Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, stated in Kaduna on Wednesday that if won in the next February elections, his administration would ensure that Nigerians are proud of their country.
Obi, who spoke during the flag-off of the presidential campaign in the North at Kaduna’s Ahmadu Bello Stadium, promised to restore a Nigeria to which every person would be proud to belong.
The presidential candidate bemoaned Nigerians’ current position, stating that Nigerians are now ashamed to identify as such due to the country’s numerous issues.
He said, “Kaduna was the capital of Northern Nigeria where every Nigerian was proud to belong, hence we started the campaign here in Kaduna. We are about to bring back that Nigeria where everybody was happy to belong.
“Kaduna State represented productivity in the North. It represented what was good in Nigeria. And that is what we want to bring back. We are tired of hearing stories.”
He also stated that if he is elected president in the upcoming presidential election, his administration will safeguard and unite all Nigerians, and that the current insecurity in the country is the result of inept leadership in taking command of the situation.
Saying that Kaduna was meant to be the most protected state in the country because of the presence of military formations, Obi said that “but there are so many security challenges in the state. Nigeria will be secure and united. Security will be reinstated.”
“That is why the bandits are everywhere and operating almost freely, killing and causing unimaginable destruction of valuables.
“We will restructure the security architecture. Security personnel will be well taken care of. We will ensure their lives are taken care of so that their families are taken care of in the event of death.
“Datti and I will change this country from consumption to production because of the high prices of things. All the vast lands in the North will be centres of agriculture. Kaduna State again will become a processing centre. The Bank of Agriculture will finance food production in Nigeria and all the support groups, youth, women and all Nigerians, their labour for the party will not go in vain.
“In the coming elections, nobody should tell one another about tribe, religion or section, things are not sold in Nigeria based on religion, tribe or section but all are suffering from the bad leadership of the country,” Obi said.
Datti Baba-Ahmed, Obi’s running mate, stated in his remarks that individuals seeking peace and unity in the country should vote carefully in the next elections to ensure the creation of a new Nigeria.
He said, “Nigeria has never got the calibre of presidential candidates as it is presently. Kaduna is the centre of good things in the country and we hope the people of the state will come out en masse to change the narrative of this country through their votes by electing Labour Party to power, for the good of every Nigerian.
“We are the people who say and do exactly what we promise to do. We are serious in ensuring the betterment of Nigeria and ensuring equality in all aspects of life for all Nigerians. We promised to wipe away the tears of the common man and give them a sense of belonging. It is only Peter Obi that is saying that Nigerians should vote for him because of his credibility.”
Also addressing, Jonathan Asake, the party’s governorship candidate in Kaduna State, commended the youngsters for being a tremendous engine room for the party, as well as women and support organizations.
“There will be inclusiveness in all spheres of life to enhance the living standards of all Nigerians because the party means well for Nigerians and Nigeria,” he added.
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