2019: I May Run For President – Donald Duke
It appears more people are slowly announcing their intention to join the race to lead Nigeria from 2019.
The latest to give a hint on his intention is a former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke.
According to him, the only condition to kick-start the process would be what he described as the right circumstances.
Duke, who declared his interest for the plum job at the 3rd Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture titled, “Millennials as Protagonists in Nation Building,” on Sunday night in Abuja, however failed to elaborate on what he meant.
“I am entitled to run for the presidency of this country. I am entitled to it. Only on right circumstances I will aspire for it. I don’t shy away from responsibility, only the right circumstance, I will aspire for presidency of this country. I have what it takes to be president of this country.
"It is high time Nigerians begin to project people with the technical know-how to take the country to the Promised Land", he added.
Duke, however, challenged the youths to fully participate in the electoral process by getting their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), and sensitising others ahead of 2019 general election, rather than loafing around, looking for who to heap their problems on.
“I hear young people say to me that why would there 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 there 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 a government that is youth friendly to provide opportunities because we need to groom the next set of leadership.”
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