By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Daura, Katsina State said there was enough evidence that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC will win landslide in the 2019 general elections.
Buhari also said his trekking for 800 meters was neither to make cheap political gain nor was it to show his fitness ahead of 2019 even as he said that more Nigerians were appreciative of the implementation of policies and projects of the Federal Government aimed at improving the standard of living in the country.
On the 2019 elections, the President said already the indication to that effect was the governorship election in Ekiti state and the bye elections for the seats in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi States.
Speaking when he received representatives of the 34 Chairmen of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in Katsina State, President Buhari said it was only the blind that would not see the signs of victory for the APC.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,, Malam Garba Shehu stated that the President said the victories recorded by the APC in bye-elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi were sufficient proof that 2019 elections will be won by the party.
According to him, “coming against the backdrop of the victory in Ekiti governorship election, the string of victory by our party, the APC, is a clear indication of the way things will go in 2019.
“For those who are discerning; those who have ears and eyes they will see, hear and understand. Those who don’t understand are entitled to their mistaken assumptions.”
President Buhari therefore, emphasized that the victories in the recent polls were indeed “the sign of things to come.”
He thanked the leaders of the association for paying Sallah homage to him and for their message of congratulations on the performance of the party and the administration, assuring them that he would continue to do his best for the nation.
Speaking on behalf of the members, the Chairman of ALGON in the State, Alhaji Mohammed Na’Allah, expressed their support and commitment to the success of the Buhari Administration.
At another meeting with the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Katsina State Chapter, President Buhari expressed his continued determination to respect the diversity of the country, saying that he will run a government that is fair and just to all Nigerians.
The President thanked the CAN leadership in the State for living in peace and harmony with other religious groups, and for supporting his administration in its policies and programmes
I didn’t trek to score cheap political capital
Meanwhile, the president said his trekking for 800 meters was neither to make cheap political gain nor was it to show his fitness ahead 2019
The President who broached the issue of his opting to trek some distance after observing Eid prayers at Kofar Arewa Eid Ground in Daura, Katsina State, and the humbling hero’s welcome from the well-wishers that lined the street, said his action was to be with his people as they were not seeing him in his tinted glass vehicle
Speaking in a meeting with representatives of the five local governments in Daura Emirate, President Buhari explained that the walk was not about proving his fitness level or scoring cheap political capital.
The President in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu said, “This is my constituency, the people came out in their large numbers to see me and the car in which I was being driven had tinted windows.
“They were not seeing me so I came down so they could see me. I didn’t need to convince anyone about my health and the decision to contest for a second term- a decision that I made public in April this year.”
The President used the opportunity of his meeting with his kinsmen to inform them that he had directed the Ministry of Agriculture and the CBN to review the processes on the issuance of loans to smallholder farmers.
He said, “We want to make it easier for them to assess the loans, particularly the underprivileged people in the society. It has become necessary for the government to do this because banks will insist on collaterals which majority of farmers do not have.
“For our agriculture policy to succeed, we must be able to reach small farm holders with loans without collaterals. Collaterals are always a problem with smallholder farmers.”
Speaking on behalf of the civil society groups in Daura Emirate, the spokesman of the group, Yusuf Bello Maiadua, applauded the President on his numerous achievements.
“You have made us proud, the economy is back on the path of growth and you have laid a solid foundation for the development of the country.
Nigerians appreciate our social intervention programmes, projects
Also speaking when he received the leadership of Kano Traders Association led by Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Sani, Chairman of Kanti Kwari Traders Association on Friday in Daura, Katsina State, the president said it was heart-warming that more Nigerians were appreciative of the implementation of policies and projects of the Federal Government.
A statement by Malam Garba Shehu, said the President pledged that his administration will not relent in doing the needful to create jobs, expand trade and encourage greater productivity.
He told members of the business community that under the Government Enterprises and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and the CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), more traders and farmers have expanded their trade and increased food production.
He said that while the GEEP provides free interest loans to farmers, the N40 billion ABP targets rice farmers across the country to boost their production.
According to the President, some of the policies and projects were misconstrued by some critics at the beginning of this administration but with steady and rigorous implementation they have realized that these interventions are very beneficial for the development of the country.