By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and foremost PDP Presidential aspirant, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim has said that Nigeria has the potentials to develop fast like China with good leadership.
The Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant stated this at his campaign headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
It was on the occasion of presentation of the book, “China: Rise and Global Influence in the 21st Century” written by a versatile journalist, Mr Ikenna Emewu who made the presentation himself.
Anyim said the growth and development of China was as a result of the high quality of leadership the country had enjoyed over the years stressing that he would offer Nigeria same quality of leadership if he is elected president of Nigeria in 2023.
According to him, “China has proven that large population is not a burden to rapid socio-economic development and Nigeria has a lot to learn from that.
“Those who talk about Nigeria’s large population and large landmass as constraints to development of the country are certainly missing the point.
“As a matter of fact, I will deploy these two natural resources which God has endowed Nigeria with in quickly transforming the country in the shortest time of my presidency.
“A large population means a large market and my industrialization programme will benefit from the huge Nigerian market which has the potential to keep local manufacturing running profitably.
“Same goes for our large arable landmass which is a huge asset for Agricultural production and veritable source of industrial raw materials”, the presidential aspirant postulated.
Anyim commended Mr Emewu for writing the book which he said, would be a good source of data and ideas on policies that will help change the fortunes of Nigeria.
Presenting the hard copy of the 274-page book, Mr Emewu thanked Senator Anyim for granting him audience for the presentation.
Emewu said the book is a product of his many years of academic and research works in and out of China.
He was optimistic that Nigerian has a lot to learn from the experience of China which has successfully transformed from a rural, poverty-stricken Asian country to become a dominant global player today.
“It is the story of China’s miraculous rise from the dept of poverty to the height of global economy through good leadership.
“It is a token to Senator Anyim in his presidential ambition to encourage him do his best for Nigeria when he becomes the president of the country”, the versatile journalist stated.