The Senate Speaker (Bukola Saraki) made this statement at the Sheraton Hotel where he met with young PDP aspirants.
In a statement made available to us, Saraki said the choice of Nigerians in the upcoming elections is to keep things as they are or to move away from old methods.
Read the full statement below
“Let me say again how wonderful it is to see so many talented young people who are interested in this first edition of the public dialogue series with political parties on youth and the party’s primary candidacy. We are seeing the future leaders coming forward as capable and worthy people to assume leadership in this country, and that makes my heart happy.
“From my interactions with many of you and with your contemporaries across the country, I can see that we are fortunate to have a generation that is ready to join us to lead a Nigerian renaissance. What I see here today confirms my belief that you are not too young to run. “I deeply appreciate this opportunity to share some of my ideas about our situation as a country, as well as the challenges we face as we approach the big decision maker in the 2019 general election.
“It is widely recognized that our country is relatively” young “, endowed with considerable energy, capacity and potential. You are the future of this country. Normally, such a young population would be the envy of many Western countries facing the aging of the population, but the serious state of our business hampers the advantage we have for young people.
Nigerians are asking for relief
“Today, the whole country, Nigerians are asking for relief. Many of our children are hungry. Many people die from preventable or treatable diseases. Many have fallen below the standard of living and are now among the 87 million that sealed Nigeria’s position as the country’s with the largest number of people in extreme poverty. Our young people miss opportunities of the necessary educational institutions and the system to equip them for the future simply does not exist.”
We are not creating the jobs needed to get them involved so we can grow our economy and, very often, young people feel excluded because they are prevented from having a voice in the direction of this nation. “The conditions of extreme poverty that people face fuel insecurity throughout the country: hunger, lack of education and lack of opportunities push many Nigerians into criminal activities, including terrorism. Our communities are paralyzed by fear, because of ongoing community crises, kidnappings and other social ills, as well as the threat of terrorism. We are unable to solve today’s problems and prepare for the future.”
Bukola Saraki Talked about the Economy
“Our economy is broken and we urgently need to revive its growth, the GDP growth rate has decreased, diversification is an illusion, unemployment is at its highest point and businesses are closing. The capital needed to stimulate our economy is going the other way. “Nigeria is more divided than ever. We are more and more divided according to regional, religious and ethnic criteria. Nigerians are also divided by class, a bitter chasm between “Haves” and “Have-Nots”. The failures of this nation extend to an alarming degree. We must do something quickly and we must be brave about it.
Nigeria Security is Nothing to Write Home About
“We must ensure the security of life in Nigeria. In the current context, no one is safe in this country. Nobody really feels safe. We must restore the sanctity of the rule of law and strengthen democratic institutions to build a just justice, fair and equitable society for all. We must rebuild the trust of our people in government. We need a new generation of capable leaders with the ability to meet the challenges of the 21st century, reunite and rebuild this country, block by block, with dedication and commitment.
“You’ll agree with me that this urgent task requires the concerted efforts of all 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 don’t we make the expected progress, why do not we grow up, there is no time to lose, the time has come to unite to growth in Nigeria, especially in the national economy.
“We have option in the coming elections; we need to either keep things as they are or have a radical departure from the old ways. Find a better way to do things or keep repeating the mistakes of the past.”
Bukola Saraki (Nigeria Senate President) Declares for Presidency
Given this, and considering the challenges I have just mentioned, I decided to respond to the call of teeming citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the next general elections in 2019 on the Platform of the Democratic People’s Party (PDP). I do so with the firm belief that I have what it takes to ensure inclusive growth in Nigeria and Nigerians.
“My plan for Nigeria is to integrate all aspects of the country’s affairs as a central pillar: all citizens have the inalienable right to feel as a member, regardless of their origin or belief, or the part of the country where they come from. Wherever you vote or what your beliefs are, the government should work for you.
“This generation does not deserve to live in the capital of world poverty. We are not here to talk about the problems, but how we can get out of this situation. I promise that I will lead the fight and use all the resources offered by God to change things, I am determined to lift Nigeria out of poverty.
We will stimulate the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as a means of revitalizing the economy and creating wealth for our peoples, especially young people.
“I want to see young people play important roles at all times, not only in government, but also in the private sector and in all areas of life in Nigeria. This government will be driven by youth energy, innovation and entrepreneurship. Young Nigerians will have every opportunity to develop their full potential in a national framework that guarantees their inclusion. For young people with ideas and skills, we will ensure that funds are available for their projects and we will rely on Nigerian legislation as part of our job creation campaign.
“My plan is to protect Nigeria by redefining our national security architecture, while equipping our security agencies with their primary function of protecting lives and property.”
I will ensure mutually beneficial PPP agreements, regular introduction of bonds and other financial instruments, which will ensure stable, adequate and reliable funding for the completion of core projects, particularly roads, railways and energy.
“My plan is to protect all Nigerians and defend their constitutional rights and freedoms. I will defend at all times the principle of the rule of law, which is the cornerstone of democratic governance. Our struggle will not be selective against the oppositions. The focus will be on institution-building, with particular emphasis on deterrence. We cannot afford to compromise our institutions with power wars against political opponents; we believe that the fight against corruption is crucial for Nigeria’s economic development.
“I propose leadership focused on empathy, where leaders are receptive to citizens. Where they know the government cares. We will not be indifferent or turn a blind eye to the real concerns of our people. Every life in Nigeria counts.
“The leadership we deserve is a leader with a source of pride for all Nigerians, respected and admired in Africa and around the world, and a leader who can stand up and stand firm around the world.” This is the kind of leadership that I offer to you.
“As a former governor of two terms and currently President of the Senate by the grace of God, I believe that I possess a unique combination of executive and legislative experience for Promoting and implementing reforms that will provide real improvements in the daily lives of our employees. I know what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy. I can make difficult decisions when it matters. I will lead a new program that can transform the lives of Nigerians in real terms.
Believe me when I say that it will not be an affair as always; it will be a dynamic government of action that will continue to grow Nigeria with perseverance, determination and conviction. I will lead a results-based administration.
“We set clear objectives to ensure that the expected results are met at the deadlines. You can do a comparative evaluation and take responsibility. In short, I assure you that I will fulfil all the promises. What I foresee is a new chapter in governance in this country. We will be guided by what is best for Nigerians. ”
“I think Nigerian youth is fundamental to rebuilding and growing the economy and restore our national pride.”
There you have it; vote wisely in 2019!