Who has read the covenant Buhari made with Nigerians?

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You know how politicians like to make promises when
they are seeking your votes? Well, here’s one from APC
presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari. Read
below…
My Covenant With Nigerians – Buhari
Dear Compatriots,
In the past few months that I have traveled
round this country on campaigns, I have
experienced the sheer beauty of our diversity.
From Port Harcourt to Kano, from Abeokuta to
Gusau, I experienced first-hand the daily
sufferings and struggles of our people. I also
experienced the overwhelming desire of our
people for change.
When I arrived in Port Harcourt on the 5th of January
to start my campaigns, I was met by our teeming
supporters, who stayed till late in the evening to
welcome us. Among them were many young men and
women, who in the few minutes that I shared with them
at the airport, made me to reflect on what kind of
future awaits them in our country.
The gestures of 90-year-old Hajia Fadimatu Mai Talle
Tara from Kebbi State and 9-years-old Nicole Eniiyi
Benson from Lagos State, who donated their life-
savings to my campaign, reflect the overwhelming
desire of our people for change. In their gestures, I
perceived a longing for the days when honour, national
pride and dignity of labour were the fundamental social
principles that governed our country. As I encountered
millions of our youths, who sometimes run for hours in
front of my car and hanging precariously on our
campaign vehicles at our state rallies, I also pondered
the enormity of the task ahead. How do we give jobs to
our youth? How do we reform our economy and make it
work for every Nigerian?
I know however, that what we require to revamp our
economy and rebuild our country is our ability to
galvanize all our citizens to believe once again in their
government, in their country and especially, to believe in
themselves. This can only happen if we are able to
rebuild the trust and belief that our people used to
have in government, and indeed, in our nation. The
leadership that I will provide will be built on this critical
awareness. I intend to lead with integrity and honour
and commit myself totally to everything that is of
concern to our people: security, employment, health,
education, good governance and others.
This Covenant is to outline my agenda for Nigeria and
provide a bird’s eye view of how we intend to bring
about the change that our country needs and deserves.
This Covenant is derived from the manifesto of my
party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). It however,
represents my pledge to you all when I become your
President.
I have no doubt that God being on our side, with the
abiding support of all Nigerians, we shall all witness
the great change that we desire and achieve the Nigeria
of our dream.
Thank you
Gen. Muhammadu BUHARI (Rtd.), GCFR
Presidential Candidate, APC
Corruption and Governance
No matter how vast our resources, if they are not
efficiently utilized, they will only benefit a privileged
few, leaving the majority in poverty. I believe if Nigeria
does not kill corruption; corruption will kill Nigeria.
I pledge to :
· Publicly declare my assets and liabilities and
encourage my political appointees to also publicly
declare their assets and liabilities.
· Affirm that our strategy for tackling corruption
will not only focus on punishment. Rather, it will also
provide incentives for disclosure and transparency.
· Show personal leadership in the war against
corruption and also hold all the people who work with
me to account.
· Inaugurate the National Council on Procurement
as stipulated in the Procurement Act so that the
Federal Executive Council, which has been turned to a
weekly session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on
its principal function of policy making.
· Review and implement audit recommendations
by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
(NEITI).
· Work with the National Assembly towards the
immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act.
· Work with the National Assembly to strengthen
ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy
including financial and prosecutorial independence and
security of tenure of officials.
· Make the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) an
autonomous and operational agency.
· Encourage proactive disclosure of information
by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom
of Information Act.
· Ensure all MDAs regularly comply with their
accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the
National Assembly.
· Work with the leadership of the National
Assembly to cut down the cost of governance.
· Present a national anti-corruption Strategy.
Access to Justice and Respect for Fundamental Human
Rights
One of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria is building
a country that is fair to all of its citizens; a country in
which all individuals feel and know that they are valued
members of society with constitutionally guaranteed
rights; a country that respects human dignity, promotes
human development, fosters human equality and
advances human freedom.
I pledge to:
· Lead a government founded on values that
promote and protect fundamental human rights and
freedoms. I will promote the supremacy of the
Constitution and the rule of law, affirm separation of
the powers of government and support an independent
judiciary.
· Present a detailed strategy for protecting the
fundamental rights and freedoms provided for in our
Constitution. There will be emphasis on the rights of
vulnerable persons including women, children and
persons living with disabilities as well as access to
justice and prisons reforms.
Insurgency and Insecurity
I have had the opportunity to serve my country in the
military up to the highest level, as a Major General and
as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In the
course of my service, I had defended the territorial
integrity of Nigeria. And if called upon to do so again, I
shall rise to the occasion. As a father, I feel the pain of
the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence
whether they are the widows and orphans of military,
paramilitary or civilians.
I pledge to :
· Ensure that under my watch, no force, external
or internal, will occupy even an inch of Nigerian soil. I
will give all it takes to ensure that our girls kidnapped
from Chibok are rescued and reunited with their
families.
· Deliver a Marshal Plan on insurgency, terrorism,
ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping, rural banditry
and ensure that never again will Nigerian children be
slaughtered or kidnapped at will.
· Boost the morale of our fighting forces and the
generality of Nigerians by leading from the front as the
Commander-in-Chief and not hide in the comfort and
security of Aso Rock.
· Give especial attention to the welfare of our
armed forces and all other security personnel and their
families, including State-guaranteed life insurance for
all officers and men as well as protect the families of
our fallen heroes.
· Ensure that acts of heroism and valour in the
service to the nation are publicly recognized and
celebrated.
· Establish close working relationship with
governors of the states affected by insurgency, with
leaders of our neighbouring countries and with leaders
around the world to cooperate in combating insurgency,
oil theft, piracy and criminality.
· Activate regular meetings of the National Police
Council to ensure the discharge of its true
constitutional roles in a transparent and accountable
way.
· Fight for you, and alongside you. We will fight
together to defeat terrorism. But I will be honest with
you about our challenges and I will bear the
responsibilities of my charge. I will not lie to you or
exaggerate our triumphs. My administration will be
thoroughly transparent in every step of our daily
struggle and together we will win the war.
Niger Delta
In many years of oil exploration, the Niger Delta has
become perhaps, the world’s worst eco-system, a
byword for environmental degradation, exploitation and
diseases. I believe that protecting the livelihood of our
people in the Niger Delta should transcend our interest
its oil.
I pledge to :
· Commit myself and my administration to the
protection and regeneration of the environment in the
Niger Delta and to ensure that oil companies comply
with global best practices on environmental protection.
· Sustain and streamline the human capital
development in the Niger Delta, especially focusing on
youth and women.
· Reform investment in infrastructural development
of the Niger Delta and ensure that the NDDC is held
accountable to its mandate.
Diversity
Nigeria’s greatest asset is her people. My commitment
is to invest in our people and ensure that they have the
opportunity to achieve their full potentials and enjoy the
full benefits of their citizenship, regardless of their
religion, region, ethnicity, gender or disability.
I pledge to :
· Continually acknowledge our diversity and
consciously promote equality and equity in all
government businesses and activities.
· Implement the National Gender Policy including
35% of appointive positions for women.
· Work with the National Assembly to pass the
National Disability Act and the Equal Opportunities Bill.
Health
We must give real meaning to the old saying that
Health is Wealth. We must take all possible measures
to ensure that our people stay healthy, but we must
also ensure that when they fall ill, they can get help.
Healthcare in Nigeria is in crises. Too many people do
not get any treatment. For those who do get treated,
all too often, the care they receive is poor. Far too
many die from easily treatable diseases and what
should be routine treatment often end in death.
Furthermore, Nigeria is set to miss our MDG targets.
The statistics speak for themselves.
I pledge to :
· Unveil a health sector review policy to ensure
efficient and effective management of our health
systems with focus on prevention.
· Ensure that no Nigerian will have any reason to
go outside the country for medical treatment.
· Guarantee financial sustainability to the health
sector and minimum basic health care for all.
· Review occupational health laws and
immediately commence enforcement of the provisions
to reduce hazards in the work place.
· Partner with State Governments and
development partners to ensure all-round
implementation of our primary health plans by
expanding access to health insurance for rural
communities.
Education
I believe that our education system must prepare our
children for the responsibilities of citizenship and
prepare our youths to contribute to the development of
our country. Therefore, I shall focus on restoring the
lost glory of our education by implementing reforms
that will bring quality back into our schools and
position our universities and polytechnics to provide
market-relevant skills to our youths.
I pledge to:
· Embark on a program of mass
mobilisation to ensure that all children
of school age, no matter where they
may reside in our country, and no
matter the social conditions of their
parents, are in school. Working in co-
operation with the State Governments,
we shall make the required
investments in infrastructure, learning
materials, nutrition and children
healthcare. To this end, UBEC Fund
will be reviewed to ensure greater
efficiency in utilization.
· Provide on-the-job retraining
opportunities for existing teachers at
both the basic and secondary levels
while providing the right incentives to
keep teachers in the classrooms and
attract bright young men and women
to take up career in teaching.
· Work with other levels of
government and through relevant
government agencies to allocate
resources to schools while
strengthening community participation
in school management.
· Implement a comprehensive
review of the goal and content of our
secondary education to ensure that it
also serves the purpose of skills
acquisition and fits purpose.
· Set up Colleges of Skills and
Enterprise to replace the old technical
colleges. This will be done with direct
participation from relevant industry
and professional groups in the private
sector. Based on local market
demands, each of the colleges will
focus on high job demand sectors of
the economy such as agriculture, ICT,
telecommunications, entertainment,
construction, oil and gas and sports.
· Establish special purpose fund
for a Secondary School level
education.
· Improve the competitiveness of
our universities and polytechnics and
position them at the heart of the
national productivity, innovation and
enterprise.
· Pursue a policy of non-
discrimination between the universities
and the polytechnics.
Agriculture
Oil has served our country, but it has also excluded
majority of Nigerians from the mainstream of our
economy. I am convinced that our guarantee for
inclusive growth is agriculture.
I pledge to:
Make agriculture a major focus of the
government and lay the institutional
foundation to attract large-scale
investments and capital to the sector.
Actively promote a well-coordinated and
innovatively funded Youth in Commercial
Agribusiness Programme.
Establish agricultural produce storage,
pricing and marketing systems to ensure
real commercial value and minimize
waste.
Work with State Governments to launch
Agricultural Support Programmes that will
drive agricultural land development and
mechanization.
Revamp, revitalize and improve on the
national agricultural extension and rural
support service system.
Lay the groundwork for a standardized
market uptake and aggregation outlets for
specific agricultural produce.
Revamp the key development banks (Bank
of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and
Nigeria Import & Export Bank) to fund
inclusive agricultural value chain
operations
Liberalise and expand agricultural and
rural insurance system with premium
subventions support to farmers
Revamp the agricultural cooperative
system to drive rural agriculture and
improve stakes for smallholder farmers.
Develop a system of small-scale irrigation
systems to ensure all-year round farming.
Revamping key agriculture research
institutions and deliver their outputs
through effective network of extension
services.
Management of the Economy for Shared Prosperity
All Nigerians deserve to benefit from our collective
wealth. We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in
our determination to create, expand and ensure
equitable and effective allocation of economic
opportunities. No matter the amount of wealth we
create, it would be meaningless unless it benefits the
majority of our people.
Power
Our failure to ensure a stable supply of electricity has
been an impediment to economic growth, productivity
and national security.
I pledge to :
· Address the gaps in power sector privatization
to ensure it serves the needs of our people.
· Explore and develop alternative sources of power
such as small, medium and large hydro plants, wind,
coal and solar and other forms of renewable energy to
ensure efficient and affordable power supply.
· Invest in technical skills development for
efficient management of energy resources.
Sports and Culture
Sports and culture are important instruments for social
cohesion, national integration and promotion of positive
national image. They also provide a strong platform for
youth development and the expression of our abundant
creative talents.
I pledge to:
· Invest and encourage investments in both small
and large-scale sports facilities to enable mass
participation in sports.
· Ensure that participation in sports become a
core component of our education at all levels.
· Activate incentives for the private sector to
invest in the development of high performance sports.
Culture
I pledge to:
· Support real investments in the entertainment,
arts and creative industries.
· Strengthen the regulatory framework to protect
and preserve our culture and creative industry and
prevent it from the scourge of piracy.
· Develop and strengthen the value link-chain of
the culture industry to deepen the industry and provide
jobs
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