President Muhammadu Buhari has released a speech ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday 16, February 2019.
The President in a live broadcast today promised Nigerians of free, fair and transparent elections, urging them to vote wisely and choose credible candidates during the polls.
Arctic Reporters have compiled a list of the major points the President made during the broadcast, read them below:
- It Will Be Democratic: President Buhari told Nigerians that it is their constitutional rights to vote during the elections and hence they should come out en masse to choose their leaders wisely. The President also assured the citizens of adequate security during the elections, pointing out that only yesterday, Wednesday 13, February he signed the Peace accord alongside other presidential candidates.
- Foreign Observers are Welcomed: President Buhari made it clear that foreign delegates assigned to monitor elections across the country are most welcome. He said that any speech of violence, intimidation or concerning insecurity made toward them doesn’t reflect the stance of the Federal Government.
- Nigerians should Shun Election Violence: President Buhari also appealed to Nigerians that they should also play alongside the Federal Government to ensure smooth elections, free of electoral malpractice and violence. He asked the youths to shun exuberance and not let themselves used to cause chaos during elections.
- Federal Government has fought ‘Corruption and Insecurity’: President Buhari recalled that back in 2015 during his campaign, he centered on Fighting Corruption (which according to him was rampant before taking office) and also tackling Insecurity. The President claimed that his administration has successfully combated corruption and has recorded substantial success toward its fight against insecurity.
- Recovery of Economy from Recession: The President also said that his administration has successfully brought Nigeria out of economic recession which he claimed was spurred by sharp drop in oil price and vandalism on oil facilities.
- Federal Government has created Jobs: President Buhari said that his administration has succeeded in creating jobs, side by side with infrastructural developments across the country.
- Agriculture: President Buhari said that his administration through the Central Bank of Nigeria has cumulatively lent over N120 billion to over 720,000 smallholder farmers cultivating 12 commodities across the 36 States and Abuja.
- In Conclusion: The President said told Nigerians that on Saturday, February 16, they are left choosing either the All Progressive Congress, APC or the Opposition. He said that if what the opposition promise Nigerians is what the APC is already offering then, it makes no sense voting them in. He further said its either Nigerians choose to maintain the pace of CHANGE or decide to go backward.
He ended by appreciating Nigerians for audience, Seeking for God’s blessing on them and the country at large.
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