Atiku Rejoins PDP, Pledges Youth Development, Job Creation

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he urgent need to empower the Nigerian youth through massive creation of employment opportunities were the focus a speech delivered by Atiku Abubakar when the former vice president formally returned the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday.

“I have found in my travels across the country that whenever I get into conversationswith young people their number one concern is whether they will be able to get a job for without a job they have no means of sustaining themselves or begin a family,” Mr. Atiku stated in his official move to the PDP which was streamed live on Facebook.

Mr. Abubakar touted his credentials as a business owner with a long history of creating jobs not just in his home state of Adamawa but elsewhere across the country.

“Creating jobs is something I know about as I have created over 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirect jobs in my own state of Adamawa,” he said.

The speech, which was announced to a live audience on Facebook shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday came a little over a week after Mr. Abubakar dissociated himself from Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Abubakar accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning most of the promises of the APC during the 2015 election, including assurances that three million jobs would be created per year.

Instead, the Nigerian economy has been haemorrhaging jobs and the youth are particularly hard hit.

Nigerian youth unemployment rate reached an all time high at 25.20 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, and it has not significantly eased since then.

“Without the security of a job we cannot have security in our country,” Mr. Abubakar said. “So without jobs there is no future for you or for Nigeria.”

Mr. Abubakar is expected to be a major challenger to President Buhari in 2019.

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