The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to be prepared to pull the country back from uncertainty to a place of common safety.
The former Vice President, in his message on Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day anniversary, on Saturday, stated that the anniversary was coming at a time when the country is at a crossroads in many aspects of national life.
He said 63 years ago when Nigeria gained her political independence, it was upon the promise of abundant prosperity and the principle of social justice.
Atiku declared, “As a nation, we have continued to struggle to manifest the dreams of our founding fathers in upholding the promises of shared prosperity and 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, he stated.
According to Atiku, the talents and doggedness of young Nigerians who have refused to give up on the country are the inspiration for a greater future that the nation celebrates.
He acknowledged that the energy of the Nigerian youth is a formidable force in the consternation of manpower and skills that power the global economy.
He said, “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.”