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Buhari to Nigerians: There’s hardship — but be patient

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked for patience as the government takes appropriate measures to ease hardship created by some policies “which are meant to bring overall improvement to the country”.

The President said this on Sunday in a video recording sent from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to shore up support for Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s election.

Buhari said he was “fully aware of hardship as a result of some policies of government.”

The President thanked Nigerians for electing him to be President for two terms, and urged them to vote for the APC flag bearer because “he is reliable and I know he will build on our achievements.”

In the campaign message to voters, the President specifically asked “our traditional rulers, religious leaders and parents to warn their followers and wards alike, to not allow themselves to be used by a few to foment trouble.

“I want to assure you that the Government has taken adequate security measures to allow everyone to come out and cast their votes. I am therefore appealing to everyone to give them the necessary support.

“Fellow Nigerians, I want to use this opportunity to once again thank you for electing me to be your President on two occasions.

“I am not a contestant in this election, but my party, the All Progressives Congress, has a candidate in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. As I mentioned before, Tinubu is a true believer in Nigeria, who loves the people and the development of our country.

“I am calling on all of you to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is reliable and I trust he will build on our achievements.

“Finally, I want to once again assure you that I am fully aware of the current hardship you are facing as a result of some policies of the government which are meant to bring overall improvement to the country.

“I am appealing to you to exercise further patience as we take appropriate measures to ease these hardships. God willing, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.”

The President, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said the APC presidential candidate has demonstrated his commitment to the development of the country and the well-being of its people.

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