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Ahead of 2019 Presidential Election, President Buhari and former Vice President Atiku reveals their plans for Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, during the unveiling of his 2019 campaign document, titled ‘The Next Level’, urged Nigerians to re-elect him in 2019 to enable him continue his fight against corruption his administration started in 2015.

He added that if he is given a second opportunity, he would re-double his commitment to the provision of infrastructure, rebuilding the economy and sustaining the war against insurgent.

The document also showcased the achievements of President Buhari since his emergence in 2015 as president.

He also urged Nigerians to allow him remain in office to fight corruption or return Nigeria back to the past.

“To succeed, moral integrity and conscience must continue to form the dominant character of our nation and its leadership.

“Corruption is an existential threat to Nigeria. Despite the gains we have made in closing the gates, we know that there is still much ground to be covered to stop systemic corruption. We are committed to deepening the work we started this past term.

“The nation’s assets and resources will continue to be organised and utilised for the good of the common man.”

“The next four years will be quite significant for our country. Nigeria is faced with a choice to keep on building a new Nigeria or to go back to its tainted past, which favoured the opportunistic few.

“Our choices will surely shape us, defining clearly, our economic security and our future prosperity. Nigeria, more than ever before, needs a stable and people-focused government to move the development of our county forward.

“Join us in this journey to the next level, for a strong and stable Nigeria…”

Buhari also revealed his plan to create at least 15million new jobs in the next four years of his administration if re-election.

He further urged all contestants and political parties to be peaceful.

“I urge all candidates and supporters of all political parties to go about their campaigns peacefully and decently. As I always say, we have no other country but Nigeria. Let us not set it ablaze because of politics of sectional interests,” Buhari said.

Atiku’s plans for Nigeria

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the strongest opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his 63-page policy document titled ‘Let’s get Nigeria working again’, revealed his plans for Nigeria if given the opportunity.

Atiku in his economic development plan said that he would ensure a competitive and open economic system, reform public institutions, reduce infrastructure deficit, promote economic diversification and human capital development.

He plans to target the creation of three million self and wage paying employment opportunities in the private sector annually.

The former vice president who served under the administration of Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, noted that he had a good grasp of the challenges facing Nigeria and would learn from the mistakes of the past, consolidate on the successes of previous regimes and build the future.

Among many of his plans, Atiku revealed that he would privatise all the nation’s four (4) refineries if voted into office in 2019.

He noted that the 4 refineries with 450,000 barrels per day capacity had been operating below 10%, saying that Nigeria was the most inefficient member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

“We shall prioritise investment in nameplate capacity and ensure that Nigeria starts to refine 50 per cent of its current crude oil output of two million barrels per day by 2025.

“We shall privatise all four outstanding government-owned refineries to competent off-takers with mandates to produce agreed levels of refined output.

“We shall issue new licences for Greenfield investment in crude oil refining and allied activities,” adding, “We shall introduce market-friendly fiscal and pricing policies.”

The former vice president further revealed that he plans to create at least one million new jobs within 10 years via petrochemicals based activities, as well as building enabling infrastructure to add value to the economy via the development of petrochemical facilities.

He further promised to partially privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure transparency and accountability.

Regarding restructuring of Nigeria, Atiku said that his government would decongest the exclusive and concurrent list in the Constitution.

According to him, the Federal Government would retain the role of providing required direction for the economy, national security, internal law, currency, international affairs, customs, citizenship, immigration, firearms etc.

“Issues bordering on minerals and mines, internal security including police, law and order, railways, communications, transport, environment, land matters etc would be devolved to the concurrent list.

“Local governments shall become an independent tier of government, generating units will be supported in economy management.

“Nigeria’s common resources will be shared equitably in accordance with a new revenue allocation formula to be negotiated across abroad.”

The PDP presidential candidate further promised to create a special tribunal for crimes against women.

“We shall encourage states and the private sector to incentivise studies for girls in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We shall provide microfinance and financing schemes specifically targeted at the youth and women.

“We shall create a special tribunal for crimes against women including domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, rape.”

“We shall increase women representation and retention rates in politics and business, through positive action such as quotas for women on political platform and corporate boards.

“We shall increase the number of appointments made to young people in government and in government committees.”

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