John Alechenu, Abuja
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar, has while congratulating Nigerians on the celebration of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day anniversary, expressed confidence that the nation will rise again.
The former Vice President equally enjoined Nigerians to rise up to the challenge of nation building as the nation prepares to enter into a new phase with the upcoming 2023 elections.
This was contained in a statement signed by his media office in Abuja, on Friday, said that the celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day is an event that should reawaken our consciousness towards the consolidation of unity amongst the diverse people of the country.
Atiku observed that Nigeria has come a long way after our independence 62 years ago passing through different phases of challenges, noting however, that “the democracy that we have is the requisite antidote to the current challenges that we face.”
The Wazirin Adamawa further said , “though Nigeria is beset with challenges that range from inadequacies of our economic plans to cover a large percentage of our people who live below the poverty line; to security skirmishes that daily threaten the safety of lives and property of Nigerians, the root cause of these problem is traceable to the increasing lack of unity amongst us.”
He, however, assured that as One people and under the canopy of One Country sharing in One future, we will surmount our challenges and enthrone the Nigeria of our dreams.
He urged that as we go into the general elections next year, all Nigerians should give the issue of building national unity primary attention.
The PDP candidate said, “Nigerians should elect leaders who are individuals with proven track records of being protagonists of unity and peace.
“I believe that when we fix the issues that continue to compromise our national unity, we would invariably fix issues that upset our peace and security and subsequently create an environment that can encourage economic prosperity.”
The PDP presidential flagbearer also appealed to all friends of Nigeria in the international community to continue to have confidence in the country because, “as a people we never give up.”
He further enjoined all people of faith across the country not to relent in their prayers to God to keep Nigeria as a country of peace and prosperity for the good of all its people.