Atiku, Obi meet CAN leadership, pledge to restructure, unite Nigerians

Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, on Tuesday met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja as part of ongoing consultations ahead of the 2023 general election.

Both leaders pledged to secure and promote national unity, if elected as President in 2023.

Atiku said his plans to ‘Recover Nigeria’ especially with regards to “restructuring the country
appeared to align with the demands of the apex Christian body.”

He said: “I have just concluded my interactive session with the Christian Association of Nigeria. It was a rewarding experience for me and the leadership of CAN.”

He added that his policy prescriptions to Nigeria appears to greatly align with the demands of the association.

“We all agreed that there’s the need to be a restructured Nigeria that will be more inclusive and more secure with greater opportunities for citizens to fulfil their interests irrespective of tribe, tongue or mode of worship.

“Above all, I stressed the inevitability of CHANGING the CHANGE that has, in the past seven years plus, led us to a socio-economic and political cul de sac.

“I thank the National Executive Committee of CAN for the opportunity to share my thoughts with them on the pathway to a New Nigeria. I look forward to other engagements with other critical stakeholders in the country in our quest to recover Nigeria.”

Those who accompanied Atiku to the meeting included Governor of Taraba State, Dairus Ishaku; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Tom Ikimi, and Chairman Emeritus of Daar Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi.

Others include former governor of Cross River, Liyel Imoke; Senate minority leader, Philip Aduda; Dino Melaye, Timi Alaibe, Kenneth Imasuagbon and Dele Momodu.

Read also: 2023: What Nigerians must look for in next president – CAN

On his part, Peter Obi, while speaking at the interactive session with CAN leadership, pledged to secure and unite the country if voted into power as president in 2023.

He said unity and security were needed to address problems bedevilling the nation, including moving of Nigeria from consumption to production.

Obi noted that the challenges of Nigeria, such as unemployment, drug abuse and others could be addressed by prioritising the productive sector of the economy.

“We must secure and unite the country. When you secure the country, you are able to bring farmers to return to the farm. That alone will start addressing food inflation.

“By moving the country from consumption to production you are moving people away from poverty. The more you pull people out of poverty, the more you address criminality.

“Nigeria now has 13.8 percent drug prevalence against the global average of 5 percent. To deal with that crisis is production. We need to feed ourselves,’’ he said.

Obi commended CAN for its proposed document to address the challenges of the country.

He noted that Nigeria was not short of ideas to bring solution to anything, but what was lacking was institutional framework and political will to implement the ideas.

He pleaded with Nigerians to look at the antecedents of the 18 presidential candidates on the ballot before casting their votes in 2023.

He charged that voting should not be done by religion or by tribe, but by the capacity of the candidates to address prevailing challenges.

“Next year’s election should not be based on tribe. If it is by tribe the north would have been safer and be more developed.

“Yes, we must all respect the issue of religion, but even at that, we should not follow people blindly because of religion.

“We cannot use the process of yesterday or those who did not solve it yesterday for tomorrow,’’ he said.
Obi also said that if elected, he would be in-charge of the country with the required energy and mental requirements.

He also promised to address increasing debt profile of the country as well as engage youths in addressing the problems of Nigeria.

“The job of Nigerian president requires physical and mental energy. I will make sure that Nigeria works. In our country people don’t do what is expected, they do what is inspected. I will be there.

“I want to hire energetic men and women to start solving these problems.
“I want to pull young people with so much energy and talents. I want to invest in them because they can change the world. That is what I want. I believe I can solve these problems,’’ he stressed.

Obi also pledged to fight corruption and make the education sector to work.

“I am not going to give excuses. The work of a leader is not to give excuses. I am not going to complain. It is not the job of a leader.

“I am not going to complain of the past. You are hiring for the future and I am going to be for the future,’’ he said.

Earlier, President of CAN, Daniel Okoh said the interaction was to collectively review the understanding of the Nigerian crisis of development and governance and find a lasting solution.

Okoh said CAN had consulted with Nigerians of diverse religious, ethnic and social identities on the problems of Nigeria.

The solutions to the problems have been articulated in the association’s strategic document called: “Charter for Future Nigeria’’.

“The Charter begins with a diagnosis of Nigeria’s problem and locates it primarily in an incoherent Constitutional and institutional framework that defines governance and social and economic interactions.

“In this interaction, we will present the highpoints of this strategic document and listen to your response to the issues they raise,’’ he said.

According to him, “Our interest is that all candidates clearly understand the concerns of Nigerian Christians and propose policies and programmes to address those concerns.

“We believe that with this kind of respectful and sincere conversation we will find lasting solutions to these crises.”

Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, on Tuesday met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja as part of ongoing consultations ahead of the 2023 general election. Both leaders pledged to secure and promote national unity, if elected as President in 2023. Atiku said his plans to ‘Recover Nigeria’ especially with regards to “restructuring the country appeared to align with the demands of the apex Christian body.” He said: “I have just concluded my interactive session with the Christian Association of Nigeria. It was a rewarding experience for me and the leadership of CAN." He added that his policy prescriptions to Nigeria appears to greatly align with the demands of the association. “We all agreed that there's the need to be a restructured Nigeria that will be more inclusive and more secure with greater opportunities for citizens to fulfil their interests irrespective of tribe, tongue or mode of worship. “Above all, I stressed the inevitability of CHANGING the CHANGE that has, in the past seven years plus, led us to a socio-economic and political cul de sac. “I thank the National Executive Committee of CAN for the opportunity to share my thoughts with them on the pathway to a New Nigeria. I look forward to other engagements with other critical stakeholders in the country in our quest to recover Nigeria." Those who accompanied Atiku to the meeting included Governor of Taraba State, Dairus Ishaku; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Tom Ikimi, and Chairman Emeritus of Daar Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi. Others include former governor of Cross River, Liyel Imoke; Senate minority leader, Philip Aduda; Dino Melaye, Timi Alaibe, Kenneth Imasuagbon and Dele Momodu. Read also: 2023: What Nigerians must look for in next president - CAN On his part, Peter Obi, while speaking at the interactive session with CAN leadership, pledged to secure and unite the country if voted into power as president in 2023. He said unity and security were needed to address problems bedevilling the nation, including moving of Nigeria from consumption to production. Obi noted that the challenges of Nigeria, such as unemployment, drug abuse and others could be addressed by prioritising the productive sector of the economy. “We must secure and unite the country. When you secure the country, you are able to bring farmers to return to the farm. That alone will start addressing food inflation. “By moving the country from consumption to production you are moving people away from poverty. The more you pull people out of poverty, the more you address criminality. “Nigeria now has 13.8 percent drug prevalence against the global average of 5 percent. To deal with...


Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, on Tuesday met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja as part of ongoing consultations ahead of the 2023 general election. Both leaders pledged to secure and promote national unity, if elected as President in 2023. Atiku said his plans to ‘Recover Nigeria’ especially with regards to “restructuring the country appeared to align with the demands of the apex Christian body.” He said: “I have just concluded my interactive ...


Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, on Tuesday met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja as part of ongoing consultations ahead of the 2023 general election. Both leaders pledged to secure and promote national unity, if elected as President in 2023. Atiku said ...


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