Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has expressed worry over the declining standard of living in Nigeria as the country celebrates its 61st Independence Day.
Atiku in a statement on Friday, said it is regrettable that a country with vast oil resources is struggling with joblessness and poverty.
He urged the government to push policies to lift Nigerians struggling and also salvage the security situation in the country.
Atiku said: “As we celebrate our Independence Day, I urge for unity, even as I remain worried at the declining standard of living of Nigerians.
“I use this opportunity to call on governments at all levels to push policies that will lead to improved standards of living for the average Nigerian. If this is done, I am confident that the future ahead of us will be brighter and better.
“I also appeal to our leaders at all levels of the imperative of making our democracy work for all through justice, equity, fairness and equal spread of development across the country.
“I also advocate for bipartisan initiatives by political leaders to address the spate of insecurity compounded by joblessness and poor living conditions.
“It is regrettable that despite our vast oil resources, extreme poverty and joblessness have remained persistent. There is no excuse that 61 years after independence, extreme poverty is still staring the ordinary citizen in the face.”
Atiku, however, encouraged Nigerians not to give up but work together, in truth and justice, to overcome these challenges as a stronger and more united nation.
“Nonetheless, it is worthy to celebrate our great nation on her anniversary today. We have come a long way together as a country,” he added.
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