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Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has lamented the rate of poverty and infrastructural collapse in Ekiti State, describing it as inexcusable.
Senator Ojudu stated on Wednesday morning while on a visit to the office of Montage Africa Media in Abuja.
The presidential aide wondered why a state so rich in agriculture should be exposed to awful unmitigated hunger, poverty and diseases in the midst of plenty as being presently experienced among the residents.
Moving forward, the former lawmaker said there was need for serious and true change in the state if the people must be pulled out of the social and infrastructural dungeon.
Senator Ojudu challenged the Ekiti people to come out in their numbers in the next election to choose one of their best to lead them from 2018.
“The people of Ekiti should come out when election comes and choose one of their best to represent and lead them. Ekiti is crying for true leadership.
“There’s so much poverty; lot of diseases and lack of infrastructure as if we’re not part of Nigeria. The little resources we get from the Federation Account are stolen everyday by those leading us.
“We are not even doing anything to generate our local income, and yet, every space in Ekiti State is fertile for agriculture. Today, not up to ten thousand hectares of land is cultivated in Ekiti.
“People are hungry while living in an environment that is very fertile; and no one is pointing at them that they should do agriculture; saying if you cannot sell something, at least you can feed yourself,” he stressed.
Added, the presidential Adviser said mere looking at faces of Ekiti people betrays the fact that most of them are malnourished because they are not feeding well.
He however gave hope that concerned leaders and elites in the state are prepared to effect true leadership change to restore dignity to the citizens in the coming election.
“There is need for true leadership in Ekiti State. The government in state has been a lot of embarrassment to the people from Ekiti state. Wherever you go when you mention that you’re from Ekiti State, they look at you as if you’re carrying some ugly things.
“So, we have resolved, all of us the elites and non-elites that we must put an end to that by June next year. So, we are consulting, we’re mobilising and we’re putting a lot of things in the air for people to know what is right and what is wrong. We have been known to be notorious for all that is bad and we’re going to change that by next year,” he said.
He expressed happiness at the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country after his medical vacation in London.
His words; “He’s back to continue meeting the aspirations of the people; he is back to continue the fight against corruption; to ensure that the nation is continued to be secure. As you can hear from his speech, he is poised to fight the remnants of Boko Haram, the troublesome herdsmen who are killing people across the country and the secessionist group in the South East. The President is poised to keep Nigeria one,” Ojudu restated.
The media mogul reaffirmed confidence in the unity of the country in line with the direction and utterances of the President and in the same vein, debunked the insinuation of any mafia in the absence of the President, saying he was not aware.
He said what mattered was the transfer of power by the president to his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who led the nation meritoriously in the absence of President Buhari; restating the indivisibility of the Presidency, even while Buhari was away.
Ojudu described the recent settlement of leadership rifts within the ranks of opposition Peoples Democratic Party as healthy for Nigeria’s democracy; he said for democracy to thrive, there is always a need for viable opposition.
He however challenged the PDP to come in and engage the governing party in healthy duel.
The President’s aide displayed optimism that with the track records of the Buhari administration in tackling corruption and insecurity, the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, would have a seamless return to power in 2019.
Chief Operating Officer of the organisation and publishers of Montage Africa magazine and ISWB, Mr Ogochukwu Ezeaku was joined by editor of Montage Africa, Mr Remi Adebayo to welcome the distinguished visitor.