We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar can not challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies. After all you cannot shave a man’s head in his absence. I do not believe in attacking a man who is NOT here to defend himself. As a leader and former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let me first apologise to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the the APC Presidential Candidates absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.
Secondly, with all due respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and to the moderator Mark Sugar and with apologies to all Nigerians here and at home expecting an interesting debate, I regret that I will not be able to go on with this debate due to President Buhari’s absence.
I however challenge President Buhari to choose a date and time for a debate where he will be present and I will be there, hopefully with the other candidates as well.
Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Well said Waziri Adamawa, you traveled to the US (which some numbskulls said was impossible)… You spent two days meeting with US Congressmen, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Nigerian American community. You left the US early this morning and spent almost half a day in the air.
Returned, addressed supporters, and even with jet lag arrived at the venue of the debate and met other candidates.
Then one senile retired soldier who was handing over his presidential candidacy to a “governatorial” candidate refuses to show up and you expect Atiku to debate him in his absence. Buhari can’t behave as if his Father is the owner of Nigeria and we continue to look the other way because we ain’t all stupid
Buhari should choose time and venue that he is comfortable with to debate with Atiku and we will be there live. Any day or time he chooses, we are ready.