By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has decried the disunity, ethnic division and religious intolerance in Nigeria, saying, these are dangerous for the continuous survival and oneness of the country.
Atiku who made the assertion on Thursday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat in Uyo during a consultation visit to the party in Akwa Ibom, said it needs a man with a magic wand at the head for the country to overcome the challenge.
The former Vice President maintained that given the extent of decay in the country at the moment, Nigerians would need to support a candidate with the qualities, capacity, experience and the qualification to face the challenges.
Urging Nigerians to see these qualities in him, he assured, saying, “I can do that job, but only with your support”.
Atiku who observed that Nigerians have never had it this bad since the civil war challenged Nigerians to rise to change the present state of affairs in the country if they truly desire to continue to have a country.
According to him, those who are making Nigeria unbearable for its citizens today were not part of the struggles towards the actualization of democracy.
“The country is in its worse state today. I have never seen it since the civil war. Ethnic division, north against south, this is very very dangerous for our survival as a country. We must do all what we can to address this situation. We have to unite together to arrest this, otherwise you would one day wake up and find out that we don’t have a country, God forbid.
“We may end up with 25-27 PDP states in Nigeria, because every part of this country is fed up with this government. And this is the most intolerant government I have ever seen in this country. And unfortunately for us, he was not even part of this struggle”.
“The situation in APC states is horrible. You cannot even meet like this. They are intolerable because they were not part of the struggle for actualization of democracy. If PDP was like this, there would not have been any opposition party in this country.
“Let us therefore unite and make sure that we free this country and our people from this situation. The political restructuring of this country is inevitable, whether we like it or not. We must deploy resources and powers to the federated units of this country. If states and Local Government Areas are given more resources and powers, the people would hold them accountable”, he added.
In their goodwill messages, stakeholders of the party in the state unanimously expressed optimism that Atiku has the pedigree and the distribalized disposition to pull Nigeria out of its present predicament.
The party leaders including the state Party Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, Senator Anietie kon, Sen. Helen Esuene, Chief Ndueso Essien and Former Deputy Governor Chris Ekpenyong recalled Atiku’s role during the resource control struggles.
They unanimously stressed the need for restructuring Nigeria and assured that Akwa Ibom practices PDP as a religion.
“If the state governor this time around gives a directive that is not in our collective interests, we the elders of the party would deviate” Ekpenyong assured.