Atiku Formally Declares For Presidency, Says “I was born a Shepherd”
…Promises To Address Youth Unemployment
Abuja – Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday promised to
secure the future of Nigerian youths as he formally declared his intention
to run for the presidency in 2015.
Atiku declared his presidential bid in Abuja with a promise to ensure
“safe and secured lives'' for the Nigerian youth.
“You, the youth, endowed with fresh ideas, bubbling energy and a
passionate desire for change; you are the hope of this nation. Without
you, we really can't talk of a future with hope and confidence.
“That is why the 2015 election is about you. It is about how to ensure
that you live safe and secured lives. It is about making sure that you
“Making sure you receive quality and affordable education and training,
secure good jobs, support your own families and contribute positively to
the development of our country.
“This is what a responsive and responsible government owes its citizens;
this is what our generation owes upcoming generations,'' he said.
He said APC's adoption of the Modified Open Primaries in selecting its
flag bearers would ensure that candidates who enjoyed the popular will of
party members emerged.
He expressed hope in the future of Nigeria, saying “it is inspiring that
amidst difficulties, and growing anxiety over the future of our country,
our people have refused to succumb to despair and hopelessness.
“This never-say-die attitude gives me immense hope and it is one of the
reasons why I can never give up on Nigeria.''
Atiku chronicled his early life, foray into public service and experiences
as the former number two man as platforms to better position him to serve
“I was born in a southern Adamawa village to a nomadic trader and his wife
who was a farmer. I grew up as a shepherd and farm boy and the only child.
“At 11, I lost my father. But with the help of my mother and relatives, I
pulled out of the doldrums and faced the future with uncommon
He said that he built a “solid reputation as a diligent, hardworking,
honest and innovative staff'' during his 20 years in public service.
Atiku declared his presidential bid at the Yar'Adua Centre, flanked by
party faithful, including past governors and serving members of the
Abubakar is the first presidential candidate to publicly declare his
intention ahead of the February 2015 presidential polls.
Abubakar was elected Governor of Adamawa State in 1998 and while still
Governor-Elect, he was selected by the PDP Presidential candidate, Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo, as his running mate.
The duo went on to win elections in February 1999, and Abubakar was
sworn-in as Nigeria's second democratically elected Vice President on May
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