According to Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Nigeria’s current circumstances are the result of more than two decades of poor leadership decisions.
When speaking at the London-based Chatham House on the subject of “Nigeria’s 2023 elections: Service delivery and policy alternatives,” the former Minister of Defense expressed this position.
He said, “We can point fingers at all sorts of factors allegedly responsible for our situation, from coronavirus to global economic recession, from Western powers to international capital, etc.
“But for me, we are where we are because of the mistakes and the wrong choices made by the very people entrusted with the business of governing Nigeria in the last 24 years.”
The country, according to Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State, is currently facing a number of difficulties, including insecurity, rising poverty, escalating and unchecked inflation, rising unemployment and pessimism, deteriorating infrastructure, and a high rate of maternal and neonatal mortality.
A disintegrating education system, a health care problem, weak institutions, rising corruption and graft, astonishing theft of our crude oil and other mineral resources, and a rise in mistrust between our country’s constituent communities are among the other issues addressed.
Noting that he wants to become the next president of Nigeria because he “understand the issues involved, the mistakes that were made, the wrong priorities that were set” Kwankwaso said, “together with our team, we are better connected with the hopes and aspirations of the Nigerian citizens.”
“We understand, agree with, and share grievances. And we have a practical plan to address each and every challenge bedevilling our country,” he added.