Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on the Federal Government to use the year 2020 to work for a better future for Nigeria,
He admonished the government to respect the rule of law and initiate policies that would benefit Nigerians.
Atiku in a New Year statement signed by his Media Office said the year heralded a brand new decade and required all to stay together more than ever and team up with the government to take on,the common enemy of insecurity bedeviling the nation.
The 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP said government must do things differently within the year and “make deliberate effort to improve the material well-being of the people by lifting millions of Nigerians out of the extreme poverty belt at a start and to prosperity.”
“It is incumbent on government at all levels to pursue policies that will provide decent housing to the mass majority; put food on the table; provide healthcare and education”.
“In the new year, government should not pretend to be democratic, but rather act according to the fundamentals of a democracy.
“I do not share the sentiment when some people claim that the out-gone 2019 was a successful year for Nigerians. Such sentiment is reductionist and does the harm of making us have a false sense of victory.
“The bitter truth is that Nigeria is still in the throes of economic instability, with more people losing jobs and the attendant outcome of more children being out of school and more families having hard time in accessing basic needs of life.
“These are the challenges that this new decade has thrown at us and we cannot afford to slumber and submit to defeat.
“The reality of this new decade requires of us to re-calibrate our approaches and to pursue some tough choices. If failure is not an option, then we must let go of our egos and conveniences,” Atiku said.