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Kwankwaso unveils ‘positive change’ agenda, knocks Buhari, APC at declaration – [Full text]




Kwankwaso unveils ‘positive change’ agenda, knocks Buhari, APC at declaration – [Full text]



Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, on Wednesday officially declared his presidential ambition.









The Senator is among aspirants seeking the Peoples Democratic Party’s ticket.




His declaration which was held at Chida Hotel in Abuja attracted thousands of Kwankwasiya supporters and party members.









The ex-Minister of Defence expressed readiness to give Nigerians the
change the current government has failed to provide despite repeated
assurances.




In his speech, Kwankwaso promised “positive change”, insisting that
the President Muhamadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) has
failed.




His full speech below…









“Let me begin by thanking all of you for travelling from far and wide
to witness this important occasion heralding my decision to run for the
office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Your resolve to come, I am convinced, was informed by our collective
disillusionment, disappointment and the pervasive air of hopelessness in
our country today. Your desire to see things change for better is
well-informed and inner conviction that together we can midwife positive
change is applauded.




Today I declare that I am going to vie for the office of President
Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of the Peoples Democratic
Party. I stand on my honour to offer a paradigm shift in leadership.
There is no gainsaying that all is not well with the polity. It is also
clear that the same mindset that created and escalated the problems
cannot be used in resolving the on-going crises in our nationhood and
national development.




I intend to offer positive change. Change has again become
inevitable. To live is to witness changes because change is an
inseparable part of living. Come May 2019, the narrative of
helplessness, buck-passing, division, poverty, insecurity, and
hopelessness must change to turn to a new dawn of confidence in building
a one well restructured Nigeria.




I assure you that while I do not have the prophetic power to predict
the future, we certainly have in us the ability to create the future
that we want.




On this day, as I stand before you I offer you a value-based
leadership anchored on our National Ethics as outlined in Chapter 2 of
Section 23 of our Constitution:



And I quote; “The National Ethics shall be Discipline, Integrity,
Dignity of Labour, Social Justice, Religious Tolerance, Self-reliance
and Patriotism.”




We will provide a leadership where everybody is free and equal; where
Nigerians see themselves as Nigerians first and as Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa,
Ijaw, Ibibio, Fulani, etc second; where citizens are self-assured and
self-assertive; where they are confident and competent; where they want
to do what is right no matter whose ox is gored. I want to lead a
Nigeria where people are educated and exposed beyond the confines of
their tribe, religion, linguistic group or place of birth.




I want to lead a Nigeria where Citizens respect their leaders, and
leaders lead and forge a team to promote and protect the interest of all
Nigerians. I want to lead a Nigeria where all are comfortable anywhere
and on any positive issue can compete fairly with their peers without
favour or discrimination. That is the kind of Nigeria we envision. We
will abandon the failed relics of the past. We have all it takes to make
Nigeria good and relevant for all.




What are some of these changes that we are promising?



1. National Security: The primary responsibility of the Government is
security of life. My understanding of National security transcends the
stereotype limiting it to the Armed Forces and other security agencies.
As former Minister of Defence, I understand security from that point; it
covers more and includes the entire scope of food, health care
delivery, education, economic prosperity, and enjoyment of human rights
on the physical defence and security side. There is the need for a
well-trained, motivated, well-equipped and intelligence-propelled
security architecture.




That requires decisive options of strengthening and equipping the
military while restructuring the Police to make it more effective. We
will vigorously pursue other institutional reforms in the other security
and paramilitary agencies and justice system that will serve as a huge
disincentive for crimes and criminality. This will include training and
retraining of personnel, improvement of personnel welfare as well as the
provision of other security infrastructure considered necessary and
relevant to combating crime and other deviant behaviors.




The constant misuse of security apparatus will stop immediately. Ours
is a recommitment to strengthening all democratic institutions in
Nigeria. We shall also strive to create an all-inclusive mechanism for
effective intelligence gathering that involves all stakeholders
especially – Traditional rulers, Religious Leaders, businessmen and
women, civil servants, Community leaders, the communities themselves,
youth, trade organizations, politicians and all well-meaning Nigerians.

We must as a policy strive to support and protect the identities of
those patriotic Nigerians that volunteer credible information to make
Nigeria and Nigerians safe.




Above all we shall put mechanisms in place for the continuous
monitoring of the operations of these security institutions to ensure
efficiency and conformity with the rule of law. I also understand the
difficult conditions under which our military and other paramilitary
organisations operate. An ill-equipped, unmotivated, deprived and over-
tasked soldier cannot perform maximally.




We shall motivate all affected communities, the military and the
police to put an end to all killings. There is absolutely no excuse
whatsoever for killings by Boko Haram insurgents, herdsmen, crop
farmers, kidnappers, human traffickers and abductors. We will provide an
atmosphere where there will be security, safety, serenity and sanity.




2. The Economy: Nigeria in recent years has witnessed a weak economic
performance due to tight economic policies and failed institutional
supervision especially as it relates to growing small enterprises that
should, in the long run, result in larger ventures to anchor our
economic prosperity.



Tight monetary rates, exchange rates fluctuations,
inflation and unemployment are the dominant factors hindering the growth
and survival of our businesses in the country today. Therefore, our
focus shall be on sound economic policies that will ensure a new regime
of exchange rate stability, low-interest rates and reduction in the
country’s rising burden of domestic and foreign loans.




In the past three years, poverty and unemployment have become more
visible, challenging Nigeria’s economic prosperity. Existing policies
and economic programmes for alleviating the poverty incidence in the
country have obviously failed. Our non-negotiable goal will, therefore,
be the eradication of poverty through sustainable wealth creation and a
coordinated and effective micro small and medium enterprises
development. We shall promote policies that boost our foreign reserves
and lower interest rate to ensure that the unsustainable debt treadmill
profile is tamed. Locally, we shall diversify the economy through
industrialisation and manufacturing, aggressive promotion of
agribusiness, the mining sector and entrepreneurship to make us
self-sufficient and export-oriented. The oil and gas sector must cease
to be a verifiable source of corruption and inefficiency.




3. Social Challenges: Our response to the various social challenges
shall be hinged on our economic model of poverty eradication. We must
consciously seek to tame the widening of inequality. We will strive to
end ethnic and religious bigotry, corruption, poor economic management,
nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed. As we all
know a serious lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of
national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and
widening inequality – are very much with us today.




We need to believe in ourselves; we need to be critically analytical
when and where necessary; we need to have indomitable courage and
unwavering commitment to Nigeria and all that is Nigerian; we need to
stand firm for what is noble, edifying and wholesome; we need to fight
those ills that have shackled us and held us back in the past; we need
to establish shared values and enthrone norms, virtues and morality that
are enduring, uplifting and distinguishing.




We owe the successor generation a country that is united, stable,
secure, cohesive and prosperous, playing its role among the comity of
nations easily. That is our goal. We must not only do things right, we
must do right things and always do them right. There should be no excuse
for poor performance, shoddy job and incompetence on any grounds. We
must avoid failure at all cost and engender the right ambience that will
allow the creative potentials of Nigerians to be expressed uninhibited.
We will have truly inclusive growth and development for shared
prosperity.




4. Infrastructure: With a rapidly growing population, Nigeria’s
infrastructure is challenged. If not tackled it would deny citizens the
joy of national prosperity. Energy need keeps shooting up the stress of
doing business in Nigeria. Domestic production suffers and a lot of
foreign companies also find it hard to invest in Nigeria due to constant
power failures. For decades, Nigeria failed to develop its
infrastructure. To bridge the gap in infrastructure, we will prioritise
capital expenditure and ensure that adequate funds are not only
allocated to capital expenditure but also disbursed in a timely manner
and utilised as budgeted for road and rail networks, waterways, housing,
aviation communication and others.




5. Human Capital Development & Global Competitiveness, Education,
Research and Innovation: The greatest asset of any nation is its human
capital. In the people lies the solution to most of our challenges. My
job as the leader is to facilitate the release of the creative energy
embedded in our growing youth population brimming with ingenuity and
famed resilience. Ours will be a deliberate policy to make our workforce
globally competitive. Human Capital development in all its
ramifications shall be a cardinal point of our administration. We shall
provide ICT- compliant high-quality personal development education.




And research for development will be made accessible to all. We are
committed to providing good quality universal education from pre-primary
to tertiary and vocational skills development. We shall provide
accessible, quality education to all Nigerians. Education in Nigeria
will be rejuvenated and restructured to make future generations not only
problem-solvers but proud custodians of their culture, heritage and
history and also for creating confidence in all Nigerians across all the
States, sectors and talents.




We believe that education is the cornerstone of any development and
nation-building and a very strong weapon to fight inequality, injustice
and poverty. It is also an instrument or tool for building national
unity and cohesion. As a policy, we will drive a plan to provide the
necessary infrastructure, rejuvenate existing ones and modernize them to
be in line with the best international practice. We shall equally
review the fees being charged for WAEC, NECO and JAMB examinations and
make education affordable. Every child in Nigeria must be supported to
attain his or her maximum potential in education. In addition, we shall
commence a review of our method as it relates to agricultural technology
in particular.




6. Agribusiness: Agri-business holds one of the major keys to
eradicating poverty from our midst. The key of our agricultural
development must be an aggressive pursuit of agri-business. We intend to
collaborate with our numerous Agricultural Research Institutes and
Universities by challenging them to pursue resolute research and
development in agribusiness, agricultural technology etc. Working with
expert advice, we intend to qualitatively improve the agricultural value
chain, to create employment opportunities.




7. Healthcare Delivery: Now that medical tourism has become the first
choice of our leaders, we will ensure that the current situation in
clinics and hospitals is given radical reforms. We shall prioritise and
institutionalise national healthcare programmes and delivery, medical
education and training and financing of healthcare in a manner that is
universally accessible and affordable. Our main goal in healthcare would
be to provide affordable ‘Healthcare services for all Nigerians’.




8. International Relations: While Africa must remain the centrepiece
of our foreign policy, we shall endeavour to keep our old friends while
seeking deeper and better understanding of our other development
partners and allies. Our foreign policy must be directed at contributing
to the eradication of poverty and global competitiveness.




9. Youth & Women Empowerment: Our government will treat the
youth, sports, recreation and culture activities as an Industry through
which businesses can be created and job opportunities established. Our
women shall consciously be encouraged in governance and business. We
shall encourage and support young people and women in collaboration with
all financial institutions to create platforms where they can get
access to finance to establish and deploy their creative energies into
problem-solving apps and other forms of ICT for sports, recreation and
core businesses. We will endeavour to get 30% representation of women
and youth in all organs and structures of government in line with the
PDP constitution.




10. National Unity, Cohesion and Restructuring: The fulcrum of our
leadership will be the enhancement of a united Nigeria couched within
the matrix of productivity and a shift from the sense of entitlement by
officeholders and their hangers-on.




Fellow compatriots, a key propellant of our journey must be a
committed desire to ensure that the labours of our heroes shall truly
not be in vain. We will strive to create an atmosphere where every
Nigerian has an equal opportunity to contribute. Our restructuring will
be to ensure an inclusive political, social and economic space for all.
All of this will ensure that first, we are Nigerians.




At this juncture, I will conclude by once again thanking all those
who contributed in their own way to make this occasion a huge success. I
must specifically mention those who mobilized their resources, time and
energy to travel from far and near to witness this important occasion. I
hope you have collected your PVC, and if you still haven’t collected
your own you have tomorrow to do so. Take the opportunity to collect and
encourage others to collect their own to be used to vote out the APC
Government and vote in the PDP umbrella Government.”
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