By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has listed national unity and cohesion, restructuring and qualitative education as some of the key areas his administration will focus attention on if he is elected President in the 2019 general elections.
Kwankwaso said this yesterday when he formally declared to run for the presidency of the country on the platform of the Peoples Democracy Party, PDP, in Abuja.
The declaration took place at the Chida hotel, Utako, in the nation’s capital, after he was denied the use of Eagles square as well as the International Conference Centre by the Police and the FCT administration.
The former governor and one time Minister of Defence stressed further that the fulcrum of his administration will equally include economy, human capital development, global competitiveness as well as research and innovation.
According to him, “the primary responsibility of the government is security of life. My understanding of National security transcends the stereotype limiting it to the Armed Forces and other security agencies.
“As former Minister of Defence. I understand security from that point; it covers more and includes the entire scope of food, health care delivery education. economic prosperity, and enjoyment of human rights on the physical defence and security side.
“There is the need for a well-timed, motivated, well-equipped and intelligence propelled security architecture. That requires decisive options of strengthening and equipping the military while restructuring the Police to make it more effective.
“We will vigorously pursue other institutional reforms in the other security and paramilitary agencies and justice system that will serve as a huge disincentive for crimes and criminality.
“This will include training and retraining of personnel, improvement of personnel welfare as well as the provision of other security infrastructure considered necessary and relevant to combating crime and other deviant behaviors.
“The constant misuse of security apparatus will stop immediately. Ours is a recommitment to strengthening all democratic institutions in Nigeria.
“We shall also strive to create an all-inclusive mechanism for effective Intelligence gathering that involves all stakeholders especially traditional rulers, religious leaders, business men and women, civil servants and community youth”, he said.
Kwankwaso maintained that the priority of his leadership will be the enhancement of a united Nigeria couched within the matrix of productivity.
Continuing, the presidential aspirant said, “A key propellant of our journey must be a committed desire to ensure that the labours of our heroes shall truly not be in vain.