Posted by Sade Williams
Renowned pilot and aviation trainer, Captain Ibrahim Kadafir Mshelia has formally joined the Borno state governorship race under the Labour Party (LP), for the forthcoming 2018 elections.
The pilot said he is pitching tent with the Labour Party because he strongly believes that the party will not only take the government house come 2019, but will lay a foundation for unstoppable progress that the youths of Borno can enjoy for hundreds of years to come.
Captain Mshelia disclosed this yesterday while making a speech in his formal presentation to the Labour Party in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
While stating that the current leadership have done its best, but their best simply isn’t good enough, Mshelia made it clear that the 2019 election is a different ball game as the time for impunity, mediocrity and empty promises of the governing party are over.
According to him, “They might have great resources at their disposal, they might have the so called “advantage of incumbency”. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge. We will build our economy in a manner that allows anyone willing to work to do so and enjoy a decent life from the proceeds of his labor. We will restore the dignity of our people and we’ll build a path to recovery for our numerous internally displaced who are can still contribute to our economy”.
The aspirant affirmed that despite the enormous tasks ahead, the Labour Party will not let themselves to be overcomed by challenges because Borno people are resilient and dynamic at all times since time immemorial.
Mshelia also expressed happiness that Labour Party has not participated in the lacklustre leadership that has altered the course of Borno State and indeed the entire country from the path of vitality and promise to that of frustration, fear and despair.
“I feel a deep sense of pride to identify with the labour party because it remains the party of hope and Borno state remains strong in the face of the great challenges at this crucial time in our history because of the hope that the people see when they look at the face of our dear party”, he said.
While pledging a deep commitment to the working people who give the best of their time and energy so that they can have a better life, Mshelia added that this could be achieved is through provision of decent education for the workers’ children, so that they can grow old in comfort and with dignity.
He decried the insurgency ravaging the state, adding that it is a tragedy of epic proportions that Borno state which served as a home of greatness and hospitality and a jewel of Nigeria has battled insurgency that has left so many people living in fear and many brutally driven from their homes.
Lamenting that the state has not enjoyed peace and prosperity for the past nine years, Mshelia pointed out that what such situation means is that the state has hundreds of thousands of children who have lived more than ten years and not known what it means to enjoy peace and prosperity or even a stable life.
“Very soon they will become adults and the full impact of years of uncertainty and desperation can birth a generation of angry young men and damaged young women. We must not let this be the fate of Borno state. We cannot afford to fail in the mission to bring true and lasting peace to this land”, Mshelia emphasised.
He commended the sacrifice of the nation’s brave compatriots who are in military and security service, just as he appreciated the selfless sacrifice of the civilian JTF for being willing to pay the highest price so their neighbors can sleep with their two eyes closed.
“However, there is still great work to be done. The leaders who have come before us may have performed well at times and not so well at others, but it is time to pass the torch to a new generation of leadership in Borno State that can tackle the problems that have plagued us for far too long. A new generation of leaders that will not rest until every man, woman and child in Borno can feel secure wherever he or she is. A new generation of leaders that can bring prosperity to or people and ensure that Borno takes its pride of place as one of the most prosperous states of Nigeria. A new generation of leaders that can inspire the people to dare to dream and be the best of who they are”, Mshelia said.