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You know how politicians like to make
promises when they are seeking your votes?
Well, here’s one from APC presidential
candidate Mohammadu Buhari. Read below…
My Covenant With Nigerians – 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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