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Buhari affirms Tinubu, appeals for more patience on naira palaver

AGAINST the background of speculations questioning his support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his plan to sway voters for Tinubu and end the current hardship faced by citizens.

The president also said that he is fully aware of the ongoing hardship in the country and appealed for patience while he noted that the policy to redesign the naira and embrace a cashless economy was meant to improve Nigeria’s economy.

In a video recording from Ethiopia where he attended the just-concluded African Union summit, Buhari said, “as we take appropriate measures to ease these hardships, God willing, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.”

In a statement on Sunday titled “In a video to sway voters for Tinubu President Buhari vows end to current hardship,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu showed, Buhari drumming support for Tinubu, saying “he is reliable and I know he will build on our achievements.”

Thanking Nigerians for electing him for two terms, the president  urged them to vote for the APC flag bearer.

 He noted: “I am not a contestant in this election, but my party, the APC, has a candidate in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

“As I mentioned before, Tinubu is a true believer in Nigeria, who loves the people and the development of our country.

“I am calling on all of you to vote for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He is reliable and I trust he will build on our achievements,” he said. 

Ahead of the grand finale of the APC presidential campaign rally in Lagos on Tuesday, the President emphasised that Tinubu has demonstrated his commitment to the development of the country and the well-being of its people.

On the hardship in the country ahead of the election, the president said, “I want to once again assure you that I am fully aware of the current hardship you are facing as a result of some policies of the government which are meant to bring overall improvement to the country.

 “I am appealing to you to exercise further patience as we take appropriate measures to ease these hardships.”

The President’s announcement on Thursday allowing for the old N200 notes to remain as legal tender until April 10, had raised concern as the opposition has called for the old N500 and N1000 notes to remain as legal. 

Buhari’s directive is in spite of a Supreme Court order restraining the Federal Government from effecting the deadline. 

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