Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Friday replied to a letter Francis Agoda, aka I Go Dye wrote him earlier in the week.
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In the letter, the comedian disapproved of Atiku’s purported plan to contest for presidency in 2019, saying the ex-VP contributed to the prevailing ugly situation in the country.
I Go dye also was peeved about the apparent mobilisation of the youths by the chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party for his presidential ambition.
The letter reads in part: “Remarkably, between 1999 and 2007 that you were the Vice president of Nigeria, it is recorded that tertiary institutions witnessed several strikes that wasted seventeen months, three weeks and three days. Within this period, what did you do?
“If social support were given to youths then, their children will be between 18 and 20 years during the 2019 elections, obviously they would have willingly voted for you or anyone that you endorse in 2019. This is the essence of making sacrifices for the future generation. “You cannot be credited to have been philanthropic to the youths.
Atiku in his reply to the comedian spoke of his achievements in government, and debunked suggestion that he used his position as the vice-president to enrich himself.
The letter reads in part: “I Go Dye, I’m not a messiah. I do not promise Eldorado or $1 = N1, but I always ask that we should look at the economic progress we made under my leadership and what I am doing in private business and judge me by those.
“As VP, I assembled what is arguably the best economic team ever in Nigeria. It was made up of young, world-class professionals, who came home to work. Some of those professionals are now political leaders, governors and world leaders in their own right,” Abubakar claimed in his letter.
“If you ask what our first task was, coming into government in 1999, it was to bring stability to the economy after decades of military rule.
“For example, between 1999 and 2003, oil prices then were hovering between $16 and $28 yet we managed to pay up salary arrears from decades back, clear up our national debts and build up foreign reserves. Our Gross Domestic Product grew at the fastest rate we’ve seen since the return to democracy.”