Chris Emejuru, a United States of America-based Nigerian politician and at the moment a member of the Motion Democratic Occasion (ADP), on this interview speaks on the efficiency of the APC authorities within the final seven years, how poverty could be addressed and why Nigerians ought to accept Peter Obi towards Atiku Abubakar and Bola Ahmed Tinubu. BODE OLAGOKE experiences.
You supported APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, do you’ve any regrets trying again?
I supported the APC in 2015 on the time as a result of like most Nigerians, we needed to see the incoming administration do nicely. Sadly, as you’ll be able to see, they’ve lived woefully under expectations. There aren’t related implementation of insurance policies to deal with inflation the place the typical Nigerian citizen can barely afford to eat or put gas of their automotive, persistent strikes in essential sectors like well being and training, the place medical professionals are leaving the nation for greener pastures and the desires of future attorneys, medical doctors, scientists, and plenty of extra profession paths are placed on maintain attributable to authorities complacency. Enhance in poverty and lack of financial alternatives are devastating people and households all through Nigeria, then inconsistent energy and electrical energy which no Nigerian ought to must expertise, and insecurity from secessionists threats in components of the nation, to terrorist exercise, jail breaks by means of assaults on most safety prisons, kidnappings, and so on. Buhari rose on the platform of change however will find yourself having probably the most corrupt, incompetent, and unprepared administrations in Nigeria’s historical past.
You have been reported to be nursing a presidential ambition, how far with that?
I deliberate on working for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023 basic elections below the political social gathering platform of the Motion Democratic Occasion. I wholeheartedly embraced the manifesto and believed in its beliefs. Sadly, throughout the primaries I couldn’t proceed attributable to technical points and needed to withdraw my ambitions this election cycle. However I nonetheless love Nigeria and all the time will and can proceed to battle for a greater nation the place each residents voice is heard and the place rights are revered. Whether or not within the non-public or public sector, my solely ambition is to cut back struggling and when that occurs, I’m really fulfilled.
One other presidential election is underway early subsequent 12 months, what qualities do you assume Nigerians ought to look out for in a presidential candidate?
Among the qualities I consider each Nigerian citizen ought to search for in a Presidential candidate is character. Character, compassion, and mind. Character is being who you might be when nobody else sees it. Being upright and being an excellent individual. Being one of the best individual you could be. This results in compassion. Caring about your residents, caring about folks no matter who they’re or the place they’re from. Lastly, with these two traits, you want mind to ship. Having information and knowledge acquired, you might be nicely outfitted to deal with any of the challenges chances are you’ll confront. However let me add another advantage and that’s humility. Be humble. Perceive your position and that’s to serve the folks. To assist, help, and make their lives simpler. A presidential candidate or anybody for that matter that embodies such qualities will certainly make and efficient chief.
What are you able to proffer as answer to the financial disaster and big poverty within the nation?
From a federal authorities perspective, there are specific issues that may be carried out immediately to unravel the disaster if there was the need to take action. Three issues. Lower authorities prices and forms. Block leakages. Diversify the financial system. A lot cash is being wasted on the creation in addition to institution of MDA’s that both present the identical operate or aren’t as efficient. When you cut back these prices, extra money can be obtainable to enhance the financial system. Quantity two, block leakages. Enhance ICT (Data Communication Expertise) all through each Ministry, Division, and Company. This can improve transparency, improve the effectivity of checks and balances, and permit for each dime or kobo to be accounted for thus minimizing the actions of dangerous actors. Lastly, diversify the financial system. I clarify this in my e-book titled, “A Pledge for the Institution of a Sustainable Future.” There are methods to extend income technology from three main sectors which embody Monetary Expertise, Agriculture, and Strong Minerals. There are methods for income creation from these sectors that may permit for us to pay our money owed, present essential infrastructure, and create social nets like month-to-month money funds and alternatives for people residing in poverty to start out a enterprise. From a Personal perspective, many are stepping as much as the problem. Final 12 months, myself and my enterprise associate established Lowase Administration Consulting. We have now three subsidiaries one in every of which is the primarily centered human capital improvement arm generally known as the LMC College of Apply. We just lately launched the primary inaugural African Truecaller Management Fellowship program 2022 which is a program that gives youths and ladies each at dwelling and within the Diaspora with skilled coaching, graduate mentorship, company mentorship, and management teaching alternatives from well-known worldwide organizatons and establishments. Our mission is to empower Nigerian in addition to African youths with the ability to get their nations working again higher once more. We’re additionally engaged in capability constructing contracts for the financial and political safety in numerous components of Nigeria. And at last, amongst different endeavors, I’m within the means of sponsoring Non Governmental Organizations like The Entrepreneurs Platform Initiative which helps feminine ladies entrepreneurs in 10 states all through the nation together with my dwelling city, Riverstate. I’ll personally donate 100k each week till we obtain the specified outcomes.
Do you assume age of a presidential candidate matter when it comes to efficiency in workplace?
Age of a presidential candidate doesn’t matter as a lot as how competent you might be. You may have a look at Nelson Mandela for instance. Nevertheless, in Nigeria, the youth have been uncared for for therefore lengthy, particularly in politics. So, to have a younger president who brings power, compassion, intellects and different management qualities is a welcome improvement.
Who’s your excellent presidential candidate among the many high contenders?
My excellent candidate is somebody who is moral, somebody who has widespread sense, and somebody who really, genuinely cares in regards to the lots. A candidate who doesn’t choose based mostly on what a part of the nation you might be from and who’s curiosity is to unite and never divide. Somebody who needs to deliver an finish to police brutality, and finish to dangerous governance, and an finish to poverty. I consider the candidate who, though not good, comes shut to those beliefs is Peter Obi.
What’s your tackle the a lot talked about Muslim-Muslim ticket by the ruling APC?
Though, in a extra conducive setting, a person ought to be judged on advantage. Now, having mentioned this, I do consider the subsequent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ought to come from the South. That is essential as many Nigerians each from the North and South consider, for the sake of equity and unity, that is one of the best consequence.
What’s your recommendation for Nigerians because the political campaigns begin in September?
My recommendation for Nigerians because the political marketing campaign commences is to recollect your selection. Bear in mind who it’s that has your curiosity at coronary heart. Somebody who has character. Somebody who cares about creating a greater life for you and your loved ones. Somebody who cares about each Nigerian citizen and needs to create extra jobs and deal with insecurity. Don’t be swayed by political jingles and adverts. Vote your acutely aware. That is your future. That is your life. Make the appropriate determination.