- A coalition has called on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to apologise to Nigerians and return to Cameroon
- The coalition also urged Atiku to alternatively seek naturalization in Nigeria
- According to the coalition, Atiku's alleged nationality could have been the reason Ibrahim Babangida refused to appoint him as the Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service
The Coalition of Minority Tribes in Nigeria has called on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to apologise to Nigerians and return to Cameroon or seek naturalization.
Legit.ng gathered that the demand was made by the coalition following the recent reports by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Atiku is a nationality of Cameroon and not a Nigerian.
The group alleged that what Atiku has done by concealing his identity is tantamount to crimes against humanity and must tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, April 15, the secretary general of the coalition, Abdulmuminu Hassan, said former head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida must have realized the true nationality of Atiku hence, the reason he (IBB) refused to appoint him as the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service.
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Hassan further said the coalition was giving the PDP presidential aspirant a 21-day ultimatum to return to Cameroon to reunite with his family members.
"The Conference of Minority Tribes in Nigeria is indeed alarmed that the paternity of Alhaji Atiku was unlet undetected and he aspired and held the number two position of Vice President in Nigeria," Hassan said.
Hassan also said that Atiku's relationship with Simon Ateba, a Nigerian based Cameroonian journalist who was arrested in Cameroon leaves more to be imagined.
"Consequently, the Conference of Minority Tribes in Nigeria wishes to use this medium to issue a 21-day ultimatum to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar return to Cameroon to reunite with his family members. This is important to save Nigerians the trauma of having to deal with his nationality.
The Conference of Minority also wishes to advise Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to in an alternative solution seek naturalization as a Nigerian by applying to the Federal Ministry of Interior in Nigeria. This way Nigerians would forgive him for his sins and show him understanding since he has lived the better part of his life in Nigeria," Hassan added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the PDP had dismissed claims by the APC Atiku is a Cameroonian.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, April 14 by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP described the allegation “as a calculated attempt by the APC to trivialize and divert attention from the compelling issue of their criminal rigging of the 2019 presidential election.’’
According to the PDP, the claim by the APC explains why the Buhari administration, “has remained insensitive to the challenge of insurgency, general insecurity and economic travails of Nigerians in the north-east.’’
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