16th March, 2015
General Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate has highlighted his covenant with Nigerians in a letter titled “My Covenant With Nigerians”.
Buhari stated in his letter that having campaigned across the country, he now has a better understanding of the predicament of Nigerians and is more determined to bring the much needed change.
Buhari’s letter to Nigerians:
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.
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.
- 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.