All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said he would not allow the smear campaign by the ruling party to dissuade him from his obligation of liberating the country from the bondage of misrule by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The former head of state said he was offering himself to serve because of his love for the country.
Speaking to a cross section of Nigerian youths at a town hall meeting in Lagos themed “Secure the future: Discussing change with the youths” in Lagos, Buhari said that his plans for a better life for Nigerian youths would be underpinned by a robust focus on education, guarantee of security and enhancement of infrastructure.
“My love for this country is supreme and that is why I am offering myself to serve you. But our vision can only be possible when you get your PVCs and make sure you vote for APC. Don’t stop at voting, ensure that your votes are protected. We have a duty to liberate this country, such liberation cannot be done overnight.
“It is a question of saving the country from free fall. I have not come here to make promises to you but to tell you that we have a duty to save our nation, and that is what March 28 and April 11 election dates are all about. No Nigerian should accept any postponement because there is no constitutional provision for postponement. We must conduct election and it must be free, fair and credible,” Buhari said.
Speaking further, he noted that the “Important issue for us is insecurity. Second issue is unemployment, and it affects you all that still have more than 40 years to go. No matter how well I love to live, there is no way I will live another 40 years.
“I want you to reflect how life have been in the last 16 years of the PDP-led government. What was the strength of the Naira from when they took over and now? It is now over N220 to one dollar.
“To revamp the system, there is need for trillions of Naira but where will they get it from? PDP has killed this country in the last 16 years. If we don’t kill corruption in Nigeria, it will kill Nigeria. Many of us are still here because we have nowhere to go in the world than to stay in Nigeria.
“Our objective is to throw away PDP and rehabilitate our country. We will not be distracted by their plans and smear campaign. The problem of Boko Haram went haywire when the Police arrested and killed their leaders, instead of prosecuting them. It got so bad that Chad, Niger and Cameroon had to come and help the Nigerian military rescue 14 local government areas from Boko Haram. PDP has killed the country. That is why this election will be very defining, especially for the youths and the change we all want,” he said.
National leaders of the APC who also spoke at the event affirmed confidence in Buhari’s capacity to change the fortunes of the country.
Party chieftains present at the meeting include Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organization, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State; APC governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi among others.