A former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has asked Governors across the federation to convene a National Unity Summit to resolve thorny issues affecting the destiny of the nation instead of looking up to Godot for solutions.
He assured that the bipartisan summit would help to prevent the nation from drifting further and promote national unity and determine the future of the nation.
Atiku, Candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in 2019 Presidential elections disclosed this in a series of post on Sunday.
“The major challenge facing Nigeria today is that we are drifting. We are not just drifting politically and economically, we are also drifting apart from each other.
“I have often said that the difference between us is not North and South, but between good and bad. Therefore, those who are good should come together to show those who are bad that we are in the overwhelming majority.
“I have repeatedly said that I am a Nigerian. Full stop. That is my identity. And now more than ever, we must ask ourselves this question: what does it mean to be a Nigerian?
“I call on Nigerian Governors to stop waiting on Abuja to make changes, and instead convene a National Unity Summit of all Nigerian Governors to iron out the thorny issues affecting the destiny of our nation until they figure out a way to resolve them.
“Forget about your party. Forget about your tribe. Respect your religion and allow it to bring out the better part of you. Meet together. Talk together. Come up with the solutions to all our collective challenges.
“And then go back to your states, and consult with your federal and state legislators, with a view to getting them to work with their colleagues to implement the solutions you came up with.
“That is how to save Nigeria.
“To keep waiting for this Federal Government to take the lead, and effect the changes that Nigeria needs to stop drifting, is to keep waiting for Godot. And that is a luxury we cannot afford.
“We cannot afford it because, according to the Global Terror Index, our beloved nation is now the third most terrorised nation on Earth.
“We are featuring prominently on the Failed States Index, and the symbols of our nation, our currency, our passport, and our international standing are fast losing value.
“To quote Einstein again, “Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.” We do know that our Governors know that all is not well with Nigeria. That is why they have been meeting. At regional and sub regional levels.
“That knowledge comes with a duty to act, and to act together. Because if we do not act together, then the alternative is that we fall asunder. And God forbid that should ever be our fate.
“Let me paraphrase him and say, unity, stretched to a new frontier, should never go back to its original dimension.
“We must grow in unity. We must glow in community. We must blow away disunity. We have no choice, considering the alternative, which is a calamity that we would not wish to return to”, Atiku stressed.