My rift with Obasanjo is over, Atiku declares




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Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said the rift between himself and President, is all over, re-iterating that he harbours “no hatred or enmity” against his boss.
 
Atiku spoke Tuesday in when he granted audience the of the Northern Youth Forum, a group that recently embarked a mission heal the rift between the President and his deputy.
 
Led by Comrade Eliot Afiyo, the group had weeks ago met former President Obasanjo in Ota, at which event he announced that he had forgiven his former vice president.
 
“I don’t harbour any grudge against my former boss. Yes, we had disagreements in office. These were mere disagreements. I harbour no hatred or enmity against him or anybody. I never had anything against him and I will never have,” Atiku said while responding the group.
 
He explained that in , he has opponents, but no enemies. “ is not war,” he emphasised.
Atiku thanked the group for successfully brokering peace between him and President Obasanjo, adding that this single effort had marked the of the youth as serious-minded people who are fully prepared to over the leadership of the country seniors.
 
Speaking the current security situation in the country, Atiku appealed to the Federal Government to the challenge more seriously. “If we can go to countries to rid them of these kinds of problems, it shows that we have the capacity to put this down immediately so that the suffering of the people can be reduced.”
 
In an earlier speech, chairman of the group, Comrade Afiyo described Atiku as an “honest and forthright leader, a courageous and dogged democrat, a loving and compassionate guardian, an accommodating and caring shepherd and a role model.”
 
He expressed happiness and satisfaction with the joint decision by both Obasanjo and Atiku to accede to request to bury the hatchet, adding that this is a development that will go a long way in healing the rift in the country.
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