Chris Emejuru is a United States of America-based Nigerian politician, at present a member of the Motion Democratic Get together (ADP) and managing companion for America at Lowase Administration Consulting. On this interview with choose journalists, he spoke on the efficiency of the ruling APC within the final seven years, how authorities ought to tackle problem of poverty and why Nigerians ought to accept Peter Obi within the 2023 presidential election. JAMES KWEN, brings the excerpts:
You supported APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015; do you may have any remorse wanting again?
I supported the APC in 2015 on the time as a result of like most Nigerians, we wished to see the incoming administration do nicely. Sadly, as you possibly can see, they’ve lived woefully under expectations. There aren’t related implementation of insurance policies to deal with inflation the place the typical Nigerian citizen can barely afford to eat or put gasoline of their automobile, persistent strikes in vital sectors like well being and schooling the place medical professionals are leaving the nation for greener pastures and the desires of future attorneys, docs, scientists, and lots of extra profession paths are placed on maintain on account of authorities complacency.
There’s enhance in poverty, and lack of financial alternatives are devastating people and households all through Nigeria, then inconsistent energy and electrical energy which no Nigerian ought to need to expertise within the first place, and insecurity from secessionists threats in elements of the nation, to terrorists’ exercise, jail breaks by way of assaults on most safety prisons, kidnappings, and so on. Buhari rose on the platform of change however will find yourself having one of the corrupt, incompetent, and unprepared administrations in Nigeria’s historical past.
You had been reported to be nursing a presidential ambition, how far with that?
I deliberate on working for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023 common election beneath the political get together platform of the Motion Democratic Get together. I wholeheartedly embraced the manifesto and believed in its beliefs. Sadly, in the course of the primaries I couldn’t proceed on account of technical points and needed to withdraw my ambitions this election cycle. However I nonetheless love Nigeria and all the time will and can proceed to combat for a greater nation the place each citizen’s voice is heard and the place rights are revered. Whether or not within the non-public or public sector, my solely ambition is to scale back struggling and when that occurs, I’m really fulfilled.
The Presidential election is arising early subsequent 12 months, what qualities do you assume Nigerians ought to look out for in a presidential candidate?
A number of the qualities I consider each Nigerian citizen ought to search for in a Presidential candidate is character. Character, compassion, and mind. Character is being who you’re when nobody else sees it. Being upright and being a very good particular person. Being the most effective particular person you may be. This results in compassion. Caring about your residents, caring about folks no matter who they’re or the place they’re from. Lastly, with these two traits, you want mind to ship. Having data and knowledge acquired, you’re nicely geared up to deal with any of the challenges chances are you’ll confront. However let me add yet one more advantage and that’s humility. Be humble. Perceive your position and that’s to serve the folks. To assist, help, and make their lives simpler. A presidential candidate or anybody for that matter that embodies such qualities will certainly make an efficient chief.
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The nation’s financial scenario is just not encouraging and so many live in abject poverty. What do you see as an answer to the disaster?
From a Federal Authorities perspective, there are specific issues that may be accomplished in the present day to resolve the disaster if there was the need to take action. Three issues. Minimize authorities prices and paperwork. Block leakages. Diversify the financial system. A lot cash is being wasted on the creation in addition to institution of MDA’s that both present the identical operate or aren’t as efficient. When you cut back these prices, more cash could be obtainable to enhance the financial system. Quantity two, block leakages. Enhance ICT (Data Communication Expertise) all through each Ministry, Division, and Company. This may enhance transparency, enhance the effectivity of checks and balances, and permit for each dime or kobo to be accounted for; thus minimising the actions of dangerous actors. Lastly, diversify the financial system. I clarify this in my e book titled, ‘A Pledge for the Institution of a Sustainable Future.’
There are methods to extend income era from three main sectors which embody Monetary Expertise, Agriculture, and Stable Minerals. There are methods for income creation from these sectors that might permit for us to pay our money owed, present vital infrastructure, and create social nets like month-to-month money funds and alternatives for people dwelling in poverty to begin a enterprise. From a Non-public perspective, many are stepping as much as the problem. Final 12 months, myself and my enterprise companion established Lowase Administration Consulting. Now we have three subsidiaries considered one of which is to primarily concentrate on human capital improvement arm generally known as the LMC Faculty of Observe. We not too long ago launched the primary inaugural African Truecaller Management Fellowship Programme 2022 which is a programme that gives youths and girls each at residence and within the Diaspora with skilled coaching, graduate mentorship, company mentorship, and management teaching alternatives from well-known worldwide organisations and establishments. Our mission is to empower Nigerian in addition to African youths with the facility to get their nations working again higher once more. We’re additionally engaged in capability constructing contracts for the financial and political safety in several elements of Nigeria. And at last, amongst different endeavours, I’m within the strategy of sponsoring Non Governmental Organisations just like the Entrepreneurs Platform Initiative which helps feminine/girls entrepreneurs in 10 states all through the nation together with my residence city in Rivers State. I’ll personally donate N100,000 each week till we obtain the specified outcomes.
Did you assume age of a presidential candidate issues by way of efficiency in workplace?
Age of a presidential candidate doesn’t matter as a lot as how competent you’re. You’ll be able to have a look at Nelson Mandela for instance. Nevertheless, in Nigeria, the youth have been uncared for for therefore lengthy, particularly in politics. So, to have a younger president who brings power, compassion, mind and different management qualities is a welcome improvement.
Who’s your superb presidential candidate among the many high contenders?
My superb candidate is somebody who is moral, somebody who has frequent sense, and somebody who really, genuinely cares in regards to the plenty. A candidate who doesn’t choose primarily based on what a part of the nation you’re from and who’s curiosity is to unite and never divide. Somebody who desires to carry an finish to police brutality, an finish to dangerous governance, and an finish to poverty. I consider the candidate who, though not excellent, comes shut to those beliefs is Peter Obi.
What’s your tackle the much-talked about Muslim-Muslim ticket by the ruling APC?
Though, in a extra conducive atmosphere, a person ought to be judged on benefit. Now, having mentioned this, I do consider the subsequent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ought to come from the South. That is necessary as many Nigerians each from the North and South consider, for the sake of equity and unity, that is the most effective consequence.
What’s your recommendation for Nigerians because the political campaigns start in September?
My recommendation for Nigerians because the political marketing campaign commences is to recollect your alternative. Keep in mind who it’s that has your curiosity at coronary heart. Somebody who has character. Somebody who cares about creating a greater life for you and your loved ones. Somebody who cares about each Nigerian citizen and needs to create extra jobs and deal with insecurity. Don’t be swayed by political jingles and adverts. Vote your conscience. That is your future. That is your life. Make the suitable choice.