Prodigiously development-minded and an ardent apostle of responsive governance, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in an interview with select newsmen in Lagos said he is open to work with progressive like minds to wrest power from the grip of APC and the opposition PDP.
Kwankwaso opined that Nigeria has not been divided along ethnic and religious lines like we are at the moment and that the country is on the verge of collapse if urgent steps are not taken to change the leadership structure.
Sen. Kwankwaso further urged about 16 minority political parties to come together to remove APC and PDP to save the country.
When asked if he can work with Mr. Peter Obi, he answered in affirmative but on the condition that Obi will vice him since he has the magic wand to stabilize the country and get it back to winning ways. He noted that Obi is a sound young man that has a lot to offer and that he would be glad to work with him.
He said that at the moment, what Nigeria needs is a proven leader with good track record of sound leadership, who will be able to win election and galvanize the country together, solve the insecurity challenges that have bedeviled the country, restore the economy and put politics, ethnic inclinations and religious affiliations aside and lead the country selflessly.
Kwankwaso also call for more women and youths involvement in governance in both appointment and elective capacities.
When asked if he has faith in INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible election in 2023, Kwankwaso rather seized the opportunity to encourage the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakub to see 2023 as an opportunity to write his name in gold in the sand of time by being fair in the conduct of the forthcoming general election, noting that history will not be fair to him should he fail Nigerians with the conduct of the election. Kwankwaso said that unless he, Prof. Yakub heeds this warning, he will regret his time as INEC chairman in future.
He said the 2023 election is not like the previous elections, that this time Nigerians are keenly watching INEC, the security agencies and the politicians and would expect nothing short of free, fair and credible election.
The name His Excellency, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso resonates very loudly in the corridors of power and even among ordinary Nigerians. Born about 65 years ago, this political colossus has carved a niche for himself in Nigerian politics.
He is currently the national leader and Presidential flag bearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party. Before now, he had cut his teeth with several formidable political associations.
He was a member of the Peoples Front of Nigeria. Mr. Kwankwaso also served the Social Democratic Party between 2014-2018. He then joined the Peoples Democratic Party. The consummate politician briefly took up membership with the APC between 2014-2018
The political leader of the NNPP had his tertiary education at the Loughborough University of Technology and Middlesex Polytechnic all in the United Kingdom.
He enjoys widespread support in Kano which culminated in his overwhelming election as governor of the state between 1999 2003. After he lost his immediate second term bid, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as the 1st Minister of Defense of the 4th Republic.
In 2011, he fought back and got a 2nd term mandate from his people to serve as Governor of Kano State. In 2015, he was elected into the Senate, serving one term under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, representing Kano Central Senatorial District.
On February 2022, Kwankwaso set up the National Movement as a political movement against the staying power of the two major political parties; the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party. He then co-opted the New Nigeria Peoples Party as the political wing of the movement and became its national leader on 30th March, 2022.
During his first tenure as governor of Kano State, he was able to establish the Kano University of Science and Technology in Wudil. It was the first and only state university in Kano at the time.
His 2nd tenure gave birth to the Northwest University, Kano and established 26 academic and manpower training institutes. Through these institutes, over 360,000 youths and women were trained and empowered .He is fondly called mr. education because of his unrivalled contribution to the development of education in Kano State.
Sen. Kwankwaso is the first state governor in Nigeria to introduce free school feeding and uniforms for primary school pupils. This singular act increased the school enrollment figures from one million in 2011 to over three million in 2015.
His passion for education was unquestionable as he initiated free education at all levels in the state. He established 230 secondary schools of which there as 47 technical colleges, 44 schools of Islamic Studies, Chinese College, French College and the first boarding girls college as well as a boys college in Damagaran and Niamey jointly with the government of Niger Republic.
After leaving office as governor, his quest to tackle the socio-economic malaise in the state informed his decision to set up the Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation. The Foundation was conceived to help the people of Kano State and across Nigeria.
Through the Foundation, Kwankwaso supported many young people to further their education with continued financial assistance. The 1st batch of 370 beneficiaries of the Foundations oversees scholarship returned to Nigeria in 2021 after completing their degrees.
Many of the graduates well placed on the labour market in companies like Dangote and BUA.
The Foundation also secured the release of 170 inmates in various prisons across Nigeria by paying their fines and providing transport that enabled them get to their destinations.
Cash and food items are regularly disbursed to widows and other disadvantaged indigenes and Nigerians at large.
Indeed, Radiu Kwankwaso is an epitome of sacrifice, love, goodwill and compassion, and the answer to the leadership gap the country is seeking to fill.