President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday called on politicians to avoid any act capable of setting the nation ablaze.
The president who made the call at the inauguration of his Manual/Next Level Document to flag off his re-election campaign ahead 2019, said the call had become imperative in view of the commencement of campaigns, from 18 November, by political parties across the country.
Speaking at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the president said:
“I’m not unmindful that the National Assembly and the Presidential campaign starts today, I will employ candidates to go about the campaigns peacefully and decently.
“We have no other country, let us not set it ablaze because of politics,’’ he said.
He observed that the next four years would be quite significant as the country was faced with a choice to keep building a new Nigeria- making a break from its tainted past which favoured an opportunistic few.
“We are committed to deepening the work we started this first term such that the nation’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised to do good for the majority of our people.
“Our choices will shape us – our economic security and our future prosperity.
According to him, Nigeria, more than ever before, needs a stable and people-focused government to move the agenda for the country forward.
The president, therefore, called on all Nigerians to Join his administration on “this journey to the NEXT LEVEL of a prosperous, strong and stable Nigeria!’’
Among those that witnessed the event included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari.
Others were Governors Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa; Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state; Yahaya Bello of Kogi; Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara; Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi; and Aminu Masari of Katsina State.
The event was also witnessed by cabinet ministers, APC members of the National Assembly and several groups of the president’s campaign organisation from within and outside Abuja.