Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has pledged to prioritize stamping out insurgency and banditry, if elected president in 2023.
Fayemi made the pledge on Friday when meeting with delegates in insurgency-torn Borno State in northeast Nigeria.
In a statement released by Femi Ige, on behalf of the campaign organization, Mr Fayemi said he had the model to tackle the insecurity plaguing the country.
Fayemi, who is the president of Nigerian Governors Forumis a presidential aspirant on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform.
Addressing delegates from Borno, which has experienced terrorism for more than a decade, Fayemi said he had academic qualifications to come up with the right solution to insurgency in the northeast and banditry in the North-west.
He promised to build on the legacy of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We will build on the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari and urgently close identified gaps. Security will be at the top of my agenda as a security expert. I have a PhD in war studies and was a consultant for Nigeria under President Olusegun Obasanjo. I was deeply involved in resolving the wars in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.
“We have a model that we will use to bring peace to our people, so that we can farm in peace, go to school in peace, and live in peace. If I can do it outside, why not for the country that gave me everything?
In response, Borno State APC Chairman Ali Dalori promised to hand over the state to the Governor of Ekiti State.
In Yobe, the campaign entourage was received by Yobe State Deputy Governor Idi Gubana and according to the statement, the state will support Mr. Fayemi’s aspiration.
Mr. Fayemi also spoke to reporters on the zoning issue.
Although the APC has not yet made a decision on zoning, there is strong demand for the presidency to be zoned south, after the eight-year-old of Mr Buhari, who is from Katsina State in the north.
The Governor of Ekiti State argued that in a multicultural society, the zoning of power is important but must be democratic and merit-based.
“Nigeria is a diverse country and the skills are diverse. There are capable people across the country, but in a multicultural, multidimensional, multireligious society, you also need zoning to build trust,” he said.
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