Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed concern about Nigeria’s declining standard of living as the country marks its 61st anniversary of independence.
In a statement issued on Friday, Atiku said it is unfortunate that a country with vast oil resources is suffering from unemployment and poverty.
He urged the government to implement policies that would help struggling Nigerians while also improving the country’s security situation.
“As we celebrate our Independence Day, I urge unity, even as I remain concerned about Nigerians’ declining standard of living,” Atiku said.
“I take this opportunity to urge governments at all levels to implement policies that will result in higher living standards for the average Nigerian. If this is accomplished, I am confident that our future will be brighter and better.
“I also urge our leaders at all levels to make our democracy work for all by promoting justice, equity, fairness, and the equitable distribution of development across the country.
“I also advocate for bipartisan initiatives by political leaders to address the current wave of insecurity, which is exacerbated by unemployment and poor living conditions.
“It is regrettable that, despite our vast oil resources, extreme poverty and unemployment have persisted. There is no excuse for extreme poverty still staring the ordinary citizen in the face 61 years after independence.”
Atiku, on the other hand, urged Nigerians not to give up, but rather to work together, in truth and justice, to overcome these challenges as a stronger and more united nation.
“However, it is appropriate to commemorate our great nation on her birthday today. “As a country, we have come a long way,” he added.