Atiku Admits Not Speaking With Late Col’s Wife, Apologises
The 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has admitted that he never did speak with the widow of Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba, killed by Boko Haram at Metele last month.
Alhaji Abubakar made the clarification in a statement on Monday and has also apologised for the statement credited to him.
He said, rather, he spoke with the slain soldier’s sister, Maryam, not the wife.
The PDP candidate had posted online that he spoke with Seun, Sawaba’s wife but the woman denied receiving any call from the presidential candidate and wondered why he would lied over such matter.
Setting the record straight, Atiku said in the statement:
“Following the death of Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba during the Boko Haram insurgents’ attack on 157 Taskforce Battalion in Metele, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s staff has made efforts to get the contact of his widow to enable the former Vice President express his condolences over the loss of the fallen hero.
“Over the weekend, Atiku Abubakar was availed with phone numbers of Mrs. Sakaba and Maryam, younger sister of the late soldier, in the alternative.
“On Sunday, the former Vice President tried albeit unsuccessfully to contact Mrs. Sakaba but was able to eventually speak with Maryam, younger sister of the gallant soldier during which he expressed his deepest condolences to the family.
“However, this communication was erroneously communicated. The error is regretted.
“Atiku Abubakar, however reaffirms his deepest condolences to the Sakaba family, which sacrifices, like those of their brave son, keeps us safe.”