The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, has said that if elected to become Nigeria’s next president, his administration will prioritize education and make it accessible for all.
The renowned human rights activist turned politician assured that a vote for him in the 2023 general elections is a vote for free education in Nigeria, boasting that the country has enough money to sponsor each citizen’s education at all levels.
It has been reported that Sowore mentioned this while fielding questions on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
In his manifesto, Sowore noted that education is one of the key things he will focus on. He also promised to ensure a stable electricity power supply across the country.
When asked to explain further how he planned to achieve these, Sowore said: “Education will be free for every level. The money is there. I keep saying this to Nigerians, and I say it with that knowledge of how they manage Nigeria’s economy”.
According to him, money siphoned from the country’s coffers in the past 16 years is “enough to have supported free education in this country or to have supported it for 50 years or 100 years ahead of now”.
According to him, when compared with other oil-producing, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Nigeria is lagging behind.
Speaking further on his manifesto, the presidential hopeful said: “They provide free education for everybody. They even pay people to get married and we all started with the same oil that we are selling.
“But what we have been doing in Nigeria is corporate welfare and individual powerful people welfare.”
As part of his plans for Nigeria, he also promised to decentralise the power sector if elected, saying the plan would generate about 24,000 megawatts of electricity in four years.
“With 24, 000 megawatts of electricity in four years, you would be creating nothing less than one to four million jobs,” Sowore explained.
“The private sector taking it over with stolen money is not working,” the 51-year-old added claiming that “the privatisation thing is a scam. It is still Nigeria’s money stolen by them.”
Away from the power sector, Sowore claimed the 1999 Constitution of the country is “fraudulent”, pinning most of Nigeria’s challenges on it.
“If you are going to vote for me, you are voting for that promise to change the fraudulent constitution,” the AAC candidate ended.