ATIKU THE MOST VILIFIED

Before you continue vilifying and labelling Atiku corrupt and call him all sorts of un printable names, you need take a step back and ponder on What God said about entrepreneurship, work and wealth generation.

God in the noble Quran said, He created the universe for the benefit of all human beings and made the resources of this earth available to man who has the responsibility to make use of them, to mould them, and to transform them according to his needs.” .

Islam clearly puts human kind in an activist role in shaping their destiny. Humans are responsible for pursuing opportunities; regardless of the resources they currently control, to meet their needs.
It places entrepreneurship as the preferred economic behavioural model for Muslims. In the Qur’an there are clear references to the ‘work’ one does and the ‘wealth’ or
bounty’ that one is expected to seek. “…

On earth will be your dwelling place and your means of livelihood for a time.” (Qur’an 2:36) “…to men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn. But ask God of His bounty, for God has full knowledge of all things.” (Qur’an 4:32) “It is We (God) who have placed you with authority on earth, and provided you therein with means for the fulfilment of your life…” (Qur’an 7:10) “And say: Work (amal), soon will God observe your work…” (Qur’an 9:105) “We have made the night and the day… that we may seek bounty from your Lord…” (Qur’an 17:12) “It is out of His Mercy that he has made for you the night and day that you may rest therein and that you may seek of His bounty; in order that you may be grateful.” (Qur’an 28:73)

The verses above make it clear that Muslims are expected to work for a living and that work is seen as an activity that is consistent with God’s will and has moral value.

The verses referenced clearly state that God created the night so that one can rest in order to seek God’s bounty during the day. Additionally, the creation of wealth is seen as God’s

The Bible also gave a the historical narrative about entrepreneurship and work ethic.

My Christian brothers know from Genesis 13 that Abram was very wealthy in livestock, gold, and silver. By the time he had to rescue Lot in Genesis 14, he had over 300 trained men, presumably trained in the use of arms.

Beyond his wealth, Abram was an entrepreneur. The evidence for this is in Genesis 13, when Abram and Lot separate and Lot chooses to go to the fertile plain. This was an area favourably compared to the Garden of Eden.
Presumably Abram got a less attractive, less fertile area, yet he continued to prosper. Lot’s material and spiritual condition both deteriorated due to his choice. He started out as wealthy as his uncle Abram, but ended up living in cave (Genesis 19).

After getting the lesser land, Abram’s wealth grew, as did his faith and walk with the Lord. By Genesis 21 Abraham (as God had renamed him by this time) was making treaties with kings and generals. Abraham had a faith and God-given vision of the future, and the perseverance to leave his home, obey, and see the task through.

Solomon was unique among Jewish kings, as he seems to be the only one to have seen and profited from the geographical advantage of his kingdom. Ancient Israel was located on two great ancient trading routes, the King’s Highway and Way of the Sea (the Via Maris), in addition to several lesser routes.

Solomon engaged in trade, and he appears to be the only Jewish king to fully exploit the advantages afforded by these routes (1 Kings 5, 9).

The Bible tells us Solomon was extremely wealthy, but he had to create his fortune, as much of it did not exist before (I Kings 3, 4:26).

Solomon generated wealth by bringing peace to the kingdom, which allowed him to use his resources for production, rather than protection. In addition, he encouraged trade and was the only Jewish king with a trading fleet

It is clear the two major religion of world support the right of Man and Woman to pursue trade and be wealthy. They also both agree one should do so with “Tawaaqul” honesty.

Where is the hate and anger against the rich coming from?

Who is Atiku Abubakar? Born on November 25, 1946 in Jada a village in the Adamawa State, from a humble family background being the only child of both parents he knew very early he needed security.

His father died when he was very young. He recognised early that for him to survive this uncaring world he had to be bullish in the pursuit of his world’s desires.

His lonely childhood, the death of father, and separation of his parents early in life created fears in him that he vowed never to allow his children suffer similar fate. These fears also led him to marry four wives. Today he has 26 children from his from all his spouses.

Atiku worked for the Nigeria Customs Service for 20 years during which he rose to the second highest rank in the Service before joined politics. He is 71 and Masha Allah in good health.

Life is a choice between what one wants to be. If you choose to be entrepreneur and become rich and wealthy no body stops from doing that.

Conversely, if you choose to remain poor is up to you, but it does not in any way make you more superior then the other person in conduct, capacity and before eyes of God.

Donald Trump is one the most wealthiest person who became the American President. As an entrepreneur he amassed his wealth and became a billionaire through real estate development.

Many in American don’t like him but his rating keep going up. His economic success and the rising job numbers is endearing him to the American people and this is happening in less than two years in to his presidency.

Many also did like how he amassed his wealth yet nobody labelled him as corrupt. I cannot recall any mention of him being corrupt by the opposition during the 2016 Presidential campaign. He has been accused for other anti social behaviours and complict of interest but certainly not labelled corrupt.

Atiku never hid his source of wealth. He started with real estate business through a loan of N31,000 from the bank and built his first house in Yola, and re invested the proceeds from the rent by building more property in Yola.
In 1981 he acquired 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton farm. The business suffered some set backs and the closed the farm.

He later moved the business to trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour and sugar.

Abubakar’s break through in business came when he met Gabrielle Volpi, an Italian businessman, who invited him to set up Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a logistics company operating within the Ports. NICOTES would go on to provide immense wealth to Abubakar.

Conflict of interest accusations trailed him on account of his involvement in business while still in service.
Atiku, exculpated himself of any wrong doing as his involvement in the company was limited to the ownership of shares which is permitted by extant rules and regulation of the civil service. NICOTES would later be rebranded in to INTELS,

The business empire kept expanding in to other areas such as the beverage manufacturing plant in Yola, the animal feed factory as well as the AFTI University in Yola. These are the genesis of the wealth of Atiku for which he now being labelled as corrupt.

Why are the opposition calling Atiku corrupt knowing fully they can not prove the allegation in court?

How can his pursuit for wealth be wrong in the light of the religious references we made earlier? His only crime is that he is successful and people generally hate success.

The Dangotes, Odetola, Alhassawas, Tinubus, Indimis, Mangals,Magnus, Elumelus, Authur Ezes are some of the successful business entrepreneurs in Nigeria, are they likely to suffer similar treatment when they decide to ran for public office? How can good people join politic if we treat them with disdain.

I know many would say they did not worked for the public service that may be true, but I challenge any one to show me one person in Nigeria that his business dealings are not interconnect with the public common wealth and also to show cause that they are 100 percent transparent.

The term corruption and corrupt persons has been reduced to a construct and label used selectively by the powerful to serve certain defined interest.

Don’t get me wrong I abhor corruption and corrupt practices but I dislike using un proven cases of corruption to destroy and smear your opponents for personal political gains.

If really the government want to be truthful in the fight against corruption, it must not be selective. No public officer in this country should be shielded from corruption investigation. But this in so far as we do not protect others on the presumption that the anti corruption investigation would denigrate some public offices.

The fact that we have isolated the occupants of some public offices from corruption investigations no body would believe our campaign against corruption to be truthful.

If you allow the big fish to roam the streets causing the nation all sorts of problems then we must not chase, persecute, destroy the weak and vulnerable.

The Nigerian people are tired of the mud slinging, name calling and accusations of corruption that can not be proven in court law.

This government has the opportunity to show case its achievements in the nearly four years it been in power to win our franchise.

Enough of the anti corruption crusade hype that is not taking us any where but to greater penury, mass poverty hunger, disease, in security, unemployment, divisiveness and hate in the society.

We must revert to issues based campaign. To put the anti-corruption war in the front burner, and using it to promoted fear and intimidation as instruments of governance” is to say the least counter productive as the two party have a lot in their baggage on corruption.

To use lies, deceit, misrepresentation of facts, scare tactics as means of discrediting the credentials of opponents will only over heat the polity and encourage thuggery in the conduct of the political campaigns.

So, lets us go back to issues based campaigns, embark on political debates, shun violence, stop vilifying opponents and encourage supporters to play by the rule of the game.

The fight against corruption will only make sense to the Nigeria people if it goes hand in hand with other social issues that would make life meaningful.

People are dying of hunger, homes are broken, unemployment, inflation, in security, lack of power and failing infrastructure are on the increase.

The essence of government is to make lives of the people better and not by further impoverising them.

The penury and dis enchantment in the society is widening by the day. Let us go back to the basics the opportunity to get things right is the hands of the Nigeria people.

The beauty of democracy is that every four years it gives people the opportunity to change those who govern them. Your vote is your power use them wisely.

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