Former World Bank Vice President Oby Ezekwesili on Tuesday accused Atiku Abubakar of lying to Nigerians.

The former Minister of Education and the former Vice President both served in the Olusegun Obasanjo government.

Atiku had bragged about his achievements as head of the administration’s economic team from 1999 to 2007 while speaking as the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Dialogue on the Economy where all front-line standard bearers in the 2023 presidential election were invited to speak about their economic plans.

On Monday, Atiku shared excerpts from comments he made on his Twitter account.

One of his tweets read: “As head of the economic management team, while vice president, I was instrumental in designing a private sector revival strategy and advocated for opening up the economy for private sector investment in various sectors.

“And we made tremendous progress. #AtikuEnNESG”.

In her response, Ezekwesili, who was the pioneering director general of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), dismissed the claim.

“Dear Former Vice President Atiku, please ask your @Twitter account administrators to stop misleading the public. You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team.

“This absurd Lie does you no good. Ask your team to stop it,” Ezekwesili wrote.