From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts aimed at curbing vote-buying ahead of this year’s general elections.
He sympathized with Nigerians over the hardship caused by the Naira redesign and swap policy, but urged them to endure for a few weeks as a sacrifice for free, fair and credible elections.
He spoke recently in Kaltungo, Gombe State at the gathering of over 15,000 Christian youths under the auspices of Evangelical Churches Winning All (ECWA) International Youth Conference where he was honoured with the award of service to the youths, the church and humanity.
“I want to specifically commend President Buhari over the initiative to curb vote buying in the forthcoming general elections.
“I am not uninformed of nor unaffected by the hardship caused by the Naira redesign and swap policy, but I want to plead with Nigerians to endure it for these few weeks as sacrifice for a free, fair and credible election.
“It is a life lesson, just as injury has pains, so also recovery has pains. But if we have to get healed, we have to endure the pains. I urge us all to trudge on in the hope
“The president is absolutely right not to have given in to the greed of the few against the needs of the many.
“While the president is right to have acted on what he knows and in the best interest of the country, his traducers are petty, unpatriotic, treacherous and grossly irresponsible.
“Therefore, Mr. President deserves our thunderous applause. Whoever writes it, history will be kind to Mr. President if he doesn’t give in or give up on his resolve to ensure a free, fair and credible democratic election no matter the cost on the 25th February, 2023 as scheduled by INEC.
“Let me remind us that Nigeria is tottering on the precipice and for everyone who has ever wondered how the bottom looks like, this is it!
“No doubt these are moments of national peril! That is why we need a President who will hit the ground running from day one.
“If we love Nigeria, we cannot afford to foist a rookie on her as President.
“Tell me if any of the candidates comes close to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in terms of readiness to hit the ground running from day one. In case you don’t know him, let me attempt the impossible task of introducing him to you.
“Atiku Abubakar, the Wazirin Adamawa is a statesman like no other and a father in every sense of the word, Abba.
“He is a demonstrable source that gives life to everything around him.
“Give him pure water and he will turn it to Farro water, show him a primary school and he will turn it into a world class university.
“Show him a jetty and he will turn it into a world class port. Give him a bull and a heifer and just few years and he will give you a herd. Give him a bag of chaff and he will mill it into animal feed.
“Give him a bottle of bala blue and he will turn the cream to farro juice. Give him a home and he will bring Nigeria into it as family members.
“Make him walk into an environment where there is contention and fight and see how they fade into peace. That is the rich pedigree that HE Atiku Abubakar will bring to the table as president.
“We need a steady hand not a hand that must always be steadied because only a steady hand can steady a volatile Nigeria.
“We need a hand on which nothing dies not the hand that spills everything that is placed on it if we do not want our collective national destiny to be spilled.
“We need a grounded leader not a feckless pretender who has become a perfect gift to every level of comedy both local and internationally.
“By our votes, let us send a strong and clear message to those who want to foist this tasteless joke on us that Nigeria is no Comedy Cellar or Viva Blackpool.
“Therefore, for national healing and recovery, let us vote for Atiku.
“To end terrorism, banditry, insurgency, kidnap for ransom and sundry acts of criminality, let us vote for Atiku.
“To rebuild shattered trust and strengthen national unity, let us vote for Atiku.
“To bring order to national chaos, let us vote for Atiku.To end religious divisions and engender religious harmony, let us vote Atiku,” he said.