By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah
In what could be described as a bold move, Ibrahim Abubakar Lajada has declared his intention to contest for the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
With his declaration, Lajada becomes the first person to openly declare his intention to contest the presidential election in the APC.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has not declared his intention to run for a second term in 2019 as Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha recently declared that there is no automatic ticket for the President as he has to slug it out in the primaries with other candidates.
Making his intention known today, Lajada said Nigeria has become a laughing stock among the comity of nations because of economic mismanagement.
Describing Nigeria as a nation of paradox, he added that a nation with human and natural resources that should be competing at the same level with developed nations yet crying for handouts from those nations.
At 34 years, Lajada wants to emulate France and Australia where candidates below 40 took over the reigns of government.
Lajada whose campaign organisation has already had 31 million Nigerians signed up already, said his focus is on Nigeria as a priority and this brings clarity and guidance to addressing the current economic and social situation of the country.
According to him, after a lot of soul searching and careful pondering over the state of the Nigerian nation and its inability to unlock it’s potential, has decided to throw his hat into the ring to contest the Presidential election in 2019.
He said his mission is to have a unified country where the people are secure, power is decentralised and economically viable.
He said “As such, emphasis will be on unifying the country, addressing security and economic issues and ensuring that there is accessible and affordable healthcare for the people of Nigeria.
“Confronted by a nation whose national fabric have been weakened by failed political promises creaking beneath a burden of wild expectations from battered citizens, my strategic plan is anchored on a vision of hope and a mission for renewal for all and sundry.
“Nigeria’s troubled economy is in recession, which is expected to worsen following the inability of President Buhari to steer it otherwise.
“Thousands of people are losing their jobs and there is tremendous hardship all over the country. Unemployment, insecurity, the deplorable power supply and fuel scarcity are urgent concerns that are yet to be addressed. The economic and security situation will threaten Buhari’s ability to implement the widespread reform he promised.
“Crude oil, the backbone of Nigeria’s economy is no longer the commodity it was internationally and the recent dip in oil prices is primarily the cause of the country’s current economic predicament. As a result, Buhari administration must concentrate on revenue generation.
“The government must seek revenue through other mean such as sales tax or government fees. There is a great opportunity for our country to diversify the country ‘s economy due to collapse in oil prices, however it appears that improving the economic situation by creating more jobs in multiple sectors of the economy outside the oil industry is beyond Buhari’s span of knowledge,” he stated.