The presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has again taken a swipe at both the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), of playing politics with the plight of the Nigerian people, lamenting that Nigeria was now known as “the world capital of poverty.”
Ezekwesili, who disclosed this while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting with party members, supporters and market leaders in Yaba area of Lagos, said the two main parties have been going about attacking each other over what she called “frivolous matters,” instead addressing issues that would make life meaningful to average Nigerians.
The former Minister of Education, who later visited the popular Tejuoso Market in Yaba to sell her party’s programmes to the traders and artisans, said she would run an all-inclusive government if voted as the next president of Nigeria.
Warning that issues of poverty, if not taken seriously, could lead to distabilisation of the country, Ezekwesili said, “Today, we are known as world capital of poverty, we overtook India, a country that is seven times our population by having 87 million Nigerians living in poverty.
“According to the analysis that produced that result, the number could grow and double as our populations grows and doubles. One thing that we know in the world of development is that poverty could distabilise any country, even if the world of development did not tell us that theoretically, we could see from what happen in the regions where there is prolific poverty.”
Counselling that the people should prevent the repeat of what is playing out in the North-East, the ACPN presidential candidate declared, “Poverty is a distabiliser, therefore we must tackle it in farces sense of urgency.”
She added that eradicating poverty is the flagship programme of her party, promising that once she was elected, the menace would be tackled headlong.