Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has come under hammer from the Nigerian presidency for attacking the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on security challenges and other matters.

Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, had said that under Buhari, Nigeria is heading to a failed state, adding that Buhari lacks the capacity to govern the country, saying therefore that Nigerians must help the government to save themselves.

Atiku also criticised some of the policies of Buhari, saying the level of unemployment is unprecedented.

But reacting to the issues raised, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, fired Atiku, saying he is part of the rot of the country. He added that Atiku cannot “wash himself clean of what Nigeria has become.”

He responded to Atiku when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

He said- “You will recall that in the build-up to the 2015 elections, when the APC was campaigning, the figure that was used by then candidate Buhari was that a minimum of 30 million Nigerians were unemployed, particularly youths and that his government was going to do something about it.

“That was in 2014/2015. So, don’t make it appear like a genie that just came out of the bottle. No, it had always been there. It had always been there.

“The former Vice-President was in power for eight years. Now, he is in the opposition. You can’t take whatever he says as the gospel. The question is when former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was in government with President Olusegun Obasanjo, where did they take the country?

“Where did they leave the country? I have seen clips on social media where he said some things they promised to do, particularly on power; some people collected some trillions and didn’t deliver… Former Vice-President is part of the rot this country became.

“He cannot exculpate himself; he cannot sit in judgment over anybody. He played his part for eight years and they left the country where they left it. He cannot like Pontius Pilate, begin to wash himself clean of what Nigeria has become.”

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