Leading media executive, Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi has declared her intention to run for president in the 2023 general elections.
Okunnu-Lamidi, who is the CEO of Slice Media, announced her ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, at a declaration event held at Freedom Park, Lagos, on Monday.
She stated that she had become the arrowhead for the intervention of her generation’s interests across the nation for politics and good governance.
“We need a better class and a better crop of leaders that are selfless, disciplined and bound with integrity, and above all, who love the country and are invested in her future. I am here to activate all people, the old, the poor, the rich; to unite around a common ideal on the basis of a consensus about a superior national development agenda,” Okunnu-Lamidi said.
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Though she didn’t state the political party she would seeking its nomination, the 38-year-old businesswoman noted that her interests include 70 per cent youths who are often disenfranchised and have not taken their rightful place in choosing the government of Nigeria.
She said, “We are all guilty for surrendering to temporary powerlessness, we can and must start to think differently. We sing often about our heroes past. These are people who entered the governance of Nigeria by design or by chance at very young age to take over from the colonial power that ruled Nigeria.
“This again is a generational inflection point for the nation. A nation desperate for leadership needs the young, the strong, those who have vision, those who have ideas, those who have a united Nigerian identity and a belief in this country. The people of Nigeria believe in Nigeria, they should not be led by leaders who don’t.”
Okunnu-Lamidi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Human Resources Management from the University of Bolton and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Project Management (MSc) from Heriot-Watt University.
She recently emerged as the winner of ‘Most Outstanding Young Entrepreneur’ category at the maiden edition of the Lagos Youth Awards held on December 26, 2021.