Commercial and social activities were on Monday grounded in Kaduna owing to the presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
As early as 8am, supporters of the former head of state took to the streets to welcome him but they were disappointed as the APC presidential campaign team were at Minna, Niger State, for a similar occasion.
The hundreds of youths took over the major streets in state capital, chanting solidarity songs for the APC presidential candidate and saying they wanted ‘change’, APC’s campaign slogan.
Addressing a mammoth crowd at the Murtala Muhammed Square, venue of the Kaduna rally, General Buhari promised to ensure free and compulsory education.
He said, if elected, he would tackle the issues of insecurity, corruption and unemployment ravaging the entire country.
According to him, within two years of his coming to office, Nigerians would witness clear changes in their fortunes.
He noted that Kaduna State used to be the industrial hub in north but lamented that all that is now a thing of the past, stressing that if voted into power come February 14, he will ensure that enabling environment is provided that will attract investors into the country and the state.
On his plea against violence, Buhari, who spoke in Hausa, said, “I did not ask you to kill anybody, but for you to protect your votes, and I promise you that I will not fail you if you give me your mandates through your votes.
“Within the first two years of my administration, if voted into power, my focus will be to revive industries, fix roads, reform the education sector, and equip our hospitals.”