Omoyele Sowore, the African Action Congress (AAC)’s Presidential Candidate in the 2023 election, has claimed that money stolen by the last administrations can give Nigerians free education for the next 100 years.
Sowore made the claim while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on his chances to win the 2023 presidential election.
The activist had promised Nigerians free education from primary to tertiary level if voted as president in 2023.
When asked how he was going to fund the free education he promised, he said Nigeria is rich enough to fund the education policy in his manifesto.
“The money is there [to fund the free education]. I keep telling Nigerians that what has been taken out of Nigeria’s treasury in the last 16 years since I started Sahara Reporters, is enough to support free education in the country for another 50 years or 100 years.
“The United Arab Emirates provides free education for everybody. They even paid people to get married and we all started selling the oil at the same time but what we have been doing in Nigeria is cooperate welfare and individual powerful people’s welfare.”
While expressing optimism that he will win the election, Sowore vowed to work with the legislators to change the 1999 constitution of the country, saying the constitution is a fraudulent one.
“I can’t build my government on a fraudulent constitution”, he said.
Also, the AAC presidential candidate promised to probe the power sector privatisation, abolish the privatisation policy of the power sector and retrieve the government’s assets back from private bodies.
“The government is subsidising the fraud in the power sector because most of the people who bought the unbundled part of the power sector are still being subsidised with government’s loans, grants and some of them who completely failed have had their loans taken over by AMCON,” he said.
Sowore also supported the call for state police, saying his government would take policing to the community level just as it is done in the United States to ensure security in the country.