As the date for the presidential primary elections for the All Progressives Congress (APC) approaches, Ibikunle Amosun, two-time Governor of Ogun State and one of the presidential candidates under the ruling party, has no doubt in his mind that Nigerians would give him the opportunity to land the highest political post in Nigeria.
Amosun, who aims to address age-old challenges facing the nation, said he intends to achieve this by creating a Nigeria where young people are equipped for the future.
Observers said Amosun and President Muhammadu Buhari have shared a personal father-and-son relationship based on trust and mutual respect for many years. Despite this, the former governor of Ogun State prefers to remain cautious in touting this relationship. This is why he believes that the contest for the APC presidential ticket should be based on the strength of ideas rather than “who is strong”.
Many political observers can attest to the fact that Amosun has been and continues to be an important intercessor between the presidency and the current National Assembly. He is also believed to have been instrumental in helping Mr. President push his agenda through the hallowed halls, especially during this second term of Mr. President.
Amosun’s ideas, as contained in his manifesto, on the promotion of the cause and the development indices of the Nigerian state are worth questioning, as they seem to present an argument for the growth of a new kind of economy thanks to the abundant human capital that Nigeria is endowed with. .
“Our fossil fuel resource is not our greatest resource. As important as it is, its value varies and fluctuates with time and the vagaries of human behavior. For example, from the period of Covid-19 to the current war between Ukraine and Russia, we can see the extremes of prices and the effects on the global economy and that of Nigeria,” Amosun said in his manifesto.
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According to him, “Our sole reliance on these kinds of resources may not be the best approach, even though the world is potentially transitioning to a post-oil economy. I believe that basing and anchoring our economy on a resource of well-educated labor for which our country is greatly blessed will pay us greater dividends in the long run. This will potentially increase our ability to become Africa’s largest trading market.
During the recent presidential statement on May 5, Amosun identified two important pillars on which he intends to build his national development architecture, which includes building national security and integrated economic development.
For him, other sectors including health, education, agriculture and food security, rural and urban infrastructure development, technology, innovation and an incremental digital economy plan will flow naturally from the philosophy. of the national architecture that he described in the document.
According to him, building a national security strategy involves grassroots community policing and a national internal security plan that extends outwards and into the regional security policy that leads the fight against Nigeria’s enemies, whether foreign or national.
Amosun’s manifesto further suggested a building and expansion of Nigeria’s military-industrial complex, with a strong focus on threat preparedness and a proactive response capability to physical and virtual (cyber) threats; all seemingly bold and ambitious plans that testify to the importance of human-sized leadership to meet the demands of a contentious and ever-changing world order.
Testimonies of Amosun’s generosity and sense of duty abound, especially from a host of prominent Nigerians who testify warmly to the potential of an Ibikunle Amosun presidency.
No wonder his statement was followed by several of his colleagues from both houses of the National Assembly and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who is also another presidential aspirant for the APC ticket.
Amosun, himself a two-time former Governor of Ogun State elected on the platform of the ruling APC, is now the ranking senator representing Ogun Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly. An encounter with him envelops the quiet confidence of a man for whom the stars seem to align.
The former Governor of Ogun State prefers to uphold and display his skill and wealth of experience in both public and private sectors like his shield and armour. This wealth of experience has pushed him to contest Nigeria’s top political post after incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari departs in 2023.
Amosun was born on January 25, 1958 and had his primary education at the African Church Primary School in Abeokuta between 1965 and 1970. Thereafter, he went to the African Church High School from 1971 to 1977. He then attended Ogun State Polytechnic, where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in 1983.
He began his professional career as an audit trainee with the accounting firm Lanre Aremu & Co. in 1984 and later joined XtraEdge Consulting as a management consultant. In 1990, he ventured into private practice by creating Ibikunle Amosun & Co., a firm of chartered accountants where he acted as senior partner.
He became an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1990 and became a Fellow of the Institute in 1996. He also became an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria in 1998 while seeking to broaden the scope. of his knowledge and application of actuarial science in the Nigerian market.
Continuing his quest for learning and professional development, Amosun attended the University of Westminster in London, UK, where he earned a Masters in International Finance in 2000.
Upon his return to Nigeria, specifically around April 2003, Amosun was first elected to the Senate to represent the good people of Ogun Central Senatorial District. He served meritoriously until 2011 when he became the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) gubernatorial candidate for the April 2011 elections which he won and later served as Governor for two terms of the “gateway state”.
At the end of his term as Governor, he was again elected to the Senate for the Central Senatorial District of Ogun in accordance with the wishes and dictates of his people and has been representing their interests in the sacred chambers there ever since.