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Christmas will be better in 2015 if I’m elected – Buhari



The presidential candidate of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) on
Wednesday felicitated with Christians in the country as
they mark Christmas.
He also assured them and Nigerians in general that
they would have better reasons to celebrate the festival
if he is elected in 2015.
This was contained in a goodwill message signed by
the Director of Communications, Buhari Campaign
Organisation, Mr. Dele Alake.
Buhari, however, expressed displeasure over security
challenges and the poor state of roads in the country,
saying Nigerians traveling to the East would meet the
failed promises of the Second Niger Bridge, while those
travelling through the South-West would have to bear
the traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Condemning the high level of poverty in the country,
Buhari said, “In a nation where a few individuals could
raise N21bn because they want to make their friend
president, millions of citizens, who truly own the
resources being accumulated by a few, are left to
suffer in sorrow, tears and blood.
According to him, many Nigerians are celebrating
Christmas in misery and poverty because “the system
of production and distribution of national resources
have been rigged against the vast majority of our
“We promise that, by Christmas 2015, our
administration would have brought out efficiency in
management and allocation of public resources to
make the inter-state roads smoother and easier to ride.
“Christmas is a season when we all embark on
journeys to join our brothers and sisters in our native
towns, to hold town hall meetings, commission
community projects and exercise our cultural rights.
“This year’s celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ
symbolises peace, love and togetherness to mankind. It
reminds, us, once again, of the exemplary life of Jesus
Christ and the ordinary yet spectacular circumstances
of his birth. His life enjoins all of us to follow his path
by offering to sacrifice our selfish desires for the good
of our country and mankind in general. This event,
however, is taking place at a period of serious security
challenges across the length and breadth of our dear
“The right to life, guaranteed by our constitution, is
under savage assault. The stories of murder in the print
and electronic media make you shiver to the bones. The
daredevilry of the Godless Boko Haram, which
penetrated battle lines in the North-East to commit
suicidal blasts in the North central capital cities of
Bauchi and Gombe, demonstrates the crucial need to
review the military strategy of our defence forces,”
Buhari said.
On ending the Boko Haram insurgency, Buhari said he
would meet with military generals across the world to
devise “an alternative and effective strategy to crush
this insurgency within the shortest possible time if
elected president on February 14, 2015,” adding that
his main reason for contesting the presidency is to
“alleviate poverty and establish a system where the rule
of law prevails.”
“I have said that I live the life of a pensioner. I share
the burden and anxiety of majority of our poor,
powerless people. I have offered myself on the
platform of All Progressives Congress, the party of
change, because I desire to give back to a country that
clothed, fed and trained me to be what I am today. Our
people are poor. But our country is rich.My duty as
your president will be to make the condition of living of
the common man the index for the assessment of our
policies, not the amount of billionaires our
administration would have made.
“Certainly, there will be changes in policies. We cannot
continue to enslave our country to those who tell us
that we are in economic crises because of loans. Ours
is the most populous black nation on earth and a
potential global superpower. Our manifest destiny is to
empower our people so that we can take our prominent
place in the comity of nations.
“I pledge that the Christmas of year 2015 will meet us
all in greater joy and happiness. It is indeed significant,
the February 14, 2015, the date of the presidential
election, falls on the Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate
love among mankind. I urge you all to keep sharing the
love that binds us together. Let us eschew hatred and
make our nation the land of justice, peace and
progress,” he added.

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