5 Reasons Young Nigerians Should Vote For Atiku - Saraki
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has put forward three reasons that he believes Nigerian youths should consider and vote for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Political campaigns are on and the Senate President was live on radio on Wednesday and he listed some of the things that the administration of Mr Abubakar would give young Nigerians if elected.
One thing that has become a serious issue in Nigeria is unemployment. It has been blamed for the increase in crime, but Dr. Saraki believes that Mr Abubakar could solve the problem and several others.
There are five things he said Atiku would do for young Nigerians and that should propel them to place their thumbs by the umbrella, the logo of the PDP that depicts a cover.
1. Addressing Insecurity
Everyday in the news, cases of kidnapping, attacks on communities, stealing of ladies undies and more fill the air waves, but Dr. Saraki believes that the PDP presidential candidate has what it takes to address it.
"I believe that our candidate is the right candidate for the presidential election.
"There have been problems before our country, to do with fighting insecurity...
"On the issue of security, we believe that he also has the capacity because this government has failed in addressing the issue of security," he said.
Nigeria's unemployment rate released last year by the National Bureau of Statistics was above 23%, but the Senate President believes that Mr Abubakar could address this figure and bring it down.
Thousands of students graduate from schools yearly, but getting a job has become a problem.
"They have not addressed the jobs for our youths," he also claimed, talking about the current administration of Muhammadu Buhari.
The administration has a youth empowerment scheme called N-Power that has offered jobs to some youths.
In November of 2018, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said the administration would expand the number of youths that the scheme would accommodate from 500,000 to one million.
"The idea of N-Power is supposed to be government’s own programme of direct employment and training.
"At the moment, we have taken up to 500,000 and in the next phase we are looking at another 200,000 and closely followed by another 300,000," Professor Osinbajo claimed in November, 2018.
These figures have, however, not been confirmed.
Critics have said the N-Power have been given to the cronies of the government and members of the ruling party and not ordinary Nigerians.
3. Address Poverty
Nigeria has become the poverty capital in the world, with over 40% of its population poor, a figure that represents over 80 million people.
This was also identified by the Senate President as a problem that the nation was facing.
He says the candidate of the PDP will cut down this humongous figure.
"We have never seen poverty so bad in our country at the moment, and our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has what it takes to address it," the Senate President assured Nigerians.
4. Boost The Economy
Nigeria's economy reeled out of recession few years back, but not so many Nigerians could tell the difference between when the economy was in recession and now. This was also highlighted by the Senate President.
He claims that Atiku Abubakar will address the economic issue that experts have blamed on the nation's dependence on crude oil revenue.
"Jobs and economy are what we need to address in this country today and a man with his background, he's run businesses that have worked, and understands what it takes to create businesses," Saraki says.
5. 40% Youth In Government Affirmative
The man in charge of Atiku Abubakar's campaign organisation further told young Nigerians what they would get from the pie of government that Atiku would dish and it sounded palatable.
"He is going to have a government with 40% youth, he has got the energy and he is ready to provide jobs for our people," he said.
Young Nigerians have always wished that they would take hold of governance and fulfil their dreams of future leadership that they have been referred to.
These five alluring reasons were put forward by the Senate President, as the PDP explores all medium to woo young Nigerians to cast their votes for Atiku Abubakar who was a former Vice President under President Olusegun Obasanjo.
If you enjoyed reading this and our other stories, please, share with friends and loved ones.