The former Vice President says the worsening poverty situation in the country is unacceptable.
A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday challenged political office holders at all levels to make Nigerians better in 2014.
This was contained in a New Year message issued and signed by Mr. Abubakar’s Media Officer, Paul Ibe, in Abuja.
The former vice president, while congratulating Nigerians for the New Year, described the worsening poverty situation in the country as unacceptable.
Mr. Abubakar said the situation was taking its toll on the ordinary citizens. He said with hard work and dedication, elected leaders and public servants could rise to the challenges of building the national and ensuring economic prosperity.
He said that doing so was critical to redressing the deepening poverty of ordinary Nigerians in 2014.
Mr. Abubakar urged Nigerians to face the future with optimism, adding that the New Year would bring good tidings to the country.
He thanked God for keeping Nigerians together, despite the country`s myriad of security, political and socioeconomic 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.