Nigeria’s 2019 election is the latest issue in the heart of Nigerians. The question of the candidates who will contest in the upcoming battle for the presidential seat is the story making headlines in major media outlets in the nation. Just like other nations around the globe, Nigerians differ in terms of their choice of candidate.
The person who will emerge as the next president of the great nation still remains a mystery. It is no news that the current administration garnered a lot of support from the electorates, both young and old in the 2015 election which aided in the defeat of the previous Goodluck Jonathan led administration.
Given such support, many Nigerians believe that whoever is willing to stand against the current Muhammadu Buhari led administration, must indeed be ready for battle. But my question right now is: Has the current administration lived up to the people’s expectation? Is the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration really a government of change as proclaimed? Do Nigerians still want the current administration to continue until 2023? Well, I guess Nigerians will answer this question in 2019.
The latest aspirant who will most likely contest in the upcoming presidential election is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON). However, his political ambition has been met with both positive and negative remarks from the populace. While some believe that the aspirant is fit for the position, others claim he is not. Nigerians, inter alia, have the absolute right to contest for political positions that they qualify for, to vote in elections and to select the candidates they deem fit. Being a Nigerian I ask, why not Waziri for presidency 2019?
Atiku Abubakar (Wazirin Adamawa) has served our great nation in many different ways. As we all know, he was the second elected Vice-President of Nigeria from the year 1999 to 2007 with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The veteran politician and businessman contested and won the Governorship election of Adamawa State in 1998 and also worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for several years.
Atiku who was born on 25 November 1946 is the founder of Adama Beverages Limited, American University of Nigeria (AUN), and the co-founder of Intels – an oil servicing business thriving well both home and abroad. Atiku’s presidential ambition can be traced back to 1993 when he contested in the presidential primaries in the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Atiku announced his exit from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on 24 November 2017.
The choice to contest in the upcoming election is left to the philanthropist but I, as a patriotic Nigerian citizen hereby call on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to contest for presidency come 2019. I have my personal reasons which are not farfetched as many Nigerians will testify that the best individual for the presidential seat is the latter. His contribution to the development of the country is apparent and I am sure he is willing to do more.
For someone who lost his father at an early age, Atiku can be said to have done perfectly in every sphere of life, be it education, family, business, and politics. In addition, citing the struggle between the mogul and the former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the latter’s bid to contest for the third time as president, I can safely say that Atiku has saved Nigeria from suffering the same fate as other African nations, Zimbabwe inclusive. Atiku has strived to seek education, to be successful in politics and to excel in business.
He is an advocate for the importance of education in the nation. His support for western education in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. His support can be seen from the creation of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) founded in 2004 in Yola. He has also sponsored a students’ essay contest to generate solutions to Nigeria’s most pressing institutional educational challenges where Entrants were asked to write up to 5,000 words on the topic “More Learning to More People: How can Nigeria be more innovative in bridging its literacy and skills gap?” in 2013.
Waziri also commented on the results of the May–June 2014 West African Examinations Council (WAEC), where he said:
″Our country’s educational institutions are clearly not providing quality learning. Our teachers need to be taught. This situation is a new development—of the past 10 years or so. The steady decline of education in Nigeria is a reflection of our country’s relegation of education to the background of national essentialities.
“That is where the change must begin. Teachers are important—as important as senators and doctors. Indeed, teachers determine the quality of senators and doctors. And so, the entire country stands to suffer the effects of this neglect in future. Nigeria must once again make education a priority. We must return to the basics.”
In addition, he offered scholarships to 15 Chibok schoolgirls who managed to escape from the shackles of their kidnappers in order to help alleviate the educational decadence in the Northeastern part of the country.
Atiku is reported to have made a huge donation amounting to $750,000 to the National Peace Corps Association in the United States in 2012. The donation was meant to fund a new initiative that featured world leaders who discussed Peace Corps’ impact.
In 1982 he was awarded the chieftaincy of the “Turaki of Adamawa” by the state’s traditional ruler, Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa in 1982, which invariably put him in charge of the king’s domestic affairs. Atiku Abubakar was awarded the title of “Waziri” of Adamawa in June 2017. Furthermore, it is no news that Atiku is a staunch supporter of True Federalism. It is reported that he has delivered speeches on several accounts, thus inspiring the citizens of our great nation on the need to restructure the country.
It is also reported that Waziri publicly declared at an event held by Hall of Grace Magazine that “Political decentralization will also help to deepen and strengthen our democracy as it will encourage more accountability. Citizens are more likely to demand accountability when governments spend their tax money rather than rent collected from an impersonal source. True Federalism will encourage States to competes to attract investments and skilled workers rather than merely waiting for monthly revenue allocation from Abuja”
He was conferred with the award “Hero Of Democracy” during the same event. With this, it is clear that Atiku is a man who is not scared to defend the interest of Nigerians. He has done so much to help Nigerians in need even without holding any political office. Given his success in all spheres of life, I believe the right candidate to occupy Aso Rock in 2019 is Wazirin Adamawa as there is every indication that he will turn the lives of the people and the economy of the country around in a positive way. I say let’s give Atiku a chance to take us to the promise land.