Even if you have been living under a rock, you should know by now that Oby Ezekwesili is running for the highest office in the land in next year’s elections. Which is to say that she might just be Nigeria’s first female president. The erstwhile #BringBackOurGirls campaigner announced her intention to run for president in October, on the platform of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and her political manifesto is #Hope2019, with a campaign that officially kicked off this past Sunday when she travelled to her hometown in Anambra.
To keep the momentum and buzz of the campaign going (PDP and APC have been so unrelenting in theirs), Ezekwesili has been on a media tour. On Wednesday evening, the former minister of education sat down with seasoned CNN journalist and interviewer Christine Amanpour, to discuss her aspirations and ongoing campaign to occupy Aso Rock in 2019. When Amanpour asked about her agenda, given that she’s running against political omnibuses like the PDP and APC, she replied, “I hope to disrupt the politics of failure, the politics of bad governance and leadership that has only produced dismal results such that today, Nigeria is the world capital of extreme poverty. It’s totally unacceptable. I intend to build a nation that is based on cohesion, stability and equality.”
She also spoke about the Boko Haram menace and corruption. Watch the full interview below.
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