Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has revealed his plans if he emerges as the next president of Nigeria in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.
At his official declaration at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, Atiku said his interest in contesting the 2023 presidency and his “enduring persistence” is borne out of his passion “to rekindle the Nigerian dream that I was privileged to live”.
Speaking on what to expect from his administration, Atiku said, “The most fundamental right of every Nigerian is the right to life.
"But the APC has failed to protect the life of her citizens… under my Presidency I will not tolerate insecurity.
“They said we should go back to farms. How can Nigerians return to the farms when you have not secured the farms?
“When the APC came in 2015, they met a debt profile of N12tn.
"But now, we have more than N32 trillion in debt. Under my watch, I will reduce borrowing.”
He added that his administration would focus on five priority areas: Unity, security, economy, education and devolving more powers to the federating units.
Under my presidency, I want to focus on five key areas: Unity of Nigeria, Security, Economy, Education and devolving more resources and powers to the federating units. #OneNigeria #AtikuDeclaration pic.twitter.com/RSpP0XJjOZ— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 23, 2022
“Nigeria is in dire need of visionary leadership. Presently Nigeria is a sinking ship that must be urgently rescued.
"That is why I am announcing my candidacy for the President
“I offer myself to rescue the ship. Under my captainship, this ship will sail to brighter days by the grace of God.
"This is a journey I will take with all Nigerians.
“Under my Presidency I will focus on five key areas; unity, security, economy, education and devolving more powers to the federating units.
"I am the unifier that is coming to bind the broken union.
"Under my Presidency, there will be a new Nigeria where everybody has an equal voice and is heard," Atiku said.
A group of northernrs recently gifted Atiku his 2023 presidential ticket for the party.