A young vibrant Nigerian woman, Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi has taken up the gauntlet thrown to the youths to become active participants in governance.
Mrs Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi is aspiring to replace President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.
Declaring her intention for the highest political office in the country during a media conference at the Freedom Park in Lagos, Mrs Okunnu-Lamidi said she is ready to walk the talk of providing the needed leadership at this point in the history of the country
It’s time for the youths to stand up, it’s time to make a move, we need to start the conversation on the national stage, people are complaining, people are tired, but it seems that nobody is ready to have this conversation, I am willing to be the arrowhead for my generation, we are blaming past generations right now, in about ten years time, the next generation. Will be blaming us
‘The challenge of the presidency is to make Nigeria work for all of its diverse peoples. It is the most powerful office in the land, but it is a place of service, and responsibility and duty and not a place of arrogance or show. Nigeria is not working for us,’’ she stated.
The daughter of a former Federal Commissioner of Works & Housing and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Alhaji Femi Okunnu, Kadijah is one of the leading women in the Nigerian media and advertising space and a humanitarian, known for her gender balance and youth development advocacy and is the brain behind some social impact initiatives including – Water Relief Nigeria, Help Our Youth (HOY), To Better Nigeria & Project: Bridge the Gap.
On what made her qualified to aspire for the office of the Nigerian President, instead of starting from the grassroots and what she would be bringing to the table, Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi who said she is in talks with a couple of political parties to choose the most suitable platform, explained that she had been watching the political space and happenings around the country for a while now and would be bringing integrity, resilience and her wealth of experience in human capital development to bear.
“I was born into politics really, nurtured and mentored in the political space, I have never sought any political office before now, the reason is that I think you need to be ready, the narrative that has been put forth is that go start from somewhere and work your way up, but that’s just the narrative, the system is designed to make you fail, you get in there, you get compromised along the way and you can’t make a difference, those that are experienced have already failed and because of the nature of our constitution, most of the powers reside in the presidency, so, in this situation, experience doesn’t really count.
‘‘A president for all Nigerians must have integrity, competence, a 21st century vision, energy, empathy and compassion for all our peoples and more so for the weak, the dispossessed and the disenfranchised,’’
‘‘It is not a proud boast to say that a candidate has been steeped in the bloody, incompetent and corrupt experience which has brought our country to where it is today. My generation is part of our nation’s history but we are not the ones who wrote it, in the blood of our youth and women and children.
“These are among the real issues of 2023 and it is these issues that will define the fate of Nigeria,’’ she stated.
Mrs Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi who is in her late 30’s is now the first woman to signify interest to take over from President Buhari in 2023.