Don’t to be used for violence, destruction, Buhari appeals to youths.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening appealed to youths to avoid being used for violence and destruction, as they go out to vote in the general elections this weekend.
He made this appeal during his nationwide broadcast to the nation in Abuja.
Buhari told Nigerians that the Federal government is committed to ensuring a free and fair election, in line with the peace accord he signed with other candidates on Wednesday.
In his words “I want to make a special appeal to our youth: Do not allow yourselves to be used to cause violence and destruction. The people who want to incite you are those preparing the ground for discrediting the elections. Having lost the argument, they fear losing the elections.
“As Government has a critical role in maintaining the democratic traditions, so do citizens. I therefore urge you all, as good Nigerians, to take a personal interest in promoting and maintaining peace in your respective neighborhoods during the elections. This is certainly not a time to allow personal, religious, sectional or party interests to drive us to desperation.
Listing some of the achievements of the current administration, Buhari noted that “The damage that insecurity and corruption have done, over time, to our collective livelihood is incalculable. However, it is pleasing to note that our frontal attack on these twin evils is gaining momentum and bringing about visible progress. The recovery of the economy from recession is complete and Nigeria is back on the path of steady growth.
“The economic recovery that we promised is well underway, as demonstrated by the recently released statistics. In 2018, the economy grew by 1.93%, with the Fourth Quarter growth being 2.38%, up from 1.81% in the Third Quarter.
On agriculture and job creation, Buhari said that there has been a high supply of quality agricultural produce, in his administration.
“I am pleased to note that in major departmental stores and local markets, there has been a surge in the supply of high quality Nigerian agricultural produce. Behind each of these products, are thousands of industrious Nigerians working in factories and farms across the nation. Our interventions have led to improved wealth and job creation for these Nigerians, particularly in our rural communities.
Buhari urged Nigerians to be wise, and consider the promises made by other candidates, if they are what is already going on in his administration
“In making your choice this time, please ask yourself whether, and in what ways, others will do anything different to address the issues of Agriculture, Infrastructure, Security, Good Governance and Fighting Corruption. If they are only hoping to do what we are already doing successfully, we are clearly your preferred choice. Think carefully and choose wisely. This time, it is a choice about consolidating on growth for Jobs and Prosperity.”