2019: Buhari, Atiku Unveil Plans As Campaigns Begin; US, EU Urge Transparency, Warn Against Hate Speech
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to re-elect him in 2019, primarily to keep fighting the corruption war he started in 2015. He also reiterated his commitment to the provision of infrastructure, rebuilding the economy and sustaining the anti-insurgency war if re-elected. The president spoke at the unveiling of his 2019 campaign document, titled, ‘The Next Level.’ The two-part document also showcased the achievements of his administration in the past three years, especially in the provision of infrastructure and tackling insecurity.
Likewise, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has formally released his policy document for the 2019 elections. The 63-page document titled, ‘Let’s get Nigeria working again,’ captured his plan for the nation’s critical sectors. Atiku categorised his mission into three: unity, security and prosperity. Under what he tagged, ‘Refining and Petrochemical Infrastructure,’ the former vice- president promised to privatise all the nation’s four refineries if voted into power in February 2019.
Meanwhile, as the campaigns for the 2019 elections commenced on Sunday, the United States, European Union and 23 other western nations have called for transparent campaigns in the run up to the polls. They also warned political and non-political actors against hate speech and violence, stressing that their concern was to see a process leading to free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections.