Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has confirmed that some alleged money was indeed given to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, a transaction that has become part of the larger money laundering probe by EFCC of the €150million brought into the country by Atiku’s failed presidential campaign.
Atiku insisted it was a normal donation because the library is a not-for-profit organisation and that the donation was made via a bank cheque, and not cash of $140,000 that the EFCC is investigating.
It could be recalled that the EFCC on 8 August extended to Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, its investigation of the laundered 150 million euros cash-for-poll by associates of Atiku Abubakar.
EFCC investigators went to the Library to authenticate the claims by one of those under probe, Mallam Babalele Abdullahi, Atiku’s son-in-law, that he gave $140,000 (about N50 million) in cash to one of the library officials.
According to reports, the EFCC officials, accompanied by policemen, combed some offices at the former President’s Library.
Atiku is also now reading a sinister motive in the EFCC leaking its probe to the press, by accusing the commission of trying to “cause disaffection and bad blood between him and the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Raising sentiments that Obasanjo founded EFCC, while in office, Atiku slammed the anti-graft agency for being a disappointment.
He also sent a jibe to President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of not behaving like Obasanjo by establishing a presidential library and he did not improve himself or Nigeria after leaving office, but sat down nursing grudges and plotting revenge, former President Olusegun Obasanjo improved himself and Nigeria by authoring books, founding international think tanks and engaging in peace and capacity building efforts.