Few days to the 2019 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians via a nationwide broadcast. The special broadcast in the evening of Thursday, February 14, was open to all television, radio stations and other electronic media outlets.
Legit.ng, in this piece, highlights three key points from the president’s speech
1. Assurance of a free, fair and peaceful 2019 presidential election
President Buhari’s first point borders on the 2019 presidential election. He said everything has been put in place to ensure that the 2019 elections take place in a secure and peaceful atmosphere while urging Nigerians to troop out to exercise their constitutional right.
He also assured the diplomatic community and all foreign election observers of their safety and full protection while also urging Nigerians to maintain peace and calm during and after the elections.
He equally made a special appeal to the youths not to allow themselves to be used to cause violence and destruction.
2. His administration’s achievements
President Buhari also used the opportunity of the nationwide broadcast to reel out the achievements of his administration in the last three years. He spoke about his administration’s achievements “in improving security across the country, putting the economy on a sound footing and tackling rampant corruption, which had in many ways become a serious drawback to national development.”
He also talked about his administration’s commitment to critical infrastructural development, emphasizing that many important infrastructural projects are at different stages of completion.
3. What Nigerians should think about before casting their votes on Saturday
President Buhari also used the occasion to ask Nigerians to think critically about whether the opposition parties can do anything better than what his administration is already doing, saying his administration is clearly (the) preferred choice if what the opposition parties “are only hoping to do what we are already doing successfully”.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that President Buhari’s nationwide broadcast to Nigerians generated mixed reactions from citizens across the country.
No sooner had the broadcast ended when Nigerians began to react to the speech on social media.
While some criticised the speech, calling it as a campaign broadcast, others promised to vote for the president at the polls on Saturday, February 16.
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