On the occasion of Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has urged citizens to be prepared to pull the country back from uncertainty to a place of common safety.
In a message on Saturday, the former Vice President stated that the anniversary was coming at a time when the country is at a crossroads in many aspects of national life.
He recalled that 63 years ago when Nigeria gained her political independence, it was upon the promise of abundant prosperity and the principle of social justice.
“We have encountered great moments when the flag of our dear country flew tall on the global stage through the industry of our sportsmen and women, the prolific distinction of our academia, and the top-notch artistry of Nigerian talents in the global music scene,” Atiku said.
He acknowledged that Nigeria has encountered great moments when the flag of the country flew tall on the global stage through the industry of her sportsmen and women, the prolific distinction of her academia, and the top-notch artistry of Nigerian talents in the global music scene.
However, Atiku noted that the challenges facing Nigeria are daunting, including a struggling economy, insecurity, and other vital aspects of society.
“That success – the gallantry of our youth – is the primal element of what we celebrate today as a nation.
“Therefore, for me, the challenge before us all is in ensuring that the political leadership in the country that we call home should be worthy of our pride as a people and not of telling embarrassment.
“Our democracy has triumphed so far due to the fidelity of our conviction that a democracy, when properly nurtured, should bring out the best in us and of us.
“As Nigerians, we are all not unfamiliar with the hardships in the economy, security, and other vital aspects of our society.
“While I enjoin us all to submit our strengths in faith to the Almighty God, we must be prepared to do our best to pull the country back from this point of uncertainty to a place of common safety.”
Atiku’s message comes at a time when Nigeria is grappling with a number of challenges, including a struggling economy, high inflation, unemployment, and insecurity.
The country is also facing a political crisis as the 2023 general elections approach.
Atiku is one of the leading contenders for the presidency in the 2023 elections. He is running against incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates from different political parties.