By Kodilinye Obiagwu
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will hinge his re-election campaign on his achievements in major areas like corruption, security and the economy.
The president, billed to kick off his campaign Friday in Uyo, Awka Ibom State, South-South geo-political zone, disclosed this in Abuja Tuesday while addressing residents of the Federal Capital Territory at a gathering to celebrate Christmas.
Buhari told the residents led by the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello that, “very soon, we will go to the geo-political zones to remind the people of our promises in 2015 on three fundamental areas, the fight against corruption, security, and economy.”
Th president explained that the issues in the three areas are still as relevant as they were before his election in 2015.
He stated: “Unless we secure the country, we cannot manage it properly. Shortly after my election, I visited Chad, Niger, Cameroon and the Republic of Benin to seek their support in the fight against the insurgency.
“People in the North East know that we have recorded remarkable improvement in the fight against Boko Haram.”
Buhari pledged to do his best in the campaign against corruption, his cardinal program. He noted that “guided by the rule of law and respect for constituted authority,” he will insist on recovering what rightly belongs to Nigeria.
He noted that unlike his time in the Military, the campaign against corruption is slowed down by the democratic system, as people have to be arrested and prosecuted in the court.
The president explained that by “doing that, people are calling me Baba Go Slow. I am going slowly, but whatever the case, I will not stop pointing fingers at those who have abused trust by taking money that does not belong to them.
“Yes, we are slow because the system is slow. It is not me (Baba) that is slow, but it is the system. So I am going by this system and I hope we will make it.”
Marking his achievements in the economy, President Buhari hailed the successes in agriculture in different parts of the country.
He said: “We have done well in agriculture. Those who embraced farming are not regretting it. Through that, we are now attaining food security.”
According to him, his administration has done more work with less recourses in agriculture and infrastructure going by the state of the economy when he assumed office.
The FCT Minister commended the president on his achievements and promised that, “we in FCT are your flock and we know that you will continue to lead us to the Promised Land.
Speaking on behalf of the Christian community, the Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Nicholas Owoh, urged political and religious leaders to ensure the reign of religious harmony as obtained in the FCT.