APC Alert Nigerians On PDP’s Manipulation Plan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alerted Nigerians and the international community to ongoing plans by the PDP-led Jonathan Administration to tamper with the results of Saturday’s elections and circumvent the people’s will.
”The information that we have received since we issued our last statement is to the effect that the Administration is holding clandestine meetings with security chiefs and others with the sole aim of altering or scuttling the results, which they consider to be highly embarrassing and unpalatable, using malleable RECs,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
It warned that nothing but the authentic results held by the party agents and all other stakeholders will be acceptable to the party, and that whoever is planning to do otherwise should weigh its implication on the survival of the nation’s democracy.
APC said the moves to manipulate the results are also being replicated in some of the states, including Bauchi where everything is being done to reverse the outcome, and Imo, where many aides of the Governor are being brutalized and arrested in hordes.
”We know they are stunned dizzy by the crushing defeat which has been inflicted on them across the nation, going by the results in the hands of our agents. We know they have activated their paid media channels to seek to confuse Nigerians by making outlandish claims that their presidential candidate is leading in the elections. We know they are counting on malleable RECs to thwart the will of the people, and we know they have no qualms about plunging the nation into crisis just because of narrow interests.
”This is why we are putting on red alert all the good people of Nigeria who trooped out in large numbers, defying the sun and the rain and against all odds, to vote for change. We are also by this statement calling on the international community to urgently prevail on the Nigerian authorities not to tamper with the results of the elections as expressed by Nigerians.
”As we have said many times, we will accept the outcome of the elections if they are free and fair. What we will not accept is the manipulated outcome of the polls,” the party said.
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Nigerians In Germany Endorse Buhari For President

Nigerians living in Germany have endorsed the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in the March 28th elections.

The endorsement was announced at a gathering at the Hochfeld Hall, Hochfeld, Duisburg, Germany last weekend. About 100 Nigerians were in attendance and they all pledged to ensure all their relatives back home vote for the APC ticket.

The Coordinator of the German Chapter of the APC, Hakeem Fashola, said Nigerians living and working abroad are the ones who bear the shame of the failures of the current administration.

“We are tired of being laughed at,” he said. Everywhere we go, we are reminded of how the terrible image our country and our president has over here. It is getting more and more difficult to hold your head up proudly and say you are a Nigerian. See how they messed us up at the Chatam House when hungry young Nigerians were paid to come and protest against General Buhari. How embarrassing!

“Nigeria needs change and in Buhari and Osinbajo, we can see that change. Their plans to create jobs, provide electricity and end perversive corruption are very detailed and they have the will to carry it through. By the grace of God, we will give them all the moral support from here and ensure that all our relations vote for them massively. We can’t miss this chance for true change.”

Mr. Fashola said his members of the group have donated vehicles, audio CDs, souvenirs and other  items to support APC candidates including Femi Gbajabiamila and Desmond Elliot.

Secretary of the chapter, Mukaram Akorede, said, “Nigerians have a choice to make between voting for a party that has failed for 16 years or the one that has made Lagos the most attractive city in Africa. We must choose between the party that worships corruption or the one that has a plan to end it. I think Nigerians know who is allowed terrorists to kill so many people in the North and will choose APC and vote for Buhari.”

Mr. Akorede berated the leadership of Nigeria for failing to keep its promise to ensure that Nigerians in the Diaspora vote in the 2015 elections. He said if Namibia could hold elections with their citizens abroad participating, Nigeria that claims to be the giant of Africa should be able to do the same.

Many of the members at the occasion took photos and share online. Some were seen making calls home to sell the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket.

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Historic Election: Nigerians Go To Polls To End Three Decade oOf Babangida Hold On Nation By Peregrino Brimah

In the historic election scheduled to hold on Saturday the 28th of March, Nigerians will be coming out en-mass to break a 30 year hold on the reins of power by a former military dictator, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

Babangida came to power through a military coup that toppled one of Nigeria’s more promising regimes, that of ex-general Muhammadu Buhari and Brigadier Tunde Idiagbon in 1985. Since then Babangida has maintained hold of the reins of power directly and by proxy. The ex-president promised as he “stepped down,” “I will be back,” and he was.

Dictator Babangida had handed over in 1993 to a civilian stooge, Ernest Shonekan, shortly after Babangida’s second in command, General Sani Abacha retrieved power from their stooge. After Abacha died or was killed in August of 1998, Babangida’s cousin, and adopted brother, General Abdusalami, both Gwari people (As children, Abdusalami Abubakar’s dad adopted orphaned Babangida) was made president of Nigeria. Notice the “i” at the end of the names, Abdusalami and Badamosi.

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Abdusalami Abubakar immediately prepared to transfer power to civilians. Together with Babangida and other members of the dictator’s inner circle, they planned a transition. Babangida and Lieutenant General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, the Director Military Intelligence, DMI during Buhari’s time who together with Babangida plotted the coup to sack the Buhari/Idiagbon government, again together founded the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and in 1999 decided to hand over to a former soldier and pal, General Olusegun Obasanjo.

When Obasanjo was invited to rule again by the Babangida-Gusau crew, he famously asked, “how many president’s do you want to make of me.” Babangida installed Obasanjo through a rigged election process conducted under his brother, Abdusalami Abubakar. Thus Babangida retained power in the fourth republic.

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It was decided that Idiagbon had to be killed and he was allegedly poisoned in a visit he was summoned to in Abuja. Brigadier Tunde Idiagbon threw-up throughout his journey back to Ilorin and died shortly after to pave the way for the PDP. [As regards this particular narration, I was a physical eyewitness.]

Obasanjo’s regime was handled and monitored by Babangida and his men with Babangida’s right hand man, Aliyu Gusau as the nation’s NSA, National Security Adviser throughout the Obasanjo tenure. NSA Gusau is noted to have supervised the founding of MEND in the south and Boko Haram in the north.

Obasanjo later handed over reluctantly to Yar’Adua/Jonathan of the PDP Babangida party; later when Yar’Adua passed in 2010 (or perhaps was poisoned for as some say, for betraying the interests of the founders of the PDP party) Goodluck Ebele Jonathan took over the reins of power with a promise to continue to deliver the nation to Babangida and co.

Under Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Babangida’s men were quickly restored to all chief positions of government: Aliyu Gusau was immediately restored the the most sensitive security office, the office of the National Security Adviser, oNSA. Sambo Dasuki (Gusau’s foster brother with the duo inheritors of Babangida’s wealth by blood and marriage — Gusau married to Jamila, late Dasuki’s widow) … Sambo Dasuki, who was the Aide-de-camp to president Ibrahim Babangida was soon made NSA after Gusau resigned from the post to contest against Goodluck Jonathan and his replacement Gen. Andrew Azazi had been resigned (Azazi was killed in a helicopter crash later the year he had implicated the Babangida PDP party in Boko Haram terror).

Colonel David Mark who was minister of communication under Babangida’s regime and is popularly remembered for allegedly saying, “telephones are not for the poor,” was soon made the nation’s senate president. David Mark supervised the senate and nation’s oil industry ensuring oil blocks remained within the Babangida club and the illegal kerosene subsidy with $100 million in paupers’ funds transferred to cabal pockets every month remained unhindered.

After Gusau’s presidential ambition was defeated in the notorious PDP primaries that Azazi had commented of, Gusau was soon returned to the nation’s defense office as minister, to supervise the “war” against Boko Haram.

Other Babangida boys like Jones Arogbofa were also returned during the Jonathan regime as chief of staff, to keep a tight control on Nigeria.

It appears all Babangida’s boys simply hung their military fatigues and put on civilian garb to resume the Babangida dictatorship, civilian style via the PDP.

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So as Nigerians go to the polls this Saturday, they are not only desperate to try a change in government and let go of a PDP party that has supervised the establishment of terror across west Africa, compromised one of Africa’s best armies, mismanaged and subsequently privatized all public assets, gifting these to the cabal, and watched over the gradual impoverishment of the people and the enthronement of the cabal, now recognized as the world’s top private jet club; the people are also going in earnest to vote out the Babangida 30-year hold on power.

Nigerians are excited at the prospects of a new dawn.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

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Tell Nigerians What You Forgot in Aso rock, Dame Jonathan asks Buhari On Her 8th Year Anniversary on The Rock

Wife of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs.Dame Jonathan, Monday, warned voters in Enugu State to be prepared to spend time in prison should they vote the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammed Buhari, retd in the March 28 presidential election.

Mrs. Jonathan who arrived at the Okpara Square, Enugu, venue of the women rally to woo voters for her husband from Onitsha, Anambra State at about 3.15PM lashed out to Buhari noting that his administration built more prisons than schools in the name of fight against corruption.

She told the impressive crowd that Jonathan’s administration has recorded remarkable milestone in its fight to reduce maternal child death in the country even as she mentioned late Biafran warlord, Chief Ikema Odumegwu Ojukwu, Chief Jim Nwobodo, former governor old Anambra State and Chief Sam Mbakwe as those who got Buhari’s rough end of the stick in prison as head of state.

According to Mrs. Jonathan: “The change that is APC’s mantra is for bus conductors and drivers. That is why they keep changing there name each time they fail elections. This time in 2015, they will change there name from APC to Ebola because they are dead.

“That is why there members are decamping. As you can see in Rivers State. Governor Amaechi’s deputy dumped APC for PDP. Everybody will leave the party because its a party built on propaganda, lies and deceit.

“Buhari who is as old as Jonathan’s father should tell us what he forgot in Aso-Rock.  During Buhari’s era, he said women should be confined in the kitchen. But under Jonathan’s administration,women has been liberated to contribute to national development.”

On Agriculture, the first lady revealed that Jonathan’s administration has built 10 sillows nationwide which Enugu State has benefited from.

She said,”Jonathan has introduced ‘e-wallet’ system for the distribution of fertilisers. Our women are now moving into farming with the ease of getting fertilizers. 27 schools has been built across the country where women and youths can acquire skills.

“This administration has initiated the ‘You Win’ programme which is under SURE-P where women and youths are given grants and loans to establish their own businesses. All these lofty projects are what i guarantee you as a mother this administration will continue to improve upon if re-elected.

“Buhari abolished the office of first lady during his time. You should not allow our people to go back to the analogue age. We are in a digital era. Buhari is too old. He should allow the youths to lead.”

In his remark,the Deputy Senate President,Ike Ekweremadu urged the audience to demonstrate their love and support by voting Jonathan in the presidential election.

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Nigerians Deserve PDP By Babayola M. Toungo

The 2015 electoral campaign exposed the Peoples Democratic Party for what it is – a party peopled by bigots, thieves, irredentists and people without honour or decency.  It also exposed the chieftains of the party as liars and shameless.  The campaigns further exposed the rest of Nigerians as cowards who deserve the PDP.  Since the beginning of the campaign, Nigerians have been inundated with uncouth speeches, outright lies, blackmail and harassment of opposition politicians and hallucinatory fable tales by certified schizophrenics.  We have been bombarded with hate-filled documentaries on respected individuals by a party in the throes of death.  A section of the country was ridiculed and insulted by a woman who cannot even spell the word ‘refinement’ and may not even recognise it where it is written for her.  In all this, we kept quiet.

Were General Muhammadu Buhari not to emerge as the presidential candidate of the All Peoples Congress (APC), I don’t know how PDP’s campaign was going to be because their whole campaign is centred on the APC candidate.  The whole machinery of the party and Jonathan’s campaign organisation are deployed towards destroying the hard-earned reputation of the ascetic General.  Nigerians were treated to what can only be politely described as a pack of lies by a group whose stock-in-trade is becoming clear to all of us to be no more than irredentism.  The fulcrum of their campaign has been Buhari from the get-go and it remained so throughout the campaign period.  Telling lies comes naturally to these people and impugning the character or reputation is no big deal to them because they neither know the meanings of the words nor do they possess the qualities.  Their god is lucre and they believe the same for all of us.

The latest attempt to malign Buhari and may be turn him into a hate-figure to his millions of supporters is the ridiculous charge that he promised four western countries to scrap the Anti-Gay law passed by the National Assembly.  The irony is lost on those making this patently false accusation that they were the ones who accused Buhari of being an Islamic fundamentalist and that both the dominant religions practised in Nigeria clearly prohibits same-sex marriage and the punishment for doing so explicitly spelt out in the holy books.  It is the likes of Funny Kayode, who made the accusation that opposed the Act in the first place, while wearing the borrowed robes of human rights activism.  So if Buhari is an Islamic fundamentalist, how could he have promised to scrap a law that to all intents and purposes conformed to the dictates of the Shari’ah Law they accused him of intending to implement on the country once he is elected.  How low can these people go in their desperation to cling to power?  Actually, do they have a ‘low’?

As if attacking Buhari and the opposition is not enough, the president and the PDP have now resorted to attacking national institutions.  Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of Independent (?) National Electoral Commission (INEC) is pilloried on a daily basis for insisting to not only go ahead with the rescheduled elections, but to also use Card Readers in the authentication of voters.  In their desperation to scuttle the elections, Jonathan and his party are not loath to attacking the very fabric of our unity.  Not being satisfied with the verbal assaults targeted on hapless Nigerians, they released the uncouth wife of the president on us, who in her verbal diarrhoea cannot differentiate between the good, the bad and the ugly.  In an unusual clarity, she unwittingly let out the nation how northerners are perceived in the Aso Villa, yet some unscrupulous politicians are asking us to support the PDP.  Patience and her husband take pleasure in denigrating our cultures, customs and institutions and they do this in a period when they need us most – at least our votes to help legitimise their misrule and kleptocracy.  The tell whoever care to listen that our Emirs and Chiefs, the very custodians of these cultures and customs, are there to be bought and sold by the highest bidders and to prove this insult, Jonathan has been going round the country and allegedly dropping huge amounts of money in the various palaces where he is received.

The clearest indication that Jonathan and his PDP doesn’t care if Nigeria will break up today is their resort to ethnic champions (militias, for lack of a better word).  These are men and women who took up arms against their fatherland for personal gains and not for any altruistic cause as they are now exposed for what they are.  We have seen the likes of the Niger Delta militants forgo any pretence to environmental protection once the amnesty allowance began trickling into their bank accounts. “Pipeline protection contracts” and other juicy add-ons were given to sweeten the ‘sweetheart’ deals between these blue collar criminals and their white collar colleagues in government.

Thank God for the Moroccans, the Gooddluck Jonathan gang have been exposed for what they are – a bunch of thieving liars.  Knowing fully well that Jonathan did not speak on phone to the Moroccan monarch, they went to town with a story that a phone conversation took place between Jonathan and King Mohammed VI.  The no nonsense King ordered the immediate recall of his country’s Ambassador to Nigeria and issued a press statement, which in essence, called the Nigerian ruler a liar.  Shame of a nation!  We may soon see a press statement from Funny Kayode accusing the opposition APC of orchestrating this national embarrassment.  Since they are used to lying to Nigerians without being forcefully challenged to substantiate the wild allegations they constantly make, they believe they will get away with their lies on the international forum because of diplomatic ‘correctness’.  All discerning Nigerians should “shine their eyes” and know them for what they are.

To further compound their stupidity, General Martin Luther Agwai was fired from his position as SURE-P Chairman for daring to tell the president that change is inevitable.  This is the president who recently bemoaned that “80%” of his advisers give him bad advice.  Do you wonder why they give him bad advice?  With the help of treasonable felons like Uwazuruike, Gani Adams, Edwin Clark and co. Jonathan is lining up Jega for the Agwai treatment and all you hear from Nigerians is a deafening silence.  Jonathan and gang got away with suspending Ayo Salami; they practically bundled Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from office for calling them thieves and they fired Agwai via a press statement for failing to harken to Patience’s admonishing of not uttering the word change at the pain of being stoned – so he got stoned by her husband.  Still we kept quiet.

Now they are organising protests in collaboration with their ‘contractors’ against Jega conducting the 2015 general elections – which they have morbid fear for.  The chick of it.  We are behaving like mumus in the face of this assault against common sense and decency.  May be we all deserve the PDP.

 

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My Covenant With Nigerians – Muhammadu Buhari

Dear Compatriots,

In the past few months that I have traveled round this country on campaigns, I have experienced the sheer beauty of our diversity. From Port Harcourt to Kano, from Abeokuta to Gusau, I experienced first-hand the daily sufferings and struggles of our people. I also experienced the overwhelming desire of our people for change.

When I arrived in Port Harcourt on the 5th of January to start my campaigns, I was met by our teeming supporters, who stayed till late in the evening to welcome us. Among them were many young men and women, who in the few minutes that I shared with them at the airport, made me to reflect on what kind of future awaits them in our country.

The gestures of 90-year-old Hajia Fadimatu Mai Talle Tara from Kebbi State and 9-years-old Nicole Eniiyi Benson from Lagos State, who donated their life-savings to my campaign, reflect the overwhelming desire of our people for change. In their gestures, I perceived a longing for the days when honour, national pride and dignity of labour were the fundamental social principles that governed our country. As I encountered millions of our youths, who sometimes run for hours in front of my car and hanging precariously on our campaign vehicles at our state rallies, I also pondered the enormity of the task ahead. How do we give jobs to our youth? How do we reform our economy and make it work for every Nigerian?

I know however, that what we require to revamp our economy and rebuild our country is our ability to galvanize all our citizens to believe once again in their government, in their country and especially, to believe in themselves. This can only happen if we are able to rebuild the trust and belief that our people used to have in government, and indeed, in our nation. The leadership that I will provide will be built on this critical awareness. I intend to lead with integrity and honour and commit myself totally to everything that is of concern to our people: security, employment, health, education, good governance and others.

This Covenant is to outline my agenda for Nigeria and provide a bird’s eye view of how we intend to bring about the change that our country needs and deserves. This Covenant is derived from the manifesto of my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). It however, represents my pledge to you all when I become your President.

I have no doubt that God being on our side, with the abiding support of all Nigerians, we shall all witness the great change that we desire and achieve the Nigeria of our dream.

Thank you

Gen. Muhammadu BUHARI (Rtd.), GCFR

Presidential Candidate, APC

 

Corruption and Governance

No matter how vast our resources, if they are not efficiently utilized, they will only benefit a privileged few, leaving the majority in poverty. I believe if Nigeria does not kill corruption; corruption will kill Nigeria.

I pledge to:

Publicly declare my assets and liabilities and encourage my political appointees to also publicly declare their assets and liabilities.

Affirm that our strategy for tackling corruption will not only focus on punishment. Rather, it will also provide incentives for disclosure and transparency.

Show personal leadership in the war against corruption and also hold all the people who work with me to account.

Inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act so that the Federal Executive Council, which has been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on its principal function of policy making.

Review and implement audit recommendations by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act.

Work with the National Assembly to strengthen ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy including financial and prosecutorial independence and security of tenure of officials.

Make the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) an autonomous and operational agency.

Encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.

Ensure all MDAs regularly comply with their accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the National Assembly.

Work with the leadership of the National Assembly to cut down the cost of governance.

Present a national anti-corruption Strategy.

Access to Justice and Respect for Fundamental Human Rights 

One of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria is building a country that is fair to all of its citizens; a country in which all individuals feel and know that they are valued members of society with constitutionally guaranteed rights; a country that respects human dignity, promotes human development, fosters human equality and advances human freedom.

I pledge to:                                                                                            

Lead a government founded on values that promote and protect fundamental human rights and freedoms.  I will promote the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law, affirm separation of the powers of government and support an independent judiciary.

Present a detailed strategy for protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms provided for in our Constitution.  There will be emphasis on the rights of vulnerable persons including women, children and persons living with disabilities as well as access to justice and prisons reforms.

Insurgency and Insecurity

I have had the opportunity to serve my country in the military up to the highest level, as a Major General and as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In the course of my service, I had defended the territorial integrity of Nigeria. And if called upon to do so again, I shall rise to the occasion. As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary or civilians.

I pledge to:

Ensure that under my watch, no force, external or internal, will occupy even an inch of Nigerian soil. I will give all it takes to ensure that our girls kidnapped from Chibok are rescued and reunited with their families.

Deliver a Marshal Plan on insurgency, terrorism, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping, rural banditry and ensure that never again will Nigerian children be slaughtered or kidnapped at will.

Boost the morale of our fighting forces and the generality of Nigerians by leading from the front as the Commander-in-Chief and not hide in the comfort and security of Aso Rock.

Give especial attention to the welfare of our armed forces and all other security personnel and their families, including State-guaranteed life insurance for all officers and men as well as protect the families of our fallen heroes.

Ensure that acts of heroism and valour in the service to the nation are publicly recognized and celebrated.

Establish close working relationship with governors of the states affected by insurgency, with leaders of our neighbouring countries and with leaders around the world to cooperate in combating insurgency, oil theft, piracy and criminality.

Activate regular meetings of the National Police Council to ensure the discharge of its true constitutional roles in a transparent and accountable way.

Fight for you, and alongside you. We will fight together to defeat terrorism. But I will be honest with you about our challenges and I will bear the responsibilities of my charge. I will not lie to you or exaggerate our triumphs. My administration will be thoroughly transparent in every step of our daily struggle and together we will win the war.

Niger Delta

In many years of oil exploration, the Niger Delta has become perhaps, the world’s worst eco-system, a byword for environmental degradation, exploitation and diseases. I believe that protecting the livelihood of our people in the Niger Delta should transcend our interest its oil.

I pledge to:

Commit myself and my administration to the protection and regeneration of the environment in the Niger Delta and to ensure that oil companies comply with global best practices on environmental protection.

Sustain and streamline the human capital development in the Niger Delta, especially focusing on youth and women.

Reform investment in infrastructural development of the Niger Delta and ensure that the NDDC is held accountable to its mandate.

Diversity

Nigeria’s greatest asset is her people. My commitment is to invest in our people and ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their full potentials and enjoy the full benefits of their citizenship, regardless of their religion, region, ethnicity, gender or disability.

I pledge to:

Continually acknowledge our diversity and consciously promote equality and equity in all government businesses and activities.

Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women.

Work with the National Assembly to pass the National Disability Act and the Equal Opportunities Bill.

Health

We must give real meaning to the old saying that Health is Wealth. We must take all possible measures to ensure that our people stay healthy, but we must also ensure that when they fall ill, they can get help.

Healthcare in Nigeria is in crises. Too many people do not get any treatment. For those who do get treated, all too often, the care they receive is poor. Far too many die from easily treatable diseases and what should be routine treatment often end in death. Furthermore, Nigeria is set to miss our MDG targets. The statistics speak for themselves.

I pledge to:

Unveil a health sector review policy to ensure efficient and effective management of our health systems with focus on prevention.

Ensure that no Nigerian will have any reason to go outside the country for medical treatment.

Guarantee financial sustainability to the health sector and minimum basic health care for all.

Review occupational health laws and immediately commence enforcement of the provisions to reduce hazards in the work place.

Partner with State Governments and development partners to ensure all-round implementation of our primary health plans by expanding access to health insurance for rural communities.

Education

I believe that our education system must prepare our children for the responsibilities of citizenship and prepare our youths to contribute to the development of our country.  Therefore, I shall focus on restoring the lost glory of our education by implementing reforms that will bring quality back into our schools and position our universities and polytechnics to provide market-relevant skills to our youths.

I pledge to:

Embark on a program of mass mobilisation to ensure that all children of school age, no matter where they may reside in our country, and no matter the social conditions of their parents, are in school. Working in co-operation with the State Governments, we shall make the required investments in infrastructure, learning materials, nutrition and children healthcare. To this end, UBEC Fund will be reviewed to ensure greater efficiency in utilization.

Provide on-the-job retraining opportunities for existing teachers at both the basic and secondary levels while providing the right incentives to keep teachers in the classrooms and attract bright young men and women to take up career in teaching.

Work with other levels of government and through relevant government agencies to allocate resources to schools while strengthening community participation in school management.

Implement a comprehensive review of the goal and content of our secondary education to ensure that it also serves the purpose of skills acquisition and fits purpose.

Set up Colleges of Skills and Enterprise to replace the old technical colleges. This will be done with direct participation from relevant industry and professional groups in the private sector. Based on local market demands, each of the colleges will focus on high job demand sectors of the economy such as agriculture, ICT, telecommunications, entertainment, construction, oil and gas and sports.

Establish special purpose fund for a Secondary School level education.

Improve the competitiveness of our universities and polytechnics and position them at the heart of the national productivity, innovation and enterprise.

Pursue a policy of non-discrimination between the universities and the polytechnics.

Agriculture

Oil has served our country, but it has also excluded majority of Nigerians from the mainstream of our economy. I am convinced that our guarantee for inclusive growth is agriculture.

I pledge to:

Make agriculture a major focus of the government and lay the institutional foundation to attract large-scale investments and capital to the sector.

Actively promote a well-coordinated and innovatively funded Youth in Commercial Agribusiness Programme.

Establish agricultural produce storage, pricing and marketing systems to ensure real commercial value and minimize waste.

Work with State Governments to launch Agricultural Support Programmes that will drive agricultural land development and mechanization.

Revamp, revitalize and improve on the national agricultural extension and rural support service system.

Lay the groundwork for a standardized market uptake and aggregation outlets for specific agricultural produce.

Revamp the key development banks (Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Import & Export Bank) to fund inclusive agricultural value chain operations

Liberalise and expand agricultural and rural insurance system with premium subventions support to farmers

Revamp the agricultural cooperative system to drive rural agriculture and improve stakes for smallholder farmers.

Develop a system of small-scale irrigation systems to ensure all-year round farming.

Revamping key agriculture research institutions and deliver their outputs through effective network of extension services.

Management of the Economy for Shared Prosperity

All Nigerians deserve to benefit from our collective wealth. We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in our determination to create, expand and ensure equitable and effective allocation of economic opportunities. No matter the amount of wealth we create, it would be meaningless unless it benefits the majority of our people.

Power

Our failure to ensure a stable supply of electricity has been an impediment to economic growth, productivity and national security.

I pledge to:

Address the gaps in power sector privatization to ensure it serves the needs of our people.

Explore and develop alternative sources of power such as small, medium and large hydro plants, wind, coal and solar and other forms of renewable energy to ensure efficient and affordable power supply.

Invest in technical skills development for efficient management of energy resources.

Sports and Culture

Sports and culture are important instruments for social cohesion, national integration and promotion of positive national image. They also provide a strong platform for youth development and the expression of our abundant creative talents.

I pledge to:

Invest and encourage investments in both small and large-scale sports facilities to enable mass participation in sports.

Ensure that participation in sports become a core component of our education at all levels.

Activate incentives for the private sector to invest in the development of high performance sports.

Culture

I pledge to:

Support real investments in the entertainment, arts and creative industries.

Strengthen the regulatory framework to protect and preserve our culture and creative industry and prevent it from the scourge of piracy.

Develop and strengthen the value link-chain of the culture industry to deepen the industry and provide jobs.

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