Controversial lawmaker and Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has declared that he will be president of Nigeria.
Senator Melaye made the shocking disclosure while fielding questions on an interview session on Channels Television. The verbose senator also joined many other Nigerians in advocating the recognition of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.
Speaking on Channels Television’s political programme, Sunday Politics, as Nigerians marked the 23rd anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Senator Melaye revealed that he is ambitious and wants to be president of the country.
Senator Melaye when asked when he wants to become president, responded,
“Everyone is ambitious. I am ambitious, like I want to be the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“I will be. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. It’s not a crime to be ambitious. It’s not a crime to pursue your dreams, your visions and your ambition.”
Speaking further on the significance of June 12 if recognised as Democracy Day, Senator Melaye explained,
“Every struggle has the impetus to propel people to the next level. Today most public holidays in the United States of America are significant and have positive concomitant effects with some revolutionary struggle.
“The June 12 struggle for me was a struggle for emancipation, freedom and departure from the old order and giving it that historical resonance by recognising that date will have a resultant effect on Nigeria’s political evolution now and in the future.”
“Without gainsaying, one will say that it is mandatory, pertinent and obligatory and it is a bitter necessity that as a government and as a people, we do recognise the historical significance of June 12.
“I am one of the advocates of declaring that day as our Democracy Day because it has a lot of historical and revolutionary value.
“I will support that that day be declared our Democracy Day and we should continue to herald that, we should continue to agitate that and I’m sure someday sometime, reason and logic will come to play.”
See excerpts of the interview below;