Buhari makes covenant with Nigerians, promises better life

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
General Muhammadu Buhari
General Muhammadu Buhari

General Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate has highlighted his covenant with Nigerians in a letter titled “My Covenant With Nigerians”.

Buhari stated in his letter that having campaigned across the country, he now has a better understanding of the predicament of Nigerians and is more determined to bring the much needed change.

Buhari’s letter to Nigerians:

Dear Compatriots,
In the past few months that I have traveled round this country on campaigns, I have experienced the sheer beauty of our diversity. From Port Harcourt to Kano, from Abeokuta to Gusau, I experienced first-hand the daily sufferings and struggles of our people. I also experienced the overwhelming desire of our people for change.

When I arrived in Port Harcourt on the 5th of January to start my campaigns, I was met by our teeming supporters, who stayed till late in the evening to welcome us. Among them were many young men and women, who in the few minutes that I shared with them at the airport, made me to reflect on what kind of future awaits them in our country.

The gestures of 90-year-old Hajia Fadimatu Mai Talle Tara from Kebbi State and 9-years-old Nicole Eniiyi Benson from Lagos State, who donated their life-savings to my campaign, reflect the overwhelming desire of our people for change. In their gestures, I perceived a longing for the days when honour, national pride and dignity of labour were the fundamental social principles that governed our country. As I encountered millions of our youths, who sometimes run for hours in front of my car and hanging precariously on our campaign vehicles at our state rallies, I also pondered the enormity of the task ahead. How do we give jobs to our youth? How do we reform our economy and make it work for every Nigerian?

I know however, that what we require to revamp our economy and rebuild our country is our ability to galvanize all our citizens to believe once again in their government, in their country and especially, to believe in themselves. This can only happen if we are able to rebuild the trust and belief that our people used to have in government, and indeed, in our nation. The leadership that I will provide will be built on this critical awareness. I intend to lead with integrity and honour and commit myself totally to everything that is of concern to our people: security, employment, health, education, good governance and others.

This Covenant is to outline my agenda for Nigeria and provide a bird’s eye view of how we intend to bring about the change that our country needs and deserves. This Covenant is derived from the manifesto of my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). It however, represents my pledge to you all when I become your President.

I have no doubt that God being on our side, with the abiding support of all Nigerians, we shall all witness the great change that we desire and achieve the Nigeria of our dream.

Thank you

Gen. Muhammadu BUHARI (Rtd.), GCFR
Presidential Candidate, APC

 

Corruption and Governance:

No matter how vast our resources, if they are not efficiently utilized, they will only benefit a privileged few, leaving the majority in poverty. I believe if Nigeria does not kill corruption; corruption will kill Nigeria.

I pledge to:
·         Publicly declare my assets and liabilities and encourage my political appointees to also publicly declare their assets and liabilities.
·         Affirm that our strategy for tackling corruption will not only focus on punishment. Rather, it will also provide incentives for disclosure and transparency.
·         Show personal leadership in the war against corruption and also hold all the people who work with me to account.
·         Inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act so that the Federal Executive Council, which has been turned to a weekly                       session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on its principal function of policy making.
·         Review and implement audit recommendations by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
·         Work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act.
·         Work with the National Assembly to strengthen ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy including financial and prosecutorial independence and                      security of tenure of officials.
·         Make the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) an autonomous and operational agency.
·         Encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.
·         Ensure all MDAs regularly comply with their accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the National Assembly.
·         Work with the leadership of the National Assembly to cut down the cost of governance.
·         Present a national anti-corruption Strategy.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
Access to Justice and Respect for Fundamental Human Rights 
One of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria is building a country that is fair to all of its citizens; a country in which all individuals feel and know that they are valued members of society with constitutionally guaranteed rights; a country that respects human dignity, promotes human development, fosters human equality and advances human freedom.
I pledge to:                                                                                            
·         Lead a government founded on values that promote and protect fundamental human rights and freedoms.  I will promote the supremacy of the Constitution and the               rule of law, affirm separation of the powers of government and support an independent judiciary.
·         Present a detailed strategy for protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms provided for in our Constitution.  There will be emphasis on the rights of vulnerable                 persons including women, children and persons living with disabilities as well as access to justice and prisons reforms.
Insurgency and Insecurity
I have had the opportunity to serve my country in the military up to the highest level, as a Major General and as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In the course of my service, I had defended the territorial integrity of Nigeria. And if called upon to do so again, I shall rise to the occasion. As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary or civilians.
I pledge to:
·         Ensure that under my watch, no force, external or internal, will occupy even an inch of Nigerian soil. I will give all it takes to ensure that our girls kidnapped from                     Chibok are rescued and reunited with their families.
·         Deliver a Marshal Plan on insurgency, terrorism, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping, rural banditry and ensure that never again will Nigerian children be           slaughtered or kidnapped at will.
·         Boost the morale of our fighting forces and the generality of Nigerians by leading from the front as the Commander-in-Chief and not hide in the comfort and security               of Aso Rock.
·         Give especial attention to the welfare of our armed forces and all other security personnel and their families, including State-guaranteed life insurance for all officers               and men as well as protect the families of our fallen heroes.
·         Ensure that acts of heroism and valour in the service to the nation are publicly recognized and celebrated.
·         Establish close working relationship with governors of the states affected by insurgency, with leaders of our neighbouring countries and with leaders around the world           to cooperate in combating insurgency, oil theft, piracy and criminality.
·         Activate regular meetings of the National Police Council to ensure the discharge of its true constitutional roles in a transparent and accountable way.
·         Fight for you, and alongside you. We will fight together to defeat terrorism. But I will be honest with you about our challenges and I will bear the responsibilities of my           charge. I will not lie to you or exaggerate our triumphs. My administration will be thoroughly transparent in every step of our daily struggle and together we will win               the war.
Niger Delta
In many years of oil exploration, the Niger Delta has become perhaps, the world’s worst eco-system, a byword for environmental degradation, exploitation and diseases. I believe that protecting the livelihood of our people in the Niger Delta should transcend our interest its oil.
I pledge to:
·         Commit myself and my administration to the protection and regeneration of the environment in the Niger Delta and to ensure that oil companies comply with global               best practices on environmental protection.
·        Sustain and streamline the human capital development in the Niger Delta, especially focusing on youth and women.
·        Reform investment in infrastructural development of the Niger Delta and ensure that the NDDC is held accountable to its mandate.
 
Diversity
Nigeria’s greatest asset is her people. My commitment is to invest in our people and ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their full potentials and enjoy the full benefits of their citizenship, regardless of their religion, region, ethnicity, gender or disability.
I pledge to:
·         Continually acknowledge our diversity and consciously promote equality and equity in all government businesses and activities.
·         Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women.
·         Work with the National Assembly to pass the National Disability Act and the Equal Opportunities Bill.
 
Health
We must give real meaning to the old saying that Health is Wealth. We must take all possible measures to ensure that our people stay healthy, but we must also ensure that when they fall ill, they can get help.
Healthcare in Nigeria is in crises. Too many people do not get any treatment. For those who do get treated, all too often, the care they receive is poor. Far too many die from easily treatable diseases and what should be routine treatment often end in death. Furthermore, Nigeria is set to miss our MDG targets. The statistics speak for themselves.
I pledge to:
·         Unveil a health sector review policy to ensure efficient and effective management of our health systems with focus on prevention.
·         Ensure that no Nigerian will have any reason to go outside the country for medical treatment.
·         Guarantee financial sustainability to the health sector and minimum basic health care for all.
·         Review occupational health laws and immediately commence enforcement of the provisions to reduce hazards in the work place.
·         Partner with State Governments and development partners to ensure all-round implementation of our primary health plans by expanding access to health insurance               for rural communities.
 
 
 
Education
I believe that our education system must prepare our children for the responsibilities of citizenship and prepare our youths to contribute to the development of our country.  Therefore, I shall focus on restoring the lost glory of our education by implementing reforms that will bring quality back into our schools and position our universities and polytechnics to provide market-relevant skills to our youths.
I pledge to:
·         Embark on a program of mass mobilisation to ensure that all children of school age, no matter where they may reside in our country, and no matter the social                           conditions of their parents, are in school. Working in co-operation with the State Governments, we shall make the required investments in infrastructure, learning                   materials, nutrition and children healthcare. To this end, UBEC Fund will be reviewed to ensure greater efficiency in utilization.
·         Provide on-the-job retraining opportunities for existing teachers at both the basic and secondary levels while providing the right incentives to keep teachers in the                   classrooms and attract bright young men and women to take up career in teaching.
·         Work with other levels of government and through relevant government agencies to allocate resources to schools while strengthening community participation in                      school management.
·         Implement a comprehensive review of the goal and content of our secondary education to ensure that it also serves the purpose of skills acquisition and fits purpose.
·         Set up Colleges of Skills and Enterprise to replace the old technical colleges. This will be done with direct participation from relevant industry and professional groups             in the private sector. Based on local market demands, each of the colleges will focus on high job demand sectors of the economy such as agriculture, ICT,                                     telecommunications, entertainment, construction, oil and gas and sports.
·         Establish special purpose fund for a Secondary School level education.
·         Improve the competitiveness of our universities and polytechnics and position them at the heart of the national productivity, innovation and enterprise.
·         Pursue a policy of non-discrimination between the universities and the polytechnics.
 
Agriculture
Oil has served our country, but it has also excluded majority of Nigerians from the mainstream of our economy. I am convinced that our guarantee for inclusive growth is agriculture.
 
I pledge to:
  • Make agriculture a major focus of the government and lay the institutional foundation to attract large-scale investments and capital to the sector.
  • Actively promote a well-coordinated and innovatively funded Youth in Commercial Agribusiness Programme.
  • Establish agricultural produce storage, pricing and marketing systems to ensure real commercial value and minimize waste.
  • Work with State Governments to launch Agricultural Support Programmes that will drive agricultural land development and mechanization.
  • Revamp, revitalize and improve on the national agricultural extension and rural support service system.
  • Lay the groundwork for a standardized market uptake and aggregation outlets for specific agricultural produce.
  • Revamp the key development banks (Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Import & Export Bank) to fund inclusive agricultural value chain operations
  • Liberalise and expand agricultural and rural insurance system with premium subventions support to farmers
  • Revamp the agricultural cooperative system to drive rural agriculture and improve stakes for smallholder farmers.
  • Develop a system of small-scale irrigation systems to ensure all-year round farming.
  • Revamping key agriculture research institutions and deliver their outputs through effective network of extension services.
 
Management of the Economy for Shared Prosperity
All Nigerians deserve to benefit from our collective wealth. We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in our determination to create, expand and ensure equitable and effective allocation of economic opportunities. No matter the amount of wealth we create, it would be meaningless unless it benefits the majority of our people.
 
Power
Our failure to ensure a stable supply of electricity has been an impediment to economic growth, productivity and national security.
I pledge to:
·         Address the gaps in power sector privatization to ensure it serves the needs of our people.
·         Explore and develop alternative sources of power such as small, medium and large hydro plants, wind, coal and solar and other forms of renewable energy to ensure                efficient and affordable power supply.
·         Invest in technical skills development for efficient management of energy resources.
 
Sports and Culture
Sports and culture are important instruments for social cohesion, national integration and promotion of positive national image. They also provide a strong platform for youth development and the expression of our abundant creative talents.
I pledge to:
·         Invest and encourage investments in both small and large-scale sports facilities to enable mass participation in sports.
·         Ensure that participation in sports become a core component of our education at all levels.
·         Activate incentives for the private sector to invest in the development of high performance sports.
Culture
I pledge to:
·         Support real investments in the entertainment, arts and creative industries.
·         Strengthen the regulatory framework to protect and preserve our culture and creative industry and prevent it from the scourge of piracy.
·         Develop and strengthen the value link-chain of the culture industry to deepen the industry and provide jobs.

 

24 COMMENTS

  1. YOU JUST DONT READ MEVERY COMMENTS ON HIS FORUM, WHATEVER NE POSTED HERE SAY A LOT ABOUT THE PERSON
    THERE ARE COMMENTS YOU MUST IGNORE OR IT MAY SPOIL YOUR DAY
    please TAKE NOTICE, @ Musca, Micheal, justme, Paul and the new commer Adebisi
    SHAME

  2. Buhari apologize for killing innocent souls in 2011 their blood is crying Buhari, Buhari what have we done to deserve death oh, may God kill all your supporters the way you killed innocent souls. This time you will kill your supporters blood suckers like you. You can not rule us your are bloody if you try this country will become like Syria. GEJ is the man from God you can not stop him. Jona, fear not The Lord is with you, and we are with you.

  3. You have said it all. GMB u are God sent to deliver Nigeria from the pangs of Nigeria Pharaoh. You are destined to occupy the seat of power come May 29, 2015 IJN amen.

  4. Pack BUHari PULL over…. just be fast…. must a good man do good for the country unless he becomes Mr president…. ? One of the cash rooms belonging to the owner of APC, Asiwaju BolaTinubu was uncovered today. The stacked bundles of Naira was meant to be distributed to voters in lagos on the March 28, 2015 Presidential election.Lagos state have 8,425 Polling Units. THE CHANGE HAS BEEN EXPOSED

  5. These guys dont realise that in Cote d Ivoire, there was already a civil war on, and the UN was part of the electoral process. Also, the opposition had the backing of a certain European Nation! This was why the UN and the AU accepted that the opposition form a parallel Government, after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the opposition, after the third count. Nigeria is a totally different scenario. No Western Gov is backing any opposition here (people should stop confusing AKPD/consultants propaganda with the neutral position of the US Government). There is no civil war on in Nigeria with the UN involved in our election. The threat of forming a parallel Gov should be treated as TREASON. The false accusations from Tinubu, Mbaka and co, “of Mr President wanting to kill them”, should be legally dealt with! This is criminal, especially, when there is absolutely no evidence. Nigerians dont want desperate politicians to cause confusion and turn Nigeria into a bloodbath, simply because of their own selfish desperation to grab power at all costs!
    This “freedom of expression” has been manipulated irresponsibly by many! People should not make these kinds of unguarded, inflammatory statements at a time like this. What is Tinubu’s evidence? Or Mbaka’s yet every one has heard them. There is no possibility of a Core d’Ivoire happening here! Period!!
    Just imagine that GEJ was Baba, many of them falsely accusing GEJ of wanting to kill them would have been picked up by now……or if GEJ decides to act like Putin, who would have immediately dealt with the threat to form a parallel Government, as the State against treason/conspiracy to destabilise the Nation . We dont see Jeb Bush falsely accusing Obama that he wants to kill him and others, nor do we see Daddy GO Adeboye, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria or the Pope, playing politics and departing from spreading the word of God, to accuse their President of wanting to kill them. If this trend of unchecked propaganda continues, it will unleash a new chapter of horror and violence in Nigeria, as many will be misled by the selfish Confusionsts! Hitler was ignored by many and written off as “all rhetorics”, until he started the second world war!! Nigerians, must start to rise up against these inflammatory statements, as it is clear, that some people want Nigeria to descend into a total State of anarchy!

  6. Some people are so naive that they can’t see beyond their noses.
    GMB is the right choice. Sai Change! Sai APC!! SAI BUHARI!!!

  7. Empty promises.Buhari and his cohorts are known for their deceit, lies and propaganda.
    Am not surprise to read such a deceitful article on how he will bring down heaven for us. It’s only the naive and gullible people that will believe such lies.
    When I read the caption that Buhari made a covenant, I was waiting to read where he wrote that if he doesn’t meet up with his promises that God should punish him and his descendants. Instead he was telling us that he has known the plight of Nigerians and how an old woman and a young child gave him their life savings.

  8. Read this site if i lie……Bola tinubu is a big liar……….how can you leave your own party candidate ACN AND SUPPORT PDP IN 2011…..WHile you said the election was rig in 2011.

  9. Dreamers…..wake up and face reality…………Buhari was there and he could not even change anything non build any unversity non road………….This man is a terrorise just have it on mind and know that buhari cannot win this election because of his past history and present history and armies boko haram……Bola tinubu will sale off buhari, remember what bola tinubu said during his meeting with Igbo leaders in Lagos yesterday that he help jonathan win the election 2011 while he bola was in Acn party with ribahu as the acn presidential candidate……..Hmmmmmmmmm wonders shall never end….Bola tinubu tellss lies every minute,seconds and hours of the day……

  10. I hear you GMB,promising heaven and earth just for power..i know he didn’t write all this or even scan through it,anyway am not buying all those crap..its GEJ all the way.

  11. Without Proper Distribution Of PVCs, I will Say The Election Is Rigged,” Odia Ofeimun Tells SaharaReporters

    “INEC Chairman Ought To Be Sacked” – Odia Ofeimun
    Odia Ofeimun, Talking With SaharaReporters
    SaharaReporters met with famed Nigerian poet Odia Ofeimun during the Pan-African Congress in Accra, Ghana this week. Odia discussed his frustrations with the Pan-African Congress, which he feels has bullied out some voices from the Pan-African movement and that it lacks adequate leadership.

    Mr. Ofeimun argued that there has been no change in Congress leadership for nearly 38 years, and that new “people who can run shop, should run shop” referring to the direction the Congress should take. He added that he feels the Congress and Pan-African movement has been “micro-managed by Ghanaian politics” and that there is no “consensual way of organizing people.”

    As the conversation turned to the Nigerian elections, Mr. Ofeimun said that he was “worried about the circumstances in which [the elections] will take place.”

    He lamented that INEC has done a disservice to Nigerians by claiming that, “the umpire had assured Nigerians they were ready only to discover that over 23 million, one third of those who were supposed to vote, had no voters cards.”

    “The fact that the electoral commissioner [Chairman Jega] could make such a public statement means that he should be sacked,” he added.

    “If it holds on March 28 without a proper resolution of the disenfranchisement of many Nigerians that I will continue to say until the last day of my life that it was a rigged election,” he stated.

    Odia Ofeimun narrated his frustration with the PVC distribution by sharing his own story with SaharaReporters. He said, “You know how I got my card? Someone saw it for me, any someone else went to get it to bring to me.”

    He continued by saying that the man who retrieved the card for him exposed a serious problem with PVC distribution because, “politically interested Nigerians can prevent those cards form being distributed in areas where their parties are weak, and for me that is a serious matter.”

    “Consider a situation where the winning party has three million more votes, but there are five million without the voters cards,” he concluded, emphasizing the significance of this issue.

  12. If Buhari, is elected, this may be the first time Nigeria as a nation is getting it right. The pledges GMB made above, are there not what nigerians are yearning for? please let keep sentiment, religion, region and what have you aside and let us cooperatively and collectively give him a chance for these changeshe has promised.

  13. Acosta and others against GMB you have failed woefully and if your GEJ allow election to hold then you will see what Nigerian do on that day. Currently it is no more secret the mayhem the GEJ government is unleashed on Nigeria right from Lagos Nigeria where we have been having PEACE for the past 16years. It is very SAD GEJ being a Christian is not leaving up to the tenets of Christianity. GOD’S said that when a righteous man is on the throne there is peace, but this is not the case with GEJ. But thank GOD that GMB will provide that solution soon just allow election to hold.

  14. WHETHER THE THIEVES LIKE IT OR NOT, GMB IS OUR PRESIDENT COME MARCH 28.
    ANYBODY WITH SENSE WILL NOT WANT NIGERIA TO CONTINUE WITH THIS SUFFERING, UNEMPLOYMENT, LACK OF SECURITY, ANEMIC POWER SUPPLY.
    GEJ, PATIENCE AND THEIR SUPPORTERS ARE GOING TO DIE AND ROT IN PRISON.

  15. Buhari is no doubt the man of the people. His words are so explicit and answered all the questions of change the masses are yearning for. We salute him and may God help him.

  16. @justme,
    Your biblical narrative above shows how your knowledge of bible and religion are so narrow.
    Have ever read how God of Israel sent his angel to go and tell king Hezekiah that he woukd die and how he changed His mind later and gave him another 12 or 13 more years ? Do you call that confusion ?
    It’s only Nigeria pastors foresee prosperity for the rulers and ask us to pray for them on the premise of the opinion of Mr. Paul the Apostle that we should pray for our rulers whether they are ruling well or not. Whereas no where in the bible God sent His angels to go and pray for any ruler, especially those that were not ruling well. As brief as Jesus lived, he never prayed for any rulers. Luke 11: 35-52 attested to that. On whose instruction Paul was acting is strange.
    If Mbaka has decided to follow the footsteps of Isaiah to tell our wicked rulers the truth, I think he is right and just. Read Isaiah 10 and tell me how many pastors has the will and courage to read that portion whenever our wicked rulers visit their churches?
    Was the same God of Isral that chose Saul who later rejected him ?

  17. Justme Listen to urself, when Rev father last yr was praising the president did u or anyone wrote against him while now that he has seen how bad this Govt is and he Summon courage that has be missing in the body of Christ to speak against evil then all of u Tribalistic fellows start speaking and casing a God’s Anoited. Mind u the same God that choose soul also rejected him, so is not out of place for the Rev to say what God has ask him to say now…piece of an advise…Touch not my Anoited..

  18. Wow..!!
    Is this not d Buhari some pple have called “Old Man” “Brain dead”, dat has marshalled out brazen policies of his incoming administration?
    General, pls say no more..!! It is settled.
    I refuse to enter any arguement wit anyone again, all I await is March 28 for me & my whole street pple to cast “dt CHANGE vote”.

  19. RE: PRESIDENT JONATHAN AND WIFE PATIENCE, PLANNING TO ASSASSINATE ME- REV. FR. MBAKA.
    I read the claims of the respected Rev. Fr. Mbaka and ever since I am trying to piece together the events leading to his fall out with Dame Patience Jonathan and of course GEJ. Also bothering my mind is why at this time he would choose to make such an allegation. Is he acting out a script? Or is he by all means trying his level best to put a clog in the wheel of progress and the momentum the Jonathan campaign has been garnering since the postponement of the polls to March 28? Has his political associates asked him to throw in the joker knowing fully well that the time indeed is up for them, and the fat lady is about to sing?

    Time indeed is a revealer of all things. When Dame Patience Jonathan visited him last year, he was practically all over her and prayed for her and the husband. He even released four pigeons into the air, while three of them flew away and the remaining one fell to the ground, he has prophesied that to mean that the South, West and East where in full support of GEJ and the only place he had problems was in the north. In his prayers for GEJ and Dame Patience, he confessed openly that God is on the side of GEJ and come what may that GEJ would defeat his enemies and record success in the coming elections.

    God is not an author of confusion and as such he cannot send one message through his prophet and again send another contradicting message as to cause confusion. I would at this point choose to remind the Rev. Father of the story of Jonah in the bible, God had asked him to deliver a message to the king of Neneve but his refusal cost him a lot of pains and suffering. However he finally complied and delivered the message, but the King realized his faults and repented of his sins as such God in his infinite mercies forgave this King and Jonah being angry that destruction did not befall the city as he has been told earlier, he was scolded by God in a revelation.

    Rev. Fr Mbaka please you may refuse any gifts that the first couple may have sent to you, maybe, and I say maybe you have given assurances to your sponsors that I don’t know of, but you as a human being cannot change what God has ordained and that is what you have acknowledged in your prayers for the first couple earlier which is God would defeat and confound their enemies and Jonathan would be returned as President to serve a second term. Please be reminded that this is the only government that we have not had any politically motivated assassination from the helms of affairs irrespective of this administration suffering the most in criticism in the political history of Nigeria. This government has not even been irrational with the lives of perceived threats. Yaradua would have scaled this vital test had he not approved the killing of Yusf the founder of boko haram. I could go on and give several insights but I choose to leave it as it is. Go to sleep as no one is after your life. More important people and serious political threats have not been assassinated neither are they in prison so how come you are crying out wolf?

    President Jonathan And Wife, Patience, Planning To Assassinate Me-Rev. Fr. Mbaka

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