Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said that the solution to addressing the numerous challenges facing the country was to crystallize solutions from different segments of the population.
In an independence message on Nigeria’s 53rd anniversary, Atiku said while the country “cannot ignore the crushing weight of our challenges as a country,” he expressed optimism that “Change is possible in Nigeria. “Ideas can survive and thrive here. But we must start by paying attention to them,” he said.
According to him, “understandably, there are a lot of complaining voices. And I’m speaking from experience, as a former political office holder now active on Facebook and Twitter, and often the object of a lot of anger and frustration,” he said.
“When you’re a University student forced to sit at home for months, due to no fault of yours, I realize that it is difficult to understand why you should have any hope in your country. What you want to do is lash out at a system that keeps conspiring to let you down. That is understandable,” he added.
In order to address the problems, Atiku said he instituted an essay competition to focus on highlighting solutions to many of the educational challenges facing the country, stressing that, “by changing the course of a life, even a single scholarship can potentially alter the destiny of a country.”
His words: “But for me the real purpose and impact of this competition goes well beyond the impact of the scholarship that will be awarded.
“For me it is about the tens, if not hundreds, of solutions that young Nigerians would have been inspired to come up with,” he explained.
He charged Nigerians to use the occasion of the 53rd Independence Anniversary, to individually and collectively not to allow ourselves become so obsessed with our problems that we overlook the smart thinking that would solve them.