‘It’s time for national rebirth’ says ex-FSB Bank MD, Hayatu-Deen, as he declares presidential bid


Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, a former managing director of the now-defunct FSB International Bank, has declared his intention to run for the office of the presidency in 2023.

Speaking yesterday at a media briefing in Lagos, Hayatu-Deen said if elected president, he would provide a space for Nigerians to express their gifts “through industry, hard work and innovation”.

He recently joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“First, no one needs to be convinced that the system is broken. Across all tiers of government, the quality of delivery of public goods and services is abysmal,” he said.

“That the nation is facing a monumental crisis of confidence approaching existential proportions is understood by all.

“We need an unusual kind of leader fully equipped with the type of skills, character and experience to safely navigate the Nigerian people out of these stormy waters to a much brighter and better place reflective of the nation’s rich potentials for greatness.”

“I believe I have a good grasp of the opportunities and challenges confronting this country; and I amply possess the skills, background and experience to do the job,” he said.

“I was born here, went to school here and worked here all my life. So, I saw this country go through many of its peaks and valleys. As an economist, I have a clear understanding of the difference between successful nations which create economic miracles and laggard nations.

“I have a solid understanding of the economic success formula required to resuscitate and turn around a nation in deep social and economic malaise.”