Former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, formerly declared his intention to run for president in 2019, saying his desire to contest is to rescue the country from the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former governor also accused the APC-led Federal Government of buck-passing, and creating division, poverty and insecurity in the country.
He noted that Nigeria has witnessed a weak economic performance due to tight economic policies and failed institutional framework especially as it relates to growing small enterprises that should in the long run result in larger ventures to anchor economic prosperity. Kwankwaso, stated this at Chida hotel after he was denied the use of Eagles Square and the old parade ground by alleged the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to stop his presidential declaration. He recounted how he was denied for use of Eagles Square, which he had paid for and got an approval from the facility managers, because the day of his declaration fell on work day. No reason was however given for the denial Old Parade Ground at Area 10. The senator claimed that there were moved to stop him from using Chida Hotel, a private facility, which he secured after he was denied use of government facilities, but they resisted them.
He said, “I will provide a leadership where everybody is free and equal; where Nigerians see themselves as Nigerians first, and as Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa, ljaw, lbibio, 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 for all,” Kwankwaso assured.
He promised to tackle insecurity, boost the economy, fight corruption, provide infrastructure and social security to the people. “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 welI-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,” he added. Kwankwaso decried what he described as “misuse of security apparatus,” and promised to strengthen all democratic institutions if elected.He added “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,” Kwankwaso added.