Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday wished a happy Father’s Day to every father in Nigeria and beyond.
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made this known in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, and sent to Naija News.
Atiku hailed Nigeria’s founding fathers, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Sir Nnamdi Azikiwe.
“May the labours of these our heroes past remind us that this nation was built on a quartet of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress, founded on Justice,” he said.
The former vice president also prayed their labours and the labours of all fathers in Nigeria never be in vain.
“May God’s blessings be on the nation and the children they birthed. May extreme poverty depart our land and in the words of the late great Chief MKO Abiola, may we soon bid “farewell to poverty” as a nation,” he added.
Atiku enjoins Nigerians to take a minute to acknowledge those fathers who have left their wives, children and loved ones, to take up residency in bushes, highways and byways in order to fight terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and other threats to our nation.
“As a father, he admonishes us to remember that the greatest gift we can give our children is to believe in themselves.
“And so, today, he is asking you to believe in Nigeria, to believe in yourselves and to believe in your children.
“And finally, to believe that our Founding Father’s vision for Nigeria would come to pass by God’s grace, through our hard work,” the statement concludes.