Nigeria needs pan-Nigerian president, not Yoruba, Igbo, or Hausa-Fulani leader – Atiku | The Guardian Nigeria News
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has said that Nigeria needs a president that is ready to give his all to the entire nation and not one that displays nepotistic tendencies.
He also said a credential of national inclusivity, not ethnicity, should be an ideal that the Northern part of the county should examine in electing a new president for the country in the February 2023 presidential election.
Atiku made the remarks when he featured as a guest of the Arewa Joint Committee interactive sessions alongside other presidential candidates from other political parties on Saturday in Kaduna.
The session, which took place at the Arewa House, was attended by high-ranking leaders of various Northern Nigeria-based socio-cultural bodies.
The interactive session was organized by several groups, including the Arewa Consultative Forum, Arewa House, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Northern Elders Forum and Arewa Research and Development Project, among others.
At Saturday’s event, Atiku noted that with a political career that spans over 30 years, he stands shoulder-high as a Nigerian of Northern descent who has built bridges of unity across the country.
“I have been in politics for more than three decades and I am a Northerner,” said Atiku. “So, if you ask me why I am the best candidate to lead Nigeria in 2023, I will simply say that what Nigeria needs is a pan-Nigerian president, not whether he is Yoruba, Igbo, or Hausa-Fulani.”
Atiku, while delivering his speech at the event, highlighted the key policy agendas which he seeks to pursue if elected president to include promoting national unity through deliberate actions that will secure mutual trust and confidence amongst all tendencies.
The other policy areas that Atiku enumerated are reforms in education, agriculture, and reversing the economic downturn of the country.
In a related development, the Kaduna State chapter of the PDP has rescheduled the planned consultative visit of the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku, and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, to Kafanchan earlier scheduled for Sunday, October 16, 2022.
In a news release signed by the chairman of the chapter, Hassan Hyat, the party explained that the visit was postponed following consultations with political stakeholders and religious leaders of the zone wherein the stakeholders resolved that a new date would be most suitable for the planned visit .
“The PDP regrets any inconveniences this change might cause and assures the good people of Southern Kaduna of Atiku’s commitment to meeting with the leaders and people of the zone as soon as a new and convenient date is fixed,” the statement partly read.