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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has stated the reason for his retirement from the Customs Service after 20 years of meritorious service.

According to him, “I had pasted a reminder on his bed side during his training as a Customs officer that he would retire from any agency if I had not attained the headship of the place at the age of 40. I was only able to attain the position of a deputy director in 1989 when I clocked 43 years of age to chart a career in business.”

The ex-VP who on Monday during a facility tour of the new ultra-modern Yaliam Press Limited in Abuja told the management and members of staff of the establishment that he retired from the Nigeria Customs Service with unblemished records.

 He also challenged anybody who had evidence that he stole a kobo at the Customs or during his tenure as vice-president to confront him with evidence or  file a petition against him stressing that he did not become a Vice-President in 1999 as a pauper because he had been a successful investor throughout his retirement life.

Atiku Said: “If Atiku is a thief merely because of his resourcefulness and successful investments, my political enemies should tell Nigerians the sources of their own stupendous wealth” urging the management and members of staff of the company to manifest the values of honesty, hard work and diligence. These attributes, he said, stood him in good stead during his years as a public servant and an entrepreneur.

speaking further, the APC chieftain promised to fight corruption if elected Nigeria’s President come 2019 lamenting that, “It is sickening to continue to regurgitate allegations of corruption against me by people who have failed to come forward with a single shred of evidence of my misconduct while in office.”

He noted that people who lacked initiative, personal resourcefulness and ideas about wealth creation, “always assume that a man cannot build himself without stealing.”

“People who are bereft of ideas about entrepreneurial spirit always think that everyone else is a thief just like them. I will fight corruption like never before if I am given the opportunity to preside over the affairs of the country.”

The former Vice-President said he was well equipped to fight corruption because of his vast experiences both in the public and private sectors and his ability to build a team capable of accomplishing the task, “I will shock everyone because I believe that I will fight corruption like never before.”

 

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