A Bauchi-based development economist and politician, Dr Ibrahim Waziri Ningi, has called on Nigerians, particularly north easterners to work tenaciously towards the realisation of the presidential ambition of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar during the February 25, 2023 election.
Dr Waziri while speaking with journalists in Abuja, Monday, justified the presidential ambition of the Waziri of Adamawa on Atiku’s pedigree as a former vice president and business icon, stressing that his interest in the restructuring of the country places him over and above all the contenders to the presidential seat in the 2023 general elections.
According to Waziri, “Nigeria is today yearning for restructuring of all the facets of our national life; from the economy to the political and social strata of the Nigerian society. Atiku Abubakar is the man who means restructuring in the true sense of the word.
“We need someone who will come out to reorder the way things work in order to put a stop to all the regional and ethnic agitations nationwide. This will address the tension based on perceived marginalistion in Nigeria.
“Again, it is time we give the North-east a chance to produce a president. Since Nigeria’s history as sovereign nation, no person for the North-east has occupied the number one seat even with the numerical and political strength of the region since from the era of Sir Tafawa Belewa, who was the Prime Minister.”
The politician accused former president Olusegun Obasanjo of frustrating the presidential aspiration of his deputy with his slew of letters, saying the release of such letter against Atiku made the presidential candidate of APC, Bola Tinubu to assure Nigerians in one of the dailies recently wher he said: “I won’t fight Shettima like Obasanjo is fighting Atiku”.
He called on the electorate to queue behind the Atiku/Okowa presidency during the February 25 elections, noting that their mandate would address the cry over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the ruling APC among other issues of national integration.
Dr Waziri also enjoined Nigerians to support INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu in his drive to conduct credible polls that will fast track the development of political culture in the country.