By Zakaa Lazarus
A presidential aspirant, yet to run under a political platform, Mrs Vivian Bello has declared her intention to contest for presidency in 2023.
Bello also vowed to rescue Nigeria from what she termed suffocating grips of those who have been holding the country hostage in the guise of rulership.
She made the declaration Tuesday during a press briefing in Abuja said that a country that paraded proud and robust public educational Institutions and Citadels of learning, that attracted foreign students from different countries, has today been reduced to a country with an array of ghostly, funds-stifled and largely crippled schools and educational facilities.
“The yearnings of Nigerians for even the most basic social infrastructures to enable them thrive; functional education system, good healthcare, safe and efficient transportation architecture, decent employment, shelter, etc, will no longer be treated with disdain”
“From a country that proudly paraded an economy and currency that held its own in the comity of Nations and indeed rubbed shoulders with other global economies and currencies such as the Pound, U.S Dollars, to a now wobbly, devalued and severely depressed economy and currency.
“A country that paraded proud and robust public educational Institutions and Citadels of learning, that attracted foreign students from different countries all over the world, particularly our sister-African countries, has today been reduced to a country with an array of ghostly, funds-stifled and largely crippled schools and educational facilities that only merely offer what can best be described as skeletal services!!
Yes, that’s what you hope to manage to get, going through Nigeria’s public educational system of today”
She pointed out that no amount of naming or branding or even trillions to military budget, will release the country from the clasp of terror, violent crimes and other reprehensible social vices that have seen sweep through the land, until the right thing is been done.
“Today, millions of Nigerians are living in displacement in their own land, from Benue to Zamfara, Enugu, Ondo, Edo, Kebbi, Niger, Imo, and so on. Tens of thousands of innocent school children suddenly no longer know what it is to go to school, study, play and return home freely, and this is across the entire land. It is so disheartening that suddenly, our security architecture known for gallantry and professionalism in combating crime, suddenly became incapable of containing terrorism and banditry.
“Before our very eyes, several local government areas have been taken over and are being administered by terrorists who have hoisted their flags, formed and run their own parallel governments, collecting taxes and levies from citizens in parts of the North.
“The wailings of mothers, and even fathers, who have lost children in most horrific manners; the cries of children terrorized, including innocent school children wailing from the dens of mindless abductors and terrorists, can no longer be ignored.
“The anguish of the people in Benue, Plateau, Ondo, Imo, Niger, Enugu, Zamfara, etc, many of whom have left (or lost) all that is of them in their native communities following violent attacks, and now live in displacement and severe difficulties in places, as well as many more who have been inflicted and struggling with mortal and deep wounds and pain, can no longer be ignored.
According to her the present leadership have failed Nigerians even in the most basic of leadership Thrust; Protecting the Lives and Property of the Citizenry, even that is now in itself a mirage.
She noted that, she has been in the forefront and trenches, playing up the voices of the Voiceless, shielding the weak from the tramplings of the strong and mighty, holding institutions to justifiable account to the citizenry,