*He is the best man for the job
Party chieftains, former top civil servants, businessmen and women of prominence, youths, captains of industry, scholars and media practitioners from the 36 states of the federation expressed gratitude to God for giving former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to Nigeria.
They also appealed to the former vice president to contest in 2019.
“We are urging him to contest out of our good intention for this country and its citizens.
“We need someone who can suppress ethnic and religious bigotry in order to hold the nation together. We need somebody who knows the needs of the people and who will be dynamic enough to provide those needs.
“Atiku Abubakar is the best man for the job in 2019,” they said in a statement issued after an emergency meeting in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State.
The statement, signed by the Secretary, National Forum for Atiku (NFFA), Chief Ibrahim Babatunde Olorogun-Etti, commended Atiku for his well-established reputation for tolerance, his amazing and efficient management of resources and ability to manage ethnic relations.
They described the former vice president as a serious minded, dutiful and clear headed individual.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is gender sensitive. He has absolute respect for the constitution and the rule of law.
“He has also shown potentials, especially political charisma and clout.”
They also praised Atiku for the development of democratic culture and stable polity, for giving beneficial leadership in the country and rekindling the specific interest of the business community in Nigeria and the general interest of the international community in the development of Nigeria as well as the creation of jobs for the people.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar deserves the biggest thanks for being a team player and for ensuring speedy development of the country.
They urged him to consider seriously the voices of those pleading with him to contest in 2019.
“If Nigeria is going anywhere in this democratic dispensation, it is people like Atiku who would spearhead the attainment of that feat.
“He has sold himself as a competent, experienced and resourceful man.”
They described the Atiku as pleasant, dynamic, diligent and hardworking.
The statement said: “It is time for Nigerians to unite and support a practical9 and realistic man, a liberal and de-tribalised Nigerian, a man with a milk of human kindness flowing in his veins, a man that has the interest of Nigerians at heart, a person who can provide security, protect lives and property of the citizens, enhance unity, and provide opportunities for all.”
The National Forum for Atiku 2019 is a political organisation established to mobilise Nigerians, home and abroad, towards ensuring he emergence of Atiku as the president of Nigeria come 2019.