The 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, underscored the failure of Nigerian politicians to follow in the footsteps of the nation’s founding leaders. On the occasion of Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day, Atiku harkened back to the glorious principles upon which the nation’s founders had stood, particularly those of social justice and prosperity.
He lamented that Nigeria has struggled to live up to the expectations set by its founding fathers, particularly in terms of delivering on the promises of shared prosperity and social justice. Atiku also reflected on the current state of Nigerian industries, noting that despite certain successes, the nation’s intellectuals and citizens on the global stage have not yet reached their full potential.
Atiku continued to commend the Nigerian youth for their significant contributions to bolstering the nation’s economy with their exceptional skills and talents. He emphasized that Nigerian youth possess the potential to compete on the global stage and make significant strides worldwide
On his X official account, he wrote, “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.”.
Furthermore, he exemplified the achievements of the nation’s democracy, emphasizing that when democracy is nurtured, it can bring out the best in the people.
Atiku Abubakar also issued a call to citizens to come together and rescue Nigeria from the grip of insecurity and economic challenges, striving to ensure that the nation runs smoothly.