Five days to Nigeria’s 2023 general election, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the citizenry to vote for his party’s candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as he assured Nigerians that adequate security measures are in place to ensure a peaceful and safe elections.
Seeking votes for the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Tinubu, in the forthcoming election, Buhari said Tinubu will build on the APC’s achievements.
In a recorded message sent from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where he was attending the annual summit of the African Union (AU), Buhari thanked Nigerians for electing him president for two terms. He urged the electorate to vote for the APC presidential candidate.
“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 Ahmed Tinubu. He is reliable and I trust he will build on our achievements.”
Buhari also urged traditional and religious leaders in the country to use their positions to promote peace.
He appealed to citizens to remain patient as his administration takes appropriate actions to mitigate the hardships occasioned by the Naira redesign policy.
The Nigerian president said he was fully aware of the hardship some policies of government, “which are meant to bring overall improvement to the country,” had caused. He appealed for further patience, saying the government is taking appropriate measures to ease the suffering.
In the campaign message to voters, Buhari called on “our traditional rulers, religious leaders and parents to warn their followers and wards alike, to not allow themselves to be used by a few to foment trouble”.
The president stated, “I want to assure you that the government has taken adequate security measures to allow everyone to come out and cast their votes. I am, therefore, appealing to everyone to give them the necessary support.
“Fellow Nigerians, I want to use this opportunity to once again thank you for electing me to be your president on two occasions.
“Finally, 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. God willing, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
Buhari is expected back in Nigeria in Mondat after attending the 36th AU summit in Ethiopia..