Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president of Nigeria and 2019 presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has opened up on why he married women from different regions of Nigeria.
Atiku while delivering his speech at the Arewa House on Thursday, November 4, said the unity of Nigeria should be about acceptance; accepting that everyone is one and united people for a common purpose- Nigeria.
In his speech titled; ‘ Unity in Diversity, Atiku said throughout his life, he has never looked at Nigerians as a diverse people.
According to him, all Nigerians are the same and whenever he sees a Nigerian, he does not see a Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo man but a Nigerian who he expects the best from.
He said: ” That’ s why I did not preselect who or from where I should marry. I married women from diverse backgrounds because I don’ t look at their backgrounds, I only see them as wonderful Nigerian women. ”
” My children have brothers and sisters from many diverse backgrounds. That is why I am confident to promise you that a strongly united Nigeria is possible because I made it happen in my family. ”
For Atiku, his definition of unity in diversity is living in peace and tolerate one another despite the differences among the people.
The PDP chieftain noting that acceptance and peaceful coexistence are just the plants, but justice is the seed to a developed system said that there is no way Nigeria can have security and patriotism, and achieve our development potentials without justice and equity.
The former vice president warned that if people are led fairly, they would embrace each other and imbue patriotism.
Atiku further said that Nigeria can get better as the current sad situation and challenges the nation is facing can be overturned.
Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state, has said he will strongly support former vice president Atiku Abubakar if he again emerges as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023.
Fintiri who is the chairman of the PDP national convention committee said this on Tuesday, October 26, when he appeared as a guest of Channels TV’ s Politics Today.
The Adamawa state governor said Atiku has all it takes to rule Nigeria, reiterating that he will work towards his emergence as Nigeria’ s president if he gets the PDP’ s presidential ticket.
Fintiri noted that the PDP has learned its lesson, adding that the party is ready to take over power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.
Governor Fintiri said when the PDP is voted back into power at the federal level, the party will take the experience of its 16 years rule and learn from APC’ s alleged mistakes to deliver on good governance which Nigerians yearn for.
He also boasted that some prominent members of the APC will defect to the PDP ahead of the next general elections.