Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has said that President Muhammadu Buhari for about 15 years, could not enter America on account of religious considerations.
Atiku revealed this among many other issues in an interview with Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.
Atiku whose movement from one party to another in the current political dispensation, as been described in some quarters as one too many, said the development is a normal occurrence in democracy.
“There is nothing wrong with it. Ours is a fledgling democracy of barely two decades since the end of the last Military regime. What it means is that the political parties are yet to mature and are going through constant transformations and changes.
“That is why even President Buhari has been able to move from party to party, including ANPP, CPC and now APC. And for those who read about world history and political books like I do, they will know that Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and others went through so much before achieving their dreams…”
One major issue that has refused to back off Atiku’s political journey, is his inability to visit the United States over alleged fraud. He reiterated his earlier position on the issue saying he is not hiding from anybody.
“It is the sole prerogative of America to determine who they want in their country or not. I’m not running away from America. I applied, but wasn’t issued a visa. However, they did not decline me categorically either. They’ve only said my application is going through administrative process.
“This is not peculiar to me. For about 15 years, Buhari could not enter America on account of religious considerations. The current Indian Prime Minister, Modi, suffered the same fate for years. Today, he is being treated to red carpet treatment in America.
“I fly to different parts of the world, including Europe, if America wanted me, it would be so easy for them to reach out to their allies,” said Atiku.