Former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has promised to declare free education and address the problem of hunger in the country if elected as president in 2023.
Okorocha Speaks On His Presidential Ambition
KanyiDaily recalls that the senator had recently declared his intention to contest for the 2023 presidency, saying he will address a world press conference to speak more about his presidential ambition on Monday, January 31, 2022.
Addressing the press conference in Abuja on Monday, Okorocha said he is seeking to establish a “new Nigeria” where issues of education, poverty, hunger, insecurity, and other challenges will be addressed.
He said, “I have no other country that I can call my country apart from Nigeria. I speak to you today, my Bible tells me that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
“Permit not to use a prepared speech because I want to pour my heart. I speak with you with a high spirit, because it despises little things that do not help mankind, it is called a noble spirit.
“My heart is filled with mixed feelings, one side is joyous and the other side bleeds. I ran from the presidency 20 years ago, I did not succeed. Six years later I tried and came second after Umaru Yar’Adua and in 2015 I ran and our dear president, Muhammadu Buhari, emerged.
“I am not in politics for what I can get, I am in politics for what I can give. I price honour more than life and glory more than wealth.
“My heart bleeds because of that boy in Maiduguri or Katsina that cannot go to school. I’m not satisfied when poverty becomes the order of the day. Many countries have tagged us as the poverty capital of the world, I don’t not agree.
“The truth is that we are a great nation and time will come when it will be made manifest. To the youths, If I become your president, I will handover to the next generation. I’m not not-too-young-to-run and not too old to run, I’m only 57.
“We have 14 million out-of-school children. I will declare free education, it is something I have done.”
“This nation is in dire need of someone that can create wealth, someone who can make money for this country. I will create wealth, I sold oranges – my wealth is clean, go and check my CCB [forms].
“Our biggest problem is hunger, I will address that in the new Nigeria. Please permit to be your pilot for a new Nigeria, as your pilot there might be small turbulence, no problem, Captain Rochas is in command.”
This comes a few months after Rochas Okorocha has expressed optimism that he would contest and win the 2023 presidential election.