- Toyin Saraki says many of those seeking power currently in Nigeria had failed the country
- The wife of the Senate president said since 2015, 9.9 million Nigerians have lost their jobs
- Mrs Saraki added that Nigeria's debt has grown by $11.47 billion over the past three years
Wife of the Senate president, Toyin Saraki has warned that many of those seeking power at this year’s general elections had failed Nigeria in their respective capacity.
She made this claim while delivering her speech at the 2018 edition of Daily Trust African of the Year award in Abuja on Wednesday, January 16.
Mrs Saraki, who was the chairperson of the occasion, reeled out some statistics to back up her claims.
Her words: “Many of those power-seekers have failed Nigeria. Since 2015, 9.9 million Nigerians have lost their jobs. 2 million have been affected by Boko Haram and herdsmen crisis, making us the most terrorised country in the world.
“We now have the highest number of road fatalities in Africa and the poverty capital of the world.
“On our current path, by 2021, we will overtake India as the world capital for infant deaths. Meanwhile, our electricity supply is the second worst in the world- only Yemen is worse.
“And what of the future? 13.5 million Nigerian school children are currently out of school, as investors flee Nigeria, taking $2 billion with them.
“Our debt has grown by $11.47 billion over the past three years. What a legacy for our children to inherit. It is a legacy we must all work to change."
She therefore urged all Nigerians to work together for a healthier, safer and freer Nigeria.
Meanwhile, YIAGA Africa’s Watching The Vote (WTV) has commenced a nationwide advocacy visit to election stakeholders in Nigeria.
The largest citizen movement committed to credible elections in Nigeria, says the move is in a bid to, “share the promises of the WTV project, discuss the deployment plans for the 2019 elections, seek stakeholder buy-in and explore areas of collaboration as well as to provide information on the ongoing pre-election observation across Nigeria.”
This was disclosed in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, January 15, by the project director of YIAGA Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu.
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