Buhari tells why he wants to be President

Buhari tells why he wants to be President

Friday, March 20, 2015 1:55 pm

Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babatunde Fashola at the meeting with Nigerian women in Lagos on Thursday.

Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babatunde Fashola at the meeting with Nigerian women in Lagos on Thursday.

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday pressed forward with his campaign for victory in the 28 March election by hosting Nigerian women in Lagos and declaring that his mission was to bring back Nigeria’s lost glory.

Joined by other leaders of the Party like the National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and his Rivers State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, at the meeting which took place at Harbour Point Hall, Victoria Island, General Buhari promised that there would be a strong political will to promote women empowerment and gender equality through the dedication of needed financial, human and technical resources.

The meeting consisting of women professionals, top business executives, political leaders and traders, General Buhari said an APC Federal Government would implement the 2005 National Gender Policy which would serve as a roadmap for the promotion of women empowerment and gender equality in the country.

Noting that his mission to restore Nigeria’s fading glory as well as reposition her on the path of greatness would not be possible without addressing the needs of women, who, according to him, constitute half of the nation’s population, General Buhari also promised that an APC Federal Government under his watch would ensure that gender is mainstreamed throughout all government’s commitments in all the key areas of national development.

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos addressing the participants.

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos addressing the participants.

Such key areas, the former Head of State said, include the Economy, Education, Health, Security, Good Governance, Power and Agriculture, among others adding that the APC controlled Federal Government would also commit itself to merit based Affirmative Action to level the playing field for women with opportunities to be part of decision-making and governance at all levels.

“We will insist on legislation to ensure women’s right to own and inherit property on an equal basis with men while also making concerted effort to empower women in rural areas,” he said adding that his administration would also enforce legal protection for the rights of the girl-child in all areas of life as well as protecting her right to dignity, shelter and choice.

The APC Presidential Candidate, who said his administration would have zero tolerance for violence against women and girls, added: “we will provide women with greater legal protection from all forms of violence and sexual harassment with a commitment to the implementation of all existing legislation on violence against women.”

Pledging to strengthen support for women in all sectors of the economy through access to capital, training and skill acquisition, General Buhari, who said the promises were only an abridged version of what his administration has in store for Nigerian women, declared: “I believe that the most important commitment I can make to Nigerian women is that they can count on strong political will from my administration to ensure that women’s rights are safeguarded and protected.

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, addressing the participants.

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, addressing the participants.

“Ours will be an administration that firmly believes that women hold up half the sky. My vision is for my daughters and your daughters to enjoy a world in which discrimination will be a thing of the distant past. It might be a long journey, but with your support and votes, we will be on that right path together,” he said.

Fielding questions from a cross section of the women during a question and answer session later, General Buhari said his administration would pursue with vigour the solution to the problem of Power supply pointing out that without adequate Power supply investment would be unattractive as entrepreneurs would never break even.

He said the successful eradication of cultism in the nation’s educational and other institutions would come from a joint effort by parents, teachers and the government pointing out that of the three segments, parents have the most important role of inculcating discipline and good moral upbringing in the infant child even before school age.

The APC Gubernatorial Candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in response to a question on alleged recklessness of some members of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA, said the agency has become indispensable considering the volume of traffic on Lagos roads adding, however, that his administration would continue to train and retrain the members on good human relations while making efforts to weed out bad eggs within the organization.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, described the election season as a season of “choice whether to continue with what we have or to change what we have” adding that those who play discordant notes to prevent people from hearing those who ask for change were being mischievous.

The APC chieftains with eight-year-old Eniola Benson who donated her pocket money to the Ambode Campaign Fund.

The APC chieftains with eight-year-old Eniola Benson who donated her pocket money to the Ambode Campaign Fund.

“We have an opportunity to decide which way we want our country to go. Who are the people to be entrusted with the responsibility to make decisions that will affect our lives directly, that will affect the lives of our husbands, which will affect the lives of our children and our grand children”, the Governor said adding: “That is what this election is all about.”

According to the Governor, “In making that choice, we cannot avoid, and indeed it is imperative, to hold a referendum on the performance of the current government; because you cannot make a choice without assessing the current Government. How has the current government done well? Have they fulfilled the promises they made to you in 2011?”

Recalling some of the promises, Governor Fashola noted that the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in 2011 promised the people of Lagos that the road leading to Murtala Mohammed International Airport would be fixed. He told the crowd that this promise was never fulfilled.

He also recalled that during the campaigns, the President promised Nigerians stable electric power supply and even said in one of the sessions that those who owned generators would start giving them away. He however lamented that this promise was never accomplished by the government.

Noting that the generators are imported and with the spiral rise in the exchange rate, Governor Fashola reiterated that the price of generators have also gone higher adding that the promise of a stable electricity supply has turned out to be one of the broken promises that the present Federal Government made to Nigerians.

The Governor told the women: “one of the achievements that this present government has also touted is that they have done so much for women. You are the ones that have tasted the pudding so you should know.
“They say that at no time have women benefitted so much and they celebrate the appointment of women into positions.

“Let me say if you are responsible for bringing us here, I think you have a larger stake in deciding how things are distributed rather than staying at the back and waiting for us to give you a few appointments.”

The Governor recalled a statement he made while swearing in the Head of Service that while some people celebrate the appointment of women to leadership positions, in Lagos and in most states of the Southwest women being in leadership positions was taken for granted “because it is on merit. We don’t need to give them anything; they earn it.

“So that is why we have had two Heads of Service, who are women, back to back. We have had three Chief Judges, who are women back to back. We have had more female Permanent Secretaries in Lagos by exams and merit, back to back. In the Judiciary of Lagos State, we have more women Judges by merit and in the Magistracy we have more women magistrates,” he said.

Other areas of female dominance, Governor Fashola said, include school enrolment numbers where, according to him, there is more girl-child enrolment than boys in our public school adding: “this is, for me, the kind of society we should aspire to live in. Majority of voters are women and therefore there should be more policies to give them a fighting chance.

“As I said, what does it profit a woman to get an appointment, a political appointment, when her children are in captivity? So if you appoint a few women and 219 children are in captivity, have you addressed women’s issues?”

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  • Chuck Ghainard says:

    Set a thief to catch a thief. Buhari was admitted to officer candidate school without meeting the qualification standards. He rose to general in the army as a result of him and his home boys controlling the career track of military promotions. The military cerificates he earned are nothing but acknowledgements of participation. He was a federal minister of petroleum regardless of the fact that he failed high school math and was challenged by simple arithmetic. He belongs to a cabal that appointed Adamu Ciroma a BA graduate in history as the tenured governor of Nigeria’s central bank. Long before the world was hip to Sunni moslem sense of entitlement Nigeria’s back had already been broken by it. And don’t think that unlike the mess in Iraq the Americans and British were not culpable. In Nigeria’s case it was the reverse. The British took sides with sunni moslem northern Nigeria on account of its fears of possibly loosing millions in lucrative Purchase contracts through the Crown counsel. The British supported moslem northern Nigeria against Christian eastern nigeria. The Americans pitched in with the British. The moslems won the civil war and took over the allocation of nigeria’s resources, diving it up among themselves under threat of military force. All that any culture needs is a few generations to take root and here we are…… a nation whose values are ludicrous to any thing resembling probity, rule of law or justice. Set a thief to catch a thief …. who knows, this Buhari guy may after all have some sense of guilt left

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