A former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday described the Boko Haram sect as, “Godless people, marauding murderers in communities and kidnapers”.
Mr. Buhari, who said this while declaring his intention to contest the 2015 presidential election at the Eagle Square, Abuja, commended the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Police in their efforts to contain the insurgency.
He urged the security forces to continue fighting “until victory is won”.
The former head of state also spoke on the nation’s economy and other critical sectors and promised to bring about the needed change if elected as president.
Mr. Buhari paid tributes to Nigerians grappling with poverty and insecurity.
“I humbly wish to present myself before you, before all Nigerians and before God, seeking to be elected as APC presidential candidate,” Mr. Buhari said.
While giving vote of thanks, an APC chieftain, Abu Ibrahim, said due to heightened insecurity in the country, Nigerians were no longer sleeping with their two eyes closed.
Mr. Ibrahim, a senator from Katsina State, blamed some of nation’s woes on rampant corruption, saying that many cases where already before the Senate.
He argued that Nigeria needs someone like Mr. Buhari to rescue to rescue the country saying, “The insecurity situation is so pandemic that it has to be arrested.”
Also speaking, a former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, said that Nigerians are expected to return by May 2015 for Mr. Buhari’s inauguration as president of Nigeria.
He said, “We in the APC have pledged to bring change to Nigeria. Agricultural productivity and taking out poverty and providing food security will be a focal point.
“We will restore honour and integrity to public service and also tackle corruption. Nigeria is now a country where stealing is not corruption.”
Mr. Melaye, however, called for a free and fair election, saying that there was no point conducting an election if it is not going to be free and fair.
“Nigeria has never been so polarised by a sinking government. We, in APC have resolved to stop them in their track. The economy continues to degenerate while government continues to announce fantastic figures and fathom economic growth,” Mr. Melaye said.
Mr. Buhari is the second aspirant on the APC platform to officially declare for the party’s presidential ticket for the 2015 elections.
He has unsuccessfully contested three presidential elections in the country and stands the chance of clinching the 2015 ticket.
It was former Vice President, Atiku Abubarkar, who first sought the party’s presidential ticket when he made an official declaration on September 24, at the Yar’Adua Center.