From Agaju Madugba, Katsina
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the scheduled 2023 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, virtually brought Katsina metropolis to a standstill for several hours on Tuesday as he arrived the city for a
The PDP supporters and his admirers trouped out to welcome him at the Muhammadu Dikko stadium, on Mani road, venue of the rally.
The Katsina State government had earlier declined Atiku the use of the stadium for the programme but competent sources said it took the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari was said to have ordered Governor Aminu Bello Masari to allow Atiku access to the venue.
The entire stretch of Kiddies Roundabout in the city centre leading to the stadium up to Mani road roundabout was filled with Atiku’s supporters, a spill over from the stadium grounds and the main bowl.
“I wish to assure the people of Katsina that l will address the menace of insecurity using whatever instrument of state at my disposal, if elected President in 2023,” Atiku told the rally,” adding that, “community policing and other proactive security measures will be considered.”
“Criminal elements have been attacking rural communities as well as townships in the state with impunity.
“This has created an atmosphere of misgivings and palpable tension which is shaping the people’s political decisions.
“Peasants in the entire state are disillusioned with the daily incidences of kidnapping, killings, violent attacks and animal rustling.
“In October 2022 alone, over 40 people were killed while more than N300 million was paid as ransom in Katsina Central and Katsina South districts.
“If elected, my government will create an environment that will provide employment and fulfilment to youth and women through education, mentorship, vocational training and technology and entrepreneurship initiatives.
“This will be done in collaboration with the private sector and the local communities and I wish to reiterate my commitment to source $10 billion to empower the most vulnerable in society.
“If elected President, I will ensure that the incoming state government declares a state of emergency on primary and secondary education in the state.
“The present state of education in Katsina is not acceptable to the PDP.
“Katsina, being an ancient fountain of knowledge deserves better and I am aware of the primary and secondary school educational system is at its lowest ebb now due to neglect.”
Atiku and his entourage had earlier visited the Emir’s palace as well as mother of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.