I’m seeking re-election because of my pact with the poor – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his decision to alleviate the sufferings of the poor was responsible for his decision to seek re-election.

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He said this at the Karakanda Stadium in Katsina while rounding off his presidential campaign for Saturday’s election.

The President, who spoke in Hausa, said in 2015 he promised to make life comfortable for the poor, insisting that all his government programmes since he became the President were geared towards uplifting the poor.

He mentioned the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, the anti-corruption war and promotion of agriculture, particularly the ban on importation of rice as some of his achievements.

These feats, he said, had bore fruitful results.

President Buhari promised to continue with all the programmes and come up with more innovations that would further alleviate the sufferings of the poor if he was reelected.

Buhari also promised to wipe out insurgency from the country.

“My administration is making concerted efforts to liberate 17 local governments that were before under the Boko Haram insurgents.

“Before our election in 2014, the Boko Haram insurgents were confusing our youths, telling them that they were fighting because of Allah.

“When we were elected, we embarked on enlightenment campaigns preaching to the youths that they were being used to detonate bombs that kill innocent people. Islam does not support the killings of innocent people for no just cause,’’ he said.

Earlier, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, had while addressing the crowd in Hausa and in English, said President Buhari’s major sin in the estimation of the elite was his identification with the poor.

Oshiomhole declared that this notwithstanding, the masses were for the President and the APC.

He added, “President Buhari is a General who has fought and won many battles. He is not afraid of challenges. We know this nation is for us. It is our habit to be just, to be right and to be fair. I urge you to vote for President Buhari to take Nigeria to the next level of development.”

Oshiomhole said the mammoth crowd that welcomed the President in Katsina showed that “President Buhari is a prophet who is loved in his home.”

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of the APC flag to Governor Aminu Masari who is seeking re-election in the March 2 governorship election and other party’s candidates in all the other elections.

President Buhari had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Kabir Usman, at his palace.

The President left for his hometown, Daura, shortly after the rally ended at about 4.30pm.

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