The Buhari Campaign Organisation on Sunday cautioned politicians to desist from propagating wrong information about the candidacy of its presidential aspirant, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
In a statement signed by its Director of Media and Communication, Mr. Dele Alake, the group called for a campaign devoid of lies and hate speeches, noting that politicians should give information that would enable voters make informed decisions.
“We challenge our competitors and their sympathisers to produce and propagate only the messages that will enlighten and ennoble the process of choosing the president of the world’s most populous black nation,” the group stated
The group also pledged to uphold the highest standards of decency and probity as it promotes the programmes of Buhari.
It noted that it was important to educate the people on the electoral process and provide informed choices.
The group said, “We, at the Buhari Campaign Organisation, hereby pledge to conduct a campaign focused on the issues which will qualitatively uplift the average Nigerian from poverty to prosperity and bring hope to a populace seeking refuge from uncertainty.
“The issues of electricity generation and distribution, poverty elimination, eradication of corruption, mass employment and security of lives and property are going to form the focal points of our campaign.
“These issues have no ethnic colour. Poverty afflicts the old and the young. Unemployment has no political affiliation. Insecurity damages the economy precariously. Insecurity may be more prominent in the North-East in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency but the reality is that Nigerians generally have never been as endangered as they now are.
“While we congratulate the old media for the maturity and capacity displayed in integrating the new media and technologies into their operations, experience has shown that the traditional skill of gate keeping, crucial to the production of credible and accurate information, has become a major challenge in the news dissemination process.
“Our responsibility to the Nigerian people in this campaign is to articulate how to rescue Nigerians from the present danger based on the manifesto of the APC. Our responsibility is to demonstrate that General Muhammadu Buhari has the personal virtues of discipline, honesty and transparency to inspire the change that is imminent.
“Our responsibility is to communicate how the military skills acquired by Muhammadu Buhari, the generals’ general, in a publicly acknowledged distinguished career have made him the most appropriate contestant in the 2015 election with the technical and technocratic skills to crush the rampaging insurgency and bring peace to a nation losing a protracted guerrilla war.”
The group said the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket brings together two personalities from two institutions which “defend the national patrimony and maintain internal harmony.”
It said, “While the military defends the state from aggression, the judicial system defends the law which establishes and maintains the State. Indeed, the intellectual, political antecedents of Professor Yemi Osinbajo provide the complimentary combination and collaboration that the next Nigerian administration needs — a government that respects the rights of its citizens and enforces their duty to the State.”