Nigeria shall rise again ― Atiku

•Says Nigeria will surmount present challenges

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Nigerians on the celebration of its 62nd Independence Day anniversary assuring that the nation will rise again.

The former Vice President in a statement by his media office in Abuja on Friday said that the celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day is an event that should reawaken “our consciousness towards the consolidation of unity amongst the diverse people of the country.”

The PDP presidential candidate said that Nigeria has come a long way after independence 62 years ago passing through different phases of challenges while noting that the democracy in Nigeria is the requisite antidote to the current challenges it is facing.

“Though Nigeria is beset with challenges that range from inadequacies of our economic plans to cover a large percentage of our people who live below the poverty line; to security skirmishes that daily threaten the safety of lives and property of Nigerians, the root cause of these problems is traceable to the increasing lack of unity amongst us,” the Wazirin Adamawa said in a statement signed by his media office on Friday.

He, however, assured that “as one people and under the canopy of one country sharing in one future, Nigerians will surmount the present challenges and Nigeria of our dreams enthroned.”

The PDP presidential candidate also urged all Nigerians to give the issue of building national unity primary attention.

“Nigerians should elect leaders who are individuals with proven track records of being protagonists of unity and peace. I believe that when we fix the issues that continue to compromise our national unity, we would invariably fix issues that upset our peace and security and subsequently create an environment that can encourage economic prosperity.”

Atiku appealed to all friends of Nigeria in the international community to continue to have confidence in the country saying “as a people, we never give up.”

He further called on all people of faith across the country not to relent in their prayers to God to keep Nigeria as a country of peace and prosperity for the good of all its people.

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