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26 Feb

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, today delivered a speech at the Chatham House, London. The speech titled, ‘Prospectsfor Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition’, touched on the state of the nation, the forthcoming general elections, and more. Below are 11 noteworthy quotes from his address.

 

1.  Given increasing global linkages, it is in our collective interests that the postponed elections should hold on the rescheduled dates; that they should be free and fair; that their outcomes should be respected by all parties; and that any form of extension, under whichever guise, is unconstitutional and will not be tolerated.

 

2. On a personal note, the phased end of the USSR was a turning point for me. It convinced me that change can be brought about without firing a single shot.

 

3. In the last two decades, democracy has grown strong roots in Africa. Elections, once so rare, are now so commonplace.

 

4.  It is globally agreed that democracy is not an event, but a journey. And that the destination of that journey is democratic consolidation – that state where democracy has become so rooted and so routine and widely accepted by all actors.

 

5.   Apart from the civil war era, at no other time in our history has Nigeria been this insecure.

 

6.   Let me assure you that if I am elected president, the world will have no cause to worry about Nigeria as it has had to recently; that Nigeria will return to its stabilising role in West Africa; and that no inch of Nigerian territory will ever be lost to the enemy.

 

7.  I, Muhammadu Buhari, will always lead from the front and return Nigeria to its leadership role in regional and international efforts to combat terrorism.

 

8.  The current administration has created two economies in one country, a sorry tale of two nations: one economy for a few who have so much in their tiny island of prosperity; and the other economy for the many who have so little in their vast ocean of misery.

 

9.  On corruption, there will be no confusion as to where I stand. Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration.

 

10.   In short, we will run a functional economy driven by a worldview that sees growth not as an end by itself, but as a tool to create a society that works for all, rich and poor alike.

 

11.  I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future. So before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms and is subjecting himself to the rigours of democratic elections for the fourth time.

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16 Feb

In a bid to eradicate the traffic congestion along the Nyanya - Keffi road, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has intensified work on the on-going construction of the Karshi – Ara/Apo Road project to serve as alternative to the motorists moving towards the North - East axis of the country.

According to a statement by FCTA Press Secretary, Mr. Mohammed Sule, the FCT Minister Senator Bala Mohammed made the disclosureon Friday after meeting with some Engineers of the FCT Administration on how to tackle the traffic bottlenecks along that axis.

The minister, the construction work of Karshi – Apo is 65% completed, while Karshi – Ara is 25% completed.

He explained that the total length of the Karshi-Apo axis of the road is 13.2 kilometers and that the entire distance has been cleared, with all the culverts completed. 

 “The FCT Administration has conveniently achieved the laying of stone base as well as asphalt on this road reaching 4.2 kilometers and 3.0 kilometers respectively,” he said.

Sen. Mohammed further assured residents that the FCTA is giving serious attention to the ongoing construction of the road. 

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