2015: Atiku to declare stand
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar may soon declare for next year’s presidential race, it was learnt yesterday.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain, it was also learnt, at the weekend made exhaustive consultations with stakeholders in Nigeria and abroad.
Our correspondent learnt that the former Vice-President’s bridge-building outreach has an all-encompassing road map to tackle most of the challenges facing the country – from security to unity, equity and socio-economic development.
A source said: “The former Vice-President and his newly formed team shall be interfacing with diverse religious and professionals bodies nationally and internationally. His mission would be to gauge the pulse of the people on the many troubles bedevilling the country with the aim of finding genuine and lasting solutions to them.”
Atiku, who is believed to be a strong advocate of interfaith dialogue to reduce tension in the land, may begin his campaign with messages of peaceful co-existence, true nationalism and an end to religious fanaticism and extremism, which breed rebellion and anarchy.
The source added: “Uppermost on the Turaki’s mind, this time round, is the need to foster a harmonious working relationship between Christians, Muslims and traditional believers to have all hands on deck to rebuild our fatherland, Nigeria.”
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