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At New Year, Buhari begs for votes, says 2019 won’t be do or die

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SUNDAY ODE, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to renew the mandate given to him in 2015 by voting him for another term in office.
He said his sole motivation for seeking a second term as President was based on his desire and readiness to render selfless service to motherland.

President Buhari stated this in a New Year message to Nigerians released on Monday night.He said: ” I appreciate your support and collaboration in previous years, and look forward to same in 2019, and beyond, as I hope you will renew the mandate you overwhelmingly gave us in 2015, for another term.

“We are motivated by nothing other than service to motherland, and service without selfishness or personal interest.”

The President also reiterated his commitment to ensuring free, fair and credible polls, noting that elections needed not to be a do or die.He also pointed out that those who have doubted his pronouncements on the fast approaching elections, and were busy spreading fears and falsehood were on their own.

“2019 will be an election year for us. In about two months, the polls are due, and we will elect leaders into various offices, at national and state levels.”As I welcome you into 2019, I also reiterate my many promises and declarations that the general elections will be free, fair and credible.

“Elections need not be do or die affair, and we should not approach that eventuality in a democracy with trepidation and mortal fear. Happily, a large number of presidential candidates have committed to peace, and peace we shall have.

“Those who continue to trumpet falsehood and negativity are on their own, fighting a losing battle. The greater number of Nigerians are trusting and believing that we shall deliver on our promises for a level playing field at the polls, and that is what we shall do.

“Nigerians desire peace, security, prosperity, inclusiveness and infrastructural development, a nation they can be proud of, a country that can hold its own among the nations,” he said.

Buhari said his administration was committed to building a county which resources would be utilized for the good of all and not appropriated by a few privileged persons, assuring that that path would not be abandoned.

“That is the journey we have embarked on since we came onboard in 2015, and we are not distracted as we move on. We are resolved to build a country in which the resources are utilized for the benefit of the largest number, and not appropriated by a privileged few in their never ending quest to satisfy their greed. We are on this mission together, and I assure you of a firm commitment to the ideals of a safe, secure, fair, just and prosperous country.

“We have had our challenges: security, economic, political, social. But we are resolved to combat and overcome them all.”I can assure you all that we are making steady and sustainable progress in all areas of national life. Those who are unbiased can see and appreciate the progress the country has made since 2015.

“A New Year provides opportunity for renewal of commitment, and I invite you to rededicate yourselves to the vision of a Nigeria that works for all.

“We are moving from potentials to actualization, and it’s a task to be accomplished by us all; man, woman, young, old, military, civilian, all Nigerians.Please come along, as we journey to the land of our dreams. Happy 2019,” Buhari declared.

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