Festus Keyamo Minister of State for Labour and Employment, can also be the spokesman of Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Marketing campaign Council. On this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, he reveals some plans Bola Ahmed Tinubu has for Nigerians if elected, why he stated “Emilokan”, and why APC ignored Wike’s allegation, amongst different points.
The marketing campaign is about to take off, what are these issues Tinubu marketing campaign group can be telling Nigerians?
The complete agenda and the small print by way of the micro points, they’re all contained in our manifesto of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that can be launched anytime from now. We’re placing ending touches to that manifesto. The manifesto has all the time been prepared. So, let me initially clear that up. It has all the time been prepared. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been prepared to manipulate this nation a few years in the past.
So, he has all the time had this doc that’s wish to be his imaginative and prescient for the nation. Nevertheless, due to altering circumstances, due to the dynamics of the financial system, due to dynamics of world politics now, we simply should tweak it a bit to additionally deliver it updated with current realities. That’s precisely what we’re doing and that doc could be launched anytime from now.
Are you able to inform me some these points contained within the doc?
With out going into the micro subject, the imaginative and prescient of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is to make sure that the templates of progressivism, which is the main fulcrum of the APC, progressivism, which is a transparent and easy definition: a authorities that pays extra consideration to the lives of the very poor and the center class; a authorities that believes extra in intervention within the lives of the very poor, center class, reasonably than the opposite individuals who would favor a free market financial system and no matter occurs to the poor is their enterprise within the free market financial system, that’s the foundation of progressivism and so, all of the insurance policies of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu can be tilted in direction of that.
Secondly, the thrust of infrastructure that President Muhammadu Buhari, nearly spent his energies on infrastructure may also be one of many cornerstones of the coverage of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a result of within the promotion of infrastructure, then you may create extra jobs. Not solely by way of direct employment, whereby individuals can be employed to construct this infrastructure, however to additionally make it simpler for individuals to hold on their financial actions, that’s the secondary impact of it.
For example, we make good roads for farmers to deliver out their items from the villages to the city centre, promote them, return to their villages and stay an excellent life. You may as well cease the agricultural city migration, the place the city areas have gotten too crowded. Folks can stay within the rural areas and stay an excellent life the place they’ve the identical sort of infrastructure that you’ve within the city areas and so it makes for all spherical improvement. So, Asiwaju Tinubu, like I stated, with out going into the small print, can also be going to proceed the infrastructural revolution, roads, rails, bridges and towers. One different thrust once more can be agriculture, as a result of in our quest to diversify the financial system, the primary bus cease is agriculture.
That can also be one in all our main assets on this nation. By way of international incomes, by way of creating jobs once more. Should you have a look at the latest GDP, our latest GDP that went up about 3.1per cent, making it 3.25 per cent or thereabout, which is a large enchancment from what we learn earlier than. Have a look at the elements of that GDP, Agriculture contributed about 24 per cent to that GDP, training was now 16 per cent and that may be a large leap by way of agricultural inputs to our GDP. We additionally have to let you know that that isn’t even our goal. Agriculture needs to be bringing in not lower than 50 per cent within the nation’s financial system, however earlier governments paid much less consideration to agriculture, if not even for the issues of the farmer herders disaster that we confronted, it ought to have gone past that. However even within the farmers herders crises we had been capable of push it as much as that time, the place our method made the largest enter to the GDP.
So, that’s the abstract other than all different points that may be contained in that manifesto, would be the thrust of Asiwaju’s imaginative and prescient. That’s the reason you hear individuals speaking about ‘Agbado’. I just like the ring of that. The opposite individuals suppose they’re mocking the President and we giggle after we hear them name our incoming President ‘Agbado President.” The final president that was related to farming and ‘agbado’ and all that, is Obasanjo which is 1979, bear in mind Operation Feed the Nation (OFN). After that, no different president had taken that order from the previous President however as a result of Asiwaju was additionally a farmer, he was pro-farming and, OFN was a giant booster then earlier than oil additionally got here in and other people started to develop lazy, they left the farm and left the farms.
Buhari is without doubt one of the Presidents that pushed many individuals again to the farms once more. Now, with the fertilizer initiative, with the rice mills that got here again once more, with the banning of imported rice and all of that, individuals had been compelled to return as a result of they knew that they might earn quite a bit from rice manufacturing. So, individuals went again to the farm. So, the agbado president, may also revive one thing near the Operation Feed the Nation if no more than that. That can be contained in our manifesto.
Your get together, APC promised to restructure this nation however we’ve not seen that occur since 2015?
We consider that there could be some form of restructuring, however by way of the contents, the extent and the scope of the restructuring, we should always await the manifesto. However, simply to let , like we’ve been saying and other people haven’t been listening through the years that it is usually a perform of the Nationwide Meeting to additionally make sure that it occurs. It isn’t one thing that an government president can do with an government inexperienced biro.
However, don’t overlook that inside his scope of powers even when there was liturgy on the a part of the Nationals Meeting, give credit score to Buhari that he pushed for it in some many, some ways. He signed the chief order attempting to grant autonomy to native governments. Not solely the native authorities by way of the administration, however even by way of the state assemblies and the judiciary, too. What extra may you’ve carried out as President to say throughout the scope of my powers and when it bought to the Supreme Courtroom, the Supreme Courtroom struck it down. They stated it was past his powers, that exhibits the nervousness of the President attempting to make it occur in any respect prices.
Restructuring doesn’t occur in a single day, however allow us to have this type of phased restructuring to say look, the autonomy of sure authorities establishments of presidency, or ranges of presidency ought to start to perform optimally allow us to see the way it will work. Folks speak about unemployment and safety and all that. It’s due to our failure to restructure, that’s, they are saying Buhari has failed in safety, Buhari has failed in employment, they overlook that it’s a perform of three tiers of presidency. Native governments ought to make use of, state governments ought to make use of.
They’ve the capability to make use of. So, in case you have a look at unemployment figures everywhere in the nation, some states carry very heavy figures, each APC and PDP states, they carry heavy figures however when individuals get up, they doesn’t query governor Wike or Sowolu, they are going to simply say unemployment, Buhari is destroying this nation. It’s unlucky however that’s how a lot we’ve been brainwashed.
Whereas it’s true that the president that heads federal authorities needs to be the Commander-in-Chief, individuals hold insisting and we’ve additionally insisted that for the Commander-in-Chief to perform, different tiers of presidency have their very own part with the total safety structure. What’s that part? You’re giving safety votes. Why are you giving safety votes? There are state governors who don’t go to the Villa however they deal with safety of their states. They don’t trouble. They don’t even blame the federal authorities. They only dealt with it as a result of they’ve safety votes. What are your elements? What’s your obligation in that safety structure? The safety votes you’re given is to initially use it to douse rigidity inside your state. You name main non-state actors, deliver them in, use these votes to deliver them in. To not put all of the burden on the native authorities. It’s only after they exit of hand that you just name within the federal authorities however you as a state governor will need to have performed a job as much as a sure level.
Some persons are shouting farmers, herders, what have you ever carried out along with your safety votes to deliver them in all these whereas? Have you ever used the safety votes inside your energy to say let me present a spot for you. A part of this safety vote, I’ll lease right here, carry your cows right here, you stated no, you chopped the cash after which you might be shouting on the federal authorities. After which, there may be info gathering. You pay non-state actors for info. After which, once you want the heavy steel to crush them, you may name on the federal authorities, the Tucanos will are available. The place the state authorities doesn’t have entry to is the ultimate energy to deploy the arduous steel. However, they’ve powers over all others. However, they go about as in the event that they don’t have anything to do about this. So, failure of safety at instances is failure of the totally different tiers of presidency and what they need to have carried out.
What’s Tinubu’s plan to safe this nation?
Should you see the best way Asiwaju dealt with safety in Lagos, you’ll know that he has that form of imaginative and prescient, capability, and competence to repeat it on a nationwide scale.
I’ve heard you making reference to Lagos on a regular basis, Nigeria is much greater than Lagos state?
We hold speaking about this subject of Lagos and our persons are attempting to deride us. Is it solely the difficulty of Lagos? One, Lagos is an APC authorities so when you’re attempting to deride us from speaking in regards to the data of APC, you might be being unfair to us.
Obi can solely boast about his file in Anambra, we should always boast about Asiwaju’s file in Lagos as a result of Lagos will not be a PDP authorities. So, no matter we’ve achieved in Lagos, was carried out below APC or it’s the events that transmitted. It’s the identical personnel for the events which can be transmitted into the APC. So, we needs to be happy with our data in Lagos as a result of the PDP has by no means gained Lagos from 1999 until now.
The second is that Lagos is a microcosm of Nigeria. Should you can deal with the complexity of Lagos, hold non secular and tribal rigidity down for 23 years now. Everyone is welcome to Lagos to handle themselves there. Give credit score to those that have carried out that. At instances, the belongings you worth most in life usually are not appreciated till you lose them. In these days after they had been telling us about terrorism, we had been laughing. We used to listen to it in Iraq and all these locations, saying how can individuals simply get up and begin bombing in all places and that it gained’t occur in Nigeria. That was as a result of we didn’t perceive what peace meant. However, now it has come to us. Ten years, Boko Haram has been preventing. So, when at instances you see peace, you are taking it with no consideration, and a few individuals shouldn’t take with no consideration what has occurred in Lagos through the years.
When the federal authorities exited Lagos in 1990, that was when Lagos started to break down. After the Awka coup after they moved to Abuja abruptly, there was much less consideration to Lagos. When the federal authorities left between 1990 and 1999, it started to break down. However when Asiwaju got here, he tried to revive Lagos. So, this revolution began at the moment however, to be trustworthy Asiwaju took it to higher heights and his blueprints continues to work right now for Lagos. So, he can do this on a nationwide scale.
Rivers state governor Nysome Wike just lately alleged that some individuals within the Villa had been working for PDP presidential candidate and nobody has responded to that?
We’ve got not responded as a result of they need to face their issues first. You can’t throw bomb into our midst. If we reply, we are going to now begin taking a look at ourselves suspiciously. Allow them to face their drawback. It is rather like someone comes and says, in your home, one in all your youngsters is a witch, desires to kill you and perhaps it’s a lie. All of your six youngsters, you’ll now be suspecting them. Your own home won’t be at peace once more. In the meantime, it was your enemy that advised you that. Your enemy ought to stay in his lane. So, Wike ought to stay in his lane. He shouldn’t throw bombs into us. We’re assured there may be no one supporting him.