2019: Watch Saraki's Declaration, Manifesto
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Thursday declared his intention to run for Presidency in 2019 general elections.
His declaration was made in Sheraton Hotel during a meeting with young Nigerians in politics where he tole them what the #NotTooYoungToRun Act would help them achieve.
It is coming weeks after he left the political party that is presently in power, the All Progressives Congress.
While making the declaration which was live on his Facebook page, the Senate President gave a few reasons he wanted to run and reeled out his manifesto.
"If you look around today, what we see is a worsening condition of our citizens.
"Many have fallen bellow basic living standards and are now among the 87 million that sealed Nigeria's position as a country with the highest number of people in extreme poverty.
"Our young people lack opportunities. The necessary education facilities and systems to equip them for the future are not there.
"We are not creating the jobs needed to use to engage them in order to grow our economy.
"The youths feel shutout, prevented from having any say in the direction of this nation," he said.
Dr. Saraki also linked the harsh conditions in Nigeria to the security challenges and criminal activities in different states.
he asked many questions.
"Where are we as a nation? How are we perceived locally and internationally? Why are we not making the expected progress? Why are we not growing?"
"There is no time to waste. The time is now. To come together, to stimulate growth in Nigeria, especially in the national economy.
"The choice we face in the forth coming election is either to keep things as they are or make a radical departure from the old ways.
"To find a better way of doing things or keep repeating the mistakes of the past. to fix the problems or keep compounding the problems," he said.
He highlighted that the nation, was perhaps more divided now than ever before along regional, religious and ethnic lines and then announced his intention to run for the president of Nigeria.
He says he will grow Nigeria out of poverty, using every resources available to the nation.
One promise he also made was that he would not engage in a selective fight against corruption.
"The emphases will be on strengthening institutions and we will not afford to compromise the institutions with proxy wars against political opponents.
"The leadership we deserve in this country is one that will be a source of pride to all Nigerians respected and admired around the world and that is the leadership we will offer," he added.