ABUJA/Nigeria: Former Nigeria’s Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar today December 3, 2018, who recently had became a Social Media campaigner, made a live Facebook broadcast, announcing that he has rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), just as he had also protested against the Nigerian Police on their antics of arresting Nigerian Youth who has laptops and Smart Phones.
It can be recalled that the former Vice President left the All Progressive Congress (APC), hinge his decision to rejoin the party he left about four year ago on poor performance of the Buhari APC-led administration.
The former vice president who spoke to the conscience of young Nigerians, stated that under the APC, about three million young people have lost their jobs, saying that he would soon embark on a nationwide tour, assured of his credentials as a job creator.
The broadcast statement read in full: “I am speaking to you today on Facebook Live as I want to reach as many of our young people as possible as I have an important announcement to make about the future of Nigeria.
“As it is you, our youths, who represent the future of our nation.
“I have found in my travels across the country that whenever I get into conversations with young people their number one concern is whether they will be able to get a job for without a job they have no means of sustaining themselves or begin a family.
“And without the security of a job we cannot have security in our country.
“So, without jobs there is no future for you or for Nigeria.
“And I also know as a parent that the older generation is also concerned about jobs for their children and, too often today, for themselves as well.
“Creating jobs is something I know about as I have created over 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirectjobs in my own State of Adamawa.
“And I also know how the government can help create the right environment for businesses to create jobs.
“When I was Vice President in 1999 I was responsible for liberalising the telecomms sector which enabled us to increase the number of people who could access a phone from less than 1 million then to over 100 million today.
“This transformation resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs from the top-up card vendors you see on every street corner to the many new businesses that fed off the mobile phone revolution.
“Some of you may know that I was elected Vice President under the banner of the PDP, which is the political party I had helped to found some ten years before.
“And some of you may also know that I left the PDP four years ago when I believed it was no longer aligned to the principles of equity, democracy and social justice upon which we had founded it.
“I joined the APC as I had hoped it would be the new force that would help improve life for our people and I was excited about the party’s manifesto to create three million new jobs a year.
“The result has not been the change people had been promised or voted for, as in the last two years almost three million Nigerians have lost their jobs.
“And today with a record 25% of people aged 18-25 unemployed, I can see how difficult it is for our youths to find a job.
“The key to creating jobs is a strong economy and that is what we are currently lacking.
“So today I want to let you know that I am returning home to the PDP as the issues that led me to leave it have now been resolved and it is clear that the APC has let the Nigerian people, and especially our young people, down.”
Following the statement, he took questions from his live audience one of which was on the statement attributed to Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, who declared that the PDP would never regain power in Nigeria
Atiku stated: “Nobody knows the future other than God and to dictate what the future will be is not within man’s purview.
“But it is about Nigeria not about power. Power for power’s own sake breeds arrogance and arrogance makes men say things like that.
“All I am saying is that we need a party that speaks to national sentiments not regional ones. We need a party that can make all Nigerians one till we can boldly say that we are all brothers and sisters with only one mother Nigeria.”
….Joins Campaign on Twitter Against Police Attacks on Youths on Twitter
Alhaji Atiku has reacted to a campaign on twitter calling for dissolution of SARS in Nigeria. The former vice president took to his twitter handle to express his opinion on the issue.
“The arbitrary harassment of young Nigerians by police (who should be protecting them) has no place in a democratic society.
The #EndSars protest shows Nigerian youths are upset and the matter needs urgent attention. Everyday we encourage or young people to become entrepreneurs. Buying a laptop to earn a living should attract harassment.
I commend our young people for protesting these injustices peacefully online and encourage the IG of @PoliceNG to take these complaints seriously.
I also urge the National Assembly to look into these complaints and address the human rights issues. Reforms are urgently needed.”
The actions of SARS in recent times has created tension between the force and Nigerian youths and a look at the #EndSars which has been trending at number one since Saturday (yesterday) showed thousands of citizens complaining and a major portion of them young people whose offence is that they carry laptops.