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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar Wednesday said he had been side-lined by the ruling APC government of  President Muhammadu Buhari which he said he helped into power in 2015.

“But sadly, soon after the formation of government; I was side-lined, I have no any relationship with the government, I’ve not been contacted even once to comment on anything and in turn, I maintained my distance, Atiku revealed in an interview on the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, VOA.

They used our money and influence to get to where they are but three years down the lane, this is where we are.”

He  said “the Buhari government had failed in many fronts. On corruption, Mr. Abubakar said little was achieved, asking “How many people were arrested, prosecuted and jailed? How much was recovered from the looters?”

“When we came on board in 1999, I remember we recovered between $4.5 and $4.7 billion from those that looted under (Late Sani) Abacha,” he said in reference to the achievement of the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, during which he was vice president, in recovering stolen funds.

He said the war against terror is far from over because the Boko Haram miscreants are still very active, killing our people and many local government councils in Borno and Yobe are under their firm grip. People cannot dare go back to their dwellings”
“This thing baffles me; I never imagined that Nigeria will fight a protracted battle with Boko Haram for five years.

At a time, we fought the Biafra war, which was more complicated because of the terrain in the South but the Biafran soldiers were roundly subdued in 30 months. But here we are, fighting an endless battle with the Boko Haram and there’s no end in sight”.

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