By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
Dwindling hope by Nigerians who have been pressured over policies and leadership challenges in the country can be restored through robust people’s faith in democratic processes and humanitarian interventions.
Director-General of the Atiku Care Foundation, Amb. Aliyu Bin Abbas gave the admonition on Sunday in a statement expressing delight over the return to Nigeria of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku returned to the country during the weekend after prolonged sojourn abroad due to ban on international travels occasioned by the global outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement he personally signed in Abuja on Sunday, Abbas noted: Challenging moments give nationalists and patriots the opportunity to intensify lasting search for innovation and approaches through which a nation could be managed better, not a time to head separate ways or give in to resentment over the fate of this country.
He said with the return of Atiku who is the Grand Patron of the Foundation, “there is hope that those losing hope can now be persuaded to rekindle their faith, while on our part, we can only play the little role to give succor to our people.”
“We all know what Atiku represents. He remains one Nigerian leader with listening ears and who is respected across the nation for his impartial, detribalized and patriotic addition to national cause.
“We are more than confident that with him physically present in the country and in view of his open-door orientation, he will be a Pan-Nigerian melting point to play a very significant role in reversing some extreme sentiments against Nigeria and intervene to make life better where he can on a broader horizon,” Abbas assured.
He said the Wazirin Adamawa, apart from being a respected elder statesman remains a father whose inspiration and motivation is borne out of the zeal to see the youth playing greater role in nation building and creating leadership opportunity proportional to their skills and potentials.
“It is important for younger Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic, tribal, religious or even political divide to rethink the future by building a consensus around a patriotic initiative that guarantees they have a better stake and opportunity in the Nigeria of their time,” Abbas urged.
He thanked the former Vice President for the opportunity to lead a reputable organization like the ACF, pledging to sustain the foundation and continue sacrificing time and resources in seeing that the Atiku Care Foundation impact the lives of the downtrodden in line with the mandate of the ACF.
In addition, he congratulated members of the organization across the world, commending them for standing strong behind the vision of Alh. Atiku Abubakar and urged them to see the return as a season to re-strategize, reenergize and engage to give more to the ACF and by extension, to the nation.