ABUJA: Ordinarily, an incumbent is expected to run on his records but the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, President Muhammadu Buhari would perhaps go down in history as one who ran, not based on his track records of fulfilling his first term electioneering campaign promises but on the basis of new promises.
President Buhari’s new five major thrusts are job creation, provision of infrastructure, business and entrepreneurial development, human capital enhancement services and political inclusion of those considered vulnerable by the system.
Last Sunday, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC had lifted the ban on political campaigns, a development which saw President Buhari and his arch-rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP reeling out promises to turn Nigeria into an eldorado.
The plank of the president’s new policy document is hinged on his belief that he has completed Nigeria’s “foundational work” upon which to build the stairs that would take Nigeria to the “Next Level”.
To the president, he has been able to fulfill his promises in the three focal areas of security, economy and anti-corruption and consequently lifted Nigeria from a depth of decay.
“We have worked hard to fulfill our promises – and while the road may have been difficult, over the last three and a 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 disrepair that Nigeria had sunk into, we are certain that these past few years have put us in good stead to trudge on the NEXT LEVEL of building an even stronger nation for our people”, the President’s manifesto reads.
Secretary General of the northern sociocultural group, the Arewa Consultative Forum ACF, Elder Anthony Sani said although he has not read the document, from the remarks of the president at its unveiling, Nigerians are in the best position to appraise the administration and make proper decisions.