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2015 Election: Leadership Newspaper Publisher, Nda-Isaiah Consults Pastor Adeboye

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The founder of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group
Limited, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, yesterday took his
presidential campaign train to the Redeemed
Camp, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, where
he met the general overseer of the Redeemed
Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch
Adeboye.
Mr. Nda-Isaiah, who has declared his interest
in the 2015 presidential race, is seeking to
clinch the ticket of the All Progressives Congress
(APC).
The presidential aspirant met with the highly
respected cleric behind closed doors and after
the meeting, disclosed that he was at the RCCG
camp to pay homage and consult with Pastor
Adeboye over his ambition.
He stated: “As part of my consultations, I am
still going round seeing the leaders of the
country to tell them why I want to lead the
country, and, of course, this is one of such
right places, and that is why I am here. I have
come to discuss with Pastor Enoch Adeboye as
you saw.
“It was a very private meeting. This is just
consultation and we know the place of Pastor
Adeboye in Nigeria. Even Time magazine has
mentioned him as one of the most influential
people in the world. So it should not be
surprising that this is one of the places that I
must come to. That is why I have come”.
The publisher said though he sits atop a
conglomerate that pays legitimately more than
the Presidency, the desire to reposition the
country formed the basis for his interest in the
presidential race.
Nda-Isaiah said: “Right now, nothing is being
done right in Nigeria; everything is being done
wrongly. As we speak now, the most
elementary duty of government which is to
provide security for its people – in fact, that
one is not in manifestoes because it is beyond
politics – is not being achieved.
“The whole nation is in disarray. As we stand
here now, we are afraid of going to the
churches, we are all afraid of going to the
mosques, we are not to go to the market or
send our children to school. Nigeria is
technically a failed state. Like I keep saying, we
are just lucky that with our size and resources
both human material and natural we can
reverse it now. We shouldn’t wait to get to a
point when it is no longer reversible.
“Nigeria is in a state of emergency now and we
need to rescue it. That is why I am in the
race”.
Looking forward, he explained, “our campaign
will stand on two legs. First, we are going to
unite this country as quickly as possible to
form a nation because we are not a nation. I
have never seen a nation so divided and hopes
to make progress”.
The founder of LEADERSHIP continued: “We
must, as a matter of urgency, come together to
form one strong united Nigeria, and that is
very possible. The reason we are not united is
lack of justice, fairness. And the way we are
led will always lead to divisions. A leader that
wants to unite a country can do it easily: You
do not need a budget to do that; all you need
to do is be sincere.
“You have to ensure that there is justice,
fairness and charity. If you treat members of
the country, the whole nation, the way you
treat your family as the head of the family,
everybody will be fine. That is the first thing”.
He said the second priority will be to quickly
stabilize the country and bring order to the
nation, noting that the country is in total
disarray.
“Not just in the north-east; recently we heard
that an uncle to the president was kidnapped,
because of the kidnapping in south-south and
south-east parts of the country, nobody wants
to go there.
“I have friends in the south-south and south-
east who do not go home for holidays. They
prefer to stay in Abuja. Even in Abuja now,
people are afraid to stay there because of
what has been happening”.
When given the opportunity by Nigerians, he
said, he and his team will run a government of
big ideas: “It is only big ideas that will change
the course of history and that will transmit
Nigeria from a Third World country to a First
World country. That is possible”.
Nda-Isaiah lamented that a group of thugs
under the guise of Boko Haram sect was able
to overrun the nation’s security apparatus
because of the high level of corruption, stealing
and mismanagement of public funds in the
country.

_Faith Olaniran

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