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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, stated Nigeria would proceed to grapple with its present challenges until it was restructured.

Atiku acknowledged this on the sixty fourth Annual Bible Research Convention of the Nationwide Council of Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) of Nigeria held on the Ekiti Diocesan Camp Floor, Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Represented by his operating mate and Governor of Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa, Atiku who was Particular Visitor on the event, stated Nigeria was in dire want of educated, succesful, and skilled leaders who would break the cycle of failed management and take the nation to the extent of development and prosperity.

He stated that devolution of powers and sources to the sub-national governments, and the guaranteeing of a structure that allowed fairness, justice for all and inclusiveness in governance such that none was neglected or oppressed, was what was wanted for a correct federal construction.

Based on him, Nigeria ought to proceed as a federation however not in its current type.

Delta Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (left) in a handshake with Akoko Diocesan Bishop of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev'd Jacob Bada (left) while National President, Anglican Youth Fellowship of Nigeria, Alex Akpata (middle) looks on at the 64th Annual Bible Study Conference of the Youths' group held at Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State on Thursday. PIX: SAMUEL JIBUNOR
Delta Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (left) in a handshake with Akoko Diocesan Bishop of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev’d Jacob Bada (left) whereas Nationwide President, Anglican Youth Fellowship of Nigeria, Alex Akpata (center) seems to be on on the sixty fourth Annual Bible Research Convention of the Youths’ group held at Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State on Thursday. PIX: SAMUEL JIBUNOR

He stated “I advocate a correct federal construction that recognises the federating models and the federal authorities as mutually coordinate and never subordinate one to the opposite, but cooperative amongst themselves, distinct from the present construction the place states exist as mere appendages of the centre.

“I’m notably thrilled by the theme of this convention – ‘Be Robust and Brave’ as a result of the instances we stay in name for women and men of braveness who will stand as much as be counted within the battle to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.

“There isn’t a gainsaying the truth that Nigeria’s unity is beneath critical menace at the moment. The mutual suspicion, mistrust, and typically hostility among the many varied ethnic teams have reached ranges by no means skilled earlier than, fueling separatist agitations throughout the nation.

“That is largely because of the basic discontent occasioned by the damaged guarantees, dashed aspirations, and the lopsidedness in power-sharing beneath the present federal authorities.

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“As I stated someday in the past, a scenario the place the highest weapons within the nation’s safety structure are dominated by individuals from a specific ethnic/spiritual group doesn’t augur effectively for the unity and progress of the nation.

“Nigeria can solely develop if ethnic, spiritual and tribal divides dissolve, and a pan-Nigeria aim is actually desired and embraced by all. We should act swiftly – and decisively – to calm the raging storm, regain confidence within the Nigerian mission, and halt the drift towards chaos and anarchy.

“The forthcoming 2023 elections supply us the chance to do the needful and transfer Nigeria in the appropriate course. It requires sober reflection and strategic considering as in opposition to the senseless euphoria, sensationalism, and herd mentality that introduced us to the place we’re at the moment.

“Going ahead, we’d like mature, sensible, and skilled leaders who will encourage hope in our nation and foster a way of belonging amongst all Nigerians.

“I’m an ardent believer within the restructuring of Nigeria, particularly because it pertains to fiscal federalism and devolution of powers.

“Restructuring doesn’t imply we jettison the federal system of presidency. The truth is, I consider that it’s extra useful and lifelike for our ethnic, linguistic, spiritual, and cultural diversities.

Delta Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa being introduced by the supervisory Bishop of Diocese of Ekiti, and Youth Coordinating Bishop of Ondo Province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev'd Stephen Oni (right) to the National President, Anglican Youth Fellowship of Nigeria, Alex Akpata (2nd left) and Rt. Rev'd Jacob Bada, Akoko Diocesan Bishop and Bishop of Ondo Diocese (2nd right) at the 64th Annual Bible Study Conference of Anglican Youth Fellowship of Nigerian at Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State on Thursday. PIX: SAMUEL JIBUNOR.
Delta Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa being launched by the supervisory Bishop of Diocese of Ekiti, and Youth Coordinating Bishop of Ondo Province, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev’d Stephen Oni (proper) to the Nationwide President, Anglican Youth Fellowship of Nigeria, Alex Akpata (2nd left) and Rt. Rev’d Jacob Bada, Akoko Diocesan Bishop and Bishop of Ondo Diocese (2nd proper) on the sixty fourth Annual Bible Research Convention of Anglican Youth Fellowship of Nigerian at Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State on Thursday. PIX: SAMUEL JIBUNOR.

“I assure you that the states and Nigeria will develop sooner when the correct federal construction is put in place.”

The previous vice chairman assured that if voted as president in 2023, he would prioritize schooling within the nation as no nation might develop past the knowledge-base of its residents.

He recalled that the late Nelson Mandela had stated that “schooling is essentially the most highly effective weapon which you should utilize to vary the world”, and stated “you’ll be able to, subsequently, think about my ache and grief to see college students of our tertiary establishments idling away at residence when they need to be at school.”

“It not solely distorts the tutorial calendar, it additionally robs the dad and mom and the scholars of their hope for a greater future.

“I want to use this chance to respectfully name on the federal authorities to urgently attain a compromise with placing college lecturers and reopen our universities.

“No nation can afford to have its college students to be idle or roaming the streets and anticipate to realize peace, safety, and inclusive financial development.”

He referred to as for the harnessing of the artistic energies of the youth to speed up nationwide growth by offering them with a stable instructional system that geared up them with the appropriate skills-set and management credentials.

“As a corollary to the above, Nigeria wants a effectively thought-out coverage to sort out youth unemployment by way of abilities coaching and entrepreneurship growth programmes.

“The military of the unemployed in our nation is a recipe for catastrophe. To get out of the present quagmire, we should as a matter of urgency start to assume extra when it comes to equipping them with the technical know-how, vocational abilities, values and sources to change into job and wealth creators, in addition to giving them employability abilities.

“We have to be intentional, decided, and resolute about this to keep away from a scenario the place graduates from our instructional system roam the streets in quest of non-existent jobs,” Atiku acknowledged.

Welcoming friends earlier, Nationwide President of Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) Nigeria, Alex Akpata, stated Nigerians have been confronted with critical safety and financial challenges, however urged the youths to be sturdy and brave because the nation would quickly overcome its challenges.

He urged the younger individuals to hitch politics and stand agency in voting for candidates that will shield the curiosity of the folks.


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