March 26, 2023

As the dust raised by his declaration of being sidelined by the present administration is yet to settle, former vice president and chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC,Atiku Abubakar, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to urgently fulfil its promise of providing adequate security for all Nigerians.Atiku was reacting to an online report, which alleged that one of the freed Chibok girls attempted suicide because she was being forced to attend ABTI Schools, owned by Atiku.

This came as Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, said, yesterday, that the statement attributed to her on alleged involvement of Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, in the kidnap of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls in 2014, was false.

A statement signed by Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, said:  “The Waziri Adamawa prays that those who have suffered so much get all thetreatment and support they need, and urgently calls on the Federal Government to honour its promise to make Nigerians feel safe again. “Atiku, the founder of the AUN Group of Schools, is shocked that some would-be journalists think it is fair game to exploit a young girl’s trauma to score cheap political points. “Atiku Abubakar is not aware that anyone is forced to attend ABTI Schools. The story is contrived hogwash. He urges the media, a critical partner in our march to progress and development, to remember that not everything is about 2019. “I wish to stress that the intention of the Waziri Adamawa was to give the freed Chibok girls (just like he did to an earlier batch in 2014) the best possible education, and that was why he helped set up the foundation programme to create such an opportunity in a familiar environment. “Unfortunately, the best intentions canbackfire. These girls are still healing, and clearly, the recent deterioration of the security situation in the North Easthas opened old wounds.”

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