Donald Duke has hinted that he may contest in the 2019 presidential race because he has what it takes to lead the country.
He said, “I am entitled to run for the presidency of this country. Only on right circumstances I will aspire for it. I don’t shy away from responsibility, I will aspire for presidency of this country. I have what it takes to be president of this country.
“It is high time Nigerians begun to project people with the technical know-how to take the country to the Promised Land.”
Duke further challenged the youths in the country to participate more actively in politics to help contribute better in the act of nation-building, and said Nigeria’s problem with governance is just a case of disconnection.
He said, “I hear young people say to me that why would they spend hours queuing and casting their votes when at the end their votes won’t count. And I tell that if their parents conceived them they never gave up on them considering the high mortality rate, so why would they not take a chance in building this nation?
“We had young leadership at one stage or the other. Even in our first republic, besides the likes of Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa, M. T. Mbu was in his twenties when he became a minister.
“Gowon was 30 when he became the head of state. It comes back to the disaster therein because most of them didn’t have experience in governance, which led us into war.
“We need the combination of both. What I think we should be doing is to ensure a government that is youth-friendly to provide opportunities because we need to groom the next set of leadership.
“The challenge we have today is the disconnect. That is the challenge of the governance today. Because if you speak with the folks in government, and I am being candid here, I think we should stop to deceive ourselves here and stop all these political correctness.”
“There is disconnecting between the president and even the ministers.”
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