OrderPaperToday – A former President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, officially declared his interest to run in the race for the country’s number one political job.

Senator Saraki made his intention known at an event in Abuja, and noted that Nigerians across divides have reasons to be worried about the future of the country. He however stressed that it isn’t the time to surrender and wallow in despair.

“Rather, this is the moment, when all patriots and citizens of goodwill must show courage, rise above those lines of divisions that have kept us apart over the years and ask this very important question: ‘where do we go from here?” he added.

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The former Kwara Chief Executive also said that as governor nobody thought he would succeed, but he was able to effect some changes in the North Central State.

He also took time at the event to state his plans for the country bothering on compulsory basic education and health insurance, strict compliance with the rule of law, raising non-oil revenue to the same level as currently earned from oil, as well as training one million youths in technical and vocational skills each year.

Below is a full list of promises he made at the event:

  • Enforcement of compulsory basic education and improvement in the quality of teaching in all public schools.
  • Compulsory health insurance coverage and increase enrolment from the current seven percent to 50 percent in the first two years.
  • Ensure strict compliance with the rule of law and guarantee consequences for crime. 
  • Protection of lives and property. Ensure that men and women in uniform are well-trained, are well-paid, and are well-equipped.
  • Raise the revenue from the non-oil sectors to the same level as currently earned from oil.
  • Train one million youths in technical and vocational skills each year.
  • Deliver half a million affordable housing units every year to low-income earners and eliminate urban slums.
  • Investment in skills in cloud computing, data analytics, programming and other such in-demand skills to drive innovation and competitiveness among youths.
  • Establish the Nigeria Creative Industry Initiatives for entertainment, fashion, or other creative businesses.
  • Ensure universities and higher education institutions are competitive and well-funded.

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With his declaration, Saraki has joined the growing list of former and serving Senators jostling for the president seat.

The ex-lawmaker who served as Nigeria’s Senate President in the 8th National Assembly contested the 2019 Presidential Primaries of the PDP but lost to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

Running for the third time since 2011 when he exited office as Governor of Kwara State, the medical doctor is been tipped as a frontline aspirant for the party’s ticket ahead of its convention on May 28 in Abuja.



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