· Says Nigeria Have No Business Being Poor
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday, vowed to continue President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption if elected as President in 2023.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the minister praised the current administration’s anti-graft war, saying that corruption must be fought so that poverty will not kill the masses.
“We must continue the fight against corruption because if we allow it, corruption can kill us. I will continue the same way the President is doing,” he said.
“What is he doing that is right in terms of fighting corruption? Corruption has a twin brother – poverty. We cannot fight corruption without fighting poverty.”
Akpabio, also a former governor of Akwa Ibom State as well as ex-Senate Minority Leader, identified three major issues affecting the nation.
The issues, he stated, are insecurity, national integration, and the economy, vowing to tackle them to ensure Nigeria’s greatness in the comity of nations.
On how to achieve that, he recalled how he was able to plunge leakages as well as embark on capital projects during his sway as governor in Akwa Ibom State.
“In my state, I was the only governor in Nigeria that was able to do 80 percent of capital allocation on a yearly basis and 20 percent recurrent. I plunged the loophole of leakages in the system and that is why you have the outflow of capital projects.
“The maydays of what you used to hear some people said uncommon transformation in Akwa Ibom State and Nigerians are not wrong urging me to come out. I am convinced within me that based on the love I have seen this current President show to Nigerians, Nigerians will go higher than where we are.”
Speaking on, Akpabio lamented that the country is poor while it should not have been.
“Nigeria is not supposed to be a poor country but at the moment is a poor country as a result of a lot of factors,” the APC chieftain said during the show.