Atiku Gets Assassination Threat Over Presidential Ambition
Former Vice President and 2019 presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has raised the alarm over alleged threat to his life and his family members.
Atiku, in a letter dated September 7, 2018, and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari called for extra security.
The letter noted that the threat followed his decision to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
A copy of the petition which was sent to the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus was entitled “Petition Over Criminal Intimidation And Threat To My Life, That Of Members Of My Family, And Cyber Stalking Using Mobile Phone Number 08148228704”.
In the petition, Atiku said his wife and daughters received separate text messages from a mobile line, demanding that he (Atiku) drops his ambition, or else they would be raped and killed.
The petition reads in part, “I present my highest compliments to the president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and have the honour to request your excellency’s kind review/investigation and urgent consideration of extra protection for my family and I against some criminal intimidation and threat to my life, that of my family, and the cyber stalking against my family and I, using telephone mobile number +2348148228704.”
“We will blow your plane off the sky and we will poison you and your family. You are going to see what we will do with your family. We know where and where your children travel to.
“We control the aviation towers in Nigeria and South Africa. We are in government and Buhari will win again. Your party members will never select you and if they do, we will assassinate (sic) you. We will kill you by blowing up your plane”, the threat message stated.
Atiku said, “From the foregoing, Mr President can see that if adequate and urgent steps are not taken to identify and deal with these threats, they could lead to serious breaches and may constitute real danger to national security.
“Considering that these threats border on the right to life of my family and I, as well as my freedom to aspire for and contest for the Presidency in Nigeria, I urge you to commence urgent investigation with a view to identifying the person(s) behind the threats, expose and prosecute the culprit(s) in accordance with the laws.
“I request that you ensure the continued protection of my rights to life, that of my family, my property and my rights and freedoms to associate and aspire to any political office as guaranteed under the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended)”.