The Nigerian former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called Nigerians to face the future with optimism, saying the New Year will bring good tidings.
In a New Year message issued by his Media office on Monday, Atiku thanked God for keeping Nigeria together despite its myriad of security, political and socio-economic challenges.
“Despite our challenges in the area of security, infrastructure, politics and economy, I am grateful to God for keeping us together as one. It is my hope that we all will face the future of our country with confidence and fervent hope that God will grant us the better tomorrow we are working for,” he said.
The former Vice President, however, urged leaders in political offices at different levels to brace up to the challenges of nation-building and economic prosperity for the nation and its people.
He described as unacceptable worsening poverty in the country, which is daily taking its toll on the ordinary citizens, adding that leaders should not take the continued patience of the Nigerian people for granted.
“With hard work and dedication, elected leaders and public servants can rise to the expected challenges of national development and economic prosperity to redress the deepening poverty of ordinary Nigerians in 2014.
“Public office holders should not take the magnanimity of the Nigerian people for granted,” he added.