On Saturday, February 25, eligible Nigerians will go to the polls to vote for their preferred presidential candidate in the 2023 general election.

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Among all the candidates vying to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, there are three main candidates who have more or less become the top contenders in the upcoming polls.

These candidates, Peter Obi of the Labor Party, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party have over time highlighted their plans to address some of the challenges facing Nigeria as a country.

Nigerians hope that the next president will address the top three challenges facing the nation. Photo: Peter Obi, Tinubu Ball, PDP
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1. Security

Since 1999, terrorism, it seems, has continued to undermine development plans in the north-eastern part of Nigeria.

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These acts of terrorism, carried out by two main groups, Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), have also begun to spread to other regions, including a recent attack on a Kaduna-bound train on March 28.

Over time, terrorism in the country has metamorphosed from attacks on government facilities, schools and public spaces to kidnappings and banditry, among many others, increasing the wave of insecurity in the country.

While Peter Obi noted that tackling insecurity is his first and essential responsibility for him as president so that farmers can return to their farms, Tinubu vowed to redefine Nigeria’s counterinsurgency doctrine and practice, and Atiku said he will ensure that the Peace prevail throughout the country. country.

2. Electricity

Poor electricity transmission and distribution has remained a development nightmare for Nigeria for a long time.

While many leaders have campaigned on promises to fix Nigeria’s electricity problem, the problem persists.

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Sunday Oduntan, Executive Director of Research and Advocacy at the Association of Electricity Distributors of Nigeria (ANED), the coordinating body for Distribution Electricity Companies (DisCos), said the country since 1960 has not generated up to 6,000 megawatts of electricity. despite needing 30,000 megawatts. to meet your demand.

To wrap this up, Peter Obi while speaking on a Channels TV programme, ‘The People’s Townhall 2023’, said that his administration, if elected, would generate as much as 20,000 MW of electricity in four years.

His words:

“Within four years, we will be able to generate and distribute no less than 20,000MW.”

For Atiku, his team will first remove the entire electricity value chain from the exclusive list and give states the power to generate, transmit and distribute electricity themselves.

The former vice president said that this approach is the most proactive plan to bring Nigeria out of the dark.

Furthermore, Tinubu said that he will do away with the estimated billing system and by all means Nigerians will have constant electricity if he becomes president.

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3. Education

Speaking at a town hall meeting at the University of Nigeria Nsukka over the weekend, the former governor of Anambra state assured that there will be no strike by members of the Universities Academic Staff Union if he becomes president.

According to Obi, that will be an important way to improve Nigeria’s education system. He also promised to bring education to the children of the northern region.

For Atiku Abubakar, it will ensure education reform in Nigeria to help youth across the country prepare for the private sector, which he described as the engine of any economy.

His words:

“The most important thing is education to educate our children. And not only educated but correctly educated.

“And then they can be made available to the private sector for growth, which is the engine room of the economy.”

Also, his colleague at APC said that in order to improve Nigeria’s education sector, he will overhaul the entire system by employing teachers who will play with some areas with the philosophy that no one will be left behind.

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He said:

“There will be student loans for everyone. We are going to reform the Almajiri system, we are also going to build more schools, recruit more teachers and train them.”

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More recently, he was accused of sponsoring terrorism and also being involved in stamp duty fraud.

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Emefiele in a letter sent to Gudaji Kazaure, the legislator who made the alleged complaint wants to go to trial.

According to Kazaure, the letter contained a three-week ultimatum to retract his statement or face a legal battle.

Source: Legit.ng