2019: Don’t set Nigeria ablaze, Buhari tells politicians as he unveils campaign in Abuja

2019: Don’t set Nigeria ablaze, Buhari tells politicians as he unveils campaign in Abuja
November 19 08:48 2018

By Nasir Kura

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday called on politicians at all levels to engage in issues-based and peaceful campaigns in order not to set the county ablaze.

The President said this at the State House in Abuja during the launch of his campaign manual/next level document ahead of the 2019 presidential campaigns.

“I am not unmindful that the National Assembly and the presidential campaign starts today, I will implore candidates to go about the campaigns peacefully and decently. We have no other country, let us not set it ablaze because of politics,” he said.

The President said his biggest ambition is to overhaul the education sector in the next couple of years.

“Every child counts – and simply, whatever it takes to prepare our teachers, curriculum and classrooms to attain the right educational goals that grow our country, will be done.

“We will remodel 10,000 schools every year and retain our teachers to impart science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics using coding, animation, robotics to re-interpreter our curriculum,” he said.

The President said the present administration has delivered on its three campaign promises of fighting corruption, insecurity and revamping the economy.

On the fight against corruption, the President said government was doing everything humanly possible to address the issue headlong.

“Corruption is an existential threat to Nigeria. Despite the gains we have made in closing the gates, we know that there is still much ground to cover to stop the systemic corruption.

We are committed to deepening the work we started this first term such that the nation’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised to do good for the common man.

“The next four years will be quite significant for our country. Nigeria is faced with a choice to keep building a new Nigeria – making a break from its tainted past which favoured an opportunistic few. Our choices will shape us – our economic security and our future prosperity. Nigeria, more than ever before, needs a stable and people-focused government to move the agenda for our country forward,” he said.

On security, the President said the 17 local governments in North-east have been delivered from Boko Haram insurgency.

He said while the road has been difficult in the last three and half years, the federal government has already laid the foundation for a prosperous society.

In his remarks, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha, said the social investment programmes of the present administration, especially the trader-moni, are the worst nightmare of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said through careful implementation, the trader-moni has impacted more lives than the immediate past administration.

The SGF said he was skeptical when he learnt of the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the PDP, but that his fears have been doused with unfolding developments within the polity.

He said contrary to insinuations that the President had performed below expectations, over 200 policy programmes have been implemented which have impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians directly and indirectly.

Also speaking, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, said 365 road projects are ongoing in all parts of the federation.

He said 244 of the projects were initiated as far back as 2001 but we’re abandoned by the previous administrations.

Also speaking, Minister of Transportation and Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said the Lagos-Ibadan rail tracks was 80 percent completed while the Itakpe-Warri rail lines would soon begin operations.

He said the federal government expended about N40 million subsidizing passenger fares for Abuja-Kaduna standard rail, which has transported over a million passengers since it started operations.

He said the present administration was completing projects initiated by the Goodluck Jonathan administration, stressing that it was economically savvy to complete existing ones than initiating fresh projects.