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It’s as if providence thrust me out to replicate Nigeria’s economic progress under Obasanjo, says presidential hopeful Atiku Abubakar; harps on nationalism; Bishop Kukah says time to think of a Nigeria beyond banditry

Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar: A major contender for the Office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, at the weekend, said that the seven-year ineptitude of the Buhari administration has placed national unification the most critical issue in the 2023 presidential election.

A major contender for the Office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, at the weekend, said that the seven-year ineptitude of the Buhari administration has placed national unification the most critical issue in the 2023 presidential election.

Speaking exclusively to THISDAY in the first of a presidential interview series being conducted by this newspaper, Atiku said Nigeria needed a “unifier, not a pacifier.”

The position of former vice president Atiku Abubakar echoed that of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, yesterday, where Kukah accused the Buhari’s administration of having, “divided our people on the basis of ethnicity, religion, and region, in a way that we have never witnessed in our history.”

Addressing issues of the Nigerian state, Atiku said: “I think after seven years of incompetence, Nigerians just want competence. Where it comes from, they do not mind.

“The challenges that we face today have so focused us on the need to elect leaders based on their competence, instead of their region or religion. Nigeria needs a unifier, not a pacifier. We will be pacified by unity. We will not be united by pacification.”

Reacting to the agitation for a Nigerian president of South-east extraction in 2023, Atiku stated, “Of course it is in order. Have you forgotten how passionate I have been in advocating for the South-east? Look at my record.

“What the South-east has to understand is that people’s records matter more than people’s rhetoric. I ask my beloved people of the South-east to focus on what cannot lie; my record. My attitude towards them. My history with them.”

On his motivation for the unceasing bid for the Office of Nigeria’s President, Atiku said: “In the year 2022, Nigeria is the world headquarters for extreme poverty, and the third most insecure nation in the world. Our economy is not growing, while our population is expanding.

“If you now look at my record in government, where under the leadership of President Obasanjo, I was the chairman of the National Council on Privatisation, and a coordinator of our economic management team, you can clearly see my achievements.

“Those achievements need to be replicated if we are to turn the tide. In fact, it is almost as if providence thrust me out this time to do again what God had enabled me to do before.

“We provided jobs. Nigerians are now unemployed in record numbers. We paid off Nigeria’s foreign debt. Nigeria is now more indebted than at any time in our history. Through our policies and inclusiveness, we had relative peace.

“Now, Nigeria is in crisis due to insecurity. It would look to me that my curriculum vitae or my resume appears tailor-made to address the challenges we now face as a nation.”

Reacting to the corruption allegations made against him, Atiku responded:  that the spoke on the corruption allegations against him, saying, “What I will say, however, is that I am the most investigated politician in Nigeria; yet, nothing has been established against me. I have received a clean bill of health with regard to the allegations raised against me.

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“That alone should tell you something. It speaks volumes. In the attempt to stop me, knowing that my plans are sound, my ideology is solid and stable, and my connection to Nigerians is enduring, the only thing that my political opponents could use against me are false allegations.  My only answer to that is that I have judicially been exonerated and vindicated of all of them.”

Meanwhile, Bishop Kukah in his Easter Message to the Church and Nigerians, said the problems and challenges currently facing Nigeria were beyond the 2023 elections. He lamented that the government had made Nigerians vulnerable and, “ignited the most divisive form of identity consciousness among the people.”

“The years of friendships, cultural exchange, and collaboration built over time have now come under serious pressure from stereotyping. Notwithstanding these challenges, religious leader must recover to deploy their moral authority and avoid falling victims to the schemes of politicians and their material enticements,” the Catholic Bishop said.

Bishop Kukah said, “We need to start thinking of a Nigeria beyond banditry and kidnapping and the endless circles of violence that have engulfed our communities and nation.

“We cannot continue to pretend that there are no religious undertones to the violence in the name of God that has given our religions a bad name. The way out is for the state to enforce the secular status of the Nigerian state so as to give citizens the necessary freedoms from the shackles of semi-feudal confusion over the status of religion and the state in a plural democracy.

I’m 70; never seen Nigeria in such bad shape….



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