My generation has failed Nigerians, says Jonathan

By The Citizen
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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has said that his generation has failed Nigerians, adding that, it is the youths that will take the country to the promise land.

Jonathan made the assertion at the official flag-off of his 2015 presidential election held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, southwest Nigeria on Thursday.

He said that 2015 general elections is about the youths, noting that, it is either they vote for a youth to be relevant or the other way round and be irrelevant.

'My generation has failed Nigerians and it is the youths that will take this country to the moon. I'm here to talk to the youths who are voting for the first time and those between the ages of 20-23 years. It is only this government that has done so much for the youths in this country.

'We have scholarship for the youths but they must first make first class in their various schools before they will benefit. We will send them to the best universities across the world to further their education and they said we have no plans for the youths.

'Can a government that has no plan for its youths be doing this? We have built schools across the country including Almajiri schools in the North. Ask those who are deceiving you what they built when they were in government,' he said.

Jonathan said further that corruption cannot be stopped by arresting and harassing the people, adding that, his government is working on building institutions in order to stop corruption and its succeeding.

'They said we can't fight corruption but we have arrested more people within a short period. We are reducing corruption and other relevant agencies will address Nigerians on this. They said we are weak, unfocused and has no plans. I came in with the late Ummar Yar' Adua and he advocates the rule of law and I abide by it. Any country that doesn't obey the rule of law is a jungle. We will follow due process in fighting corruption.

'They said they will fight insecurity, ask them what they did with defense money when they were in government. Ask them did they buy a single rifle for the security agencies? They instigated crises and they are now telling us they will fight insecurity,' he said.

Lagos State PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje said that the party's governorship candidates from across the country are the new face of the party come 2015, assuring that the party would continue with the way it has governed their respective states from inception.

'We are the new face of PDP and we are out to do better than we have done today. President Goodluck Jonathan will emerge victorious come February 14, 2015 and all PDP governorship candidates will shake Nigeria come February 28,' he assured.

Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko in his remarks, said the Southwest will not settle for a president with less than a university degree.

'I stand on firm ground to state categorically that hardly is there any home in Lagos and indeed the Southwest that cannot boast of tenth generation school certificate holders. This is why, among others, we will not settle for a president with less than a university degree.

Jonathan have started the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, he's also embarked on the rehabilitation of the rail system, giving a face-lift to our airports including Ibadan airport, adding that, for these and many more, the people of the Southwest are grateful.

'Afterall, we can remember the anti-human decision to terminate the Lagos metroline project by some other government. That project into which the Jakande-led administration had committed a whopping sum of N70 million (about $75 million at that time) was meant to put an end to the traffic nightmare in Lagos metropolis through the installation of a circuit of rail lines that would have stretched from Agege to Marina, Ikorodu in the north and Badagry in the east, ferrying nearly a million people a day, 31-years ago. While some chose to destroy, you have chosen to build.

'Today, Mr President, Benin-Ore-Sagamu expressway is witnessing massive rehabilitation, the Lagos-Kano rail lines, moribund for over 15 years have been re-activated, agriculture has regained its pride of place and you have strengthened our democratic institutions through free, fair and credible elections.

'I am convinced that the hands of Goodluck Jonathan that started these good works will surely complete them. Let the good works of Goodluck continue,' he said.