A multi-religious group, Muslim and Christian Initiative for Good Leadership (MCIGL), has formally endorsed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the coming 2019 presidential election, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The presidential election is slated for Saturday, February 16.
In a communiqué read to journalists after a stakeholders meeting which took place at their Monrovia Street, Wuse 2, Abuja headquarters, Monday morning, the group said the choice of Atiku Abubakar was made after painstaking deliberations and consideration of all variables, stating that the unity of Nigeria and the overall wellbeing of the country, especially the need to revamp the economy and create jobs for young people were the deciding factors.
According to the communiqué jointly signed by the group’s national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Teku and national secretary, Finbar Aruwuonye, Nigeria is currently at a crossroad with its unity at breaking point, the need therefore to make a positive deviation from the status quo and save the nation.
“The decision to endorse former vice president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was taken after all variables were placed on the table before the National Executive Council, state coordinators and other stakeholders present at the meeting today. After the debate, it was unanimously agreed by all members that the unity of Nigeria should be the first consideration, followed by security of lives and property of the people as well as economy and job creation, among many others.
“After consideration of all the indices, members voted overwhelmingly that Nigeria is currently on the crossroad and that its unity is on the brinks. Members agreed that the current administration cannot unite Nigeria because the body language of top members of the administration and the sponsoring political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) do not at all seem to be sensitive to the high level of disunity and acrimony in the body polity.
“Today, many sections of the country are not happy. There are several allegations of marginalization on the basis of ethnicity, religion and other areas, yet the government seems not be bothered. There have been several outcries by people complaining of appointments by nepotistic considerations as well as economy isolation. Yet nobody seems to listen or cares to address the issues,” the group said.
Another area they said was of paramount importance is security of lives and property which they said government have failed to address.
“The lives of Nigerians and their properties are no longer safe in the country because the security architectures seem to have collapsed. Initially, the government claimed to have defeated Boko Haram and later changed the slogan to technical defeat.
“A few days ago, the Minister for Information addressed the media in Abuja where he claimed that international terror organizations like ISIS and ISWAP are running to Africa after their defeat in Libya and Syria, adding that Nigeria is now a major focus of the conglomerate of global terror.
“What all these mean is that the government cannot secure Nigerians. It is therefore on these grounds that we are supporting Atiku to come and save the situation,” the group said.