Nigeria's former Vice President and now presidential candidate for the February 2019 presidential election, Mr. Atiku Abubakar, arrives the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. after meeting with some potential investors at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday January 18, 2019. Photo: EMMANUEL IKODOR, TODAY NEWS AFRICA

Former Nigerian Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, says he’s ready to lead Nigeria Nigeria after receiving several endorsements.

“The endorsement by the leading lights of our nationalities – Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and Middle Belt  Forum is a loud statement that there is hope for our country as we go to the polls in a few days.
Today we put aside all our prejudices to elect a President with religion and ethnicity playing no role in our elections,” Atiku said.

Read his full statement as sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.


I am moved to tears that in the midst of deep divisions and deliberate use of instrumentalities of state to set our people against themselves in the last three and a half years, responsible and respected leaders across Nigeria have agreed to come together for the purpose of endorsing my candidature for the February 16th,2019 Presidential elections. 

The endorsement by the leading lights of our nationalities – Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and Middle Belt  Forum is a loud statement that there is hope for our country as we go to the polls in a few days.
Today we put aside all our prejudices to elect a President with religion and ethnicity playing no role in our elections .

I profusely thank our Leaders across the country who have created this wonderful moment for
us to come to the table of brotherhood. Once again, and in the words of our old  National Anthem, we can proudly sing: “Though tribes and tongues may differ, in brotherhood we stand”

This has buoyed me to lead a Pan-Nigerian team that will give practical interpretation to what has been done by the time I take leadership of our country, by the grace of Allah, on May 29, 2019.

Many countries of the world have been led into disintegration by strongmen (one in each country) and we have seen how individuals who understand the management of diversities have rallied their people for unity.

I have been chosen to unite our people and exactly that I will.

I will run a properly federated Nigeria through constitutional reforms to bring out the best from ALL sections of Nigeria to make Nigeria work again like in the past when the Saudi Royal family came to Nigeria to access Medicare. 

We will promote an inclusive Nigeria based on productivity that every section of Nigeria will bring out the best under their soil, and in their brain to make Nigeria assume its position in Africa and the global community .

It would be 100% for every section of Nigeria as I would not understand any arithmetic outside that.

I enjoin our people across Nigeria to come out en-mass to vote on February 16 to pull our country from the brink and propel it to greater heights so we can live a better life.

Take my words as a covenant with Nigeria.

Signed:

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