The Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili 2019 presidential campaign has said its plan to lift majority of Nigerians out of extreme poverty stands out as the most actionable strategy in the lead up to next year’s general elections in the country.
The statement by Oby Ezekwesili comes on the heels of recent declaration by Bill Gates, founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, that the world can overcome extreme poverty as demonstrated by countries such as China, India, Mexico, South Africa, among others.
Gates insisted that if nothing drastic was done, a high percentage of the world’s poor would come out of sub-Saharan Africa – a region, which has seen its population rise uncontrollably in recent years.
Legit.ng learnt that Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of Action Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), who has often talked about lifting Nigerians out of extreme poverty as the major thrust of her campaign, challenged her rivals to bring up their doable programmes to better the lots of citizens.
“Beyond the rhetorics that is currently being engaged in during this election season, it is clear to us that getting people out of debilitating poverty is the single most crucial assignment that we have. That is why we adopt this as the cornerstone of the #Oby4President campaign,” she said.
Ezekwesili, according to the statement made available to Legit.ng, lamented that most aspirants to public office in the country were seeking political power for its sake.
The ACPN presidential hopeful in a statement from Ezekwesili campaign organisation added: “This position is informed by Oby Ezekwesili’s informed belief that only a prosperous people can take the nation into the future we all dream of.”
She contended that since research indicates that over 40 percent of cases of extreme poverty could be found in sub-Saharan Africa by year 2050, “to turn around these tragic projections, we need to drastically change how we do things as a country.
“We cannot continue to vote in the incompetent leaders who put us into this poverty while expecting change to happen.
“It’s time to put in motion another wave of poverty reduction – which has slumped by over 1.2 billion people globally since 1990 – and we are more than ready to make this happen.”
Ezekwesili speaking on Monday, October 8, on Channels TV, said politicians in the country do not care about the plight of Nigerians.