Nigerians in the United Kingdom are solidly behind the candidature of Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidency, the group representing Nigerians in the United Kingdom said on Wednesday because he represents a new generation of leadership necessary to take the country out of poverty and backwardness.
A statement by the Coordinator, Atiku Campaign Organisation, United Kingdom Chapter on behalf of Nigerians in the UK, Dr. Tony Chidi, said on Wednesday that Nigerians in the UK, are deploying because according to him, President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed in the last four years to make any meaningful impact on any aspect of the nation’s economy.
The statement indicated that unlike Buhari, the former vice president has influenced the lives of Nigerians positively in many areas of life.
The group said: “Atiku has demonstrated great capacity, capability and ability in both public and private life far above all who are contesting to be president of Nigeria in 2019. Having been there for eight fruitful years, he understands the system better than the incumbent who has to demonstrate gross incompetency and all others who currently aspire to the presidency. As Vice President, the economy and other substructures were under his watch and they all performed excellently.”
“Nigerians can attest to the fact that Turaki is highly detribalized and would as it was, offer equal opportunities to Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, religion, culture or political leanings, unlike Buhari who is so clannish and myopic. Above all, Atiku is a quintessential democrat whose belief in the Rule of Law and resilience in 2nd last tenure as Vice president stabilized our democracy.”
“Whereas Atiku can be said to possess the essential qualities that can promote peace, mutual understanding and coexistence, harmony and progress of the nation the same cannot be said of Buhari who has almost succeeded in tearing Nigeria apart from his unguarded utterances and actions that betray his morbid contempt or outright hatred for ethnic groups and religions other than his.”
“The PDP presidential candidate is a core civilian whereas and possesses sound education and wide exposure in different spheres of life while his rival, Buhari is a core combatant soldier who has not been able to adapt himself to civilian lifestyle nearly four decades after retiring from the army with only school certificate as his highest certificate.”
“We also note with satisfaction that Atiku is vibrant and creative while it is evident that Buhari leads a dull, boring life deficient in personal initiatives and development. A successful technocrat and entrepreneur, Turaki’s track records in public service and business stands him out as one whose abilities in bringing back Nigeria’s glory are not doubtful, having succeeded in creating wealth and employment by founding and successfully taking to their zenith numerous blue chip companies in diverse areas of service and above all, founding and nurturing to international fame a world class university. But Buhari only lays claim to a few cows after serving as the Head of State and retiring from the army as a general.”
“Overall, we wish to draw attention to the fact that Nigeria is a very complex nation and anyone who intends to succeed in the apex position of leadership such as the presidency of the country must blend into these complexities, build cohesion among the component nationalities, religious socio-political leanings and be seen to not clearly pandering to ethnic and religious whims and sentiments.”
“We strongly urge Nigerians to back Atiku because we know that as a liberal democrat, Atiku is also poised to decentralize the economy and encourage devolution of power which would hinge on restructuring and fiscal federalism. The implication is that excessive pressure at the centre will cease, thereby strengthening the states to develop on their own with less dependence on the federal government. This will nip the vexed issues of agitation for resource control and separatist demands in the bud.”
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