The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has declared that Nigeria is at a cross road in many aspects of national life.
The former Vice President made the declaration in his message on Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day anniversary, on Saturday, and urged Nigerians to to rise up and pull the country back from uncertainty to a place of common safety.
He recalled that 63 years ago when Nigeria gained her political independence, it was with 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.
He young Nigerians have the talents and doggedness and have refused to give up on the country, adding that they are the inspiration for a greater future that the nation celebrates.
Atiku explained that the Nigerian youth is a formidable force in the consternation of manpower and skills that power the global economy.
According to the former vice president, “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.”