Godwin Tsa, Abuja
A human rights activist and constitutional lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, has urged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to furnish Nigerians with details of the alleged ownership of Etisalat, now 9Mobile and Keystone Bank.
Ajulo who spoke in Abuja, said it was uncharitable to say that Buhari’s family owns the companies without mentioning names of the owners.
He submitted that rather than making a porous allegation, Atiku owed Nigerians an explanation regarding the direct identities of the companies.
The lawyer was reacting to allegations made by Abubakar that both Keystone Bank and the multinational network provider, Etisalat, belonged to the family of President Buhari.
While also expecting explanations and reactions from President Buhari and his family on the allegation, Ajulo stressed that since who alleges must prove, the burden lies heavily on Atiku to come out straight and direct.
Noting though that this is the right time for Nigerians to know some of the unscrupulous and nefarious activities of the political class so as to redirect the minds of the electorate, he maintained that such revelations should be certain and direct.
“Allegations must be strengthened and direct. This is an allegation searching for evidence.
“Nigeria needs to know what has gone under the table but to do that, revelation must be certain and not fishing for evidence.
“It is uncharitable to say that Buhari’s family owns the companies without mentioning names of the owners.
“Remember that Buhari’s family comprises immediate, extended and even in-laws, some of whom are among the richest families in Nigeria.
“In such circumstance, Nigerians should be made to know exactly who and who own the companies.
“Beyond that, it is also necessary to find out if the acquisition of such companies were legitimate or not,” he stated.