Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has given himself a clean slate from corruption tag, saying that court has cleared him of the corruption allegations leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and gazetted by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
According to him, the allegations were simply to paint him black.
The former Vice President made the statements in an interview he granted to Zero Tolerance Magazine, a publication of the EFCC.
He noted that he is one of the strongest advocates of the anti-corruption war, having pioneered the establishment of the major anti-graft agencies including the EFCC and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
“Well, if Atiku Abubakar was corrupt, he would have been found guilty of corruption by all the panels and probes and cases that were brought before the courts.
“I remember the only corruption indictment against me was a white paper which was cooked up by our own administration overnight including the very EFCC that I helped found, and other cabinet ministers, which I challenged in court. The court rightly dismissed all those indictment as being mere political; and till today nobody has ever indicted me of corruption.”
Mr. Atiku Abubakar also spoke on his relationship with the then Chairman of EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, saying they have rested their differences.
Meanwhile, Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the Nigerian government to obey last month’s order by the Court of the Economic Community of West African States,ECOWAS, ordering that Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser, be granted bail.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, added that as a leading member state of the ECOWAS, the Nigerian Government must continue to demonstrate leadership by example.