The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has presented himself as that northerner who has built bridges across Nigeria, and standing to protect and advance the northern interests.
He also said he knows the challenges of Nigeria and has gathered enough experience to address the challenges.
The Wazirin Adamawa assured that if elected president, he will protect the interests of the North, develop Nigeria, build a dynamic economy for prosperity, restore Nigeria’s unity and strengthen the security apparatus.
He spoke at an interactive session organized by the Arewa Joint Committee made up of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF), Jamiyyar Matan Arewa (JMA) Arewa House (Center for Historical Development and Research) and Arewa Research and Documentation Project (ARDP) in Kaduna on Saturday.
According to him, Northern Nigeria’s current social and economic challenges call for sober reflection, adding that “as a country, we must build consensus with a prosperity restoration with strong commitment and initiatives.”
”I am committed to articulate and implement transformation and development agenda of a united, secure and prosperous country,” he said.
He said Nigeria’s unity has never been threatened like now with an increasing number of Nigerian citizens openly challenging their allegiance to Nigeria’s corporate existence through violent agitations and misguided demand for ethno-regional autonomy because of widespread feelings of marginalization and neglect.
“Nigeria has never been overwhelmed by insecurity in all parts of the country. Sadly, we have reached a point where the functions of the state have been usurped by separatists, bandits, insurgents, and terrorists.”
“Nigeria has continued to affect a faulty, complex Federal structure with a high degree of centralization at the center. The Federal government has succeeded in accumulating many responsibilities which belong to the other weaker levels of government, the Federal government appreciates along with these responsibilities, huge resources to the detriment of the states and local governments”.
“I know the challenges of Nigeria and I have gathered enough experience to address the challenges.”