Media personnel and presidential hopeful, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has declared that come 2019 Nigerians will elect a new president that owe no allegiance to “kingmakers and godfathers”.
Sowore, who is the founder of online news medium, SaharaReporters, said this when he held a town hall meeting in New York on Saturday.
The event was attended by about hundreds of Nigerians in New York and viewed by thousands online.
The town hall meeting was a continuation of his goal of meeting Nigerians everywhere that they can be found to present his vision for Nigeria.
At the event, Sowore discussed and answered questions varying from terrorism, herdsmen menace, government’s neglect of the farmer/herdsmen conflicts, ransom paid to Boko Haram,
Sharing observations from his recent nationwide tour of Nigeria with the attendees at the meeting, Sowore recalled meeting with poor and destitute women in the streets of Kano who did not ask for money but were begging for education for their children.
He described the scenes in Onitsha and Owerri, where attendees expressed a yearning for a Nigeria that is fair and just and works for all.
Sowore further described his excitement at a similar event in Kaduna where attendees expressed their desire to see the dichotomy between North and South Kaduna bridged.
He said they demanded a happy Kaduna.
He vowed to commit resources to ending Boko Haram’s reign of terror and providing protection to Nigerians in the North East who continue to be victims of kidnappings and mayhem unleashed by the group.
He declared that he is committed to listening to the people and giving them the Nigeria they want and deserve.
Sowore vowed that the Nigeria that he will work for is one in which the economy works for the majority of Nigerians and not just a select few.
He reiterated that the #TakeitBack Movement is for all Nigerians regardless of ethnicity, age, religious affiliation or gender.
The town hall meeting was moderated by a former University of Lagos SUG President and prominent US-based engineer, Malcolm Fabiyi, and leader of the Nigeria Liberty Forum, Bukola Oreofe