By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has declared Nigeria is in dire need of urgent rescue.
Nigeria, he said, has been badly damaged and broken.
He decried the unbearable and alarming conditions Nigerians are living with, lamenting hunger was ravaging as farmers have deserted their farms for fear of being killed.
These were contained in a statement in Abuja on Sunday by Hon. Oladimeji Fabiyi, who stood in for the Waziri Adamawa at the weekend in Gombe State during the inauguration of the leadership of the North-east zone of the Nigeria Youth Congress for Atiku.
“The hunger in the 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 ten kilometers in any part of the North without been 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.”
Appreciating the leadership and members of the group who came from the six states of the North-east for the inauguration and support, Atiku urged Northern youths to protect their future.
“Northern youth have great potentials, you have 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.”
National Chairman of the group, Yahuza Shehu, highlighted the its numerous achievements since formation, stressing that Atiku remains the best unifier for a terribly divided country like Nigeria.
“The North-east 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 comes.
Source: The Nation