How Atiku Abubakar Will Emerge Nigeria’s President In 2019, Fatimah Mohammed Reveals
Honourable Fatimah Mohammed is the Director General of the Turaki Women and Youth Mobilization Group, the Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation. In an exclusive interview with TUNDE OGUNMOLA, she said the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will be Nigeria’s next President in 2019, that nobody can stop him.
What is the bond between you and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar?
I am an Atikuist, and being an Atikuist is believing in the ideology that makes up Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Atikuism is a way of life for me. I am in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is in the All Progressives Congress APC, if today Alhaji Atiku says he is moving to XYZ party, I am going to follow him.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is yet to make official declaration for his 2019 Presidential bid, but there are strong indications that he is contesting. What do you have to say about this?
Atiku started contesting at age 46 ,he wants to be President just because he has the vision. And when you have a vision, it must be pursued until it becomes a reality. He realized that people have not been getting dividend of democracy they have been clamouring for, that’s why at age 46 he decided to contest, but the late senior Yara’dua told him that “oh, Abubakar you still have age on your side, just allow Abiola to run now”.
Since then and till now, that desire to put things right in the country still boils in him. We had a conference recently which was tagged ‘not too young to run, and not too old to rule’. Not too young to run because if a man has a vision, he runs with that vision, vision usually come to fruition at an appointed time. It might be delayed, but it usually comes to pass. That’s why Atiku is still running at 71 years of age.
And I think one of the greatest selling points of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is the fact that he is someone who believes in democracy. In 2015, a day before the primaries, they went to meet him and told him that he shouldn’t worry himself that it seems they have tactically played him out of the presidential race. He said oh! that’s the more reason I have to attend the primaries tomorrow so that I can deepen democracy. He said ‘if I do not go, that primaries will not have credibility because international observers are watching, they may discredit that primaries and my party’s integrity may be brought into disrepute.
So, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar gave up his time, gave up his money just to deepen democracy. Same thing happened in 2011 when he was told that he had been played out, he said I will still go to the Eagles Square because I want to deepen democracy. So, by the grace of God and the cry of the masses, I see him not only deepening democracy this time, I see him emerging as the next president of this country. He has come out to say let’s restructure this country. He’s a man with vision and mission to reposition Nigeria to an enviable height.
People have been asking why is it now Atiku is talking about restructuring whereas he has the chance to restructure the country when he was in power between 1999 and 2007?
Don’t get it twisted, then, he was the Vice President. He didn’t have the sole autonomy of power to stamp it as Vice president that, this is what I want to be done. Even as the Vice President, he was in charge of the economy and he did a lot of reforms and those reforms are still there for all to see. Who formed the EFCC? Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Who formed the ICPC? Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Most of these policies he formulated are still working till today.
Under which platform would Alhaji Atiku Abubakar realize his presidential ambition if President Buhari signifies his intention to run for second term or the APC leadership decides to look elsewhere for the party’s candidate?
Political parties are things I don’t really particular about, I am in the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and Alhaji Atiku is in the All Progressives Congress APC. 2019 is going to be about personalities. Enough of party supremacy, I am looking at a situation whereby leaders emerged based on their being passionate about the electorate. This present government promised us change, but surprisingly what we have today is shame. We are in bondage, we are in chains. It has gone from bad to worse. We are talking about people who are goal driven and Atiku is one of them. On the day President Muhammadu Buhari won the primaries, he went to Atiku, Atiku congratulated him.
Atiku asked him where do we go from here? He said you needed to help me. And it’s in public domain how much Atiku gave to support his emergence as President despite the fact that he was cheated. Aside the financial support, Atiku also gave him economic blueprint. This economic blueprint is what he has had when he was the Vice President of Nigeria. But that economic blueprint was thrown somewhere. You know how it is in government, you have people who don’t want you to succeed. President Buhari is a very good man, he has good plans, his health issue hasn’t really helped him in recent times, governance goes beyond being a good person, you need to have good plans in place.
It was reported that some leaders of PDP are wooing Alhaji Atiku Abubakar back their fold. Does it mean he is returning to PDP?
It happens everywhere. Labour Party will also soon start to woo him. That is what you get when you have a selectable candidate.
It’s widely believed that as long as some powerful people are still within corridors of power, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would not realize his Presidential dream. Example of such people is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo?
Is Chief Obasanjo God’s personal assistance? Obasanjo is not God neither has God told him His mind. When we begin to use human being as an authority, something is wrong somewhere. Ultimate power belongs to God. Do not forget, only God crowns a man. When He says yes nobody on earth can say no. Obasanjo is a good man but he is not God. He’s just a human being.
Experts says Nigeria is out of recession. Do you go along with them?
I don’t believe we are out of recession. We can only said we are out of recession when a bag of rice is being sold for N8000, until when the common man and ordinary masses – market women can eat three square meals a day, until people no longer feel the pangs of recession. Recession is still very much around, it’s eating deep into our lives.
Finally, what should Nigerians expect from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in 2019?
Expect the real change. The one we are having now is artificial.