Omoyele Sowore, Presidential Aspirant and Founder and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, has said “the old order; the regime of deceit, hunger and starvation is about to collapse in Nigeria”.
He made this know when he addressed hundreds of supporters, who thronged the arrival wing of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, to welcome him back from a fundraising campaign in the United States and Canada.
Speaking to the ecstatic crowd, he said: "Your PVC is the major weapon to liberate yourselves from the shackles of oppression and retardation in this country", just as he encouraged his supporters to keep advertising the liberation that has come to Nigeria on streets, towns and villages across Nigeria.
He expressed his determination to work for the development of the country, stating that "by this time next year we can deliver road infrastructure, education and a leadership that is respected all over the world, not a Nigeria where they say youths are lazy, when they provide them with nothing”.
Shortly after his arrival, while taking questions from a group of students of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, who had come to show their solidarity, said when elected, Sowore said his administration will focus on “providing scholarships with cash support per semester for students, while ensuring that students are connected through technology", in order to ensure that the students can access resources like books from other countries and also share ideas.
He added that “during our time, Wi-Fi will become a fundamental human right, so that everyone is connected. And I am not saying this as a promise; there are tons of organisations who want to provide Wi-Fi for free”.
Reacting to Sowore's comments, Rakiya Ahmed, one of the students at the event said: “What he is saying sounds impossible; I won’t lie to you. But at least he is young”.
Olagunju Oluwafunminiyi from Agege, however, contradicted Rakiya's position on the impossibility of Sowore's campaign promises, stating that "I am not really happy with what is going on in Nigeria. I’ve never been a fan of politics, but I changed my mind when a friend told me about him. He had a town hall meeting. I followed him and I saw that he truly has experience, even in Nigeria and not just outside the country, so I will support and give him my vote”.
Sowore declared his intention to contest for Nigeria's presidency on March 9, 2018, and has since chosen the African Action Congress (AAC) as his political platform for the February 2019 polls.