Presidential aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said there is ‘hunger haram’ in Nigeria, not only Boko Haram.
He stated this during a courtesy visit to the Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, in Calabar on Wednesday.
Lamido said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government at the Federal level has failed and he was a rescue mission in 2019.
“I came here because Cross River is a PDP state. PDP is Nigerian party. It can be found everywhere, in the village, in the town and in the city. People who thought they are more Nigerian than Nigerians formed APC. The formation of APC was based on lust for power not on any genuine concern for Nigerians. And in 2015, they won election by default, by blackmail,” he said.
He decried the wanton killings all over the country and blamed the government of APC for failing to act.
The former minister also condemned corruption he said that had persisted in the APC government and listed several instances of corruption involving key APC government officials.
Lamido said the economy was also in shambles and over 22 million Nigerians were unemployed.
“Today, Nigeria is sick. The country has been hijacked. Nigerians now live in fear. They are harassed if they talk. I am here to share with you these common concerns. We are facing global embarrassment. Every black person in the world look up to Nigeria to provide leadership,” he said, warning that if the bad governance in the country continued in 2019, Nigeria would be heading for the precipice.
He further stated that the “APC leadership is archaic and bankrupt. APC has no history. They believe in appropriating what PDP had achieved- our airports, our railways, our highways. How to restore our lost glory is to clear out APC from power. That is why I want to run as president. There will be PDP before APC and there will be PDP after APC.”
He told Ayade that “by the time I take over, with your ideas and mine, we will move Nigeria forward. I know there will be other aspirants. But I am the aspirant.”
Responding, Ayade said “the loyalty and bond in PDP in Cross River State is very strong,” and praised Lamido for having the courage to speak to power and for transforming Jigawa State when he was the governor.
He decried the trampling on the rights of the people of Cross River State by the federal government which seized the state’s land and oil wells, adding that Cross River State has the lowest revenue base in the country and that the state was surviving on the sheer intellectual capacity of the young men and women in the state.
He assured Lamido that Cross River would remain a PDP state and said God would enable him actualize his dream of becoming president.
Earlier, Chairman of the Lamido Campaign Council, Senator Musa Elayo, told Ayade that Lamido was in Calabar “to consult you to see how Nigeria through PDP can be moved forward.
“PDP family is a committed family. By the time Lamido becomes president, the super highway will be extended from Ogoja to Abuja and the deep seaport will boost the economy between Cross River State and the north.”
A member of the campaign council, Anietie Okon, said “we have witnessed the collapse of governance at the centre led by APC. Only PDP governors are holding firm and Nigerians are speaking well about them. The centre has disappointed and betrayed the hope of the people.
“Armed militia posing as herdsmen from other countries are invading our country and killing our people and the government is not doing anything about it. With the power of the people we will throw the APC government out of power in 2019.”