The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, spoke at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), better known as Chatham House, United Kingdom, on Thursday morning, vowing to tackle terrorism and corruption if elected as Nigeria’s president in next month’s election.
The former head of state, who spoke on a topic – “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition,” said the focus of the international community on Nigeria’s election is not misplaced, requesting that the interest should continue.
Speaking on Boko Haram, Buhari promised that if elected as president, his government would not allow the loss of any Nigerian territory to terrorists.
He reiterated his determination to fight corruption, saying “On corruption, there is no confusion on where I stand. First and foremost, we will plug the holes in the budgetary process. All revenue-generating arms of the government, led by NNPC, would have a single book, while anti-corruption agencies would operate without government interference.”
He also spoke on the emergence of democracy as the preferred system of governance across the world.
The APC candidate said the defunct USSR experience was a personal turning point for him, stressing that the process thought him that “change could be effected without firing a single shot”.
On democracy in Africa, Buhari cited the example of four countries where the ruling party peacefully handed over to victorious opposition parties.
He also listed Togo, Central African Republic, Guinea Bissau, Mali and other countries where democracy has suffered, saying that can be “viewed from two prisms, or can be seen as a glass that is half-full.”
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