Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has on Tuesday, delivered a nationwide broadcast message to all the nation.
The message reads in full:
“The approaching of the New 12 months 2020 is symbolic in some ways. First, it heralds a model new decade. Secondly, and possibly extra essential, is that this New 12 months would require us all to remain collectively greater than ever earlier than to tackle, head entrance, the widespread enemy of insecurity that problem our on a regular basis lives as Nigerians.
“I don’t share the sentiment when some individuals declare that the outgone 2019 was a profitable yr for Nigerians. Such sentiments is reductionist and does the hurt of creating us have a false sense of victory.
“The bitter fact is that Nigeria remains to be within the throes of financial instability, with extra individuals dropping jobs and the attendant final result of extra kids being out of college and extra households having onerous time in accessing fundamental wants of life.
“On this New 12 months, nonetheless, I’ll somewhat ask that Nigerians stand along with renewed vigour and dedication to battle the hydra-headed demon of insecurity that has plagued us prior to now decade.
“We should problem the inadequacies that made us turn out to be the worldwide headquarters of maximum poverty; a lot as we should work onerous and quick sufficient to eradicate the scourge of out-of-school kids within the nation. These are the challenges that this new decade has thrown at us and we can’t afford to slumber and undergo defeat.
“The issues of maximum poverty and scant investments in schooling play enormous roles in fueling the issues of violent extremism that we spent the previous decade contending with. We can’t win the struggle in opposition to terrorism if we do nothing to scale back or eradicate poverty and illiteracy.
“The truth of this new decade requires of us to recalibrate our approaches and to pursue some robust selections. If failure is just not an possibility, then we should let go of our egos and conveniences.
“On this new decade, we should begin to do issues in another way if we’re trustworthy about our want for a greater and affluent future. There should be a deliberate effort to enhance the fabric wellbeing of the individuals, by lifting thousands and thousands of Nigerians out of the intense poverty belt at a begin, and to prosperity. Authorities should rethink a lot of its insurance policies that’s sinking extra individuals into the abyss of maximum poverty.
“It’s incumbent on authorities in any respect ranges to pursue insurance policies that may present first rate housing to the mass majority; put meals on the desk; present healthcare and schooling. We can’t proceed to do issues the identical means and count on a unique final result. It’s subsequently excessive time we triggered a rejig of financial insurance policies that may promote an growth of the economic system and create jobs alternatives aplenty.
“On the particular person stage, this second requires extra empathy and sacrifice. The New 12 months and a brand new decade include the chance to make higher impressions in our lives and within the lives of individuals round us.
“I want to restate that our collective name for rule of legislation and our historical past in regards to the wrestle for democratic rule didn’t envisage a scenario the place judicial pronouncements could be value lower than the paper upon which they’re rendered.
“It’s a unhealthy commercial for the nation and its democracy if declarations made by the court docket will not be revered with out the chief arm of presidency agreeing to similar. Any democracy is just not well worth the appellation if the precept of separation of energy is just not ingrained in it. Within the new yr, authorities shouldn’t fake to be democratic, however somewhat act in accordance with the basics of a democracy.
“Above all, I count on that within the New 12 months there will likely be a greater observance of rule of legislation and better respect for residents’ democratic rights.
“While we anticipate a change of attitude across board in the new year and new decade, I wish every Nigerian a happy and prosperous 2020.”