The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Bauchi State, Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame has expressed dismay that the colossal sum of over $400 billion was swindled out of the country by unpatriotic Nigerians in the last 30 years.
The governorship aspirant explained that the colossal sum was swindled at both governmental and individual levels under the guise of contractual agreement and bringing in goods and services at the detriment of majority Nigerians.
He observed that had half of such colossal sum of the $400 billion been judiciously utilized in the country, the canker-worm that today disrupts our social order would have been nipped in the bud.
Dr. Ibrahim Lame at the distribution on Tuesday, of vehicles to 20 local government chapters of the APC in the state said the siphoned funds would have squarely addressed the unemployment drift in the country and completely arrested poverty among Nigerians.
“The money could have also been utilised to check the security challenges bedevilling the nation, provided quality education to Nigerians, efficient healthcare delivery services, and gainful employment to each and every Nigerian”, Lame stated.
Lame, who noted that the recent Governorship election in Osun State is a litmus test for the 2015 general elections, expressed optimism that the APC will capture power at the Centre and many states in the federation in the forth-coming polls.
The APC gubernatorial aspirant while debunking the hypothesised Bauchi zonal or Senatorial politics of Katagum, South or Central lopsidedness, said what is now required is the patriotic zeal of the people to move Bauchi and the nation forward.
“Here in Bauchi state, it is not the politics of Katagum, Bauchi or Central zone, but what is needed is the patriotic zeal of the people to salvage the state and the nation from want, disease and ignorance,
provide good governance, employment, and raise the living standard of the people generally”, he said.
Aspirant Ibrahim Lame told the local government party captains that he is in close contact with APC Executives in the state to perfect his formal declaration for the governorship coming up within the next few weeks.
The vehicles were distributed to the local government chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with campaign materials and monetary allowances for the electioneering campaign personnel.