Atiku Abubakar, the candidate for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next month Presidential elections has vowed to combat insecurity in the country through massive jobs creation.
Atiku speaking in Minna, Niger State, at a rally in continuation of the North-Central campaign, said the loss of more than 10 million jobs under the Buhari regime had contributed to the spate of insecurity.
“I want to commit to you that if you vote for PDP, the insecurity which they have not been able to control, we shall control it. They have been unable to control insecurity because they have been unable to provide jobs and businesses for the people. So by the time we provide jobs and businesses for our young men and women, you will hear of less crime and insecurity.
“Let me remind those of you who perhaps were born in 1999 when PDP started governing Niger State. The roads infrastructures that you have in Niger State were constructed by the PDP government. The schools that you have attended were built by PDP government. The hospitals that you are attending were built by PDP government. And then in 2015, they came to tell us that PDP did not do anything. We should change. And we changed. And they promised to fight corruption, to improve our economy and also to secure our country. Have they achieved any of these three? When they came in, there was insecurity only in North East. Today, there is insecurity in North West and North Central. And we have lost more lives than at any other time in the history of this country in peaceful times. They have failed as far as security is concerned,’’ he said.
Also speaking at the rally, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and Director General, Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, urged Nigerians not to allow themselves to be fooled twice, adding that all promises made by the APC in the build up to the elections have not been fulfilled.
“Election is about referendum. A government that has been with us for three and a half years and promised us three things, we are going to decide as Nigerians if they have performed. They can continue, if they have performed and if not, they must pack and go home. They said they will provide three million jobs for the youths. Today more than 10 million youths have lost their jobs,” he said.
Top PDP ddignitaries at the rally included Babangida Aliyu, former governor of the state; his Kano state counterpart and current lawmaker representing Kano Central, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; Tanimu Turaki, former Minister of Special Duties; Umar Mohammed Nasko, PDP Niger State governorship candidate in the 2019 elections; and Senator Phillip Aduda, the Senate Minority Whip