Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has asked the immediate past Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, to face his problems and stop dragging others in the mud over his involvement in the $2bn Malabu Oil scam.
Atiku’s statement comes barely 24 hours after Adoke wrote a comprehensive letter to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, exonerating himself of any infraction in the controversial Malabu Oil scam and accusing Atiku and others of being behind his travails for not helping them to get a share of the $2 billion as ‘shareholders’ of Malabu.
In the letter to Osinbajo on Monday, Adoke had alleged that the aggrieved individuals including Atiku, who is posing as Lawal Abba were behind the smear campaign against him for not extending the proceeds of the deal to them.
“I was also informed that these individuals had enlisted a notorious online media to smear my name with allegations of corruption and bribery and that some agents of the Abacha family and one Lawal Abba acting for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President were behind the scheme.
“They claim that they were shareholders in Malabu Oil and Gas Limited and had been short-changed by the main shareholder of the company, and that I had refused to use my official position as Attorney General of the Federation to help them get their dues from the main shareholder.
“It is apparent from these publications that the intention is not necessarily the clarifications sought by the EFCC but a carefully orchestrated plan for my assured unjustified persecution, humiliation and disgrace by a known group with interest in the Malabu matter that are aggrieved over my official role in the resolution of the case.
Atiku told the former Justice Minister and all those invited to go and clear their names with the anti-graft agency instead of trying to drag innocent people into the fray.
“The former Vice President does not have a hand in the travails of the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice,” said Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Turaki Adamawa advises the erstwhile Attorney General and others so invited to focus on clearing their names instead of dragging innocent people into the fray.”