2023 presidential hopeful says visionary leaders should be given a chance

Agency report

Mr Malik Ado-Ibrahim, a 2023 presidential hopeful on the platform of Young Progressives Party (YPP)has said that addressing Nigeria`s challenges requires a capable and visionary leader.

He said this on Thursday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen on his presidential ambitions, adding that Nigeria needed a quality, educated and credible leader to rule the country.

He said he was in the race because he knew he had something to offer to better the lot of Nigerians, adding that though power was not given, an aspirant with a fresh idea should be given a chance to rule the country in 2023.

The 58 years old Ado-Ibrahim who hails from Kogi, said his state was not important but his capacity and pedigree.

“I want to be a leader to lay a foundation that hopefully, other young people will follow.

“I want to give back to my country and the people because that is what my ancestors wants from me,’’ he said.

He added that a country was a reflection of its leader, saying that Nigerians must be conscious of who they elected in the coming elections.

According to him, the big political parties may have the numbers and political structures on ground, but lacked a credible and visionary leader that will lead the country to its promised land.

Ado-Ibrahim added that the YPP maybe small as a political party, Nigerians should look at the candidate it is bringing up for the election, not necessary the party.

“I am not asking Nigerians to vote for YPP, but to vote for me as its candidate come 2023 because I have the capacity, ability and vision to move the country forward,’’ he said.

He added that as a successful entrepreneur in the ECOWAS sub region, he would diversify the country`s economy and enable Nigerian women and youth.

He further added that he would make security, transportation and electricity generation his priority if given the opportunity to be the country`s next president.

On the current Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, Ado-Ibrahim said there was need for the Federal Government to consider improved remuneration for university lecturers.

Ado-Ibrahim, the British trained alternative energy expert who is the second son of the Ohinoyi of Ebira Land, also suggested E-learning as a way of addressing the perennial ASUU strike.

He said he was not scared of any aspirant in the 2023 presidential race, adding that he was ready for the long run.
“If you vote for a party that has failed you in 2023 general election, you are dumb, you don’t deserve to call yourself a Nigerian.
“What we need now is somebody, not a party, we need a visionary leader, not a symbolic leader.
“I didn’t come here carrying an umbrella or a broom. I am a proud Nigerian. Nigeria is my problem, it is your problem, it is the problem of every single person.
“If you keep going after the party structure, look into the hearts and minds of the people you want to lead and find out if they represent you,” he said.
He said his prayer was that Nigerians would look at the vision of the country’s next president and what he was willing to do for the country and the people.
He stressed that Nigerians deserved a president that would roll up his sleeves and fight for the people and for the greatness and development of the country.

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