The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, said on Saturday that he does not consider the February presidential election as a war and advised electorates to eschew violence during the elections.
While advising other candidates not to see the race as a do-or-die affair, Mr. Buhari said, “I have no reason to see the presidential ambition as a war, because I am not fighting for myself but the interest of the people of this country”.
Mr. Buhari stated this at the township square, Lafia, during his campaign rally in the Nasarawa state capital.
He said if elected, his administration would address the issue of Boko Haram insurgency to ensure security in the country
“The fundamental challenges facing this country now are insecurity and the problem of economy-which are worsened by corruption. I pledge to tackle insecurity in the North-East caused by the Boko Haram sect.
“I assure you that we are going to finally assemble a competent team of Nigerians to efficiently manage the country. I am appealing to you; the damage done to this country is great.
“The level of unemployment, level of insecurity is intolerable. The journey has begun. It will take time, it will take patience, it will take support from you to make sure that we succeed.
“My administration will be poised to serve the people of this country judiciously, through improved healthcare delivery system, and quality education, to enable the citizens enjoy the dividends of democracy”, Mr. Buhari said.
He said that his administration would provide good roads and other infrastructure.
The APC presidential candidate, who noted that Nigeria was endowed with natural solid minerals, said his administration would articulate a plan to reposition the country’s mineral sector, which would enhance mining activities in Nasarawa state.
He said that mineral exploration was “a veritable tool for economic transformation” as it would create employment opportunities and diversify the means of income for the state, so that it would not be waiting for revenue from oil to develop.
According to him, if given the mandate, his administration will also place high premium on the execution of developmental programmes to enhance the well-being of the populace.
In his remarks, Mr. Buhari’s running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, urged Nigerians to vote for the party’s presidential candidate as well as its gubernatorial candidate, Umaru Al-Makura.
Mr. Osinbajo also appealed to them to protect their votes.