Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has said Nigeria urgently needs to be rescued from various challenges confronting it in order to maintain its leadership role in Africa.
He made this known on Sunday during the inauguration of the leadership of the Northeast zone of the Nigeria Youth Congress for Atiku in Gombe State.
Atiku, who was represented by one of his aides, Oladimeji Fabiyi, noted that the country has been badly damaged and broken and needs urgent ‘medical’ attention.
The 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) decried what he called the unbearable and alarming conditions among Nigerians.
Atiku said hunger is ravaging the land as farmers have deserted their farms for fear of being killed by various criminals.
He said: “The hunger in Northern Nigeria and indeed the entire country is getting to an unbearable and alarming rate as our farmers, fathers and mothers can no longer go to farm. Agriculture is one of the comparative advantages the Northern Nigeria has over other regions in the country, but as at today, it is almost non-existent, unfortunately occasioned by abysmal insecurity in the region.
“You hardly can drive 10 kilometres in any part of the North without being kidnapped or attacked by armed bandits. This is not acceptable, this is not the time to massage the ego of the nation leadership. This is the time to cry out for help.”
Atiku appreciated the leadership and members of the group, who were from the six states of the Northeast for the inauguration and their support.
He, however, urged Northern youths to protect their future ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
He said: “Northern youths have great potentials. You have a huge role to play in what becomes of your region and Nigeria, moving forward. You must protect your future and you can achieve this only by supporting one of your own, who has shown commitment to your welfare, progress and development.
“Atiku Abubakar, the Golden son of the North East and a Pan Nigeria per excellence surely stand in the gap.”
“Personally, I wished Atiku was from the Southern Nigeria. We would have given him the necessary support to lead Nigeria. But it’s not too late for the North-east and indeed the entire Northern Nigeria to rise up in support of their own.”
Reacting, the National Chairman of the group, Yahuza Shehu, noted that Atiku remains the best unifier for a terribly divided country like Nigeria.
Shehu stressed that the Northeast has no reason not to support Atiku should he decided to run come 2023.”
He called on all stakeholders, not only in the North-east but across the Northern Nigeria to support Atiku when the time come.