2023: I've Executive, Legislative Experience To Tackle Insecurity, Comatose Economy, Others - Saraki - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, May 9, 2022

2023: I've Executive, Legislative Experience To Tackle Insecurity, Comatose Economy, Others - Saraki

• Dr. Saraki

|The Daily Crucible | Monday, May 9, 2022

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

Former president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Monday said that he would leverage on his executive and legislative experience to restructure and unite the country without violating the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria if elected as President in 2023.

Saraki also declared that Nigeria needs the leadership model of ex - President Olusegun Obasanjo to tackle the worsening security and economic challenges currently buffeting the country.

The former governor of Kwara State who bemoaned the burgeoning youths unemployment and routine loss of lives in the country to the activities of bandits, kidnappers and insurgents, recalled that Nigerians were safer and economy on the upward swing due to inflow of investments during Obasanjo's administration following the decisive manner with which he addressed the nation's challenges at the time.

The people's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential hopeful made this known while addressing the Ogun PDP delegates at the party's state Secretariat, Abeokuta, the state capital.

He noted that only a presidential candidate that understood the legislative and executive processes would be able to tackle security and economic challenges of today in Nigeria.

Earlier, he had visited the elder statesman, Obasanjo in Penthouse with the sprawling Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library(OOPL) 
Abeokuta, to solicit his wisdom and advice before proceeding to meet with the PDP delegates in the state.

He explained that in Nigeria, he is the bridge between christians and muslims, north and south as well as old and young, reminding Nigerians that his mother and wife are christians. 

He said: "When I was Special Assistant to president Obasanjo you saw what Nigeria was, how investment was coming in. We need a courageous president, we need a president that understand medical services. If you elect me, I will ensure that Primary health care is free for all. I am a man of my words and actions. 

"I am a Muslim, my mother is a Christian, my wife is also a Christian so there will be no religious bias. You need a Nigerian for all Nigerians not a man who will further divide Nigeria.

"In the coming elections, we don't have the luxury of just electing anybody. The situation of this country is worsening everyday. The situation is such that you cannot easily travel from some states to another. Within this first quarter, 
over 1,800 people have been killed, some have been kidnapped. There is even the case of a woman who have birth while in captivity. 

"During the time of PDP, there was nothing like that, even during the civil war. Insecurity was not this worst under PDP but now there is banditry, there is kidnapping. In the North Central, farmers cannot go to their farmers. People are dying everyday in the north east, South South is in unrest. These are what we are facing. 

"In 2015, unemployment level was about 8 percent, today it's about 34 percent. In 2015, the exchange rate was less than 230 but now is hitting up to 700. We cannot say we want to vote based on sentiment. This country needs a president that has the capacity and knowledge, not a president that is waiting for people to guide them on what to do. 

"We need a president that can unite Nigeria because the unity of this country is very fragile now. There is nothing we can do without unity in this country. Let's look for a leader that can unite Nigeria. I have the capacity to do what could not be done for over a decade if given the chance to unite Nigeria. We need a president that is courageous and strong. You all know that my four years as Senate President, I stood for this country. 

"Today, 80 percent of revenge is going to service loan. If that about is being used to services loans, we cannot build schools and that's why the country is backward. the only way to change this is to have a president that the people can trust." 

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