The Director – General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu, has challenged former Vice – President Atiku Abubakar to come clean on his United States immigration status .
Okechukwu also gave the indication that Abubakar would not be able to address insecurity in the country if, as the Nigerian President, he is unable to go to the US .
Reacting to Abubakar’ s presidential declaration in Yola , Adamawa State , on Saturday, Okechukwu wondered if the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain would be able to go to the US if elected President in 2019.
The VON DG said that Abubakar’ s inability to visit the US made him a less attractive option than the incumbent , President Muhammadu Buhari , who was hosted in the White House shortly after he assumed office .
Speaking to journalists in Enugu on Sunday, Okechukwu challenged Abubakar to authorise the United States Border Authority to make public his immigration status .
He said, “Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari , few weeks after the inauguration , was honoured with a red carpet reception at the White House .
“A presidential contest is like a beauty contest, and Buhari remains the best among those parading themselves to be President in 2019. ”
The VON DG faulted Abubakar for declaring that more Nigerians had been killed during Buhari ’ s administration than the number of people that died in war- torn Iraq and Afghanistan .
He urged Abubakar and all Nigerians to join hands with Buhari to fight insecurity , instead of “comparing the dead with those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan . ”