Nigerian music star, and Eti-Osa House of Representatives candidate, Olubankole Wellington, widely known as Banky W has pledged to support the creation of state police if elected. He also expressed his willingness to publicly declare his assets if elected to represent Eti-Osa constituency of Lagos in the House of Representatives.
Saying his destiny is to stay in Nigeria and make his community and the country better, the singer revealed in an interview with Premiumtimes that he decided against leaving the country while many Nigerians are running away for greener pastures because he believes he is meant to empower the young people.
“For me, it is about destiny and impact. I have lived outside of the country for a little over half of my life and I have had those opportunities and they are still there for me if I wanted to take them but I feel like my destiny is here,” he said.
“I feel like I have been given the success, the platform, the following and the relevance that I have because I am meant to use it for a greater good. I am meant to use it to impact my generation. I am meant to use it to empower the young people around me. I am meant to use it to make my community and my country better.
“So, if I run away because life is easier elsewhere, that will be running away from my problems and I am intent on impacting my generation and fulfilling my purpose, that is why I am here.”
Banky W had, on November 11, declared his intention to run for the House of Representatives seat of the Eti-Osa Local Government Area in Lagos under the Modern Democratic Party, a political party founded in 2017 by some youth associations.
He was speaking to young candidates at The Convergence – an initiative of Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA Africa), the Not Too Young To Run movement, one of Nigeria’s largest and most successful youth movement in recent times.
About 400 young candidates of various political parties had gathered at the conference aimed at empowering them ahead of the 2019 general elections.