Buhari pledges harmony if he returns to office

ABUJA: FORMER military head of state and frontline aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, pledged to eliminate discrimination if elected to office.

He said he would not tolerate religious, regional, ethnic or gender bias if given opportunity to rule the country again.

Buhari stated this in his brief remarks to the delegates of the party at the ongoing National Delegates Convention in Lagos.

“I will honestly govern Nigeria in accord with the constitution and rule of law. I will bring all resources necessary to end poverty through ending corruption, promoting broadly-shared economic growth, investing in our country and creating jobs. I will tolerate no religious, regional, ethnic or gender bias,” Buhari said.

The former head of state added that he would return the country to a position of international respect through active and wise foreign policy.

“I will select the best Nigerians for posts in my government,” he said.

Buhari promised to ensure Christians and Muslims in the country practice their faiths in peace and security.

“I do not intend to rule Nigeria. I want to democratically govern it with your help. I seek a Nigeria where Christians and Muslims may practice their faiths in peace and security,” he said.

“…a Nigeria that is just and where corruption no longer trespasses into our institutions and national behavior and a Nigeria where our diversity could be used for our national prosperity.”

He claimed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had been in power much too long for the little good it had done.

“For the past six years, Nigeria has walked backwards carrying the weight of PDP’s incompetence on its shoulders. Due to its broken leadership, Nigeria has been afflicted by a strange illness,” he said.

“We are a great nation riddled by endless crises. Instead of resolving problems, this government multiplies and manufactures them. PDP cannot stand before us and say things have gotten better under its direction. It has only gotten worse and it’s now time for change.”