Nigeria 2019: Atiku petitions Buhari over assassination threat to his life, family members
London, September 14, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s former Vice President and presidential aspirant in the 2019 general elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has raised the alarm over alleged assassination threat to his life and those of his family members.
In a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, dated September 7, 2018, Atiku linked the alleged threat to his decision to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The petition, a copy of which was sent to the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, urged president Buhari to urgently investigate the matter.
The petition was titled “Petition Over Criminal Intimidation And Threat To My Life, That Of Members Of My Family, And Cyber Stalking Using Mobile Phone Number 08148228704”.
Atiku alleged in the petition that his wife and daughters had received separate text messages from a mobile line, demanding that he (Atiku) drop his ambition, otherwise they risked being raped and killed.
The petition reads in part, “I present my highest compliments to the president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and have the honour to request your excellency’s kind review/investigation and urgent consideration of extra protection for my family and I against some criminal intimidation and threat to my life, that of my family, and the cyber stalking against my family and I, using telephone mobile number +2348148228704.”
“We will blow your plane off the sky and we will poison you and your family. You are going to see what we will do with your family. We know where and where your children travel to.
“We control the aviation towers in Nigeria and South Africa. We are in government and Buhari will win again. Your party members will never select you and if they do, we will assassinat (sic) you. We will kill you by blowing up your plane”, the threat message further stated.
Concluding the petition, Atiku stated, “From the foregoing, Mr President can see that if adequate and urgent steps are not taken to identify and deal with these threats, they could lead to serious breaches and may constitute real danger to national security.
“Considering that these threats border on the right to life of my family and I, as well as my freedom to aspire for and contest for the Presidency in Nigeria, I urge you to commence urgent investigation with a view to identifying the person(s) behind the threats, expose and prosecute the culprit(s) in accordance with the laws.
“I request that you ensure the continued protection of my rights to life, that of my family, my property and my rights and freedoms to associate and aspire to any political office as guaranteed under the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended)”.