Nigerians Hastened My Declaration For Second Term, Says Buhari

Buhari Today Declares Contesting For Second Term Buhari Today Declares Contesting For Second Term While this never too me as a surprise, I have always known the Game of APC. Says Beloved Desmond, after Nigeria President announced contesting a second term. President Muhammadu Buhari Monday told the national executive committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC ) that he will be contesting for a second term as Nigerian president . Details soon.

Nigerians Hastened My Declaration For Second Term, Says Buhari

Nigerians Hastened My Declaration For Second Term, Says Buhari

Just yesterday, the Nigerian President said, “I’ m re- contesting because Nigerians appreciate our achievements”. And the president went on to say, “Nigerians hastened my declaration for second term. This however, means the president is neither certain and truely is not articulate of why he should go for a second term, but trying to find the specific word that fit him to defend his government failure to prove he has done well when he hasn’t. This has shown the president of Nigeria do not understand his people if he thinks Nigerian willingly appreciate his second term.

President Muhammadu Buhari has clarified his Monday’s declaration of intention to run for another term in office on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC ).While receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby, in London, the United Kingdom yesterday, Buhari said he declared because Nigerians were talking too much and he needed to break the ice.

According to the president, he said, “We have many things to focus on , like security, agriculture, economy and anti- corruption crusade. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re – contesting .”

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A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari recounted some successes of the administration to his guest, with whom he has built a deep friendship in recent times, and was quite particular about strides in agriculture.

“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased, ” the president said .

On the war against insurgency , he stressed the need for the continuous education of the people “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” noting that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent.

On Welby’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, Buhari submitted: “ The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub – region.“ These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed , the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.

“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way , but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions. ”

The president lamented that “irresponsible politics” has been brought into the farmers / herders’ crisis, but noted that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.

On Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgent , reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the president said: “We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organisations. There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls . ”

Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari , “whom I have tremendous respect for. ”

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) has said that there will be no electronic voting in the 2019 general elections as being speculated in some quarters .

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, disclosed this yesterday during a press briefing after a three-day conference on“ The use of technology in elections ” in Abuja.

Yakubu said rather than electronic voting, the electoral umpire would deploy technology in the collation and transmission of results which he noted ensures accuracy much more than the manual method. The chairman stressed the need for citizens’ protection during the voting, collation and transmission of results, saying with technology, elections are now in peoples hands and not easy to manipulate.

Yakubu said that the application of technological innovations in the electoral process should be viewed as a facilitator rather than a “ magic bullet ” for the delivery of good and credible elections by adopting simple , appropriate , cost- effective and sustainable technologies .

The president of electoral commissions of southern African countries, SADC and chairperson of the electoral commission of Namibia, Notemba Tjipueja, whose country was the first in Africa to embark on electronic voting noted that the deployment of technology aids efficiency.

She explained that with the electronic voting system, no ballot boxes are used, thus reducing the tendencies of voters to interfere in any way with the voting process.