Nigeria Decides: Presidential election is no war, Buhari says

The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, said on Saturday that he does not consider the February presidential election as a war and advised electorates to eschew violence during the elections.

While advising other candidates not to see the race as a do-or-die affair, Mr. Buhari said, “I have no reason to see the presidential ambition as a war, because I am not fighting for myself but the interest of the people of this country”.

Mr. Buhari stated this at the township square, Lafia, during his campaign rally in the Nasarawa state capital.

He said if elected, his administration would address the issue of Boko Haram insurgency to ensure security in the country

“The fundamental challenges facing this country now are insecurity and the problem of economy-which are worsened by corruption. I pledge to tackle insecurity in the North-East caused by the Boko Haram sect.

“I assure you that we are going to finally assemble a competent team of Nigerians to efficiently manage the country. I am appealing to you; the damage done to this country is great.

“The level of unemployment, level of insecurity is intolerable. The journey has begun. It will take time, it will take patience, it will take support from you to make sure that we succeed.

“My administration will be poised to serve the people of this country judiciously, through improved healthcare delivery system, and quality education, to enable the citizens enjoy the dividends of democracy,” Mr. Buhari said.

He said that his administration would provide good roads and other infrastructure.

The APC presidential candidate, who noted that Nigeria was endowed with natural solid minerals, said his administration would articulate a plan to reposition the country’s mineral sector, which would enhance mining activities in Nasarawa state.

He said that mineral exploration was “a veritable tool for economic transformation” as it would create employment opportunities and diversify the means of income for the state, so that it would not be waiting for revenue from oil to develop.

According to him, if given the mandate, his administration will also place high premium on the execution of developmental programmes to enhance the well-being of the populace.

In his remarks, Mr. Buhari’s running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, urged Nigerians to vote for the party’s presidential candidate as well as its gubernatorial candidate, Umaru Al-Makura.

Mr. Osinbajo also appealed to them to protect their votes.

(NAN)


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  • mk

    God will help who help others..we all know what it takes to change from bad to good..PATIENCE AND SACRIFICE..

    • endingNaija

      Definitely NOT Jonathan Goodluck!

      • Dayo

        GEJ IS implementing change. The railway system, the agricultural reform, many arrests of corrupt representatives (the governor of the central bank himself) fertilizer scam has bee greatly reduced and fuel importation and distribution has been sanitized to some extent. All GMB does is promise change. I want cold facts, examples, a program. Otherwise there is no way I will trust him.

  • TrueNja

    We Nigerians are tired of Boko Haram and corruption. God willing Buhari will make it to Aso Rock this time around.

  • Itunu

    Easier said than done! We all want the economy fixed, Boko Haram stopped, health care and education but I still don’t understand how Buhari plans on doing it. I hear a lot of appealing promises but no explaination about the way he plans to achieve it. Interestingly enough Buhari is promising to do everything GEJ has been trying to do through his Transformation Agenda. GEJ also had an amazing team of qualified Nigerians starting with Okonjo-Iweala and the Transformation Agenda has worked so far, but just as Buhary says, patiance is necessary.

  • Dayo

    A man who once shamelessly stole the power from the Nigerian people is now claiming to represent them? Have we lost all rhyme and reason?

  • Mr. Abdin

    Yes Politics is all about popular votes and that is why im really in support of Buhari is not a do -or-die affair.

  • Ezekiel Akpablo

    A whole lot of promises but still no concrete solutions put forward for “fighting off Boko Haram in a couple of months” and nothing substantial for economic and social policies.

    Is reelecting a former dictator that caused people to lose their jobs, imprisoned people without trials, proceeded to executions and publicly shamed even more, a risk worth taking over promises of words?

  • Akinfenwa Mikel

    Fine for Buhari to be man of contradiction, preaching bloodshed then peace (then bloodshed, then peace) during speeches to his reporters, but it is his policies — or lack of — that most concern me. Can anyone point to any concrete solutions Buhari has stated for how he will eliminate Boko Haram in two months? The Nigerian military is without training and supplies — Buhari will outfit and prepare them in that amount of time? What about the rest of the job of governing this massive nation? Buhari is fresh out of ideas, and threatens to take Nigeria to the dark ages of an economic depression, extremist violence and religious rule. Buhari is a warrior, a former dictator not fit to lead a democratic nation.

  • David Abiodun

    Its 2015 and Nigeria is talking about Muslim North and Christian South. Talking about Housa, Yoruba, and Igbo. Its 2015 and Nigeria politics still have old military dictators who, right in front of the peoples eyes, went and pull off their army uniform, put on civil cloths and resurfaced in government promising the people things they failed to do in the prime years. Its 2015 and Nigerians still do not know that the success or failure of any President in office depends largely on the choices made by those in the house of representatives. Do Nigerians really know how a democratic government system works? Its 2015 and yet the only thing Nigerians know how to do well is talk gibberish, clown, and be superstitious. But I am not surprised. How can a union formed in greed and theiving prosper? Nigeria should discontinue that union formed by the lunatic called Laggard. He was thinking about Britain’s interest when he formed that union. He wasn’t thinking about you and children!!!

  • David Abiodun

    Its 2015 and Nigeria is talking about Muslim North and Christian South. Talking about Housa, Yoruba, and Igbo. Its 2015 and Nigeria politics still have old military dictators who, right in front of the peoples eyes, went and pull off their army uniform, put on civil cloths and resurfaced in government promising the people things they failed to do in the prime years. Its 2015 and Nigerians still do not know that the success or failure of any President in office depends largely on the choices made by those in the house of representatives. Do Nigerians really know how a democratic government system works? Its 2015 and yet the only thing Nigerians know how to do well is talk gibberish, clown, and be superstitious. But I am not surprised. How can a union formed in greed and thieving prosper? Nigeria should discontinue that union formed by that lunatic called Laggard. He was thinking about Britain’s interest when he formed that union. He wasn’t thinking about you and children!!!

  • emmanuel anizoba

    Peter Obi shamelessly dumped APGA for the PDP and did all he could to vilify PMB in the Southeast. This article is simply a bogus attempt to smuggle Mr Obi, the wily Catholic Church stooge, into the APC establishment. Vigilance, Vigilance! Don’t drop the stick yet, because the snake is not dead.

    • Military rule returns

      useless comment. What has political party affiliation got to do with performance? All the pdp cheiftains that are now in APC does it make them good or achievers? Celebrate the only governor who lived within the means of his state and refused to go borrowing ONLY HIM none other.

  • Remi

    When Dr Dan Fulani asserts that northern Nigeria is responsible
    for the impoverishment of her citizens, he is spot on. He is not the first to
    make this statement and I wonder if those who are persecuting him know what hate
    speech is. How I wish that those who are persecuting him are able to face the
    real demons of northern Nigeria. Those who make inciting speeches and engage in
    criminal acts that threaten the peace of fellow northerners and other Nigerians
    who are not of their faith.

    As a unit, northern Nigeria has more states and local
    government areas than southern Nigeria. Thus, by the abnormal , for a so called federal system – revenue allocation formula, she has , over the years, received far more revenue from the collective national pool
    than southern Nigeria, yet she remains the poorest of the two regions. In terms
    of indirect funding- for salaries of federal government officials and
    legislators, MDAs – she is the greater beneficiary of federal government spending
    than the south, yet she remains the most backward. Is it therefore not time to call
    the elites of this region, who superintend over this humongous spending, to
    account?