… says zoning won’t stop my aspiration
Former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, on Thursday, laid bare some of his plans for Nigeria if he’s eventually elected the country’s President in 2023.
He, however, vowed to contest the nation’s presidency come 2023 regardless of any form of zoning arrangement.
Ayim disclosed these when he hosted members and Chief Executive Officers of online media organisations in Abuja.
The former Senate President boasted of possessing the competence and the experience required to lead Nigeria out of its current political and socio-economic quagmire.
Anyim, who is also a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), vowed to take Nigeria to the first quarter of the 21st Century.
He, however, added that he was not out to represent any regional interest.
Anyim said, “I am not running because the party’s ticket will be zoned to my region. I have good knowledge of the country. I am not seeking to lead a region but the entire country.”
He further said during the interaction with multi-media publishers in Abuja on Thursday, “Whether zoning or no zoning, I will contest. I am contesting because I have something to offer to Nigerians.”
The former Senate President, who said the offices he held in the past had groomed him for the task ahead, disclosed further that Nigerians would see the difference if he eventually emerged president in 2023.
He said, “The two offices I served in the past are not the same. I’ve headed the parliament, but I have not headed the Executive.
“I brought stability to the Senate; I want to bring stability to the country. If you want to see what I did as SGF, you can look at the Goodluck Jonathan Presidency.
“I have not been president; that is why I am vying for the office. I have a good knowledge on how to manage our diversity. I have acquired a lot of experience to run the affairs of the country.”
On his plans for the youths, Anyim warned that the country was being left behind by the rest of the world, adding that the youths must be groomed on the fourth generation jobs.
He said, “Whether we like it or not, the fourth generation jobs are here. Most jobs today will be history in the next few years. We are getting to the next quarter of the 21st century and between 2026 and 2050, most of today’s job will be history.
“Knowledge economy will drive the economic direction.”
The former SGF said the youths should be adequately prepared for the 21st century industrial revolution.
“We will create startup corridors for Nigerian youths to develop themselves, create jobs and build up others. I will prepare Nigeria towards a definite direction which the world is heading to. We must move the country to the direction the world is going. The world is not waiting for Nigeria,” Anyim said.
Speaking on his fight against corruption, Anyim said he would ensure institutions are strengthened.
“The institution should be allowed to do their work. For the institutions, we will put in place measures that will not allow corruption. By the time we deployed technology, where private sector drive every segment of our economic and national life, there is no way people will engage in corruption. People will have no option than to do their work without thinking about corruption.
“I was part of the people that make laws for the establishment of ICPC and EFCC. We will look at them and see how far they have gone. We will use a modern system that won’t allow a window for corruption,” Anyim added.