11th October, 2010
An Italy-based Nigerian businessman, Francis Onabis, has declared his intention toÂ contest for Nigeriaâ€™s presidency in the 2011 general elections.
He made his declaration through a press statement issued on his behalf by his mediaÂ coordinator, Ayodele Oloye.
Onabis is from Edo State and does not belong to any political party. He is CEO of MattiaÂ holdings Limited, a financial and marketing consulting company in Cyprus, and StillwaterÂ Limited based in Italy.
While explaining that his love for his country and his desire for a change motivated him,Â Onabis said he had acquired knowledge and experience of good governance outside, which heÂ intends to inject into Nigeria to make the nation great.
Onabis lamented the complete breakdown of infrastructure in Nigeria; adding that securityÂ of people and property cannot be guaranteed.
Condemning the ruling Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party PDP, he said, â€œthey run the government ofÂ Nigeria as their own personal property, Nigeria belongs to all and any person who isÂ elected to public office must understand that he is there to serve the people. PDP hasÂ ruled Nigeria for the past 11 years and the country is not better off, no thanks to theirÂ way of ruling.â€