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It’s officially the 1st of January 2011 and I just came home from a crossover service at Our Saviours church in Lekki. I was a little down before going for the service as a result of the bombing(s) in Abuja and somehow during the sermon the preacher raised the issue again.
The sermon left me with certain unanswered questions?
When are we going to stop killing one another in the name of “trying to prove a political point?”
What is the government doing about these killings in Jos and Abuja?
Is the presidency operating from another planet all together and as a result are not affected by the disease known as “Nepa”?
When are we really going to move from “developing country” to a “developed Nation”?
Are we cursed as a Nation?
Why are the youths not allowed to become the future of the country?
I can go on and on but it will only make me angrier or even make me disregard this article. I’m not a big fan of politics and for people that know me personally I don’t even engage in discussions sounding politics but recently the issue of “Enough is Enough” and R.S.V.P provided the likes of me with the hope that if we actually vote that MAYBE our votes MAY just count this time around and with that HOPE, I set out to search for my preferred presidential candidate.
I first came across his campaign poster on www.bellanaija.com and just like I did with all the other presidential candidates, I clicked on it to read his biography and manifesto.
Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Governor of Kwara State, has experienced great success in both the private sector and public service. Born on 19 December 1962, Governor Saraki was raised in an independent Nigeria. He was educated in both Nigeria and the UK, and qualified and practiced as a doctor in London. Returning to Nigeria in 1989, Dr Saraki began a career in the private sector. For nearly a decade, he oversaw corporate development and expansion programmes within the financial industry.
In 2000, Dr Saraki was appointed Special Assistant to the President on Budget. In this role he initiated the Fiscal Responsibility Bill. Dr Saraki also served on the Economic Policy Co-ordination Committee, where he was responsible for the formulation and implementation of key economic policies. Having served effectively in those roles, Dr Saraki was appointed Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Non-Oil Revenue Generation.
With a vision to translate his experiences into progress for the people of his home state, Dr Saraki decided to run for Governor of Kwara State. He was elected in 2003, and in a demonstration of overwhelming support, Kwarans re-elected him in 2007. As Governor, Dr Bukola Saraki has garnered National and international acclaim for his innovative approach to health and educational reforms. His strategy of social and economic development, has been praised and emulated within Nigeria. Governor Saraki was elected as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors‘ Forum, was awarded the National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger, and continues to serve as a nobleman of high rank in his capacity as the Turaki of the Ilorin Emirate. Governor Saraki has worked tirelessly to bring progress and greater opportunity to Kwara State and the Nation as a whole.
On 20 September 2010, Governor Abubakar Bukola Saraki declared his candidacy for the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Governor Saraki stands to be the youngest elected president in Nigerian history, and the first President born into an independent Nation.
I was impressed that someone that young (49) was coming out to contest for the post of the president and I was also very impressed with his manifesto.
His Vision and Values are;
A developed country inhabited by prosperous citizens who lead long, healthy, dignified, creative and productive lives.
My plan for a prosperous Nigeria is built around the following values and principles:
1) I believe that social and economic development should benefit every Nigerian;
2) I believe in the agency of the individual to succeed;
3) I believe that the private sector should be the engine of growth, with government serving as enabler;
4) I believe that our youthful population is a precious resource that must be harnessed for National prosperity;
5) I believe in prosperity for all.
Dr Abubakar Saraki and Donald Duke were the young men I wanted to see in the presidential race but when I discovered that DD wasn’t running, I prayed so hard for Saraki to win.
I don’t know Dr Abubakar Saraki, I’ve never met him or intend to meet him but when I heard that he had to step down from the race due to some Northern concession or whatever the reason was, I felt bad because I really intended to vote for him. Dr Saraki, if you ever get to read this, I really want you to know that some Igbo boy liked your plans, ideas and was ready to mobilize his family to vote for you.
I don’t know who was/is your answer but I had hope in Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
May God continue to protect us and console the families of those affected by these religious and political killings, someday, we’ll live in the Nigeria of our dreams.
Long Live Nigeria!!! Happy 2011!!!