- Nigeria's former vice president Atiku Abubakar and ex-SGF Babachir Lawal are not friends at all
- Babachir Lawal confirmed this in an interview where he made clear the reasons the two Adamawa politicians are not in the same circles
- But on the positive side, Lawal believes the former deputy Nigerian leader is not a bad guy and they could have been friends if the opportunity presented itself
Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), has said the political career of ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar in Adamawa state is over.
Lawal said this in an interview he granted Daily Sun newspaper, which was published on Sunday, February 2.
According to Lawal, Atiku no longer has political relevance in his state.
"In Adamawa, however, I think his (Atiku's) political career has fatigued or it is over," he said.
Babachir Lawal also denied being Atiku's friend. The former SGF said the two of them did not move in the same circles and besides, Atiku was older and bigger in the society than he is.
He said: "Atiku Abubakar is not my friend. He is too senior in age, position in the society to be my friend. He was the vice president.
"There is no particular reason to say because I am from Adamawa, he is my friend."
On if he would advise Atiku to run for the presidency in 2023, Babachir Lawal turned philosophical.
He noted that Buhari, like many American politicians, tried several times before winning the presidency. Therefore, he said, whoever is interested in the position should keep trying till they win or until they become too weak to contest again.
"It is not wrong to keep on trying until it is no longer reasonable. And how is it unreasonable? It is when you get to a certain age when you become so sick and weak. As long as you feel so healthy, think rationally, I do not think it is bad or wrong to contest."
Legit.ng reported previously the presidency has faulted the claim by a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, that Nigeria was one of the few African nations that joined the US-led coalition during Operation Desert Storm between 1990-1991 when the United States championed the liberation of Kuwait.
Atiku made the claim in a thread of tweets when he expressed his reservations over the recent travel ban on Nigeria by the government of the United States.
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