Conveners of Atiku Care Foundation have denied insinuations that the group’s activities are geared towards positioning former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidential race.
Delta state chairman of the foundation, Barrister Splent Martins Ubuluku, told journalists in Asaba that the activities of the body were not aimed at scoring political goals for the former vice president in 2019 but rather the activities are aimed at meeting needs of Nigerians across the country.
He said the activities of the foundation are beyond 2019, just as he called on all well-meaning Nigerians to identify with the foundation in order to provide selfless service to the Nigerian society and humanity in general.
He said the foundation was set up to promote the humanitarian ideals and philosophy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar whom he described as the Wazirin of Adamawa and grand patron of Non-Governmental Organisation, the Atiku Abubakar.
He described Atiku as a detribalized, visionary and humble Nigerian who has the love and care for the weak in society, listing the groups to include the vulnerable, the motherless persons and internally displaced persons.
He said: “The foundation is mostly promoted by the efforts, hardwork and doggedness of our national chairman, Ambassador Aliyu Bin Abbas who felt it is necessary for posterity sake and the general public to see beyond this politician statesman of former vice president as a man with kind heart to be at home both by the weak and the elite.
“This effort has led to the establishment of the foundation in the 36 states of the federation including Abuja and of which we are now witnessing the inauguration of the state chapter.
“I want to express my profound gratitude to His Excellency, the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, for his warm reception and inspiring speech when leaders of the foundation across the country including me inducted him as the grand patron on Thursday, July 29, 2017 in Asokoro, Abuja.”