With or without Atiku Abubakar and Muhamaddu Buhari, the show must go on and that was exactly the route the organizers of the 2019 presidential debate took.

Only the trio of Kingsley Moghalu, Fela Durotoye and Oby Ezekwesili mounted the podium to sell their ideas to the Nigerian people on Saturday in Abuja.

Security was one of the biggest issues of concern for Nigerians and the candidates made public their strategies to tackle insecurity in the country.

The candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) Prof. Kingsley Moghalu said he would abolish corruption in the military if elected as president.

Moghalu said his administration would ensure high level of intelligence gathering among the locals while collaborating with neighbouring countries to tackle terrorism.

He identified bad economy as the major factor feeding insecurity in the country saying if elected, his administration would ensure the economy booms.

Moghalu said that additional policemen would be recruited, trained and equipped to create a 21st century police force that would tackle kidnapping and other crimes.

On his part, the candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) Mr Fela Durotoye said if elected, he would ensure security agencies are strengthened to do their job well.

Durotoye said under his administration, the leadership of security agencies would not be based on sentiment but competence and professionalism.

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He said men and officers of various security agencies would be properly motivated with modern and standard equipment, vehicles among others.

Durotoye said his administration would ensure that officers and men of the military would be properly taken care of while they are alive, and their families would be catered for when they pass away.

He said under his watch, security would be in the hands of the citizens as he plans to run participatory government with a new ideology.

Also, Prof. Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) said she would send a sharp message that “there is a new sheriff in town.”

According to her, those who engage in savagery know that there is no consistency for their actions as the judiciary has not convicted anyone.

Ezekwesili said if elected, she would ensure a SWART team for quick response and technology would be deployed to gather intelligence.

She said her administration would ensure that intelligent officers would be identified and given leadership roles

The candidates disclosed their plans at the presidential debate organised by the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) in collaboration with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja.