A presidential aspirant in the forthcoming 2019 election, Adamu Garba II, has stated that he would remove Church and Mosque from the presidential villa if given the mandate in 2019.
According to youthful Garba 11, founder/CEO, IPI Solutions Nigeria Limited, a leading cloud computing company based in Lagos, religion had contributed to most of the crisis in the world and should be completely detached from politics.
In this interview, the young presidential aspirant also promised to turn Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones into nine economic zones.
You said if you become president you will remove both the church and mosque from the federal and state governments, what made you to say that?
Seriously, I mentioned to you, if you check the history of the global religious involvement in politics, usually, religion fair very well when they run as traditional and cultural course than when they become part of politics, because politics is a very sensitive area.
Now, if you check the 30 years war of Europe, the war consumed more than 40 million lives, it’s all about religion.
If you check the King Henry Revolution, it was all about religion. Killings and killings.
If you see again what is happening in the Middle East, it is religious motivated war.
So, once you integrate religion in your policy, you are indirectly amplifying a frontline and creating a process for a direct confrontation that will create an endless circle that will consume everybody in the nation. The best thing is to separate this institution from governance.
So does removing churches and mosque solve this problem?
I think the symbolic representation of an intention of the president is to show you that I don’t come to Aso Rock to pray but I come to Aso Rock to work.
My job is for all Nigerian people and I don’t believe Nigeria has only Muslims and Christians, I believe there are other several religions that have right into the nation and they are also principal stakeholders of the Nigerian project.
As a democratic leader, your job is to protect the interest of the minority regardless of what they believe and to me, I believe that if I truly want to be the real democratic leader, if I am not bringing all religion into Aso Rock, no religion should exist them.
If even any media agency snapped me praying in a mosque because I’m a Muslim, I will sue the person for libel because I am not in Aso Rock to pray, I am there to work and so what I want you to see me as first and foremost is the Nigerian president, not a Christian, not a Muslim, nor a southern and northern, the eastern, the western, the up or down president, but the Nigerian president.
And if I want to do that, I should symbolize it and part of the symbol is, taking out this to houses and making it a free place where everyone can come.
If you become the president, what will be your priority?
My first day in office, I will restrategize the whole of things, but I am going to work immediately on the identity of Nigerian crisis.
We will have to identify the brand Nigeria. Everyone will have to buy the product called Nigeria. That will be my first assignment and I promise to do a press conference every week so that people can understand God has placed us in a very important place and we are all going to benefit.
The second thing is to initiate a policy that will liberate over 160 to 180 million people from poverty and my target is by the end of my administration if I am opportune to stay for eight years, we will have over 160 million people living above 10 dollar per day with the policies if they are properly implemented.
With this, I believe Nigeria will have a journey away from poverty/
So four years is not even enough to achieve this?
Yes, four years will set you on a path to doing that. First and foremost, we need to define ourselves and understand who we are. Secondly, we need to focus on infrastructure because we need that money people share in Abuja to build our roads, bridges and dredge our River Niger.
Each state should be able to create an economic zone within the country, about 9 economic zones with Lagos as the centre.
All we need to do is to make sure that each zone is powering the state within their locality.
So, I believe that with this, infrastructure, power, maybe because we already have regular oil money that I think we will use to power our productivity, because we won’t export oil again.