Publisher of online investigative news platform, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore is boasts that he would defeat incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential elections. Sowore said in a recent interview that he is going to run on a movement, that he said would be the “largest mobilization of Nigeria’s ignored and dispossessed people.” He said he draws his inspiration from candidates like Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela and believes he is able to make change happen.
Asked what he would do differently if elected President, Sowore answered as follow:
Firstly, there is an abject absence of a clear vision as to where the country should be headed. Where should NIGERIA be in the next five, 10 or even 50 years? Where are the national plans that map out the country’s vision and the paths to their actualization aside from the propaganda we see on NTA? Today, we are impressed by China’s sustained growth, but since 1953 China has produced a series of 5-year plans that has guided their growth. Now they are on their 13th five-year plan (2016-2020). With that China became the most powerful and prosperous nation on earth using its populace as its best resource. China solved its housing crisis and even now boast of unoccupied apartments in “ghost cities” built in the last 10 years. China built one of the fastest rail services with an amount of money equivalent to the sums stolen during the oil imports scam. Same goes for the the UAE. Dubai was built into the architectural marvel that is now a magnet to NIGERIA’s thieving elites. I will be instituting a series of four-year plans to overlap with Nigeria’s political tenure system that will chart our path to growth and progress.
Secondly, even where a clear vision might exist, nepotism, tribalism and favoritism has robbed us of the service of our best people. I am a completely detribalized Nigerian. My antecedents are that of an activist that has worked to build alliances and networks across this nation over the last 30 years.
I understand first hand the value of having competent and capable people in the right positions. I’ve created a world-class media company in the last 12 years and taught in a private college for eight years helping to mould some of America’s greatest minds.
Thirdly, corruption has crippled us as a nation. Where past presidents have been slow in tackling this issue and sometimes even complicit through their actions or inactions in promoting corruption, I will be decisive in dealing with this cancer that has ravaged the Nigerian nation.
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