(Xinhua) -- Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari has said
he would soon embark on an “aggressive campaign” ahead of the
country’s presidential polls in February.
Buhari, recently accused of not being
ready for a serious re-election campaign by the main opposition
party, said his campaign would start with visits to each of the
six geopolitical zones of the west African country.
“We will go from geopolitical zone to
geopolitical zone, to remind the people of our promises in
2015,” the president, seeking a second term of office, told the
official News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.
According to the president, his
campaign will focus on the fight against corruption, improving
the economy and tackling security.
Buhari said the three areas of focus,
with which he campaigned in 2015, still remained relevant in the
The president’s campaign group earlier
disclosed he would flag off his campaign for re-election in the
southern state of Akwa Ibom, on Dec. 28.
Nigerian female presidential candidate vows to reduce
(Xinhua) -- A Nigerian female presidential candidate
has promised to drastically reduce unemployment in the country
if she emerges president.
Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former minister
and candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, made the
remarks in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos, Nigeria’s
business hub on Friday.
The former World Bank official
promised that no fewer than 80 million Nigerians would be lifted
out of poverty by her administration.
The politician’s assurance was in
reaction to the data released by the Nigerian Bureau of
Statistics on Wednesday that the unemployment rate had risen
from 18.8 percent in the third quarter of 2017 to 23.1 percent
to the corresponding period in 2018.
She said her administration would
implement productivity and competitiveness initiatives to create
new opportunities and jobs in some key sectors.
The former education minister added
that her priority would be placed on building a rapidly
expanding economy, which would be powered by the private sector
based on an economic structural change agenda.
According to Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s
growth and productivity can only happen when the people have
sufficient jobs and when they earn incomes that pull them out of