Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has said he is running for the office of the President not for selfish reasons but to save Nigeria.
Mr. Atiku stated this on Wednesday at the symposium and inauguration of the Atiku Mandate Group codenamed TAM-G in Lagos.
He explained that his primary goal was to put Nigeria back on the path of economic prosperity.
Atiku, who was represented by the National President and Chairman of the All Atiku Support Groups, Oladimeji Fabiyi, said apart from job creation, he would center his campaign on uniting Nigerians who had been sharply divided along ethnic lines in recent time.
According to him, his decision to run is “borne out of genuine desire to serve the people of Nigeria and to help bring the country back to the path of economic growth for the greater good of all Nigerians.”
He added, “The Atiku campaign mantra will focus on the acronym (JOBS), which literally means creating jobs for the teeming majority of unemployed Nigerian youths; creating opportunities and the enabling environment for Nigerians to excel in their individual endeavours; reconciling and uniting Nigerians and creating a sense of belonging among all the ethnic groups in the country; and providing adequate and enduring security for lives and property of all Nigerians at all levels.”
He said Nigerian youths would benefit from his Presidency if voted into power, revealing that most of his businesses are managed by Nigerian youths; and the same will be replicated in Atiku’s government with over 40 per cent slots already pencilled down for the youths.
The former Vice-President, who served under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007. This is the fifth time he is running for president.