Buhari To Raise N7bn From Suppoters For Presidential Campaign

BuhariA former Head of State and presidential aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has begun an initiative to raise campaign funds from his supporters nationwide.

Under the initiative, Nigerians are expected to donate a minimum of N100 to the campaign fund in a similar manner American President, Barak Obama, raised campaign funds for his election.

With this plan, Buhari, who has always been known to run a modest presidential campaign in the past as a result of paucity of funds, is expected to raise about N7 billion from close to 70 million supporters.

Addressing his supporters under the banner of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) in Abuja on Thursday, the former head of state said he decided to tap into the initiative because of the in-built mechanism for ensuring accountability and transparency in its operations.

He said: “What makes it worthy of praise is the fact that the initiative comes with its in-built mechanism for ensuring acceptability that is also transparency-friendly. If we preach accountability, we should be able to practise it. What we are about to do in the next few months is the culmination of painstaking effort, dedication and unquenchable zeal to make a difference to the future that lies before us”.

Expressing happiness about the support being extended to him by the youth, Buhari said what the groups had done was to rally support for a common purpose – to salvage the nation.

The presidential aspirant recalled that a similar initiative was used by President Obama, who rallied the support of the people to provide funds that enabled him to prosecute his campaign.