Why Atiku Abubakar Should Step Back from Active Politics


Why Atiku Abubakar Should Step Back from Active Politics

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Felix Samari

As a native of Jada LGA and someone who has closely followed the political journey of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, I am compelled to reflect on his recent activities and advocate for his withdrawal from active politics. Despite his illustrious career and undeniable influence, there comes a time when one must recognize the limitations of age and the changing landscape of politics.

Atiku Abubakar’s recent home visit in Yola showcased a dignified elder statesman, but it also underscored the inevitability of aging. While he remains a figure of respect and admiration, the vigor and energy required for navigating Nigeria’s complex political arena are waning.

Throughout his career, Atiku has wielded significant power and influence, shaping the trajectories of many politicians. However, he has also faced betrayal and disappointment from those he once supported. The recent electoral campaigns, particularly the Atiku/Obi and Atiku/Okowa tickets, highlighted the challenges and obstacles he encountered. Despite his efforts, the political landscape remains fraught with formidable opponents and shifting alliances.

Moreover, age is not on Atiku’s side. He has capable successors, including his own children, who have demonstrated their readiness to step into his shoes. Just as his elder brother, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, gracefully transitioned from politics to elder statesmanship, Atiku should consider a similar path.

Continuing to engage in political battles risks tarnishing his legacy and further dividing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a party he has long been associated with. Rather than perpetuating internal conflicts, Atiku should assume a role of mentorship and offer his wealth of experience as guidance. By stepping back from the frontline of politics, he can ensure a smoother transition for the next generation of leaders within the party.

His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s contributions to Nigerian politics are undeniable, but it is time for him to gracefully exit the stage. As an elder statesman, he can offer invaluable wisdom and guidance without being embroiled in the cutthroat world of contemporary politics that is fast evolving beyond his prime.

Opinion by

Felix Samari ANIPR

PR Practitioner in Adamawa State