Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, mentioned Nigeria would proceed to grapple with its present challenges except it was restructured.
Atiku acknowledged this on the sixty fourth Annual Bible Research Convention of the Nationwide Council of Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) of Nigeria held on the Ekiti Diocesan Camp Floor, Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Represented by his working mate and Governor of Delta, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Abubakar who was particular visitor, mentioned Nigeria was in dire want of educated, succesful, and skilled leaders who would break the cycle of failed management and take the nation to the extent of progress and prosperity.
He mentioned that devolution of powers and assets to the sub-national governments, and the guaranteeing of a structure that allowed fairness, justice for all and inclusiveness in governance such that none was not noted or oppressed, was what was wanted for a correct federal construction.
In keeping with him, Nigeria ought to proceed as a Federation however not in its current kind.
“I advocate a correct federal construction that recognises the federating models and the federal authorities as mutually coordinate and never subordinate one to the opposite, but cooperative amongst themselves, distinct from the present construction the place states exist as mere appendages of the centre.
“I’m notably thrilled by the theme of this convention – ‘Be Robust and Brave’ as a result of the occasions we stay in name for women and men of braveness who will stand as much as be counted within the battle to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.
“There isn’t a gainsaying the truth that Nigeria’s unity is beneath severe risk at present. The mutual suspicion, mistrust, and typically hostility among the many varied ethnic teams have reached ranges by no means skilled earlier than, fueling separatist agitations throughout the nation.
“That is largely as a result of basic discontent occasioned by the damaged guarantees, dashed aspirations, and the lopsidedness in power-sharing beneath the present federal authorities.
“As I mentioned someday in the past, a scenario the place the highest weapons within the nation’s safety structure are dominated by individuals from a selected ethnic/spiritual group doesn’t augur nicely for the unity and progress of the nation.
“Nigeria can solely develop if ethnic, spiritual and tribal divides dissolve, and a pan-Nigeria purpose is actually desired and embraced by all. We should act swiftly – and decisively – to calm the raging storm, regain confidence within the Nigerian venture, and halt the drift towards chaos and anarchy.
“The forthcoming 2023 elections supply us the chance to do the needful and transfer Nigeria in the fitting path. It requires sober reflection and strategic considering as in opposition to the senseless euphoria, sensationalism, and herd mentality that introduced us to the place we’re at present.
“Going ahead, we’d like mature, clever, and skilled leaders who will encourage hope in our nation and foster a way of belonging amongst all Nigerians.
“I’m an ardent believer within the restructuring of Nigeria, particularly because it pertains to fiscal federalism and devolution of powers.
“Restructuring doesn’t imply we jettison the federal system of presidency. In truth, I consider that it’s extra useful and real looking for our ethnic, linguistic, spiritual, and cultural diversities.
“I assure you that the states and Nigeria will develop quicker when the correct federal construction is put in place.”
The previous vice-president assured that if voted as President in 2023, he would prioritize schooling within the nation as no nation may develop past the knowledge-base of its residents.
He recalled that the good late Nelson Mandela had mentioned that “schooling is probably the most highly effective weapon which you need to use to alter the world”, and mentioned “you possibly can, due to this fact, think about my ache and grief to see college students of our tertiary establishments idling away at house when they need to be at school.
“It not solely distorts the educational calendar, it additionally robs the mother and father and the scholars of their hope for a greater future.
“I want to use this chance to respectfully name on the Federal Authorities to urgently attain a compromise with putting college lecturers and reopen our universities.
“No nation can afford to have its college students to be idle or roaming the streets and count on to realize peace, safety, and inclusive financial progress.”
He referred to as for the harnessing of the inventive energies of the youth to speed up nationwide improvement by offering them with a stable instructional system that geared up them with the fitting skills-set and management credentials.
“As a corollary to the above, Nigeria wants a nicely thought-out coverage to deal with youth unemployment by way of abilities coaching and entrepreneurship improvement programmes.
“The military of the unemployed in our nation is a recipe for catastrophe. To get out of the present quagmire, we should as a matter of urgency start to assume extra when it comes to equipping them with the technical know-how, vocational abilities, values and assets to change into job and wealth creators, in addition to giving them employability abilities.
“We have to be intentional, decided, and resolute about this to keep away from a scenario the place graduates from our academic system roam the streets in quest of non-existent jobs,” Atiku acknowledged.
Nationwide President of Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) Nigeria, Mr Alex Akpata, mentioned Nigerians had been confronted with severe safety and financial challenges, however urged the youths to be sturdy and brave because the nation would quickly overcome its challenges.
He urged the younger individuals to affix politics and stand agency in voting for candidates that might shield the curiosity of the individuals.
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