Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday wrote a petition to President Muhammad Buhari over threats to his life and those of his family members due to his decision to contest the presidential election in 2019.
Atiku, an aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), revealed this in a petition he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari on September 7, 2019. The petition, entitled “Petition Over Criminal Intimidation And Threat To My Life, That Of Members Of My Family, And Cyber Stalking Using Mobile Phone Number 08148228704,” was copied to the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
Atiku requested more police protection for his family and himself from the president, disclosing that he, his wife and daughters had received separate text messages from a mobile line stating that unless he backs out of the race, his family members would be raped and killed.
The former vice president called on President Buhari to order an urgent investigation into the matter, as it could lead to serious security breaches. The former vice president wrote:
“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.”
The petition also stated that the author threatened to “mess up his wife”, whom they used unsavoury expressions against, He listed some of threats to include: “We will blow your plane off the sky and we will poison you and your family. You are going to see what we will go with your family. We know where and where your children travel to. We will blow up all your properties and those of his wife. We control the aviation towers in Nigeria and South Africa. We are on (sic) government and Buhari will win again. Your party members will never select you and, if they do, we will assassinate (sic) you. We will kill you by blowing up your plane.”