Buhari storms Sokoto, Kebbi in ‘show of strength’


It was a show of strength on Wednesday by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as President Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of the party stormed Sokoto and Kebbi states in continuation of campaign tour of states.
Amid jubilation by supporters, Buhari pledged to protect the integrity of Nigerians and safeguard their trust at all times.
He made the remarks while addressing thousands of supporters in Giginya Stadium, Sokoto.
He said that his administration had successfully succeeded in its three cardinal objectives of fighting Corruption, revamping Agriculture and improving Security.

Buhari storms Sokoto, Kebbi in 'show of strength'
Buhari in Sokoto

“We have succeeded in fighting Boko Haram, our farming system has tremendously improved and corruption has generously been addressed.
“I want to assure you that our party will continue in this direction in order to ensure that we successfully protect the integrity of Nigerians and our country,” he said.
The President thanked the people of Sokoto for their massive turnout to welcome him to the state.
APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, assured the people that the country remains in safe hands with Buhari’s return.
Buhari storms Sokoto, Kebbi in 'show of strength'
Buhari with Ambode

He said that Nigerians should continue to troop out en masse to vote all APC candidates for more development in the country.
Earlier the state APC Chairman, Sadiq Achida, assured that the people of the state would vote massively for all the party’s candidates at the election.
Buhari also pledged not to compromise in providing good leadership that would guarantee better life for all Nigerians.
He made the pledge when he led APC presidential campaign team on a courtesy visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, at his palace on Wednesday in Sokoto.
Buhari storms Sokoto, Kebbi in 'show of strength'
President Muhammadu Buhari and Sultan of Sokoto

Buhari also pledged not compromise the trust of the people, stressing that his administration has fulfilled the campaign promises it made in 2015 on tackling insecurity, fighting corruption and generating employment.
He said his administration achievements were glaring as previously no fewer than 17 local government areas were being controlled by Book Haram group but at present none was being occupied by the group.
He added that the armed groups deployed other tactics of using girls as bomb carriers and other pockets of crimes which had been reduced drastically and contained.
The President explained that between 1999 to 2014, Nigeria produced about 2.4 million barrels of crude oil daily, sold at more than $100 per barrel, yet nothing was done to improve national infrastructure including roads, rail and electricity.
He challenged those in doubt to verify from financial institutions and countries buying the nation’s oil, adding that maladministration had been tackled by his administration.
“Leadership is a trust, with our knowledge we will not allow anybody to cheat people or collaborate on any dishonest dealings.
“We made fertiliser abundant and affordable which facilitated bumper harvest and people’s attention now shifted to agriculture. Many people at present practice farming because of the gains’’, Buhari added.
He assured the Sultan that such good development would be sustained if elected, noting that they were in his palace to seek for blessings.
Responding, the Sultan, welcomed the president and his team and urged them to consider their visit as home coming.
He explained that traditional rulers were fathers of all and would continue to render fatherly advice to those in authority for the good of the people.
The Sultan called on Buhari to sustain the war against corruption and pledge that the Sultanate Council would partner with all organs of government in promoting transparency and accountability.
According to him, Islam discourage evil and called on people to cooperate with various organisations on promoting good governance.
He commended Buhari for tackling security challenges across the country, but urged the federal government to reequip security agencies and provide them with incentives to enhance their work.
The Sultan counseled politicians against breeding violence in all forms and underscored the importance of peaceful coexistence.
He urged politicians to practise the game according to the rules of the law and prayed for successful conduct of 2019 general elections.
Abubakar presented a pamphlet on good leadership he published to guide the President and his aides.
Among the delegation were APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.
Others are Senators Sani Yarima and Ali Mudu Sheriff, Minister of Defence Mansur DanAli and Minister of Commerce and Industry Hajia Ai’sha Abubakar among others.
Buhari storms Sokoto, Kebbi in 'show of strength'
Sultan Palace

There was drama of sorts immediately Buhari left the palace to Kebbi State as some people, suspected to be members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stormed the entrance with jerry cans of water “to wash the bad luck brought to the palace by the APC chiefs”.
Buhari storms Sokoto, Kebbi in 'show of strength'
Sultan Palace

One of them, who gave his name as Adamu, declared that PDP would win the general elections in the North-West state.
In Kebbi State, the Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin Kebbi, was agog when a mammoth crowd  trooped to await the arrival of Buhari for his campaign in the state.
APC members from 21 Local Government Areas of the state and party supporters were also seen colourfully dressed to receive the President.
The state Chairman of Buhari/Bagudu Support Organisation (BBSO), Alhaji Umar Dan- Fari, said that the President’s visit was a welcome development.
He said that the organisation was at the airport to receive him because of his developmental strides in the country.
‘‘The President is presently in Sokoto State, we are expecting him to come to Kebbi any time from now.
‘‘We hope that he will come and go back peacefully as we are prayerful and optimistic of his re-emerging as our President after the 2019 general elections,” he said.
Among those on ground to receive the President were youths, various Buhari Support Organisations, women associations, NURTW and NARTO members, traders and marketers’ associations, among others.
Similarly, the state Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Usman Bagudu, said “we are awaiting the arrival of our President as we want him to win his re-election in order to continue the good works he has started.”
On his arrival, Buhari urged Nigerians not to relent in their support for the Federal Government’s drive to move away from over dependence on oil to agriculture.
” I was in Kebbi in 2015, during my campaigns and I made three promises: To transform the economy ,boost security, as well as fight corruption, head long,” the APC presidential candidate said.
He explained that modest achievements had been recorded in all the three sectors.
According to president, the economy of the nation has now been put on a sound footing, while the anti corruption fight is also highly successful .
“On security , the people of Borno have yesterday confirmed that Boko Haram have been fully decimated.
” On agriculture,  the last two rainy seasons had recorded bumper harvests, as such , food security is highly guaranteed in the county as we have reduced the importation of rice by 90 per cent, and we have also provided subsidised fertilisers to our teeming farmers.
” While hoping that similar bumper harvests would be recorded this year, I am appealing to Nigerians to go back to farm for subsistence and for sale and they should not relent in efforts to achieve  that,”he said.
Buhari also acknowledged the sustained invaluable support and cooperation of the people of the state to his policies and the APC, his party.
The Director – General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who is also the Minister of Transport, told the mammoth gathering that the Federal Government would soon commence the construction of a rail line from Jibia to Gusau to Sokoto to Birnin Kebbi.
“No plan to construct the railway before we came into power.
“If you vote for the APC in the forthcoming elections we will do the railway but if otherwise, you will hardly get the railway from the other party,” he said.
Governor Atiku Bagudu said APC had in the last three years strengthened unity among the people and facilitated industrial and agricultural development in the state.
“This has been manifested by the establishment of WACOT Rice Mill in Argungu, Kamba Rice Mill and the proposed Dangote Rice Mill in Saminaka, Dugu-Raha, in Shanga Local Government Area as well as Lagos and Kebbi Rice,” Bagudu said.
According to him,  all the state democratically elected officials in the state from 1999 to date are in APC.
“All the former governors, former deputy governors ,former ministers and many national assembly members from 1999 to date are in APC,.
“All the deputy governors and politicians from that period to date are united in the same party; all courtesy of the support and encouragement we have been receiving from Mr President,” he said.
He  assured the president that the people of the state would bring huge percentage of votes to the APC than all the states of the federation in the general elections.
Oshiomhole said Nigerians would only vote for a person who is not a thief , adding that, former leaders who criticised the president were doing it out of their sheer personnel interests.
“These people don’t want to see the common man progresses; they envy Buhari for his policies in making sure that the common man is transformed and changed progressively to develop this country,” Oshiomhole said.


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