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Former Cross River governor Donald Duke is the guest on Episode 3 of On the Couch with Falz and Laila.

This season, the hosts – FalzTheBahdGuy and Laila Johnson-Salami sits down with presidential aspirants. Previous episodes have featured Fela Durotoye and Olasubomi Okeowo.

Some of the points he made are:

  • Nigeria is an underperforming and underachieving nation, and the basis of our problem is poor leadership.
  • He wants to do for Nigeria what Nigeria has done for him – Nigeria has been good to him and he wants to provide the opportunities for people to achieve their potential.
  • He’ll start with dealing with the “civil war” across the country (in the North east, and Herdsmen crisis); tackling the economic situation; get soldiers motivated (making sure they get adequate welfare) get Nigeria’s credit system working.
  • On Education: Working on Nigeria’s curriculum (it’s totally outdated), training teachers, building more schools to accommodate the growing number of students. At the end of secondary school, graduands should have a requisite skill to enable them fend for themselves even if they do not attend university.
  • On Policing: He believes in State Policing. He thinks the minimum qualification to join the police should be HND. Get them insured. “His take home pay should actually take him home”. He says he’ll scrap SARS because he does not support a unit that carries weapons around without uniforms.
  • He thinks legislators’ salaries are excessive and the executive must have the will to sit down the national assembly leadership to re-visit it.
  • On Electricity: The basic premise of government: “Anything that is essential, must be locally available”. Nigeria wastes useful gas everyday. He says he’ll provide enabling environment to turn that into power.
  • My greatest achievement is being a good father, and a role model to many.
  • He’ll soon make an announcement on the party he’s decide to run with.
  • He’s not mis-appropriated public funds. he has corrupt acquaintances as that is part of politics but his loyalty is to Nigeria.
  • I don’t believe in capital punishment.
  • President Buhari could have done better. If he’s done well I wouldn’t be contesting.
  • He’ll not criminalise same sex relationships and ensure that gay persons have the protection of the law. However, if they want to exhibit their sexuality, that’s an affront on the “current norms” of society and should be kept private.
  • He’ll employ a gay person as a member of his cabinet if he/she can get the job done.

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  1. Gerry

    August 26, 2018 at 12:13 am

    We really lack viable presidential candidates. Finding it difficult to answer basic questions. I expect a presidential candidate to at least have a manifesto. Donald Duke speaks well but he isn’t president material in my opinion.

  2. by_stander

    August 26, 2018 at 12:39 am

    A Lawyer accepts the bases of all problems is that people can not reach their potential, however says the problem is leadership.

    Does the President write laws? Even if he does is there no oversight by lawyers? or who is responsible for legal writing?

    Do you lawyers and accountants think everybody else is stupid?

    So there is no link between human potential and inalienable rights? and as a lawyer you don’t know laws exists to infringe on inalienable rights in favour of Lawyers and Accountants?

    This is the reason why you can not even pay me enough money to ever vote for a lawyer or accountant into any position of leadership.

    They would want state policing na before fixing the core issue of infringement of inalienable rights – easier to control a state “law” enforcement officer than a federal one.

    Now he is talking about science of electricity – LOL – They can talk about how every other profession should do their job but nobody can tell them how to their own. Oga dont worry na Telsa and Edison studied law and accounting while nobody was looking. LMAO

    Anyways sha i enjoyed the Entertainment at the end.

    • Californiabawlar

      August 26, 2018 at 1:55 am

      You really think you’re onto some groundbreaking ishh ??
      Pele dear.

    • by_stander

      August 26, 2018 at 11:48 am

      My dear, ma ọ bụrụ na it’s not groundbreaking, shebi that means you already know about it. Ko ka sani?

    • jokobaba

      August 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Cali, me sef confuse

    • Big Tee

      August 26, 2018 at 7:14 am

      What are you even saying? There is power in silence (sometimes)

  3. Miss Smart

    August 26, 2018 at 9:01 am

    He spoke well but he isn’t presidential material. Too soft, no fire in his belly to actually effect change.

    Manifestos, policies to enact! These should be rolling off their tongues.

    I like Donald Duke, he seems like a cool dad but definitely not a president. Just a bit too laid back for my liking.

    Good luck in your future endeavours- on to the next one, if there really is.

  4. Val

    August 26, 2018 at 10:19 am

    you guys are just too funny. Its clear, even if God himself decide to rule Nigeria, you’ll all just condemn him with your arm chair opinions. Now you have someone like Duke- a refreshingly different kind of Nigerian leader with first rate achievements as Governor of Cross River between 1999-2007. And now, one person will say he doen’t have fire in his belle, like say uim wey dey talk don chop fire before. Duke is the only Presidential material Nigetia needs. period!

    • Smh

      August 26, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      My thoughts exactly. Putting Donald Duke aside for a minute, this was exactly the same thing with the previous episodes. Abeg, you people should just vote Buhari in again since that seems to be what you truly want in your heart of hearts. As for these two hosts, I reserve my comments. They think it’s by blowing grammar.

    • Dayo

      August 30, 2018 at 6:06 am

      @Smh, it’s not either Donald Duke or Buhari. We have other choices and thus I have no issues with folks criticizing Mr. Duke (except the muddled-up Bystander…lol!). Someone like Moghalu (for example) is much more impressive on SUBSTANCE than Mr. Duke (personally, I am wary on anyone who shrugs off his self-professed “corrupt acquaintances” as politics).

    • Patrick

      August 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      I concur with Val, all we do best is criticize sha!. Donald Duke sounds more articulate and knowledgeable about the dilemma we are in Naija. When the time comes he will have his agenda to the public.
      I really like the forum Falz created and it is a breath of fresh air and relatable experience to the target audience (the youths mostly)
      Would like to see more aspirants on the couch, let’s see hope they flow and connect like Donald! #getyourPVC

  5. Smh

    August 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Besides, of all the severe issues facing Nigeria right now that need pressing solutions, it is homosexuality that is at the top of these hosts’ agenda/questions on each episode.

  6. TT

    August 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I will give my vote to a donald duke than a Fela.
    Donald has first hand experience, he is young and did great things during his governorship tenure.

    We all don’t have to be lousy rats or motivational speakers to show the passion in our bellies.

    Action is sure better than a million words

  7. chris

    August 27, 2018 at 9:14 am

    thank you donald duke you are a great man you must be nigeria’s president i’ll vote for u this country must move forward and be on the right track.

  8. Jade

    August 27, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    This is a truly forward thinking candidate with a global mindset.

    So I am reading up in the comments people saying he is not presidential….what more do you guys want ? …. President who is buy minding how the road lights will look when there are more serious and bigger fishes to fry than focusing on the tasks of a councillor or commissioner.

    Nigerians, do not be swayed by silliness.

    The young presidents in countries where things work that you see all have experiences in politics…Macron, Trudeau, Varadkar, Ardern… there is need to carefully choose a long president with true experience so we will not end up in the same bin of having an overly old and useless president.

    Young & No experience = Old & Lifeless.

    Stay woke and be wise.

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