been tagged the “Associated Crooks”! These nicknames, we are told, are a result of the presence of a preponderance of persons of questionable character in Action Congress. The question then arises, why would the former vice president be so desperate to join a party with such membership, in which unsavory characters are said to be predominant?
According to some political analysts, the former vice president’s personal ambition knows no bounds! His zeal to run for office as president at all costs and by all means, has in recent times, led him to making splendidly unwise choices, even as he has been making ridiculous and incredible pronouncements replete with a cocktail of lies and fictitious accusations against his friends and foes!
Take for instance, statements attributed to the disgraced former vice president Atiku Abubakar, in which he has been trashing the Nigerian leadership? Even though he has, during the past seven and half years been Nigeria’s number two citizen, as he functioned then as then vice president!
It is clearly incredulous to discerning observers that the former vice president now suddenly sees it fit, to portray his former boss and his former political party as evil personified. It is as if Mr. Atiku now looks at his former boss, the president and his former political party, the PDP, as some sort of hydra-headed snake. Atiku, suddenly awoke from some sort of hibernation or a seven and half year slumber?
Mr. Atiku should be seen for what he really is, a spineless, sniveling and dishonorable political opportunist! He should be seen as a man who has no honor, no courage, no finesse, an opportunist and coward.
It is infuriating that some Nigerians are clapping and egging him on, as Atiku postures as the leader of the rule of law and due process brigade, defending democracy and governance! Since when?
Mr. Atiku’s recent public utterances and grandiose pronouncements would make you wonder if he suffers from multiple personality disorder! Is Atiku Abubakar a schizophrenic or schizoid? How does anyone explain how Atiku could be an apostle of his former boss and the PDP for seven and half years, but, he makes a hundred and eighty degree turn to inform us that his former boss and the PDP are all there is, as all the evils in the world? Does anyone remember that only about thirty days ago, Atiku told the world that he would pursue the reform policies of his boss and the PDP, if he became president? So, what changed all that?
It is sadly debilitating and enervating a process in which anyone try to make the pro-Atiku crowd see logic or reason…Atiku is friends of the FBI courtesy of unethical behavior? He’s cooling his heels in a two million dollar house in Maryland USA even as I write this…yet, Atiku is the symbol of Democracy, Rule of Law in Nigeria? How can that possibly be, if there was good reasoning and logic in the heads of these Atiku supporters?
I have been asking some of these questions, both privately and publicly, to which others are now beginning to add their voices! Ask yourself; Can Tony Blair of Britain cross over from his party and join the Conservative Party and still remain the Prime Minister of the Labour Government. Can he? I don’t think so! Can Dick Cheney in America cross over from Republican Party to join the Democratic Party and still remain the Vice President, it is not possible. The answer is NO.