Abuja- The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flag-bearer, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has declared a message of hope to Nigerians ahead of 2015, stating that he shares the anxiety of the poor, the middle class and unemployed youths who have borne the brunt of the policies of governments for so long.
The former military head, stated this in a ‘New Year’ message released to newsmen in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city by the Director of Communications, Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Dele Alake.
Noting that more hardship clearly awaits Nigerians given the recent devaluation of the naira by Jonathan’s administration Buhari said: “Against this season of despair foisted on our people, I bring to you, a New Year message of hope and optimism.
“The President himself has declared that Year 2015 shall be `tough’ on our people.
“The devaluation of the naira means the price of goods and services shall rise. Essential goods are being removed from the reach of the poor.
“I share the anxiety of the middle class and the poor…I share the fear of the unemployed whose hopes for new jobs in the New Year is being dashed because companies will cut jobs to escape inflationary spirals.
“I share the concerns of the manufacturers whose import-dominated production will be challenged by the austerity measures,’’ the statement read in part.
He said it was a matter of historic record and personal conviction that he was seeking re-election.
“I have offered to serve our country thrice in this civilian dispensation. I have done so in the faith that my life has no meaning if my country cannot get it right.
“I have done so in the conviction that God has spared my life because it can still be given to make this country realise her manifest destiny as a black Super Power.
“I have done so in the hope that our people shall see through the scaremongering of those who are scared by the values that I represent.
“The values of transparency, anti-corruption and development of our human and material resources,’’ the statement further read.
Buhari said a vote for the APC meant “cheaper electricity, food security, accelerated power supply, integrated transport network, free education, affordable health care service and effective security of life and property’’.