Speaking at the flagging off of his 2019 Presidential campaign tagged, “Next Level, the APC Road Map,” which held at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Buhari said Nigerians’ choice in the forth-coming elections would help to shape the economy. In his words, “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-focussed government to move the agenda for our country forward. Join us on this journey to the Next Level of a prosperous, strong and stable Nigeria!”
President Buhari also appealed to politicians to go about the campaigns decently and peacefully, noting that there is no other country for the people apart from Nigeria.
According to the president, Nigerians were promised real change four years ago; change in what we do and how we do it. “We have worked hard to fulfill our promises and while the road may have been difficult, over the last three and half years, we have laid the foundations for a strong, stable and prosperous country for the majority of our people. “Foundational work is not often visible, neither is it glamorous but it is vital to achieving the kind of country we desire. Judging by the prior depth of decay, deterioration and despair that Nigeria us in good stead to trudge on the Next Level of building an even and stronger nation for our people. “First things had to come first. We were a nation at war – but we delivered on our commitment to secure the territorial integrity of our nation in the face of a raging insurgency that devastated many parts of the North East. “We liberated 17 local government areas from the grip of insurgency. Brokering and sustaining peace in the Niger Delta has also been crucial to stabilizing the polity. Despite the difficult circumstances presented by weak oil prices and reduced oil production, we delivered on our commitment to make public investments to spur economic growth, job creation, and broad based prosperity. “Agriculture continues to expand our economic base, as do our investments in deficient infrastructure across the length and breadth of this nation. “We implemented a responsible and transparent fiscal plan for the challenging economic times that saw us.”
Mr. President went on to admit that there was still much to be done, especially when it comes to fighting corruption.
“The next level of effort focuses on job creation across sectors. From an enlargement of the N-Power programme to investing in technology and creative sector jobs to agriculture and revolutionizing access to credit for entrepreneurs and artisans, there is scope for over 15 million new jobs. “We believe that our people who are still in poverty have a direct way out and up through our expanded National Social Investment Programme. “We know that, to succeed, moral integrity and conscience must continue to form the dominant character of our nation and its leadership. 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 systemic corruption. We are committed to deepening the work we started this first time such that the nation’s assets and resources continue to be organized and utilized to do good for the majority of our people.”
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha also spoke at the event. His words:
“We came in when Nigerians clamored for change and the rest of the world look up to our nation for direction. We came in when hope was lost. A leader with distinct integrity was needed for our nation. The journey has been tortuous but we have weathered the storm. The administration has given good governance its proper meaning.”