Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday advocated for a National Unity Summit of the 36 governors to find solutions to the thorny issues currently bedeviling the country.
Atiku said it is a grave mistake to expect the current federal government, headed by Muhammadu Buhari to stop the ongoing carnage.
In a statement titled: “Nigeria Is Drifting: We Must Stop Waiting For Godot”, the former vice president warned that Nigeria is not only drifting politically and economically, but also from each other.
Atiku noted that it is erroneous to think that the power needed to effect the desired changes in the country lies in Aso Rock alone.
“But without the states, nobody can get to Aso Rock. That is why for anyone to emerge as President of Nigeria, he or she must secure enough votes in two-thirds of the states that make up the Nigerian federation.
“Let us apply this wisdom to our present challenges. I call on Nigerian Governors to stop waiting on Abuja to make changes, and instead convene a National Unity Summit of all Nigerian Governors to iron out the thorny issues affecting the destiny of our nation until they figure out a way to resolve them.
“Forget about your party. Forget about your tribe. Respect your religion and allow it to bring out the better part of you. Meet together. Talk together. Come up with the solutions to all our collective challenges.
“And then go back to your states, and consult with your federal and state legislators, with a view to getting them to work with their colleagues to implement the solutions you came up with.
“That is how to save Nigeria.
“To keep waiting for this Federal Government to take the lead, and effect the changes that Nigeria needs to stop drifting, is to keep waiting for Godot. And that is a luxury we cannot afford,” Atiku said.
According to him, Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state, with the country occupying the third position as the most terrorized nation on earth.
“We are featuring prominently on the Failed States Index, and the symbols of our nation, our currency, our passport, and our international standing are fast losing value.
“To quote Einstein again, ‘those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.’ We do know that our Governors know that all is not well with Nigeria.
“That is why they have been meeting. At regional and sub regional levels. That knowledge comes with a duty to act, and to act together. Because if we do not act together, then the alternative is that we fall asunder. And God forbid that should ever be our fate,” he added.