By Boluwaji Obahopo, LOKOJA
Former senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has declared his commitment to free up the solid minerals subsector to create massive jobs for the youths as a means to tackle insecurity in the country.
Senator Saraki stated this in Lokoja on Sunday during his presidential campaign to Kogi delegates for the forthcoming PDP Presidential primary.
The former senate President also asked delegates from Kogi state to cast their votes for him as a solidarity for one of their own in the North Central, in order to create history in the gro-political zone to get a president for the first time since the return of democracy in 1999.
Saraki, said two term Governor of Kwara state, two term senator and Senate president maintained that he possessed the needed capacity and experience to wriggle the country out of its predicament Haven governed Kwara state for two terms, being to the senate twice coupled with leading the 8th National Assembly.
“As a former chairman Governors forum, and president of the Senate in my second lap at the senates, I have been tested and excelled in both capacities. I can therefore be trusted to manage the affairs of this country because, I often leaves any office I occupied better than I met it.
“Having spent some years in high echelon of governance with distinction, I am aware of the challenges facing the country; which made me more prepared among my competitors to preside over the affairs of the nation at this critical time of our nationhood.”
The presidential frontliner assured the people of Kogi that his entrance into the race is to solidify the existing mutual relationship that existed between Kogi and Kwara, adding that his preoccupation, if elected, is to work assiduously to strengthen interests and development of the North Central Zone.
“I urged delegates from Kogi to vote enmass for me, so that you could be part of the history making; as I will be the first from North Central zone to be democratically elected president of Nigeria.
“There is a bond between kogi and Kwara. I’m a bridge between the North and the South, Young and Old, and between Christians and Muslims. What our Country needs now is Unity and I have done excellently well on this in my previous national assignments” .
He decried the action of the present regime to obtain loans for consumption, hinting that, he vehemently opposed the establishment while he held sway as Senate president.
He assured the people that his presidency will galvanise the solid minerals deposits endowed in the North Central Zone to be the main driver of the economy, adding that he will attract Foreign direct Investment (FDI) to create direct and indirect employment for the teeming youths thereby reducing incidence of insecurity in the country.
While stressing the need to strengthen education, Health, Agriculture and Socio-economic sectors for national roadmap, Saraki said he will fight insecurity head on, as there wouldn’t be development without peace.
He called on the delegates to shun inducement of any guise rather, they should vote for him for sustainable impact on their lives after election.