…Says it will restore confidence in nation’s economy
Chris Steven, Abuja
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has commended the composition of Federal Cabinet inaugurated last Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari which he said would go a long way to restore greater confidence in the nation’s economy by local and foreign investors.
The new cabinet, he emphasized, would breathe much needed life into the economy as well as get more people gainfully employed.
Atiku Abubakar who spoke on Saturday at the 10th Founder’s Day Celebration of American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa state, noted that the economic slowdown that the nation is experiencing comes at the worst possible time.
He however said the situation has forced federal government to re- balance its economy and to put public finances on a broader and more sustainable foundation.
While delivering his speech titled, “Beyond Terrorism: Education and Sustainable Development, the former Vice President also commended the ongoing war against corruption which according him ” is disrupting business as usual” noting that it has become “a boost for Nigeria, and for the bright and hard-working students in our schools and universities”.
“With the inauguration of the federal cabinet just this past Wednesday greater confidence is likely to be reposed in our economy by investors both local and foreign.
This will breathe much needed life into the economy and get more people gainfully employed.
These are all part of the change that the new government and ruling party promised Nigerians. However, change doesn’t just happen – it is the product of the hard work of extraordinary men and women.
We must contribute to that enterprise of changing our country for the better for the benefit of everyone” he said
Speaking on the problem of insurgency confronting the nation and the North East region in particular, the APC cheiftain who reiterated that insecurity is still pervasive, maintained that terrorists are no longer growing in strength.
He commended the sacrifice and commitment of the security and intelligence services, the decisive leadership of the senior defence staff and their Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the support and cooperation of the local communities and regional allies, including Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, Atiku Abubakar.
He lamented that insurgency in the North East, which has had devastating effects on thousands of people, tested our resolve has also confirmed that the University community can respond to mistrust and cruelty with care and love.
His words: “I’m grateful to all those who decided to tackle the problems we’ve almost come to tolerate.
The governors in this zone have helped in tackling the insurgency crisis and have been advancing infrastructure development under very difficult circumstances.
I salute them. Here, in Adamawa, we see that it is possible to build and repair roads, that hospitals can be assessed and re-stocked, and that school teachers can be screened and redeployed where needed.
I’m sure that before long, we’ll once again travel and trade without fear, that public services will improve, and that we will even be able to joke about the bad old days when little worked, and when it seemed that no one cared. And I know that once we get to that point, someone will talk of the AUN’s fierce and fearless leader – thank you, Margee– and remind us that some people did care, and many tried to make things work. And many of those are right here at AUN.”
This was as he also stressed that the general elections earlier this year created uncertainty adding that the polls also “restored hope for our democracy, and the values we stand for as a country”.
“The change in government has raised high hopes and false fears – but it has also given all and each of us an opportunity to play our part in the collective effort needed to re-build our nation.
Looking ahead, there are still plenty of clouds, but they pale in comparison to the silver lining on the horizon.” He said