By our correspondent

Director of Africa Global Charity International, Mr. Anthony Uchenna Diala says his next step is now the top job on the land, President of Nigeria.

“Seeing the excruciating pains my fellow Nigerians, especially, what the poor masses go through on daily bases, one administration after the other, I cannot but take the bull by the horn. I have come to liberate Nigerians from the seemingly abyss of woes we go through in this nation in the midst of gargantuan natural and human resources just because of lack of leadership prowess and mismanagements”

He also said his presidential ambition was for true service to the people of Nigeria.

 “Nigeria needs a young leader. We need a leader that is intelligent, firm and selfless with strength of character who would harness our abundant human and natural resources for the overall development of Nigeria without favor, prejudice and malice”.

The 45-year-old security expert gave concrete details about his plans for the country on Tuesday in Lagos.

“Looking at the problems this country is facing, it appears that these problems don’t have a lasting solution because we see these problems every day and in every administration and the government continues to tell us the same thing – ‘We are working on it’; ‘We are on top of the matter, ‘Our security agents are investigating the matter and the culprits would be brought to book’ and all that; all in perpetuity; nothing happens; no solution and our economy remains in shambles, lives and property of innocent Nigerians are wasted in the very eyes of the government that is statutorily meant to protect them, our education system remains a white-washed tomb that bears wonderful names – so-and-so University of Science and Technology , College of Agriculture but poorly equipped, humanly cum materially, undermining both our lecturers and university graduates where as many Nigerian lecturers and students overseas are world best. Our health system is nothing to write home about. Instead of developing and equipping our hospitals so that the majority of Nigerians can assess quality healthcare, our leaders prefer to spend our resources on foreign healthcare for themselves and their families with the money that is meant for every Nigerian; leaving the rest of us to our fate. This is wickedness and ought not to continue. These are the mess I want to annihilate perpetually in Nigeria if I become Nigeria’s President. Nigeria at this point needs someone like me to rewire the system to avail an egalitarian society where every Nigerian would be properly protected and provided for economically, academically, medically, morally and otherwise”

The former regional Executive of Sterling Health MCS Limited said President Muhammadu Buhari had not done well in government..

Mr. Diala said the country had not fared better in security, economy and anti-graft war.

“The basic thing every citizen requires from a government is security of their lives and property. Any government that is not able or swift in providing this basic need that government means nothing to the citizens. It is regrettable that the very thing that made Nigerians vote President Buhari in 2015 – security of their lives and property is the very thing Nigerians are deprived of today. The rate innocent Nigerians are murdered almost on daily basis is quite alarming – like never-before. It is really deplorable. No country develops without adequate security structures in place. It means both local and foreign investors would be scared away. This administration has made so many mistakes that brought us to the woes that betide the entire nation today but the worse of it all is the inability to find a lasting solution the wanton massacre of innocent/unarmed Nigerians in the eyes of a government elected by Nigerians to protect their lives and property. This cloaked genocide must stop. We cannot take this again as Nigerians from all regions are beginning to revolt as we can see from the Niger delta youths who have given the Presidency an ultimatum to do the statutory duty of protecting lives/property of our loving brothers and sisters in the Middle Belt that has been long awaited or meet with a fierce fiasco”.

 

Why are you in the presidential race?

 

 

Actually, I’ve always desired to see a better Nigeria; a Nigeria where our resources are harnessed and judiciously shared to Nigerians. Unfortunately, the more we expect that Nigeria would be better, the worse things unfold in Nigeria day-in-day-out.

After a long study of the situation in Nigeria, I discovered that one of the major problems of Nigeria; a big one indeed, is leadership.  And until Nigeria is able to solve her Leadership Problem, there would be no clear development in Nigeria.

Nigeria needs a young leader. We need a leader that is intelligent, firm and selfless with strength of character who would harness our abundant human and natural resources for the overall development of Nigeria without favor, prejudice and malice.

One of the major causes of Nigeria’s problems is Greed – selfish interest. People are over ambitious to achieve their selfish interest – gain cheap popularity, become elected, win election, amass wealth, appropriate government funds to themselves, they favor some few people/places – their friends/families, they shield some people (their friends/families/political allies/accomplices) while prosecuting others.

Seeing the endless excruciating pains my fellow Nigerians, especially, what the poor masses go through on daily bases, one administration after the other, I cannot but take the bull by the horn. I have come to liberate Nigerians from the seemingly abyss of woes we go through in this nation in the midst of gargantuan natural and human resources just because of lack of leadership prowess and mismanagements.

Looking at the problems this country is facing, it appears that these problems don’t have a lasting solution because we see these problems every day and in every administration and the government continues to tell us the same thing – ‘We are working on it’; ‘We are on top of the matter, ‘Our security agents are investigating the matter and the culprits would be brought to book’ and all that; all in perpetuity; nothing happens; no solution and our economy remains in shambles, lives and property of innocent Nigerians are wasted in the very eyes of the government that is statutorily meant to protect them, our education system remains a white-washed tomb that bears wonderful names – so-and-so University of Science and Technology , College of Agriculture but poorly equipped, humanly cum materially, undermining both our lecturers and university graduates where as many Nigerian lecturers and students overseas are world best. Our health system is nothing to write home about. Instead of developing and equipping our hospitals so that the majority of Nigerians can assess quality healthcare, our leaders prefer to spend our resources on foreign healthcare for themselves and their families  with the money that is meant for every Nigerian; leaving the rest of us to our fate. This is wickedness and ought not to continue.

These are the mess I want to annihilate perpetually in Nigeria if I become Nigeria’s President. Nigeria at this point needs someone like me to rewire the entire political cum economic system in Nigeria to avail an egalitarian society where every Nigerian would be properly protected and provided for economically, academically, medically, morally and otherwise.

Youth are the future of every nation. Any nation that obliterates the welfare of their children/youth obliterates the future of their nation. In Nigeria, children/youth are vilely relegated. It appears there is no place for Children and youth in Nigeria. My government would be poised majorly to children/youth development; in diverse divergences. A good percentage of my government shall comprise young people.

Nevertheless, my government would be all-encompassing. I shall care for our aged parents that have been abandoned over the years

 

 

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What is your assessment of Buhari?

When Muhammadu Buhari won in 2015,many Nigerians had high expectations even though there were many too who said they don’t expect anything better. There are areas he has done well, for sure, and there are also areas he hasn’t’ measured up.

Delay in Appointment of Ministers. Nigeria is too big to be managed without ministers for about six months. It therefore implies that Nigeria would have to stand still for six months. The delay affected the entire Nigeria adversely. Nigeria needs a young, vibrant, charismatic leader who would be up-and-doing; swift in both thinking and actions and radically /steer Nigeria to the right direction.

 Naira to Dollar

Frankly speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari administration did not peg the Naira to US Dollar. It is rather the former administration that pegged the Naira to US Dollar for some reasons at the time. Every sagacious economist expected that President Muhammadu Buhari would peg the Naira, especially, with the economic bog that was eminent in Nigeria. This led to oodles of economic problems that partly caused the economic recession our nation encountered. Many companies could not assess Dollars for their transactions, principally, importations, thus, reduction in productions/transferable commodities and as result, retrenchments, lack of job opportunities, hike in goods and tantamount services proliferated. This paved way for the abyss the entire nation was eventually plunged into. Regrettably, when President Muhammadu Buhari finally gave a nod to the pegging of Naira to Dollar and allow flexible exchange-rate system, Naira crashed by about 30 percent against the Dollar in a single day hence inflation amplified to its highest level over a decade. Such singular mistake took Nigeria over ten years backward – the economic achievements made over ten good years were lost – dashed to the wall – thrown to the bins by this singular mistake.

 Termination of Amnesty Projects – Presidential Amnesty Program

 There is proper time for everything. And once anything is ill-timed, it looms to disaster. This is exactly what happened when the President announced he would terminate the Presidential Amnesty Program. It was wrongly timed. If there is any time to stop the Presidential Amnesty Program, it’s not at the very time the global oil market was dwindling, particularly, for an oil-dependent economy like ours. As a matter of fact, this is one of the worst mistakes Mr. President made. What does one expects, as soon as the militants heard he was going to terminate the program, they quickly reinforced and went back to the creeks and began a new phase of vandalism. When government attempted to use inner forces to dissuade them, they regrouped and gave birth to Avengers (Niger Delta Avengers). And Nigeria Oil sector witnessed a barrage of devastation and decimation. And this was how the oil production/activities grossly declined in the face of dwindled global oil price – a double tragedy for Nigeria. Everyone expected that prior the announcement of the termination of the Presidential Amnesty Program, the President should have renegotiated with the necessary stake-holders and come to terms with the boys or beef up the security in the creeks before alerting them if he chose to take them unawares as he did. But none of these seemed to have been done and as soon as the termination of the Amnesty Project was eminent, the boys reinforced and went back to the creeks, in full force, with more devastating strategies and oil business generally was grossly decimated. Decimation of oil business in the face of dwindled global oil price left Nigeria Economy shattered. Nigeria being a high oil dependent country, eventually slumped into recession. As a matter of fact, this mistake is the major setback that plunged Nigeria into the economic quagmire that devastated our amiable nation.

 Unresolved Security Issues

The basic thing every citizen requires from a government is security of their lives and property. Any government that is not able or swift in providing this basic need that government means nothing to the citizens. It is regrettable that the very thing that made Nigerians vote President Buhari in 2015 – security of their lives and property is the very thing Nigerians are deprived of today. The rate innocent Nigerians are murdered almost on daily basis is quite alarming – like never-before. It is really deplorable. No country develops without adequate security structures in place. It means both local and foreign investors would be scared away. This administration has made so many mistakes that brought us to the woes that betide the entire nation today but the worse of it all is the inability to find a lasting solution the wanton massacre of innocent/unarmed Nigerians in the eyes of a government elected by Nigerians to protect their lives and property. This cloaked genocide must stop. We cannot take this again as Nigerians from all regions are beginning to revolt as we can see from the Niger delta youths who have given the Presidency an ultimatum to do the statutory duty of protecting lives/property of our loving brothers and sisters in the Middle Belt that has been long awaited or meet with a fierce fiasco.

What is your idea on how to move Nigeria forward?

 Establishment of Adequate and Permanent Structures to Exterminate Corruption

The basic problem of Nigeria is selfish Interest which expresses itself in nepotism. Since people are excessively concerned only with their own interest – quest for riches, popularity, longevity, and others, they tend to work only with those who would serve as both vectors and vehicles for the actualization of their selfish ambition(s). More often than none, these happen to be their kin and kith, political allies, benefactors/beneficiaries who would aid the realization of their selfish ambitions either by being an accomplice or mute over their impunity. As you can see, Corruption is given birth to by selfish interest expressed through nepotism, favoritism and Tribalism. And once these friends and families, political allies, benefactors and significant others are no longer ready to cooperate or seek their own selfish interest or the selfish interest of the latter contradicts or opposes the selfish interest of the former (the key office holder) – clash of interest, clashes will ensue and there would be decamping as we often see in Nigeria polity.

One basic thing Nigeria needs is permanent structures that would exterminate the expression of overt selfish interest by public office holders. Until this is done there will be no headway in this nation. This is the only way to annihilate corruption from its root in this amiable country of ours.

Retrieving government stolen funds is a very good step in curbing corruption but doing that without putting sufficient/ample/impermeable structures in place to root-out corruption is fighting corruption symptomatically – stopping symptoms without curing the illness from the grassroots – without eliminating the cause of the illness since those who recover the looted funds would end up looting the looted funds themselves.

Let me give you example of some of the appropriate/permanent structures I’ll put in place to exterminate corruption in Nigeria.

 Introduction of D-Governance (Digitalized Governance)

 D-Governance also known as E-Governance (Electronic Governance) would avail Nigerians of all the vital information about the position/status of Nigeria in all ramifications. It makes the entire activity of the government at all levels very transparent.

To many Nigerians, introduction of D-Governance in Nigeria at this period is quite timely while to some others, Nigeria is not yet ripe for D-Governance. We see things with the eyes of people we hold in high esteem or people we benefit from. Many times these mentors and benefactors of ours act and speak out of malice/ignorance/prejudice/anger and selfish interest. And in oblivion of their scheme, we think/argue and act in the same way, and sometimes, wittingly, we try to protect their interest. There is no better time to introduce electronic governance in Nigerian than now. It is even very late. If digital governance were introduced in Nigeria many years ago when information and communication technology, ICT had its debut in Nigeria, Nigeria would have developed immensely today. All the trillions appropriated to selves under cover – stolen from the public treasury would have been used to develop this nation immensely.

 

The only way corruption can be abolished in Nigeria completely is by putting permanent/impervious structures that shall continually checkmate the activities of all arms of government and the private sector and ensure that appropriate punishment is meted accordingly.

 

If people know that their activities are being monitored and that their actions shall be weighed in a crucible and rewarded accordingly, people would wittingly/unwittingly, willingly/unwillingly do the right thing not because they want to or are good people but solely because their actions are being weighed in a crucible and shall be adjudicated appropriately and shall pay even to the last farthing if they err in office.

 

I shall leave lasting foot prints that would crush corruption perpetually in Nigeria. The masses/Nigerians of goodwill (those that love the good of this nation and our posterity) shall not be alive and allow any government to destroy this permanent Zilch Corruption Structures (no-corruption structures) I shall put in place. Electronic governance would record and make available, for the consumption of Nigerians, home and abroad, all the activities of all arms of government/public sector (federal, state and local governments, the Judiciary, the senate, the public companies).

 

It would enable the masses to know the daily revenue of Nigeria – how much Customs earns from duties each day; how much oil/gas earns; how much each sector produces/earns per day and how much Nigeria spends and where/why/how each day.

 

This nation belongs to all Nigerian citizens. Those in public offices are only elected to serve the entire citizens and administer the affairs of the country for the benefit of all Nigerians.

 

Nigeria and the affairs of Nigeria are not a personal/family affair of Nigerian leaders. And so, the masses must not be served behind the curtains or the affairs of the nation administered in secret as if it were their personal/family affairs. Every Nigerian has the right to know and contribute to the affairs of Nigeria. Digital Governance will empower and provide them the right to know the activities of the government (the people they elected to serve them) and to contribute to the affairs of the nation and their contributions will be recognized.

With D-Governance, never again shall governmental/ministerial jobs/vacancies be given to people behind the curtain. All government contracts/jobs/vacancies/scholarships/sponsorships/poverty alleviations/partnerships/ contractions/economic relationships of all organs of government at all levels shall be thrown open/announced/applied through/ shortlisted/interviewed by the National Welfare Quango and successful candidates are sent to the office(s)/department(s)/organ(s) of government applied to for final interview and employment. And the entire system shall be tracked by everyone at a click of a button on a mobile phone/desktop. There shall be no more any secret dealings/operations in government daily affairs.

 

This nimble due process will automatically eradicate all the bribery and corruption occasioned by greed (selfish love), lack of national love, nepotism and tribalism inherent in our system. Again, it’ll instill efficiency in our system since the right people are given the opportunity to work and produce results that will last for the rapid growth of Nigerian economy/people.

 

The ghost workers syndrome which renders many Nigerian youths jobless – which impoverishes many and enriches only a few (national economic saboteurs/swindlers) shall be a thing of the past. 

Electronic governance will avail all Nigerians the opportunity of knowing all the contracts government – federal, state, local and wards award and the contractors, bonafide owners/directors of the contracted companies, the terms/worth/duration of the contracts and so be able to follow up on the projects/contracts – know how much that has been paid, the stage of the contract and provide feedback/update to the government with the right status of each contract in one’s locality/community. In this way, government/stakeholders/all other Nigerians will be in abreast with the veritable state of each contract/project and in apropos call the contractor(s) for attention and mete necessary disciplinary measures/actions respectively. Consequently, there shall never again be a case of contract/project abandonment in our great nation Nigeria.

 

The number and worth of contracts/projects abandoned nationwide in Nigeria – federal/36 states including FCT (in our 760 local governments) are quite alarming. Their fiscal value, if verified can worth trillions of Naira. What a tremendous waste of national resources that are meant to amplify the economy and improve the lives of Nigerians. These contracts are abandoned because of plot to embezzle public funds, greed/quest for quick wealth, to reward benefactors, friends/families, political allies/supporters, prejudice and malice against predecessors whose glory it would be if the projects are accomplished.

 

 ESTABLISHMENTOF FORMIDABLE/IMPERMEABLE/AUTONOMOUS CHECK/BALANCE STRUCTURE

One of the primary ways to liberate Nigeria from the webs of corruption is the establishment of strict and formidable/independent check and balance structures. The check and balance structure shall be autonomous – without the influence of any arm of the government. It shall be a quango – financed by government but free from government’s influence.

 

It has proved very difficult for government to checkmate corruption in Africa. Government posing to fight corruption ends up shielding some of their allies and probing their political enemies. The whole fiasco against corruption becomes a moiety fiasco – a one-sided fight against corruption. It shall checkmate the activities of the government in Nigeria and in Diaspora. It shall checkmate both the public and the private sectors with the name, “National Welfare Quango”. It’ll be difficult for the National Welfare Quango to err or compromise or get bribed or bought over by any individual/government since every Nigerian would be directly/indirectly a part of the quango.

 

The National Welfare Quango shall comprise three government departments:

Public Bureau which shall be responsible for checkmating all the activities of the public sector (federal, state, local government – EFCC, state assembly, the senate, the judiciary and others). There shall be sanity in all the arms of the government.

Private Bureau shall be responsible for checkmating all the activities of the private sector.

 

Zenith Bureau shall be saddled with the responsibilities of checkmating the activities of both the Private and Public organizations. In this way, there shall hardly be a room for corrupt practices in Nigeria.

 

Never again shall anybody commit any crime or involve in any act of bribery and corruption and go unpunished. The activities of Mr. President/the presidency, the senate, the state governments/governors, local governments, the judiciary, the entire private sector cannot go without appropriate review/retribution. Corrupt/malicious policies/constitution would meet with debacle as every Nigerian citizen would be directly/indirectly involved in the governance. The era of blanket legislation would be gone.

 

Never again shall injustice thrive or justice debauched in our nation. Never again, shall public/private funds be misappropriated without the culprits facing the full wrath of the law in our pet nation.

 

The era of business-as-usual is gone as every government/private activities/assets is digitalized. Every Nigerian, home/abroad shall have access to the necessary information about the state of things just at the click of a button on their smart phone or personal computers.

 

Nigerians can seek specific information, lodge specific/personal/group compliant(s) and also ask question(s) about any arm/office/personality of the government/official or private sector online and get immediate answer/ clarification(s).

 

With digitalized governance, everyone is a checkmating staff of government staffers. Every Nigerian shall be a check/balance of each other. The ideal practice is that the masses having voted some few people from among themselves (politicians/public staffers who are appointed/employed by the government) to serve them as leaders, the masses are supposed to   checkmate the quality of services rendered them by those (public office holders – the president, senators, governors, etc.)  

 

Regrettably, in Africa, vis-à-vis, Nigeria, these servant leaders voted in by the masses to serve the masses turn out to become serving lords instead of servant leaders once they win and begin to lord over the masses whose servants they are supposed to be. They make laws and policies to rid the masses the power to checkmate them. They make laws and break them without being kicked. Any law they find difficult to break, they connive with the judiciary and go to court to obtain permission to break them or absolved of their punishment(s).

 

Nevertheless, with digitalized governance, all these mess shall be a thing of the past.  The transparency of the activities of the government shall be so conspicuous to the masses .

 

What are your plans for Nigeria?

 

 Establishment of Acme National Security

From the look of the current trend of things in Nigeria, what Nigeria needs most now is an Acme Security. As long as I am concerned, Nigeria does not have a security problem that is insurmountable. The only problem we have is lack of intelligent/decisive action from our government.

 

Establishment of acme national security is a sine qua non of rapid development of Nigeria. No nation experiences palpable development without a formidable acme national security. Both foreign and local investors swiftly invest in countries with adequate security measures. I mean adequate security measures that work. Until Nigeria is able to establish such adequate security measures that are nimble, no outstanding development would be recorded in Nigeria.

 

Regrettably, the state of security in Nigeria is so deplorable to the extent that crime is committed almost per second in Nigeria without hitches; the sacredness of human life is thrown to the gutters; life and property are destroyed and burnt to ashes before interventions are sent; human beings are now slaughtered like animals with great joy and fulfillment with little or no form of formidable nimble checkmating structures in place. It is surprising that in our nation crime is seldom prevented. Crimes would be committed to the full before the arrival of security personnel. Why! Why? Why? Why must innocent blood be shed before security personnel’s intervention? Why must people be kidnapped before the arrival of the rescue/patrol team of our national security? Why must precious properties/mansions be razed down before the intervention of our security operatives? Who gave the hoodlums those automatic personal riffles and general purpose machine guns? How did these sophisticated weapons cross through our borders and enter into this country. How are they able to move to the localities of these dissidents? Who conveyed them and by what means, and who is responsible for checkmating the influx of such contraband into our nation. The biggest questions are: ‘who masterminded this deal and for what purpose and who paid for the purchases of these mass destructive weapons’.

 

The fact remains that it is not a rocket science to establish an acme security in Nigeria considering that our officers/men are good to go. The problem is that, here, those who make the laws, are the chief law breakers; those who are statutorily meant to protect/permeate the law pervert the law more; those who are given the statutory onus of the execution of the law are the executers of the laws. These ubiquitous contradictions contribute largely to what amputate our officers/men and decimate the exhibition of their combatant security know-how.

One of the easiest ways to fight insecurity is the formation of technical synergy with private security companies.

 

The number of the personnel in armed forces in Africa might not be able to provide apogee security in African, vis-à-vis, Nigeria with about two hundred million people, considering the cost of maintaining armed forces security personnel.

 

With the enormous number of private security companies in Nigeria and the number of their security operatives, the job of clamping down crimes would be easier if private security companies are empowered to collaborate effectively with the armed forces.

 

Halogen Security Company alone has well over 15,000 security operatives nationwide, her cream of security staffers/staff not inclusive. Prudential Guards and kings’ Guard have similar number of security operatives, Proton, Proserve, Techno Crime, Cooperate Guards, Bemil, Corperate Vigils are also other private security companies with security operatives. The Nigeria Legion and Man-o-War have good population. We can identify almost a million private security operatives we shall collaborate with in beefing up the national security.

 

If about a million private security operatives collaborate with the armed forces to fight crimes, the result would be quite alarming. In fact, the ratio of security operatives, (private + the armed forces) to all Nigerians will be circa 1:180 and the ratio of criminals would be about 1:10 (assuming 10% of Nigeria population are criminals). It therefore means crime would reduce well over ninety percent (90%). No more on our land shall innocent blood be shed or people killed without timely intervention of our able security personnel who would detect/deter crimes even before they are committed. Their professional dexterity is greatly decimated by the wrong structures/operation mechanisms in place. And until these anomalies are addressed, strategically and tactically, the professional apt of our officers and men would continue to be bottled.

 

Our security personnel would focus more on preventive security while also heavily equipped on palliative security. Until a nation’s security personnel are adequately equipped/given free-handedness to operate these two broad aspects of security – Preventive and Palliative Security, the nation would rarely experience appreciable development.

 

STRATEGIES OF THE SYNERGY WITH PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES/OPERATIVES

 

Alpha strategy: Allocation of funds in the annual budget for private security companies

 

Zain strategy: payment of monthly security allowances to private security operatives

 

Epsilon strategy: provision of security communication/operation gadgets to private security companies/operatives

 

Other approaches I would employ are:

Introduction of appropriate incentives to motivate our national/private security operatives

Enhancement of regimentation/rebranding of our security system

 

Provision of appropriate work tools

Digitalization of commercial Nigerian towns/cities

Formation of active and proactive synergy among all the armed forces (a neo-global standard of security synergy)

Eradication of bribery/corruption in the armed forces

  Extermination of youth restiveness,      cultism, community/inter-tribal fracas/agitations, especially, farmers/herdsmen conflict which is the major security challenge that is destroying almost the entire nation

Extermination of boko haram menace

 

 CREATION OF WEALTH

It is needless to say I’ll create jobs since creation of wealth would naturally create jobs. The question is then how do I plan to create wealth.

 Hyper Development of Agricultural Sector – establishment of mechanized Farming/all its concomitants. Agriculture is still a fallow economy in Africa and the entire world.

I’ll develop agriculture/establish Mechanized `Farming and no doubt, lots of jobs would be availed. Agricultural development is synonymous to job creation. I don’t mean the quash things that are done here to reward party stalwarts/political allies/friends/families in the name of agriculture wasting public resources on elephant projects that peters away after each administration. Why is it that it is only friends and political allies of incumbent leaders that are the major if not the only beneficiaries of those agricultural projects and why is it that it’s rare to find traces of those projects shortly after the administration – the deed is being done – mission accomplished – the money is shared accordingly in the name of agricultural projects.

   Development of African Pharmacopeia (African Medicine – Nigerian Brand) 

This would avail both money and  jobs for Nigerian youths who wander about in search of jobs that are not there – over a thousand youths would apply for just three vacant positions. Little wonder we saw many Nigerians that were stampeded on Immigration recruitment the other time and many similar cases abound.

        Development of the Oil Sector

 Our oil sector is just being milked without appropriate development. The oil sector alone if well developed can create jobs in millions. What we do in Nigeria is majorly Exploration, Drilling and Exportation of the crude oil without harnessing numerous other oil/gas concomitants.

        Establishment of Egalitarian Society in Nigeria

 The numerous Injustice in different places and sectors is partly responsible for

-         Youth Restiveness

-         Communal Fracas

-         Government/Workers Conflict (Strike)

-         Quest for Secession and other related hexes.

 Our education system has now become one-semester-in-academic-session-one-semester-on-strike; a course that is meant for four years is now 6 years just because of frequent strikes; for the same issue; the right thing academic/non-academic staff, students, schools are entitled to. What about the havoc in hospitals simply because doctors and other health workers are grossly deprived. Does a government have to wait for people to demonstrate or fight before their rights are availed to them? That means those who cannot fight because of their maturity/patriotism/powerlessness would be perpetually deprived.

This is why the most deprived in this nation are children and youth and particularly the Alternative-Gifted – the people we bedevil with a stigma of a sinister nomenclature – the Disabled. I’ll establish: MINISTRY OF CHILDREN/YOUTH WELFARE. I will also establish the alternative-gifted persons welfare board.

I shall offer equal rights in all the affairs of my government. I shall make five alternative-gifted persons (male/female) ministers in my government, if I become the president of this nation come 2019

One of the aftermaths of injustice is underdevelopment. When people are deprived of their statutory human rights, they are relegated/neglected and subjected to abject poverty having being deprived of personal/institutionalized developmental welfare.

 

This is exactly what we have seen in Africa, vis-à-vis, Nigeria. Many of the children on our streets begging, the majority of our youths who are in Commercial Sex Hawking business (Prostitution), Armed Robbery, Cultism are people who are deprived of their rights either directly or indirectly and this is why a good percentage of them are illiterates because our governments failed to provide them and many other Nigerians with basic/constructive needs of life. Today, this atrocious injustice (using the money that is meant for all Nigerians only for themselves and saving/investing the rest overseas for their posterity while the rest of Nigerians starve to death, suffer/die of curable/preventable illness, degraded in illiteracy without jobs even for the few educated ones, and worst of all, slaughtered like goats in broad daylights without any iota of security) is now cutting its pound of flesh – rampart Kidnapping, Cultism, Prostitution, Armed Robbery and related hexes.

 

The alternative-gifted people are the most deprived, the most relegated, the most neglected, the most uneducated, the most unemployed, with the highest morbidity/mortality rate consequent to the high level of injustice against this group of people.

 

The worst injustice done to them is making them feel that they are less than human beings. We make them see themselves as the worst set of human beings on earth by libeling them “The Disabled”. Growing up and hearing the society calling them the disabled, they lost the sense of self-esteem; self-image, the flavor of life and human development.

 

These groups of people, like every one of us, take/accept the name their parents/society call them and model their behavior accordingly. Because they see themselves as helpless – disabled, as our society denigrates them, they make little or no efforts to delve into the discovery of their talents like every one of us. Instead, they resort to mendicant profession (begging jobs).

 

Unfortunately, the government who is expected to know more and do more because to him whom much is given, much is expected fail to live up to expectations. They rather champion the injustice against fellow countrymen/women, boys/girls and infants whose constitutional duty it is, to defend the human right of these fellow/equal citizens of our great country Nigeria.

 

It is not surprising that no concrete, institutionalized and developmental welfare is in place for the development of the talents/expertise of our fellow Nigerians who are alternatively gifted by the same omniscient, omnipotent and all-and-ever-present God who created all mankind equally in His Own Image and Likeness.

 

Our governments are expected to take lead in championing the course of development of these bonafide citizens of our nation. The name, “The Disabled” is a stigma. It stigmatizes very negatively.

 

These brethren of ours are not disabled. The disabled are rather those of us who fail in discharging our legislative duties. The disabled are those of us who appropriate public funds to themselves at the detriment of the general public. The disabled are those who are greedy and lack strength of character and perpetrate bribery and corruption. The disabled are those who are unable to use their talents, position, and office for the good of others. The disabled are those in public office who instead of using their professional/official/personal prowess to create wealth they use them only to scheme how to divert public funds to themselves and how to undo those they consider as their political contenders.

 

All Nigerians are equal citizens of Nigeria and are entitled to equal rights to our national resources. Regrettably, some set of people have been singled out and perpetually deprived of the national resources they have equal rights to like every other Nigerian. This is injustice of the highest order.

 

For almost 6 decades of Nigeria’s independence, the alternative-gifted are deprived of national resources. Little or nothing is being done to develop the talents of these fellow countrymen and children who have equal rights to our national resources with the rest of us. There are no palpable and permanent rapid/holistic developmental structures in our lands for a holistic development of the alternative-gifted/honorable men/women of this honorable nation Nigeria that is now being held hostage by a set of people in the name of leadership.

 

The people we call the disabled are not disabled. They are rather alternatively gifted. Those who cannot walk are alternatively gifted to use their hands to do what their legs cannot do. Those who don’t have hands are alternatively gifted to use their mouth. Those who cannot see are alternatively gifted to use their mouth and their hands very professionally. Those who cannot hear are professionally gifted to use their eyes, hands, legs and brain very effectively. It is only a part of their body that is not functioning well.

 

These alternative-gifted individuals can be trained to use their hands, legs, mouth, ear, and others alternatively/in lieu of other parts of their body they cannot use/cannot use well.

 

Those considered mentally retarded can be trained to do some mechanical/routine works and become useful to themselves and live their life than relegated/neglected to their peril. No human being is entirely useless and if we see them from their strength perspective – the side they are alternatively gifted, we can always make good of them.

 

All that is expected of the government is to provide developmental strategies/mechanisms/welfare poised to the development – harnessing of the alternative gifts (talents, natural talents, professional expertise) of individuals who cannot use any part(s) of their body – to discover the part(s) of their body that can be used and train same to be effectively used for both personal/national development/ambrosias. This shall form an integral part of my government activities. My government shall be all-encompassing.

 

MY STRATEGIES

1.     I shall allocate a substantive amount of money in the national budget for the development of the alternative-gifted persons in Nigeria.

2.     I shall establish free specialist schools from crèche to tertiary(universities/polytechnics/monotechnic) to advance the holistic development of the alternative-gifted. These specialist schools shall assist to discover the alternative gifts God has endowed those who cannot use any part(s) of their body with. These specialist schools shall be completely free education to reduce the burden of special care parents/families of these children suffer to provide them and to encourage the alternative-gifted individuals to forge ahead in their holistic developmental advancement.

3.     I shall approve Monthly Cash Welfare (MCW) to all alternative-gifted persons in Nigeria (infants/adults) to boost their daily upkeep, especially, feeding which is the most basic need of life and which often take them and their relatives to our streets for begging. And over time, having tarried long in the mendicant business, they become used to the life of begging and end up lavishing both their talents and the talents of those family member(s) who aid them in the mendicant business – a tremendous waste of human resources.

4.     I shall create job opportunities for alternative-gifted persons.After schooling the alternatives gifted persons, we shall offer them jobs where they will apply their knowledge/expertise and earn a decent living therein like other Nigerians. We shall offer them jobs in all the ministries of the nation. In furtherance to their welfare, factories/ware houses where they will work with conventional/specialized tools /technologies shall be put in place.

5.     Improvement of their self-image:I shall raise the self-image of the alternative-gifted persons that has been decimated over the years.  To do this, I shall offer them equal rights in all the affairs of my government. I shall make five alternative-gifted persons (male/female) ministers in my government, if I become the president of this nation come 2019. Alternative gifted persons shall form part of directors in my administration. The director of the Board of Alternative-Gifted Welfare shall be an alternative-gifted (male/ female) who would administer the developmental welfare of their other brethren. With all these developmental packages/structures, there shall be scarcely beggars on our streets.

6.     Provision of free health care: All alternative-gifted persons from 0-25 years shall be entitled to free health care nation-wide. All alternative-gifted over 25 years who are not gainfully employed or not financially empowered and that earn below the national minimum wage shall also be entitled to the free health care.

Access to international academic/technical scholarships: Very intelligent alternative-gifted people shall be granted scholarships/sabbatical to study oversees to widen their intellectual/technical horizon to advance the development of their brethren and Nigeria economy in continuum.

 

 

How are you going to confront money politics?

 

Mercantile Politics has always been the order of the day even in the western world. It is unfortunate that people tend to emulate others without considering their own situation – culture, economy, and others. The western world practices Mercantile Politics and we imitate them without considering the implications it has on both our economy and people. Even the worst aspect of it is that we now practice Mercantile Politics. What we do here is Mercantile Voting (Monetized Voting). People are paid to vote against their conscience and to perpetrate all kinds of campaign and election malpractices. This is not how it is done in civilized countries.

I’ll be President in 2019 - Diala

Director of Africa Global Charity International, Mr. Anthony Uchenna Diala says his next step is now the top job on the land, President of Nigeria.

“Seeing the excruciating pains my fellow Nigerians, especially, what the poor masses go through on daily bases, one administration after the other, I cannot but take the bull by the horn. I have come to liberate Nigerians from the seemingly abyss of woes we go through in this nation in the midst of gargantuan natural and human resources just because of lack of leadership prowess and mismanagements”

He also said his presidential ambition was for true service to the people of Nigeria.

 “Nigeria needs a young leader. We need a leader that is intelligent, firm and selfless with strength of character who would harness our abundant human and natural resources for the overall development of Nigeria without favor, prejudice and malice”.

The 45-year-old security expert gave concrete details about his plans for the country on Tuesday in Lagos.

“Looking at the problems this country is facing, it appears that these problems don’t have a lasting solution because we see these problems every day and in every administration and the government continues to tell us the same thing – ‘We are working on it’; ‘We are on top of the matter, ‘Our security agents are investigating the matter and the culprits would be brought to book’ and all that; all in perpetuity; nothing happens; no solution and our economy remains in shambles, lives and property of innocent Nigerians are wasted in the very eyes of the government that is statutorily meant to protect them, our education system remains a white-washed tomb that bears wonderful names – so-and-so University of Science and Technology , College of Agriculture but poorly equipped, humanly cum materially, undermining both our lecturers and university graduates where as many Nigerian lecturers and students overseas are world best. Our health system is nothing to write home about. Instead of developing and equipping our hospitals so that the majority of Nigerians can assess quality healthcare, our leaders prefer to spend our resources on foreign healthcare for themselves and their families with the money that is meant for every Nigerian; leaving the rest of us to our fate. This is wickedness and ought not to continue. These are the mess I want to annihilate perpetually in Nigeria if I become Nigeria’s President. Nigeria at this point needs someone like me to rewire the system to avail an egalitarian society where every Nigerian would be properly protected and provided for economically, academically, medically, morally and otherwise”

The former regional Executive of Sterling Health MCS Limited said President Muhammadu Buhari had not done well in government..

Mr. Diala said the country had not fared better in security, economy and anti-graft war.

“The basic thing every citizen requires from a government is security of their lives and property. Any government that is not able or swift in providing this basic need that government means nothing to the citizens. It is regrettable that the very thing that made Nigerians vote President Buhari in 2015 – security of their lives and property is the very thing Nigerians are deprived of today. The rate innocent Nigerians are murdered almost on daily basis is quite alarming – like never-before. It is really deplorable. No country develops without adequate security structures in place. It means both local and foreign investors would be scared away. This administration has made so many mistakes that brought us to the woes that betide the entire nation today but the worse of it all is the inability to find a lasting solution the wanton massacre of innocent/unarmed Nigerians in the eyes of a government elected by Nigerians to protect their lives and property. This cloaked genocide must stop. We cannot take this again as Nigerians from all regions are beginning to revolt as we can see from the Niger delta youths who have given the Presidency an ultimatum to do the statutory duty of protecting lives/property of our loving brothers and sisters in the Middle Belt that has been long awaited or meet with a fierce fiasco”.

 

Why are you in the presidential race?

 

 

Actually, I’ve always desired to see a better Nigeria; a Nigeria where our resources are harnessed and judiciously shared to Nigerians. Unfortunately, the more we expect that Nigeria would be better, the worse things unfold in Nigeria day-in-day-out.

After a long study of the situation in Nigeria, I discovered that one of the major problems of Nigeria; a big one indeed, is leadership.  And until Nigeria is able to solve her Leadership Problem, there would be no clear development in Nigeria.

Nigeria needs a young leader. We need a leader that is intelligent, firm and selfless with strength of character who would harness our abundant human and natural resources for the overall development of Nigeria without favor, prejudice and malice.

One of the major causes of Nigeria’s problems is Greed – selfish interest. People are over ambitious to achieve their selfish interest – gain cheap popularity, become elected, win election, amass wealth, appropriate government funds to themselves, they favor some few people/places – their friends/families, they shield some people (their friends/families/political allies/accomplices) while prosecuting others.

Seeing the endless excruciating pains my fellow Nigerians, especially, what the poor masses go through on daily bases, one administration after the other, I cannot but take the bull by the horn. I have come to liberate Nigerians from the seemingly abyss of woes we go through in this nation in the midst of gargantuan natural and human resources just because of lack of leadership prowess and mismanagements.

Looking at the problems this country is facing, it appears that these problems don’t have a lasting solution because we see these problems every day and in every administration and the government continues to tell us the same thing – ‘We are working on it’; ‘We are on top of the matter, ‘Our security agents are investigating the matter and the culprits would be brought to book’ and all that; all in perpetuity; nothing happens; no solution and our economy remains in shambles, lives and property of innocent Nigerians are wasted in the very eyes of the government that is statutorily meant to protect them, our education system remains a white-washed tomb that bears wonderful names – so-and-so University of Science and Technology , College of Agriculture but poorly equipped, humanly cum materially, undermining both our lecturers and university graduates where as many Nigerian lecturers and students overseas are world best. Our health system is nothing to write home about. Instead of developing and equipping our hospitals so that the majority of Nigerians can assess quality healthcare, our leaders prefer to spend our resources on foreign healthcare for themselves and their families  with the money that is meant for every Nigerian; leaving the rest of us to our fate. This is wickedness and ought not to continue.

These are the mess I want to annihilate perpetually in Nigeria if I become Nigeria’s President. Nigeria at this point needs someone like me to rewire the entire political cum economic system in Nigeria to avail an egalitarian society where every Nigerian would be properly protected and provided for economically, academically, medically, morally and otherwise.

Youth are the future of every nation. Any nation that obliterates the welfare of their children/youth obliterates the future of their nation. In Nigeria, children/youth are vilely relegated. It appears there is no place for Children and youth in Nigeria. My government would be poised majorly to children/youth development; in diverse divergences. A good percentage of my government shall comprise young people.

Nevertheless, my government would be all-encompassing. I shall care for our aged parents that have been abandoned over the years

 

 

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What is your assessment of Buhari?

When Muhammadu Buhari won in 2015,many Nigerians had high expectations even though there were many too who said they don’t expect anything better. There are areas he has done well, for sure, and there are also areas he hasn’t’ measured up.

Delay in Appointment of Ministers. Nigeria is too big to be managed without ministers for about six months. It therefore implies that Nigeria would have to stand still for six months. The delay affected the entire Nigeria adversely. Nigeria needs a young, vibrant, charismatic leader who would be up-and-doing; swift in both thinking and actions and radically /steer Nigeria to the right direction.

 Naira to Dollar

Frankly speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari administration did not peg the Naira to US Dollar. It is rather the former administration that pegged the Naira to US Dollar for some reasons at the time. Every sagacious economist expected that President Muhammadu Buhari would peg the Naira, especially, with the economic bog that was eminent in Nigeria. This led to oodles of economic problems that partly caused the economic recession our nation encountered. Many companies could not assess Dollars for their transactions, principally, importations, thus, reduction in productions/transferable commodities and as result, retrenchments, lack of job opportunities, hike in goods and tantamount services proliferated. This paved way for the abyss the entire nation was eventually plunged into. Regrettably, when President Muhammadu Buhari finally gave a nod to the pegging of Naira to Dollar and allow flexible exchange-rate system, Naira crashed by about 30 percent against the Dollar in a single day hence inflation amplified to its highest level over a decade. Such singular mistake took Nigeria over ten years backward – the economic achievements made over ten good years were lost – dashed to the wall – thrown to the bins by this singular mistake.

 Termination of Amnesty Projects – Presidential Amnesty Program

 There is proper time for everything. And once anything is ill-timed, it looms to disaster. This is exactly what happened when the President announced he would terminate the Presidential Amnesty Program. It was wrongly timed. If there is any time to stop the Presidential Amnesty Program, it’s not at the very time the global oil market was dwindling, particularly, for an oil-dependent economy like ours. As a matter of fact, this is one of the worst mistakes Mr. President made. What does one expects, as soon as the militants heard he was going to terminate the program, they quickly reinforced and went back to the creeks and began a new phase of vandalism. When government attempted to use inner forces to dissuade them, they regrouped and gave birth to Avengers (Niger Delta Avengers). And Nigeria Oil sector witnessed a barrage of devastation and decimation. And this was how the oil production/activities grossly declined in the face of dwindled global oil price – a double tragedy for Nigeria. Everyone expected that prior the announcement of the termination of the Presidential Amnesty Program, the President should have renegotiated with the necessary stake-holders and come to terms with the boys or beef up the security in the creeks before alerting them if he chose to take them unawares as he did. But none of these seemed to have been done and as soon as the termination of the Amnesty Project was eminent, the boys reinforced and went back to the creeks, in full force, with more devastating strategies and oil business generally was grossly decimated. Decimation of oil business in the face of dwindled global oil price left Nigeria Economy shattered. Nigeria being a high oil dependent country, eventually slumped into recession. As a matter of fact, this mistake is the major setback that plunged Nigeria into the economic quagmire that devastated our amiable nation.

 Unresolved Security Issues

The basic thing every citizen requires from a government is security of their lives and property. Any government that is not able or swift in providing this basic need that government means nothing to the citizens. It is regrettable that the very thing that made Nigerians vote President Buhari in 2015 – security of their lives and property is the very thing Nigerians are deprived of today. The rate innocent Nigerians are murdered almost on daily basis is quite alarming – like never-before. It is really deplorable. No country develops without adequate security structures in place. It means both local and foreign investors would be scared away. This administration has made so many mistakes that brought us to the woes that betide the entire nation today but the worse of it all is the inability to find a lasting solution the wanton massacre of innocent/unarmed Nigerians in the eyes of a government elected by Nigerians to protect their lives and property. This cloaked genocide must stop. We cannot take this again as Nigerians from all regions are beginning to revolt as we can see from the Niger delta youths who have given the Presidency an ultimatum to do the statutory duty of protecting lives/property of our loving brothers and sisters in the Middle Belt that has been long awaited or meet with a fierce fiasco.

What is your idea on how to move Nigeria forward?

 Establishment of Adequate and Permanent Structures to Exterminate Corruption

The basic problem of Nigeria is selfish Interest which expresses itself in nepotism. Since people are excessively concerned only with their own interest – quest for riches, popularity, longevity, and others, they tend to work only with those who would serve as both vectors and vehicles for the actualization of their selfish ambition(s). More often than none, these happen to be their kin and kith, political allies, benefactors/beneficiaries who would aid the realization of their selfish ambitions either by being an accomplice or mute over their impunity. As you can see, Corruption is given birth to by selfish interest expressed through nepotism, favoritism and Tribalism. And once these friends and families, political allies, benefactors and significant others are no longer ready to cooperate or seek their own selfish interest or the selfish interest of the latter contradicts or opposes the selfish interest of the former (the key office holder) – clash of interest, clashes will ensue and there would be decamping as we often see in Nigeria polity.

One basic thing Nigeria needs is permanent structures that would exterminate the expression of overt selfish interest by public office holders. Until this is done there will be no headway in this nation. This is the only way to annihilate corruption from its root in this amiable country of ours.

Retrieving government stolen funds is a very good step in curbing corruption but doing that without putting sufficient/ample/impermeable structures in place to root-out corruption is fighting corruption symptomatically – stopping symptoms without curing the illness from the grassroots – without eliminating the cause of the illness since those who recover the looted funds would end up looting the looted funds themselves.

Let me give you example of some of the appropriate/permanent structures I’ll put in place to exterminate corruption in Nigeria.

 Introduction of D-Governance (Digitalized Governance)

 D-Governance also known as E-Governance (Electronic Governance) would avail Nigerians of all the vital information about the position/status of Nigeria in all ramifications. It makes the entire activity of the government at all levels very transparent.

To many Nigerians, introduction of D-Governance in Nigeria at this period is quite timely while to some others, Nigeria is not yet ripe for D-Governance. We see things with the eyes of people we hold in high esteem or people we benefit from. Many times these mentors and benefactors of ours act and speak out of malice/ignorance/prejudice/anger and selfish interest. And in oblivion of their scheme, we think/argue and act in the same way, and sometimes, wittingly, we try to protect their interest. There is no better time to introduce electronic governance in Nigerian than now. It is even very late. If digital governance were introduced in Nigeria many years ago when information and communication technology, ICT had its debut in Nigeria, Nigeria would have developed immensely today. All the trillions appropriated to selves under cover – stolen from the public treasury would have been used to develop this nation immensely.

 

The only way corruption can be abolished in Nigeria completely is by putting permanent/impervious structures that shall continually checkmate the activities of all arms of government and the private sector and ensure that appropriate punishment is meted accordingly.

 

If people know that their activities are being monitored and that their actions shall be weighed in a crucible and rewarded accordingly, people would wittingly/unwittingly, willingly/unwillingly do the right thing not because they want to or are good people but solely because their actions are being weighed in a crucible and shall be adjudicated appropriately and shall pay even to the last farthing if they err in office.

 

I shall leave lasting foot prints that would crush corruption perpetually in Nigeria. The masses/Nigerians of goodwill (those that love the good of this nation and our posterity) shall not be alive and allow any government to destroy this permanent Zilch Corruption Structures (no-corruption structures) I shall put in place. Electronic governance would record and make available, for the consumption of Nigerians, home and abroad, all the activities of all arms of government/public sector (federal, state and local governments, the Judiciary, the senate, the public companies).

 

It would enable the masses to know the daily revenue of Nigeria – how much Customs earns from duties each day; how much oil/gas earns; how much each sector produces/earns per day and how much Nigeria spends and where/why/how each day.

 

This nation belongs to all Nigerian citizens. Those in public offices are only elected to serve the entire citizens and administer the affairs of the country for the benefit of all Nigerians.

 

Nigeria and the affairs of Nigeria are not a personal/family affair of Nigerian leaders. And so, the masses must not be served behind the curtains or the affairs of the nation administered in secret as if it were their personal/family affairs. Every Nigerian has the right to know and contribute to the affairs of Nigeria. Digital Governance will empower and provide them the right to know the activities of the government (the people they elected to serve them) and to contribute to the affairs of the nation and their contributions will be recognized.

With D-Governance, never again shall governmental/ministerial jobs/vacancies be given to people behind the curtain. All government contracts/jobs/vacancies/scholarships/sponsorships/poverty alleviations/partnerships/ contractions/economic relationships of all organs of government at all levels shall be thrown open/announced/applied through/ shortlisted/interviewed by the National Welfare Quango and successful candidates are sent to the office(s)/department(s)/organ(s) of government applied to for final interview and employment. And the entire system shall be tracked by everyone at a click of a button on a mobile phone/desktop. There shall be no more any secret dealings/operations in government daily affairs.

 

This nimble due process will automatically eradicate all the bribery and corruption occasioned by greed (selfish love), lack of national love, nepotism and tribalism inherent in our system. Again, it’ll instill efficiency in our system since the right people are given the opportunity to work and produce results that will last for the rapid growth of Nigerian economy/people.

 

The ghost workers syndrome which renders many Nigerian youths jobless – which impoverishes many and enriches only a few (national