New Nigerian People’s Party presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso said that only a visionary leader can genuinely restructure Nigeria for national unity and development.

Kwankwaso made the remarks when he appeared at an editors’ forum sponsored by the Nigerian Editors’ Association in Lagos on Sunday.

Former Governor Kano emphasized that restructuring is only possible if good leaders are committed to uniting Nigerians and improving security, economy, education and more.

“If elected President, I will listen to Nigerians on the subject. I will be open to discussions and negotiations and will consider adjustments that can move the country forward.

“We will not restructure strictly, especially in the areas of insecurity, economics and education. These three are crucial for development,” he said.

Kwankwaso expressed worry and concern over the insecurity and regretted that the north was the hardest hit.

“So many people have lost their lives and their means of livelihood; some are in hospital, some are internally displaced and unable to work.

“We believe that we must feel safe in order to experience progress and development.

“After studying the level of insecurity in the country, I think there is a need to recruit more military personnel.

“Given the ratio of civilian personnel to military personnel, it is necessary to increase the number of personnel in the armed forces. We need at least one million.”

Referring to some of his achievements as two-term governor, Kwankwaso said he paid particular attention to human capital development and educational advancement.

“We have established universities and we have also established 26 academic and human development training institutes.

“Through these institutions, more than 360,000 youth and women have been trained and empowered.

“We also provide free lunches to students, scholarships to 370 outstanding students and 148 full-time scholarships to Nigerian students across the country,” he said.

Kwanquaso has assured Nigerians that this progress will continue if he becomes head of state in 2023.

Kwankwaso refuted claims that he was forced to step down for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate.

“The rumors come from critics; it’s just wishful thinking.

“NNPP is all in to win the 2023 election and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. I know I’m going to get the numbers I need,” Kwankwaso boasted.

Furthermore, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, founder and chairman of the board of directors of NNPP, expressed confidence that Kwankwaso will be the next president of Nigeria.

He urged Nigerians to join the party to build their dream new country.

Earlier in his opening remarks, NGE chairman Mustapha Isah had said that the forum was interested in knowing the candidates’ plans for the country so that people can make informed choices.

Issa said the forum would host all of the presidential candidates, while urging all of them to address key issues of concern to the people and refrain from attacks on individuals.

He also cautioned against false claims that mislead voters.

‘Nigeria Editors’ Association pleads with politicians to refrain from personal attacks

“Instead, they should focus on real issues related to ordinary people.

“I also urge presidential candidates to call their spokesmen, as some of their press statements and interviews are heating up the regime.

“For our part, we are committed to being neutral. Nigeria has to get it right next year and we want to have an issue-based campaign,” he said.

Kwankwaso’s entourage included BOT Secretary Galadima, Ladipo Johnson, Dr. Kelechukwu Nnamani, Kazeem Mustapha, Prince Ademola Ayoud, Mr. Muyiwa Jatterson and others.

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