A former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has formally joined the Presidential race for 2019 general election, expressing "deep concern" for the very real prospect of Nigeria imploding unless his party party comes to the rescue .
He said that with over 40 years of his vast experience in Nigerian politics, he has what it takes to prevent the country from drifting further.
He made this declaration on Thursday in Abuja at the national secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during the formal collection of the expression of interest form to seek nomination to contest for the office President.
“Every patriotic Nigerian, everyone with sense of compassion and love for people will know that Nigeria needs to be really rescued because the nation is going through a difficult time,” he said.
“There is unprecedented insecurity across the land, and people are being killed in such horrible intensity and inhumane ways.”
He noted that there is “unprecedented and untold hardship” in the country, saying the current leadership of the government seems unconcerned, incompetent and incapable of turning around the drift.
Gana said that he is concerned at the real prospect of Nigeria imploding unless the SDP comes to the rescue.
“Being a patriotic and committed democrat who has carried a burden for the rapid, effective and even development of the country for decades, I am deeply concerned at the very real prospect of Nigeria imploding unless our great party comes to the rescue with a God-fearing, dynamic, untainted and credible leadership,” he said.
Jerry Gana was Minister of Information for the three months that Ernest Shonekan was interim President — between August and November 1993.
He was also Minister of Co-operation and Integration in Africa from June 1999 to January 2001, and Minister of Information and National Orientation between February 2001 and July 2003.