Atiku says he harbours “no hatred or enmity” against his former boss.The former vice president spoke on Tuesday in Abuja when he granted audience to the leaders of the Northern Youth Leaders Forum, that recently embarked on a mission to reconcile him with the former President. 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 harbor any grudge against my former boss. Yes, we had disagreements in office. These were mere disagreements. I harbor no hatred or enmity against him or anybody. I never had anything against him and I will never have,” Atiku said while responding to the group. He explained that in politics, he has opponents, but no enemies. “Politics is not war,” he emphasized.Atiku thanked the group for successfully brokering peace between him and President Obasanjo, adding that this single effort had marked the leaders of the youth organisation as serious-minded people who are fully prepared to take over the leadership of the country from their seniors. Speaking on the current security situation in the country, Atiku appealed to the Federal Government to take the challenge more seriously. “If we can go to other countries to rid them of these kinds of problems, it shows that we have the capacity to put this one down immediately so that the suffering of the people can be reduced.” Chairman of the group, Comrade Afiyo had earlier 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.”
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