The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili says she will cancel the fuel subsidy if she is elected.
The co-convener of the Brings Back Our Girls Movement said this while unveiling her roadmap for 2019 in Lagos on Monday.
She said the Muhammadu Buhari government has only renamed oil subsidy and under-recovery and has spent N1.3 trillion on fuel subsidies.
“When I read somewhere that the minister of state for petroleum resources disclosed that the federal government spends N1.3 trillion on under-recovery, which is the new name that this government has given to fuel subsidy, I was shaken.
“N1.3 trillion, as in 1.3 trillion? Let me put that figure in perspective for you. The former minister of finance told us a few months ago that the total amount that the federal government released for capital expenditure is N1.3 trillion.
She added, “I am in politics not because I need a title or need to answer Madam President. I’m in politics because there’s an urgent need to rescue our nation. This is an Operation Rescue Nigeria.
“The political elite has been governing for the political elite, or perhaps they have been ruling, not governing.
“I’m interested in governing for Nigerians. I’m the candidate of the Nigerian people. For the first time in this cycle of politics, I really want us to discuss the people.
“I’m tired of seeing Nigeria be at the bottom of every league that measures what it takes to be a viable country.
“I’m tired of hearing potentials. I’ve been hearing potentials since I was a child and for me, it’s become dire that we should do something.”
When asked if she looks forward to becoming the nation’s first female president, the former minister said, “Leadership is gender-neutral. I don’t come into this game sort of saying think of me in any kind of genderised manner. Think of me as someone who’s got the character, the competence and the capacity and who’s courageous enough to say let’s stare down at this problem of the failure of this country.
“This country is not destined to fail. We must challenge this dominant norm where people come in the name of wanting an office, I don’t need an office. I’m tired of Nigeria failing. This is a rescue operation that we’re on,” she said.