General News | 6 November 2013 Last updated at 08:00 CET
Buhari predicts tough elections in 2015
The contest for political offices in the forthcoming elections in 2015 are going to be serious considering the challenges of
Former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammad Buhari (rtd) has said that 2015 elections would be serious and challenging.
He anchored his prediction dearth of infrastructure and unemployment in the country.
Buhari, who was in Port Harcourt as part of the team that went to Rivers State to convince the state governor, Chibuike Amaechi, to cross-carpet to APC, said it was time Nigerians took their fortune in their own hands.
He said, “We are once again at crossroads and whichever way you choose to look at it, 2015 is going to be another watershed in Nigeria's politics. What we understand from 2005 to date is that no single can meet the ruling party.
“If we remain divided, we'll be taken one by one and dealt with piecemeal,” he cautioned.
Apart from lack of infrastructure, Buhari said the high rate of unemployment in the country, which he pledged the APC would check, was one area that would make electorates have a re-think about their choices of leaders.
He also said: 'Nigeria is at a crossroad and that is why we decided to come together to rescue this country from destruction. We must get together and get this country moving again. I congratulate Amaechi for providing education for the people of the state.
“We decided to come together to ensure that we salvage this country from misgovernance, God has endowed this country, everybody knows about that, with great riches; material and human. We must acquire the capability as a people to organise ourselves and manage it efficiently. We must get together and get this country to move again,” he pointed out.'
Buhari described Amaechi as a great bridge builder, whose state was lucky to have his (Buhari) petroleum minister, Prof. Tam David-West, a great asset and academic guru, as a citizen.
Buhari applauded the governor for making heavy investment in the development of education in the state.
'We are here to seek understanding and support from you through your leader, Governor Amaechi. I worked with one of your greatest assets, Prof Tam David West,” Buhari stated.
The general is concerned that despite about 15 years of democratic rule, there was nothing to write home about in terms of development across the length and breadth of the country.