In the spirit of “Not Too Young to Run” campaign in the country, many youthful and resourceful Nigerians have not only indicated interest but also designed programmes to win the heart of the electorate in the forthcoming presidential election.
One of such aspirants is Prince Samuel Moses, the President and Founder of Africa Christian Broadcasting Network Foundation (ACBN).
Samuel holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a master’s degree in conflict, peace and strategic studies from Kaduna State University.
Born on September 5, 1971 in Warri to the family of Samuel Ojonuwa Mugidi from Uvie Local Government Area, he is married to his best friend, Faith, and they are blessed with children.
A philanthropist with a passion to serve God and humanity, Moses, who is well-travelled, has sat under the mentorship of reputable leaders around the world. He believes he can make a difference in leadership and create the Nigeria of our dream.
A recipient of many awards including the Integrity Award from NACJ, PMS, as he is fondly called, has indicated interest to contest the 2019 presidential election under the Labour Party of Nigeria.
Unveiling his manifesto at a well-attended event in Lagos to members of Labour Party drawn from the six geopolitical zones in the country, Moses, tagged, ‘Believe Nigeria’, Moses lamented that Nigerians had suffered a lot and deserve a purpose driven leader to serve them.
“We have come here today to flag off what will go down in the history of Nigeria as the turning point in our polity and democracy. Our country has seen several leaders and have indeed suffered so much since independence having been thrust into a system of government that is alien to our culture”, the aspirant said.
“The diversity of our cultures and ethnicity which should, when properly harnessed to work to our collective advantage, has been used by self-seeking individuals with very parochial minds to divide us, hence the mistrust and apathy of most of the nationals”.
According to him, by the reason of the diverse cultures and values of the federating units, Nigeria had issues threatening its unity and her very existence.
“Our country means nothing unless it means the triumph of real democracy, the triumph of a popular government, and the end of an economic system under which each man shall be guaranteed the opportunity to show the best in him”, Moses said.
“Our political development has been much of a struggle, and as is inevitable with all such struggles, it has had a dark and terrible side. Very much was done of good, and much also of evil; and, as is inevitable in such periods, often the same man did both good and evil.
“I have come here today as I declare my intention to run for President to tell Nigerians that I believe that Nigeria has not gone beyond redemption.
“We have watched clips of Nigerians drowning in the Mediterranean in their bid to escape this nation to Europe. We have watched young men and women humiliated in some African nations because they no longer believe in the ability of their fatherland to provide them with basic needs which includes food, shelter, and job security. Some of us see these clips and are not moved by them. Some even query the sanity of these young ones who are only responding to the need for self- preservation. The truth is that with what they had suffered, their fears are founded because so many of them live below the poverty line and there seems to be no hope even as professed by some.
“Nevertheless, I believe in Nigeria. I believe there is nothing fundamentally wrong with Nigeria as we have everything it takes to transform us into an enviable nation with a viable ‘I Believe in a Nigeria’ where all the citizens are equal and valued both at home and in diaspora. I believe in a Nigeria where equity and justice can reign again. I believe we the people of this country can join hands together with renewed resolve to make Nigeria great again. I believe we can shun the challenges of our differences as a people and ride on them to build a nation with diverse beauty. I believe in a Nigeria where all lives and properties are not only valued, but protected religiously. I believe we can rise above the quagmire of our challenges to become the pride of Africa at large. I believe in the project Nigeria and I believe that I am equipped and prepared to lead the great people of this nation to a new Nigeria. It is with this unwavering belief that I have decided to contest for President in 2019 on the platform of Labour Party.”
With great trust in a party that has the mandate to bring genuine change in the country, Moses was of the view that Labour party is no pushover.
“The Labour Party is not a 3rd force political party as some may think, but the 1st youth force political party which has come on a mission to redirect the affairs of our country right and well. Labour Party is that political party that carries the dreams and aspirations of the common Nigerian which is yet to be realized”, the aspirant said.
“It is a political party where sincere desire to work flows in our veins. The founding fathers of our party envisioned a country where all, irrespective of tribes and religion could live together and exploit the vast opportunities offered by our diversities and the vastness of our land and resources; where the Nigerians that, as it were, have felt left out of the scheme of things or the polity will be brought back on course; where security both of work and life for all will be guaranteed; where we will have the opportunity to upturn the statistics in the health system.”
He pointed out that the 2019 election is about redefining the glory of Nigeria and restoring her economic abundance. “Nigeria’s best days lie in the decisions we make in the 2019 general election.