- Nigerians have been asked by President Buhari to choose between going to back to a messy administration or staying with the one that offers a great change
- The president said his administration has battled against all odds to bring the country out of recession
- Buhari asked Nigerians not to only think along party line when choosing who to vote for in the coming election
President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians that as they participate in the forthcoming election on Saturday, February 16, that they have the will to choice between going back to the “discredited” stomach infrastructure government of the past or stay with the one that offers real infrastructure.
Buhari made this known on a live broadcast that was targeted at gathering support for him. He asked Nigerians to think on whether those who wants the presidency will do better than the achievements of his administration.
He also said that any country that wants to really grow must focus on building real infrastructure that would help the people rather than on “stomach infrastructure”.
In a statement released by his aide, Femi Adesina, the president said: “There is no country that aspires to greatness without spending massively on its Critical Infrastructure.
“Rather than the discredited policy of ‘stomach infrastructure’, which could only benefit a few for a little while, we are focused on real infrastructural development for the growth of our economy and the long-term benefit of all Nigerians.
“I will conclude by going back to where I started: that our choices have had consequences about employment and cost of living.
“In making your choice this time, please ask yourself whether, and in what ways, others will do anything different to address the issues of agriculture, infrastructure, security, good governance and fighting corruption.”
Buhari called on Nigerians not to only think along party line when choosing who to vote for in the next election, he rather said people should choose voting for a great change or going back to a messy era.
In his words: “February 16th is all about a choice. But it is more than a choice between APC and the opposition. It is a choice about you, it is a choice between going back or keeping the momentum of Change.
“The road to greater prosperity for Nigeria may be long, but what you can be assured of is a Leadership that is not prepared to sacrifice the future well-being of Nigerians for our own personal or material needs. You can be assured of my commitment to remain focused on working to improve the lives of all Nigerians.”
The president also chipped in that his administration would ensure that the election is without hitch and everything will go well in an atmosphere of peace, while also assuring all observers and foreign delegates of their safety in the country.
He said: “Let me at this point, reaffirm the commitment of the federal government to the conduct of free and fair elections in a safe and peaceful atmosphere. Just yesterday (Wednesday), I signed the Peace Accord alongside 72 other presidential candidates.
“I want to assure all Nigerians, the diplomatic community and all foreign election observers of their safety and full protection.
“Any comments or threats of intimidation from any source do not represent the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“As Government has a critical role in maintaining the democratic traditions, so do citizens. I, therefore, urge you all, as good Nigerians, to take a personal interest in promoting and maintaining peace in your respective neighbourhoods during the elections.”
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The president concluded by saying his government has done a lot in ensuring that Nigeria’s economy is back on track despite all odds, while he said the nation is out of recession.
“The recovery of the economy from recession is complete and Nigeria is back on the path of steady growth,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, described the president's broadcast to Nigerians as a farewell speech that is less than a presidential address to the nation.
Atiku in a statement on Thursday, February 14, through his special assistant on publication, Phrank Shaibu, faulted what he described as the president’s attack on the opposition in his nationwide broadcast.
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