Northern Elders slam Atiku over ‘North is Lazy’ comment

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been lambasted by elder Northerners over his controversial comments as regards the restructuring of Nigeria.

Second republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed fired back at Atiku calling him a scoundrel who would never be president of Nigeria.

“Atiku is a scoundrel and a bloody nonentity.  He attained political limelight because the late Musa Yar’Adua put him there; today he wants to position himself as the leader of the north. But the north doesn’t give people of no consequence such position. His interest is not really about restructuring,” Mohammed said.

“He thinks by insulting the north, the same way we are being insulted by the south, that will give him presidency With this kind of attitude, he can’t be the president of Nigeria. He will hear from the north at the appropriate time. He is one of those making the south to abuse the north. He is angry because his monopoly in the oil servicing sector has been broken.  His wealth will never buy him Nigeria’s presidency. The north is not for sale, Nigeria is not for sale. I pray God sees us beyond 2019, let him challenge me, if he ever becomes Nigeria’s president,” Mohammed added.

Former Lagos State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, said, “I disagree with Atiku Abubakar that Northerners who are opposed to restructuring are lazy. Restructuring which provides self-determination to the regions but does not affect the unity and oneness of the country is welcomed. That is the position of most Northerners. Atiku needs to go back to history. What are we restructuring in the first place?”

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