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Buhari assures Nigerians on religious neutrality


Buhari-politicsTHE presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj.-General Muhammadu Buhari, has assured Nigerians of his neutrality on religious issues. He urged the electorate not to be bothered by the propaganda tagging him an Islamic extremist.

In a grand finale south-east rally speech at the Imo International Conference Centre (IICC), Owerri, Imo State capital on Monday, Buhari, accompanied by the governors of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, Rivers, Chibuike Amaechi, Lagos, Babatunde Fashola, APC chieftain, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, and other party chiefs, noted that in past elections as a presidential candidate, he picked Christians as his running mate, wondering the reasons for the hate campaigns against him.

According to him, he was worried why in the last 16 years, the nation’s economy has experienced a great downturn orchestrated by the “high level of corruption, insecurity and decay in infrastructure among others,” adding that he would address this if elected into office.

His words: “The case of religion as a vote against me cannot hold. Now you have to cough out N230 to get a dollar. In the past 16 years the price of crude oil has dropped from $140 to $50 per barrel. The economy is in doldrums. Everything has failed – security, economy. We are really in crisis in this country.”

Earlier, Rochas Okorocha, had stated the relevance of the people of the south-east in the nation’s politics, stressing that their desire was to ensure that Igbo are not made to go through a total of 28 years before the presidency could get to the zone.

Okorocha decried the alleged sealing off of the premises of Imo Council of Traditional Rulers by security operatives, accusing the Presidency of this action.

He also decried the posting of state commissioners of police from their present posts to other states except the police boss in Imo.

Onu, in his contribution lamented the allegations of Islamic extremism against Buhari. He said the APC presidential candidate is a man of honour, having served Nigeria in various capacity, including being head of state.

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  • Ojiyovwi

    The chameleon may mimic a changing a environment but ultimately cannot avoid being a chameleon. If Buhari now concedes the religious diversity of Nigeria and her people, how can he help his moronic inclination to Islamic sharia? The emperor has no clothes and we can all see behind the deception. Who’s fooling who here? I am an ancestral and reserve the right to remain so in my own home and my own country.

  • Lawrence Onyemaechi

    Nigeria will NOT vote for a man that will sell Nigeria to ISIS

  • Latoya Lube

    How will you reverse these statements you have made before,
    1.That Muslims should vote for Muslim candidate and Christians should vote for christian candidate
    2.Nothing is correct in Nigeria except the pages of the Qur’an
    3. That if you are not elected into office blood will spill .
    sir how will you reconcile these statements with the office sought for. #NO2Buhari

  • georgy

    buhari my not have the power to islamise Nigeria but he will also not have the moral grounds to stop any of the 19 northern governors who decides to implement sharia fully.

  • Sunshine

    I will not is easily said than done. Look at Turkey today. Read thir history and it will amaze you. I can never be comfortable to trust Nigeria into the hands of Buhari. IBB said this and I believe him, Nigeria is safe in the hands of Jonathan