ABUJA/Nigeria: Delta State Governor and the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that Nigeria is currently too fractured for an inexperienced person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okowa declared that only former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has what it takes to right all the wrongs do to the Nation by the present administration.
This is coming even as about 60 Nigerian youths group declared their support for actualisation of Atiku Abubakar’s presidency in 2023.
Speaking Friday in Abuja at an event organised by Green Assembly Initiative (GAI) to mark International Youths Day 2022, Okowa wondered why the country will not allow much talked about State Police to secure lives and properties or embrace National Health Insurance policy for all, promising that Atiku’s government will do it for the benefit of Nigerians.
According to Delta governor, Nigeria today appears very frightening, but we cannot lose hope. It is possible, working together, trusting in ourselves to begin the rebuilding process.
“And our building process starts on 2023 when Atiku Abubakar becomes President. People ask, I don’t want to play politics. I do not believe in all those who are running for the presidency. The way we look at what is going on today in Nigeria, there are loads of problems.
“And if we do not elect the right person, we’ll find ourselves getting somebody who is going to get the seats and still confused on that seat, because the problems will overwhelm him because he will not even know how to start.
“It’s much easier to govern in a nations where the rule of law is not taken for granted because institutions are already working. But in a country like Nigeria and in most African countries where the issues are different, requires a lot of deep talk, requires a lot of experience, positive experience that can truly enable you to govern and to be able to bring everybody on the table and inclusive in a governance.
“Not too many people have such experiences. I believe that in Nigeria of today’s to fractured there are so many contending voices. People are speaking in different directions. Our oneness is being threatened. Why? Not because of the north or south, Muslim and Christians, but because there’s frustration everywhere, there’s poverty everywhere. We don’t seem to have the answers because everything just appears to be going downhill.
“And then the issue of Social Security is no longer there. The security in the land is worsening, our economy is in terrible shape.
“We cannot continue in that state. We must prioritize our priorities. We must continue to look at the right things, what we ought to do.”
While sympathising with Nigerians, especially the youths for the difficult times in Nigeria, the Vice Presidential candidate said: “Youth has a role to assist or to work with the leadership of this country, to begin to reeducate our people to reemphasize education, to reemphasize family management, population management, re – emphasize the issues that can truly help us.
“There are barriers everywhere in our of life, we cannot continue to frustrate the younths. So, we need to begin a consensus together. That is what I Atiku Abubakar stands for.
“That was Nigeria today we do not have the depth of knowledge, the only man who seems to have that depth of knowledge to take us out of where we are is Atiku Abubakar.
“He’s the only one that has had a similar experience in 1999. Together with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, they’re able to take us out a difficult situation.
“It is not about the PDP or APC, is about who can salvage us at the moment, we must think around, so that we will not allow the trauma in our minds to make us take the wrong decision.
“When it comes to security demand. Today you’re going to hear from Amotekun. You’re going to hear various voices, even the governors are crying. And they have begin to equip themselves with weapons, even unlawfully.
“So, the right thing is to ensure that the states are able to have their own police where they are officially equipped. And then they can go out in support of whatever the federal government police is doing. To secure the land.”
Speaking on the theme of the International Youth Day, 2022, titled: Inter-generational solidarity creating a world for all ages, Chairman of the Green Assembly Initiative (GAI), Comrade Duke Alamboye, said it is quite disturbing struggling social services, the challenges of insecurity, dilapidated infrastructure and the decry of Nigerians is what the country have been inundated with on a daily basis over the years.
While declaring the support of 60 youths’ group for Atiku Abubakar, Alamboye said: “Anyone in victmized shoes will be dampened by the vociferous suggestion that what we need is to unite and maintain solidarity, however, The advocates of Nigerian problems posit religion, ethnicity, and the issue of restructuring the Nigerian federal system as the bane of our problem but the real problem lies with not maintaining a strong and progressive bond between generations in the midst of these differences.”