Ex Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke has expressed his intention to run for the number one job in the country come 2019.
He made this known on Friday while speaking at the annual Law dinner of the University of Nigeria, Anambra State.
Duke explained that although he had not chosen the platform he will be contesting on, he was convinced that it was time to make a move towards addressing Nigeria’s clear and present danger.
The former Governor remains popular and well loved even after serving his term as Governor of Cross River State.
When asked what he thinks he can do better than the country’s incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, he said the current administration is totally out of tune with the current realities of Nigeria.
He said, “I see such obvious failings; I see a leadership that is steeped in the past and that’s really refused to evolve with a nation that’s predominantly a nation of young, aspiring people, and still doing the things the way they were done many many years ago and did not work.
“I think our leadership in the country today is totally out of tune with the current realities of our nation. There’s a disconnect somewhere. So, when you have a leadership that blames its young people, for instance, of not striving enough, or being lazy, it’s a disconnect because the tools to make them achieve their aspirations have not been provided.
“Look at the state of education. The state of education today is a far cry from what I received. So the elites amongst us try to send their children abroad; that’s a dream. They’re gonna breed a generation of children who are disconnected from home and from abroad.
“We had good schools here that could compete with schools anywhere in the world. We had some of the best medical facilities in the 60s and early 70s, all of that has gone to rot. The president himself receives medical treatment abroad. That is a sad state of affairs.
“We can’t go on this way and keep complaining. Someone has to take the bull by the horns and I intend to that.”