Independence Day: All is not Well with Nigeria— Atiku

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said all is not well with Nigeria, 59 years after gaining independence.

Atiku in a state of the nation statement on his twitter handle dismissed the usual narrative that “all is well with Nigeria” as a cliché, stressing that the time for rhetorics has passed.

He noted that it was time for lovers of the country to take concrete steps to aid Nigeria’s progress.

“But I am mindful of the fact that the time for rhetoric has long since passed and now is the time for all lovers of Nigeria to take concrete steps to aid Nigeria’s progress, by not just praying and showing understanding, but also to take democratic action to ensure that the ideals of our founding fathers – Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress – are not set aside on the altar of tyranny,” he said.

Citing poverty and alleged persecution of judges, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general election noted the “founding fathers could never have fathomed that 59 years after birthing the largest black nation on earth, we would be facing a situation where we do not have a free press.”

Expressing hope, Atiku said “when we put Nigeria first, we not only revive the Nigerian Dream, we also revive Unity & Faith, Peace & Progress, which were the ideals our founding fathers had in mind when they came together to put forward this new & independent nation 59 years ago on October 1, 1960.”

“Nigeria belongs to all of us and we all have a role to play in making our nation great. Nigeria should be the beacon of hope, democracy and freedom, to not only the African continent but to the black diaspora the world over.

“And to ensure that this becomes the case, we all have a duty to support and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And this we must do, so help us God,” he added.