October 6, 2014 – Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has said he was misquoted when the media reported him as saying that Nigeria does not need a religious fundamentalist.
The former Vice President whose statement was interpreted to refer to Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Muhammed Buhari said he did not at any time in his Salah message call the former Head of State a religious fundamentalist.
Abubakar who made the clarification in several tweets on his tweeter page, Atiku Abubakar@atiku described the report as a mischievous attempt by the PDP media to cause disaffection within the All Progressive Congress(APC) and in particular followers of the former Head of State.
He said is willing to throw his weight behind any candidate that delegates of the APC will put forward during the congress in October.
He ended each of the tweets with his initials, AA.
See full tweets below.
“ I’ ve read reports calling fellow APC leader and statesman, general Buhari a religious fundamentalist. The reports are false- AA
“I am committed to support whichever candidate the delegates of our great party presents to fly the APC flag in the 2015 General Elections – AA
“ I have recently commended General Buhari’s support of internal democracy in our party, APC. My statement in that regards still stands – AA
“ I would refer our supporters to the full text of my Salah statement. General Buhari did not feature in it by name or innuendo- AA
“The report clearly is a mischievous attempt by the PDP media to cause discord within the party, especially supporters of General Buhari – AA
See full statement published on his Facebook page
“I have read recent reports in newspapers and on social media, calling my fellow APC leader, and statesman, General Buhari a religious fundamentalist. I would like to state categorically that those reports are patently false. The report clearly is a mischievous attempt by obvious political opponents of the APC and the PDP media, seeking to cause discord within the ranks of the party, especially supporters of General Buhari .
“For clarity, I would refer our supporters to the full text of my Sallah statement – General Buhari did not feature in that statement by name or innuendo. I have also recently commended General Buhari’s support of internal democracy in our party, APC.
“My statement in that regard still stands; I am committed to support whichever candidate the delegates of our great party elect to carry the flag of our party into the 2015 presidential elections. General Buhari has committed to do same, and this is where our commitment stands.
“My campaign is committed to a clean race, run on issues and ideas to create a Nigeria for all, we have no reason to change from this path”.