Frontline presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Nigeria’s former ambassador to Canada, Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to expand their mandate to include prosecuting heads of state, who have failed in their campaign promises.
The founding pro-chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, stated this yesterday while delivering a speech on his manifesto at a meet-the-press occasion in Abuja.
The former Senator charged the anti-corruption agency to prosecute presidents who have defaulted in the promises contained in their manifestoes, as a deterrent to their successors.
Hagher said, “Presidents with fraudulent manifestoes should be prosecuted by the EFCC. I have respect for the office of the President Buhari but I must challenge his manifesto”.
He advised the National Assembly to enact a law against bogus promises and failure of political office holders to meet their promises.
He regretted that even though the president promised to provide at least 20 per cent of annual budgets for education, less than 7 per cent of the budget was so far allocated to the sector.
He lamented that Nigeria has a high number of 13 million out – of- school children at all levels, despite the glowing campaign promises of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the ex-minister of state for Health, Nigeria is home to two of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world, despite the president’s campaign promise to set up special courts, accelerate trials and jail terrorists, kidnappers and other criminals.
According to him, “We can’t be great, with our people being killed everyday. We must ask ourselves serious questions: how does a Nigerian child cross over to the other side of the world and succeeds, but almost always fails in Nigeria?”
Prof. Hagher promised that his government, if voted into office in 2019, will provide over 26 per cent funding for education, focus on youth employment, women empowerment and deepen democracy through a strict adherence to the rule of law.