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President Muhammadu Buhari launched his campaign for the 2019 presidential election.
Buhari's "Next Level" theme revealed his achievements and plans for Nigeria if he secured a second term as country president.
The program took place on Sunday in Abuja.
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Four years ago, we promised the Nigerians real change – what we do and how we do it. The Nigerians sent a clear message in the last elections, and our platform offered a new, ambitious plan for a safe, prosperous, and corruption-free country. We have worked hard to live up to our promises – and although the path has been difficult over the past three and a half years, we have laid the foundation for a strong, stable and prosperous country for the majority of our population. Basic work is not often visible and not glamorous – but it is crucial to achieving the desired country. Judging from the previous depth of decline, deterioration and decay into which Nigeria had sunk, we are sure that these past years have helped us stumble on the Next Level, building an even stronger nation for our people.
The first things had to come first.
We were a nation at war – but we have kept our commitment to securing the territorial integrity of our nation in the face of a raging uprising that has devastated many parts of the Northeast. We released 17 local government areas from the grip of insurrection. The mediation and maintenance of peace in the Niger Delta was also crucial to the stabilization of politics. Despite the difficult circumstances arising from the low oil prices and reduced oil production, we have undertaken to make public investments to promote economic growth, job creation and prosperity on a broad basis. Agriculture continues to expand our economic base, as well as our investment in inadequate infrastructure across the entire length and breadth of this nation. We have implemented a responsible and transparent financial plan for the difficult economic times, in which we have done more even with lower oil revenues. Great corruption committed at the highest levels of government is a thing of the past, just as the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has made it difficult for ministries, departments and agencies to exercise the full freedoms that favor a climate that contributes to a climate to promote corruption. The wealth of the nation is now being invested in capital projects to expand infrastructure and connect people, goods and opportunities by rail, road and air. The federal government supported the state governments through bailouts that allowed them to pay workers on their payroll.
We have taken an unprecedented step towards a fairer and more equitable society by implementing Africa's largest social investment program. Through the National Social Investment Program, we directly support over 13 million Nigerians who need it by helping and supporting unemployed youth, our children, the weak and weak, and small and medium-sized businesses. But even if we lay the foundations for a stable and prosperous nation, we recognize that there is still much to do. The next efforts focus on job creation in different sectors. From expanding the N-Power program to investing in technology and creative jobs in agriculture and revolutionizing access to credit for entrepreneurs and craftsmen, there are over 15 million new jobs. The path away from the mono-economy must continue with the upcoming industrialization plan. With concrete plans to exploit the comparative advantage of geopolitical zones and the various states through the development of 6 industrial parks and 109 special production and processing centers (SPPCs) in each Senate district, our gradual departure from oil dependency is assured. In addition, our development of Special Economic Zones will quickly substantiate our "Made in Nigeria for Export" (MINE) plan. In order to maintain food production and added value, tractors and processors will be easily accessible and available to farmers throughout Nigeria thanks to our agricultural mechanization policy. We will continue a broad training policy that prioritises technology to massively achieve the demographics of young people in the productive sector, even as we create jobs and create growth in our economy.
We believe that our people, who are still in poverty, have a direct outlet through our expanded National Social Investment Program. We believe that we can implement the thorough and comprehensive policy and work we have done to end the everlasting conflict between farmers and shepherds – a conflict fueled by the struggle for land, water and pasture, and the effects of climate change and change From time to time, opportunistic and cynical manipulations by political actors are intensified in all countries. We are implementing a mix of measures that bring about justice, order, modernization and new economic paradigms.
Perhaps our biggest ambition is the revision of our education sector. Every child counts – and just about everything that is needed to prepare our teachers, curricula, and classrooms to achieve the right educational goals that build our country. Each year, we will transform 10,000 schools and re-train our teachers to teach science, technology, engineering, art and math through coding, animation and robotics to reinterpret our curriculum. We know that moral integrity and conscience must continue to be the dominant character of our nation and leadership in order to succeed. Corruption is an existential threat to Nigeria. Despite the success we have achieved in closing the goals, we know that there is much reason to stop systemic corruption. We are committed to deepening the work we have begun with this first term so that the nation's assets and resources continue to be organized and used to do good to ordinary people. The next four years will be very important for our country. Nigeria faces the decision to build a new Nigeria that sets itself apart from its corrupt past, favoring few opportunists. Our choices will shape our lives – our economic security and our future prosperity.
More than ever, Nigeria needs a stable, human-centered government to advance the agenda for our country. Join us on this journey to the next level of prosperous, strong and stable Nigeria!
Nigerians, we're all going higher!
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