- Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, an aspirant for the presidency in 2019, has stated that Nigeria has a problem of bad leadership
- The former senator said the presidency is about giving Nigerians the ability to rise above mediocrity, to be giants in the international community
- Hagher expressed confidence that he would win the election, as he stated that Nigerians are sick and tired of being sick and tired about the nation’s current trajectory
Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, a Second Republic senator and former minister of state, power and steel, has lamented over the state of the country. Hagher, who is currently the pro-chancellor of Afe Babalola University, stated that the problem with Nigeria is its ‘bad leadership’.
In an interview with Vanguard, the former lawmaker, who just announced his intention to run for the presidency in 2019, opined that the country should be focused on educating its young people because it has the fastest growing population of intelligent young people.
NAIJ.com notes that he also lamented over the fact that corruption abounds everywhere in the country.
“The issue with Nigeria is poor leadership, bad leadership, people who are fixed in the ways of yesterday, people who don’t have a clear idea about where Nigeria should go.
“Nigeria has a critical advantage over other countries because we have the fastest growing population of young people who are intelligent, so our entire lives should be focused on educating these young people on skills and ways that they will become significant.
“Countries like Germany and Japan have no raw materials, yet, they have developed education, employment and productivity. This is what this presidency is about. It is to give Nigerians the ability to rise above mediocrity to be giants in the international community because we have more young people than other countries; that is our critical advantage.
“I am seizing the opportunity to turn this around and it will be done because I have taken too much shame looking at my young graduates without jobs. In my house, there are graduates that I trained that have no jobs, and they cry to me as a senator, seeking my endorsement to get a job.
“This will not happen; this is the worst form of corruption, bureaucratic corruption, corruption in government, corruption in the university system, corruption everywhere."
According to him, Nigeria has become endemically corrupt and instead of looking at the fundamentals of fighting corruption, the country is dealing with the surface symbolism of corruption, chasing people and raiding their homes.
"That is why I am different, I am going to win because Nigerians don’t have a choice because it is me and others. Nigerians are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the trajectory that our nation has arrived at today. God has not hated Nigeria so much that he will allow Nigeria to degenerate and collapse and totally become a failed country, broken into pieces," he added.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Buhari, a presidential aspirant who is gearing to contest in the 2019 general elections, spoke to NAIJ.com on his experience so far since he declared his intention to run for the number one position in the country two years ago.
The 40-year old native of Kontagora local government in Niger state distinguished himself in the private sector, where he holds sway as the Chief Executive Officer of Skylar Nigeria Limited, a Lagos-based ICT company. He also called on Nigerian youths to join the political process instead of complaining about the system.
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