Ex-VP Atiku Blames Obasanjo for Current Power and Energy Problems in Nigeria


16 years after ex-vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his boss, General Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo successfully handed over power to the next government in the year 2007, they seemed to have clashed over what do to do with Nigeria’s energy and power sector at the time, Abubaker recently revealed.

Even though there were traces of misunderstanding between General Obasanjo and Alhaji Abubakar in the year 2007 towards the end of their regime, the reasons behind their conflict were not fully exposed to the public before the ex-vice president finally made his way to join another political party, and became a presidential candidate in his own right.

Abubakar revealed some of the reasons why he is not on good terms with his ex-boss in a book he published recently in Abuja. According statements made at Abubakar’s book launch on May 31 2016, he claimed that Nigeria would have been in very prospective form in terms of energy and power to run the economy of the country, assuming his ex-boss yielded to his advice while still in office.

The former VP said that he had miscommunication with Obasanjo in the year 2003 over the situation of energy in the country because Obasanjo did not understand how tricky the sector could be while making decisions.

Abubakar also noted that current issues with the Niger Delta Militants need to be properly addressed before any set-up of businesses or infrastructures on oil and gas move ahead in the region.