- Nigeria's former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called for the release of all political prisoners
- In his message on the occasion of Nigeria's independence anniversary, he urged the government to discontinue the prosecution of political prisoners
- The former PDP presidential candidate noted that Nigeria's future depends on the commitment of everyone
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Atiku Abubakar, the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined several other Nigerians to speak about the state of the nation as Nigeria celebrates its 60th Independence Day.
The former vice president during the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo in his independence anniversary message called on the federal and state governments to release all political prisoners.
He disclosed this in a series of tweets shared on his official page on Thursday, October 1. According to him, Nigeria's future depends on the commitment of everyone to a common destiny.
While urging the government to discontinue the prosecution of such individuals, Atiku added that if late Nelson Mandela could reconcile with those who imprisoned him, we can do the same.
"As such, in the spirit of our 60th Independence Anniversary, I call on the Federal and state governments, to release all political prisoners and detainees, and discontinue the prosecution of such individuals.
If Nelson Mandela could reconcile with those who imprisoned him for twenty-seven years, we can reconcile with those who have disagreed with us."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, felicitated with citizens on the occasion of the 60th Independence Day celebration.
In his message to Nigerians, Jonathan noted that October 1 commemorates Nigeria's political freedom. He said though it may seem as though all the expectations have not been met, Nigeria has made progress in some areas such as sports, entertainment, arts, education and even in politics.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had in the earlier addressed the nation. He spoke on a number of topics including insecurity, and rule of law.
The president once again thanked Nigerians for entrusting him with their hopes and aspirations for a better and greater Nigeria.
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