Nnadozie Onyekuru, a young Nigerian, who was live at the studio during the just concluded “What About Us” Youth Focused Presidential Debate shares his views on the pulse of the debate.
“Shekarau- a winner. In the audience, I could hear the consensus on him swelling. He approaches debates like the way a student approaches examinations. He faces the questions and thinks deeply about it before shooting. That is a quality missing in Nigeria’s current leadership. I also admire the fact that he told us to our faces that he would not promote inexperienced youths by making what he called “dancing to the gallery” appointments- in response to how he would engage youths in politics. Every Young person he would appoint has to be a round peg in a round hole, he said.
From the youth angle, Momodu’s manifesto makes more sense. He is too passionate about the education sector and believes that the many good policies proposed by the other candidates cannot be successful with too many ignorant citizens around and incapable hands scattered in the bureaucracy. Nice observation! He lightened the atmosphere with his critical lines cum social commentary.
Ribadu was too vague and made a big gaffe when he referred to himself as a member of the Diaspora. But he made sense when he said that he would reveal the portfolio of ministerial nominees when submitting their names to the National Assembly. As a candidate of a big party, he has a platform burden on him.
When it came to (the issues of ) power, believe me these guys were stranded. But Momodu made a point with his idea of making the best use of what is available- zoning electricity hours. I don’t think it was fair for Ribadu to talk of dismantling a generator cabal. The generator retailers are only doing business. If it becomes less attractive, of course, they would leave.
All the candidates spoke on fiscal discipline. What a great debate! It was a night-out worth it.
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