Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar expressed his concern on Thursday regarding the controversy surrounding the certificate submitted by President Bola Tinubu to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), emphasizing that Nigeria’s reputation is on the line. Atiku also called upon relevant stakeholders to uphold democratic principles by uncovering the truth regarding the certificate submitted by the President.
During a press conference at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Atiku addressed the critical issues that shape the future of elective governance and legitimate leadership in Nigeria. He stressed the importance of political leadership and active citizenship in building a country that benefits all its inhabitants, highlighting that the reputation of Nigeria globally affects the well-being of its citizens.
Atiku recalled the efforts of his generation to return Nigeria to democratic governance, emphasizing that the legitimacy of leadership and government in Nigeria derives from the constitution and the laws governing elections. He urged the country’s leaders to respect and defend these rules.
The former Vice President pointed out that it should not take an extended period for institutions to verify the authenticity of certificates presented by candidates for public office, as prescribed by the constitution. He emphasized the need to uphold the ground rules for legitimate governance in Nigeria, as the country’s reputation is at stake.
Atiku reaffirmed his commitment to democracy and his love for Nigeria, underscoring the importance of addressing the issues surrounding the President’s certificate for the sake of the country and its constitution.
He expressed gratitude to lawyers in Nigeria and the United States, as well as Nigerian citizens and friends of Nigeria, for their support in seeking clarity and truth in this matter. Atiku also paid tribute to the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, for inspiring the pursuit of truth in this case.
Atiku acknowledged the essential role played by journalists in upholding democracy and accountability. He commended David Hundeyin and other independent journalists for their exceptional work in shedding light on important issues. He also praised Nigerian youths and citizen journalists for their dedication to uncovering the truth and holding leaders accountable.
Atiku emphasized that the quest for truth, morality, and accountability is not about him personally but about the betterment of Nigeria. He called on all Nigerians, regardless of their political affiliations or backgrounds, to join the campaign to promote transparency, accountability, justice, morality, and integrity in the country’s government and public affairs.
In conclusion, Atiku thanked his audience and wished for God’s blessings upon them and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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