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BREAKING: Why I want to be President – Saraki reveals (Full Text/ VIDEO)






BREAKING: Why I want to be President – Saraki reveals (Full Text)





SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY (DR.) ABUBAKAR  BUKOLA SARAKI, CON,
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT A
DIALOGUE WITH YOUTH AND YOUNG ASPIRANTS HELD AT SHERATON HOTEL, ABUJA,
ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018.




PROTOCOL.



1.
Let me say, once again, how wonderful it is to see so many talented and
purposeful young people at this first edition of the Public Dialogue
Series with Political Parties on Youth Candidacy and Party Primaries.
Looking at you, I see future leaders who present themselves as capable
and worthy to take on the mantle of leadership in this country, and this
gladdens my heart.



2. From my interactions with many of you, and
with your contemporaries across the country, I can see that we are
blessed with a determined generation that stands ready to join with us
to power a Nigerian renaissance. The quality of people I see here today
affirms my belief that, indeed, you are Not Too Young To Run.



3. I
deeply appreciate this opportunity to share some of my ideas about
where we are as a nation, as well as the challenges before us as we
approach the great decider that is the 2019 General Elections.

4.
It is widely acknowledged that ours is a relatively ‘young’ country
bursting with tremendous energy, ability and potential. More than 70 per
cent of our population is under the age of 40.  You are indeed the
future of this country. Ordinarily, such a young population would be the
envy of many Western countries that are faced with ageing populations,
but the dire state of our affairs tarnishes the youthful advantage that
we have.



5. Up and down our country today, Nigerians are crying
out for succour. Many of our children are hungry. Many people are dying
of avoidable or otherwise treatable diseases. Many have fallen below
basic living standards, and are now among the 87 million that sealed
Nigeria’s position as the country with the highest number of people in
extreme poverty. Our young people lack opportunities. The necessary
education facilities and system to equip them for the future simply do
not exist. We are not creating the jobs needed to usefully engage them
in order to grow our economy. And too often, the youth feel shut out,
prevented from having any say in the direction of this nation.



6.
The harsh conditions of extreme poverty faced by the people, fuels the
state of insecurity all over the country. Hunger, lack of education and
lack of opportunities push many Nigerians into criminal activities
including terrorism. Many of our communities are paralysed with fear –
due to incessant communal crises, kidnappings and other social ills, as
well as the threat of terrorism. We are failing abysmally to tackle the
problems of today and to prepare for the future.



7. Our economy is
broken and is in need of urgent revival in order for Nigeria to grow.
GDP growth rate has declined. Diversification remains an illusion.
Unemployment is at an all-time high. Businesses are shutting down. Jobs
are being lost in record numbers, and the capital needed to jumpstart
our economy is going elsewhere.



8. Nigeria is perhaps more divided
now than ever before. We are increasingly divided along regional,
religious and ethnic lines. Nigerians are also divided by class, a
festering gulf between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have-Nots’. The fault lines
of this nation are widening to an alarming degree. We must do something
fast, and we must be brave about it.



9. We must ensure the
security of lives in Nigeria. As things stand now, no one is safe in
this country. No one feels truly safe. We must restore the sanctity of
the rule of law and strengthen democratic institutions in order to build
a just, fair and equitable society for all. We must rebuild the trust
of our people in government. We need a new generation of leaders that
are competent, with the capability to rise to the challenges of the 21st
century. We must pull this country back together and rebuild, block by
block, with dedication and commitment.



10. You will agree with me
that this is an urgent task that requires the concerted efforts of each
and every one of us. If we look around today, what do we see? What is
the condition of our citizens? Where are we as a nation? How are we
perceived locally and internationally? Why are we not making the
expected progress? Why are we not growing? There is no time to waste.
The time is now, to come together to stimulate growth in Nigeria,
especially in the national economy.



11. The choice we face in the
forthcoming election is either to keep things as they are, or make a
radical departure from the old ways. To find a better way of doing
things or keep repeating the mistakes of the past. To fix the problems
or keep compounding them.



12. It is with all these in mind, and
taking account of the challenges that I have outlined, that I have
decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for
President. Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the
office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming
General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic
Party (PDP). I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes
to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians.



13. My Plan
for Nigeria has inclusion in all aspects of the country’s affairs as a
central pillar. Every citizen has the inalienable right to feel a sense
of belonging, no matter their background or creed, or what part of the
country they come from. No matter who you voted for or what your
convictions are, government must work for you.



14. Your generation
does not deserve to live in the poverty capital of the world. It is no
longer an issue of how we got here, but how do we get out of this
situation? I promise you that I will lead the fight and employ every
God-given resource available to us in turning things around. I am
determined to grow Nigeria out of poverty. We will stimulate the growth
of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as one of the ways of energising
the economy and to create wealth for our people, especially the youth.



15.
I want to see the youth play major roles at all levels, not only in
government but also in the private sector and indeed in every area of
Nigerian life. This will be a government driven by youthful energy,
innovation and a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit. Nigerian youth will
be given all the opportunities to realise their potential to the full
within a national framework that guarantees inclusiveness.  For youth
who have ideas and capacity, we will make sure that there is funding for
their ventures; and we shall build on the Made in Nigeria legislation
as part of our job creation drive.



16. My plan is to secure
Nigeria by redesigning our national security architecture, while
adequately equipping our security agencies to fulfil their primary role
of protecting lives and property.



17. I will address our
infrastructural deficit through aggressive financing initiatives
including mutually beneficial PPP arrangements, regular floating of
bonds and other financial instruments, which will ensure stable,
adequate and reliable funding to see to the completion of core projects
especially road, rail and power.



18. My plan is to protect all
Nigerians and defend their constitutional rights and freedoms. I will
stand for and uphold at all times the principle of the rule of law,
which is the bedrock of democratic governance.



19. Ours will not
be a selective fight against corruption. The emphasis will be on
strengthening institutions, with a particular focus on deterrence. We
cannot afford to compromise our institutions with proxy wars against
perceived political opponents. We see the fight against corruption as
crucial to Nigeria’s economic development.



20. I offer leadership
driven by empathy. Where leaders are responsive to the citizens. Where
they know that government cares. We will not be indifferent or turn a
blind eye to the real concerns of our people. Every single Nigerian life
matters.



21. For me, the leadership we deserve is one that will
be a source of pride to all Nigerians, one that will be respected and
admired in Africa and around the world. It should be a leadership that
can hold its own and stand tall anywhere in the world. That is the type
of leadership I offer.



22. As a former two-term Governor and
currently President of the Senate by the grace of God, I believe I
possess a unique blend of executive and legislative experience to push
for and implement reforms that will deliver real improvements in the
daily lives of our people. I know what it takes to create jobs and grow
the economy. I can make the tough decisions when it matters. I will
spearhead a new agenda that can transform the lives of ordinary
Nigerians in real terms.



23. Believe me when I say that it will
not be business as usual. This will be a dynamic government of action
that will pursue the growth of Nigeria with doggedness, determination
and conviction. I will lead a result-driven administration. We shall set
targets with clear timelines to ensure that anticipated deliverables
are met. You can benchmark us and hold us accountable. In short, I
assure you that I will deliver on all promises. What I envision is a new
chapter in governance in this country. We will be driven by what is
best for Nigerians.



25. I have deliberately chosen the opportunity
of being here with you, my Number One constituency who I see as the
future of our great country, to make my intention known. I believe the
Nigerian youth are critical to rebuilding and growing the economy, and
restoring our national pride.



26. I therefore ask you and all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with me in this noble cause.

My brothers, My sisters, Let’s Grow Nigeria Together.



God bless you all.


God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON.







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