50 years ago, the ounding athers o our great nation secured independence or us and laid theoundations or a united Nigeria. Tey had aith in the people o this country; that when the etterso colonization were removed they would be able to transorm their lives or the better. Tey frmly believed that Nigerians will create the systems and enduring processes that will deliver economicgrowth and stability, egalitarian development, improved living conditions and quality o lie or thepeople. Tey built schools and universities; they established banks and other fnancial institutions,arm settlements, and various industries as precursors o a vibrant economy with a small, butenterprising, private sector.And they tried to nurture a edgling democracy. Teir aspirations were abruptly terminated inJanuary 1966. Ater the long years o military rule and several hal-hearted attempts to return thecountry to democratic governance, the people’s right to reely elect their leaders and representativeswas restored in May 1999. Te restoration brought high expectations, the hopes and promisesencapsulated in reedom. Tose expectations have not been met; the promises remain unulflled.Our nation’s recent golden jubilee celebrations, although marred by unortunate loss o lives,provided the backdrop or a sober reection on our journey these past fty years, and also anexamination o the policies o the ruling party since 1999. Te overwhelming consensus is that wehave underperormed given the country’s enormous endowment in both human and materialresources. Te nation’s social and economic indicators are startlingly weak. Regional and civicconicts are on the rise, threatening social cohesion and national security. Ordinary Nigerians arebeginning to question the value o democracy and even the necessity o staying together as onepeople in a country where things no longer seem to work.oday we are on the threshold o another general election, the ourth since the restoration o democracy. I believe this is an opportunity or change, to orientate our shared values into restoringthe oundations o our nation. I believe it is possible to build a united Nigeria devoid o ethnic orreligious conicts; a Nigeria where the well-being o the people is o paramount importance; aNigeria that inspires the highest level o patriotism in her citizens. I believe that it is possible toensure justice or the people, the security o lives and property, and the peace and stability whichwould engender growth and development.Te policies I am proposing here will enable us manage the diculties that our citizens are presently grappling with. Being mindul o the act that problems which took several decades to seed, take rootand consolidate will not be amenable to quick fxes, these are not quick fxes. Tey are structured totackle immediate problems in the short term even as medium and long-term challenges are kept inocus and solutions to them careully worked out.I will ocus on nine policy themes and briey highlight some o the critical issues that can beaddressed to improve the well being o our own people. Te policy themes are Human CapitalDevelopment, the Economy, Inrastructure, Governance, Youth Employment, Agriculture and FoodSecurity, Deence and National Security, Niger Delta, and Foreign Policy.