Atiku: I’m a Rebel, I’ll Not Accept to Be Ruled

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

Never should the word ‘rule’ be a term in our democratic process

Obinna Chima

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who recently resigned from the All Progressive Congress (APC), has described himself as a rebel, just as he urged Nigerians never to allow the word “rule” to be used in Nigeria’s democratic process.

Atiku made this remark on Thursday night in Lagos at the 2017 Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs conference titled: “Networking with the Giants,” where he received an award.

“For me, I am a rebel. Never should the word ‘rule’ be a term in our democratic process. You all must be governed because you must participate in that process. For me, I will not accept to be ruled, but I will accept to be governed,” he said while responding to an earlier statement by one of the speakers, Mr. Fela Durotoye.

Atiku, who received the award of African Outstanding Entrepreneur at the ceremony, urged his audience to imbibe the entrepreneurial spirit as those from the South-east, saying Nigerians should not be known for drugs and fraudsters, but for business and enterprise.

He dedicated the award to Wizkid, for winning the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards, as well as youths in Nigeria.

Abubakar took his audience through how he started his business as a young Customs officer when he came to Lagos in 1969, just as he stressed the need for entrepreneurs to be resilient.

“Sometimes, entrepreneurship is not something you must be trained to do. You must have ingenuity to be an entrepreneur.

“It may come to a point where you may need training,” he said.

He argued that the educational system Nigeria operated in the first republic provided students the opportunity to either go to the universities, polytechnics, farming, or whatever they wanted to do.

“Suddenly, Nigeria moved away from that system of education, to a system where you train only job seekers.

“They don’t know how to do anything else other than to seek for job. So, what I am trying to say is that my Nigeria is possible, and your Nigeria is also possible.

“The United Nations projected that by January 2018, Nigeria would have more people in poverty. Can you imagine that! What can we do to combat this challenge? My submission is that education, entrepreneurship, foreign direct investment.

“Currently Nigeria’s out of school population is projected at 10 million while that of India is projected at 1.8 million, even though they have eight times our population. Why is it so?” he queried.

According to Abubakar, without adequate investments in education, “there is no way the country can combat poverty.”

“My parents didn’t want me to go to school. I was forcefully removed from our home and taken to school.

“When my father tried to resist my going to school, he was arrested and fined. He couldn’t pay the fine and he was imprisoned. That was how I went to school,” he said, while stressing the need to make education compulsory for children.

Atiku said: “We must entrench entrepreneurship in our educational curriculum. In the university that I established, in whatever course you are doing, be it law, engineering, it is compulsory for you to take entrepreneurship.

“That is why most of our students who have passed out have created jobs themselves. We must have a paradigm shift in our educational system.

“Life does not give you guarantee. It only gives you opportunities and there are numerous opportunities in Nigeria. But we need an educational system that would be centred on those opportunities.”

Earlier, while making his presentation, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce told his listeners, who were majorly youth, that having Atiku Abubakar in the conference was an opportunity for them to be in the company of Nigeria’s next president.

Murray-Bruce bemoaned the failure of leadership in the country.

He added: “In discussing the budget, what shocked me was that the people who prepared the budget just copied last year’s budget and pasted it in the current year budget.

“How many of you will employ some of the people in government today to work for you? They don’t have talent. You take a guy, who had never signed a cheque of more than N3 million all his life and you put him in charge of a ministry with a budget of N3 billion.

“Apart from faint and getting drunk when he gets there, he does nothing else. How can someone that has never ran a business all his life run an economy?

“The word change is very popular, and everybody uses it all the time, but nobody really likes change. Do you know the only person that likes change? It’s a baby who needs a diaper change.

“Most people don’t like it and that is the biggest problem that we have. We need to try people who have created wealth, people who have created job.

“If all of you vote Atiku Abubakar, we can make a difference. Nigeria can no longer have an accidental president. You must want the job, you have to desire the job and say you need this job. And if you don’t do it.”

  • ijelejames

    Who knows what Atiku is smoking. It must be very dangerous. Na wah o!

    • Benny

      You seem to be the one smoking.The way Nigeria is now structured which ‘new and younger people’ can win an election in Nigeria.We are not US yet. You must be one these runaway emigres living abroad without adequate knowledge of Nigerian terrain.

      • ijelejames

        Your father is smoking contaminated ganja. Goat!

  • Ik Hammer

    Mr Halliburton

  • bobisa

    Mumu! Tell that to the birds of the air. I wonder if your so called governance is coming from unknown planet.

  • muazu wali

    Rebellion! From 1999-2006 what have they been doing with Obasanjo? Governing or ruling?
    Atiku cannot now sell himself to Nigerians. We cannot trust him and will not allow him into Aso Rock. Period!

    • chydysam

      Atiku is instrumental to the democracy by governance that you’re enjoying today otherwise Obasanjo would’ve foisted on us democracy by rulership with his third term agenda. Atiku means well for Nigeria and is ready to govern on day one. Think!

    • Toby

      You don’t have to. There are millions touring for. Buhari is a scam. In Nigerian parlance, that’s 419.

    • Dr Norm

      At least he will be the first nigerian executive president with a law diploma as well as business acumen and experience; his biography is inspiring; no certificate controversy here; he tweets and blogs and is in touch with the modern digital world. Moreover, he is already very rich and will unlikely loot the treasury-like the others. And most importantly, he speaks and acts like a democrat and seems to lack religious and tribal animus. But I fear he will have a negative impact on the Biafra Restoration Movement-at least temporarily.

      • muazu wali

        Paper qualification is not an indicator of success in any leadership position. Jonathan had a Doctorate degree where have we landed after his six year tenure.
        Atiku is rich yes from stolen money. Let’s look at the man properly please!

  • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

    I hope Atiku’s security apparatus is as impressive as his sweet mouth.
    Buhari is not a Jonathan who promised not to shed blood for the office.
    Prepare for the backlash

  • Zirem

    Atiku Abubakar my President 2019, the man is a full package. He knows Nigerians problem and has the ability to fixed them. A politician that doesn’t sweet talk, he States facts. How many politicians make sense like Atiku? How many dare make the moves he makes? Let’s vote intelligently not sentimentally.

    • bobisa

      Keep dreaming you hear?

    • Ik Hammer

      You will to join him in Sambisa forest. Sule lamido is a better candidate for PDP.

  • Benson Ogbonnaya Igboke

    “How can someone that has never ran a business all his life run an economy? Haba! Ben-Bruce. Well, you can be pardoned because the award ceremony was essentially a presidential campaign

    • Judith

      No vex, but who, has never run a business – Mr. Bruce or Mr. Atiku???

      • vince

        olodo they are referring to Buhari. Think it over,, the man {Buhari] has scammed govts all his life and never even operated a kiosk , no wonder he ruined nigeria. You cannot give what you do not have. Atiku is prepared for leadership , we should support him for a better Nigeria.

        • Judith

          You felt the need to call me ‘olodo’ because??? Rude Idiots like should go back to your mothers to train you well on social and civil interaction –thats assuming they know how. Ignorant Nincompoop!

    • bobisa

      don’t mind them. we be MuMu now

  • Judith

    I wish you God’s favour in your Presidential aspirations. We need real change without fear or favour. We need to vote out people who do not live up to their expectations without wasting time on sentiment. If Mr. Atiku is a rebel with a good cause. I will vote for him. If he fails to deliver, I will vote him out. One thing for sure, I will always use my vote….one day it will count.

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