REVOLUTION LOOMS -JONATHAN
President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday warned that the nation risks revolution unless the government provides jobs for the youths roaming streets. He spoke in Lokoja, Kogi State capital during the grand finale of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally in preparation for the December 3 gubernatorial election in the state. According to President Jonathan, in four to five years time, if government did not create jobs to accommodate those leaving schools, the youths in this country may revolt against constituted authority .
He expressed hope that by next year when the transformational budget of his administration is implemented, everything will be put in shape. He said that with the right attitude and the right people, Nigeria has all it takes to become an economic giant
While commending the government and people of Kogi for voting him during the April 2011 election, he said by 2014 when Nigeria would be marking its centenary celebration, the state will be given a prime place, Lokoja was the first capital of the country.
He commended the giant strides recorded by Governor Ibrahim Idris and urged the people to vote the PDP governorship candidate, Capt. Idris Wada to consolidate on the gains of the administration.
Jonathan, however, urged the people to eschew violence during the forthcoming election, reiterating his pledge of 'one man, one vote.'
In his speech, Governor Idris said he was happy that he was able to transform the state to an enviable height, noting that all the allocations received were judiciously utilized even as he called on the people to vote for Capt. Wada.
In his speech, Capt Wada said he was encouraged to contest for the governorship because he wanted to be part of the transformational agenda of the President.
He said if elected, he would make transparency, equity, fairness and justice his guilding philosophy.
Earlier, President Jonathan had inaugurated the 10 billion naira Greater Lokoja Waterworks, the multi-million Olympic size stadium and the Ganaj dual carriageway.
In the President's entourage were Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and the PDP acting National Chairman, Kawu Baraje, among others.