Atiku Abubakar and the ‘Naija for young people’ Agenda

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Former Vice President, Atiku
Abubakar, has revealed his intention of fixing Nigeria to make the
country a great place for young people to thrive as opposed to what
they’re currently going through. The former Vice President disclosed this in a letter that he wrote to comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye, in response to the open letter that the comedian had written recently.

In
his open letter, the comedian had criticised Atiku for his track record
in governance and pointedly criticised his stance on the inclusion of
young Nigerians in government.

In his letter, Atiku replied, making a distinction between the old generation of Nigerians and the new ones.

He wrote,  “I
do understand your frustration on the issue, however. I tell people my
age that to understand young Nigerians, we need to understand the
difference between Nigerian and Naija.

“Naija embodies the hopes and dreams of young Nigerians, the country they love and long to go home to when they are abroad.

“Naija
is the country that brings them pride in music, film, comedy, fashion,
and technology. It is the country of Wiz Kid, Asa, David O, Tuface, the
Olympic bobsled team, Iwobi and Don Jazzy Again.

“Nigeria
on the other hand, is the country of their parents, the country where
leaders are constantly failing them, of Boko Haram, of herdsmen
violence, of recessions and joblessness.

“Our
young people need us to make our country live up to the aspirations of
Naija by fixing the problems associated with Nigeria.”

The
former Vice President went ahead to defend his record in governance and
his efforts that have greratly benefited the country’s youthful
population.

Atiku’s defection

In what was a widely-expected move, Atiku resigned as a member of the APC on Friday, November 24, after months of growing discontent. 

In his signed resignation letter, the 71-year-old accused President Muhammadu Buhari of neglecting him and condemned the APC for “instituting a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy”.

In a live Facebook message on December 3, as expected, the former Vice President officially declared his return to the PDP.

Atiku meets Makarfi at PDP secretariat

Atiku Abubakar addressing leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

(Twitter/@atiku)

In an interview with Dele Momodu, the Publisher of The Boss magazine, Atiku noted that Buhari has wasted his massive goodwill, adding that he will defeat the president in 2019.

History of Atiku as presidential contestant

After serving as Vice President to former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 to 2007 under the PDP, Atiku contested the 2007 presidential election as a candidate for Action Congress (AC), losing to the late former President Umaru Yar’Adua.

He returned to the PDP only to lose the party’s primary election for the 2011 presidential election to the eventual winner, Goodluck Jonathan.

Due
to an internal party crisis he defected to the APC in the run-up to the
2015 presidential election before losing the party’s ticket to another
eventual winner, President Buhari.

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