Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar boasted that the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be strengthened to take over power in 2023 from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Atiku made this call on Monday, August 23, when he spoke at the Government House, Benin, Edo State, during a courtesy visit on Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP on Tuesday.
The former vice-president, according to a Government House’s statement, noted his meeting with Obaseki centered on governance, current issues in the country, and how to strengthen the PDP.
Obaseki hailed Atiku for his contributions to the advancement of democracy.
He said: “I cannot thank you enough for the leadership that you continue to provide; the counsel you gave me during my electioneering, the private conversations, and the assistance you rendered to me when we joined the party.
“We had challenges, but you stepped up and threw your weight behind the resolution of the issues.”
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the eradication of the nation’s security challenges; in order to prevent a repeat of what happened in Afghanistan in Africa’s most populous nation.
This was contained in a statement issued by CAN General Secretary Joseph Daramola on Monday, August 23.
“We charge the Federal Government to fix the security challenges or throw in the towel. The police and the military should be tasked to wake up to their responsibilities; before these criminals turn the country into another Afghanistan,” he said.
While condemning the recent killings of 22 Fulani travellers killed by suspected militia in Jos, Plateau State; CAN blamed the country’s growing insecurity on the Buhari-led administration’s unwillingness; to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
Daramola noted that the shedding of innocent blood would cease; by the time government began to bring culprits and offenders to the full weight of the law.
The Christian body stressed that criminals would not stop the killings of innocent Nigerians; by government’s mere issuing of press statements; and holding periodical meetings with the security chiefs by the president.
“The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria condemns the killing of about 22 people in Plateau State; and calls on the President Muhammadu Buhari and his government to stop paying lip service to the unending killings in the country.”