The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has pledged to lift majority of Nigerians out of extreme poverty if elected President.

According to her, Nigerians are now poorer because the All Progressives Congress-led administration has demonstrated a lack of capacity to deal with the nation’s problems.

The former Minister of Education, who  was a guest at Bounce News’ interview show “60minutes” on Saturday, vowed to cut down acute poverty by lifting 80 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Ezekwesili, who has in recent years become the public face of the #BringBackOurGirls movement set up after Boko Haram's kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014, expressed regret that the administration’s poor run had resulted in the current situation where millions of Nigerians now lived in extreme poverty.

She promised to set the nation’s economy on the path of modernisation and all-round development.

On her reasons for joining the presidential race, she noted that the failure  of recycled politicians to fix the problems confronting the country pushed her to join race.

“My mission is to  disrupt the politics and governance of the status quo and quickly chart a new course for the future of our country.”

She stated that she's committed towards taking down the dominant  political class and bring government back to the people.

She pointed out that one of the major advantages of his presidency for Nigeria and for the ordinary average Nigerians would be that for the first time, the country would have a President who understands how to manage a national economy.

On the new minimum, she said the lowest paid worker should be receiving $200 (N70,000) a month.

She however, said she doubts if the country has the resources to pay such an amount.

On what she earned as a Minister, she said her salary was just N200, 000. She noted that what she earned as a minister was a 90% cut from what she earned as as staff in Harvard University.

"My coming to join the government  then was to come and serve and not to enrich myself".

On the Boko Haram menace, she describes it as a 'military industrial complex', where a lot of people make money out of the crisis.

She promised that when elected as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019, he will improve on the security situation in the country.


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