After months of pledges ahead of today’s election, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to take Nigeria to the “next level,” promises his All Progressives Congress (APC) party, whilst leading opponent, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has promised to “bring power to the people.”
“We are seeing increased investment across the entire value chain from agricultural inputs to farming and ultimately, food processing,” Buhari said.
“Indeed, we are on course to achieve food security in major staple foods in the not too distant future.”
This will be Nigeria’s first presidential election with a generation of voters who have only known democracy.
But, does Nigeria’s ‘generation democracy’ really want to vote?
20 year-old student, Favour Ifadah, says; “I actually wanted to vote at first and went to register. But at the registration centre we had to spend hours waiting, waiting, waiting, and then we heard that the person responsible had not turned up.
We were told to come another day and I got annoyed as I have a lot of things to do. I ended up abandoning efforts to get a voter’s card.”
Laundry worker, Adijat Balogun, 19, added; “All I want is for the country to be better. I don’t really know about politics, and I don’t think I’m just not ready yet.”
With campaigning for the general election coming to a close, embattled leader and ‘born-again democrat,’ Buhari, for one, will be seen if he can make that promised ‘clean break from the past’ if he, for one, really wants to move his country forward – for everyone concerned.