Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has promised to build the Mambilla hydro power dam if elected president in the February 14 elections.
Buhari, who spoke in Jalingo, Taraba State Wednesday as part of his nationwide campaign tour, said the construction of the Mambilla hydro dam, which was conceived over 30 years ago, will provide irrigation opportunities to the people in the surrounding area apart from it power generating potentials.
The APC presidential candidate also tackled President Goodluck Jonathan on the issue of insecurity particularly in the Northeastern part of the country, saying the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate lacks the competence, capacity and training to deal with the Boko Haram menace and cannot therefore be taken seriously when he claims that he will deal with the terrorists.
Buhari further promised to end insecurity, corruption and youth unemployment, vowing to bring an end to the insurgency because it is not beyond the country’s capacity to tackle if it has the right leadership.
It would be recalled that Jonathan during his campaign visit to Maiduguri, Borno State last week, said he would deal with the insurgency if re-elected.
But Buhari in a statement the Director, Media and Publicity of his campaign organization, Malam Garba Shehu, faulted the president, saying having been at the helm of affairs more than five years, during which Boko Haram has transformed from a group of armed delinquents to an active fighting group, it is laughable that the present administration would be able to contain it.
“It is childish for the same person to say that he would deal with a group that became a monster under his watch”, Buhari said.
He, therefore, advised the president to stop the careless talk about dealing with Boko Haram because he clearly has shown little appreciation and leadership in the area of national security.
Buhari said he had travelled similar road in the past with distinction when the nation’s security and well-being was endangered as it has been in the last four years since Boko Haram became a national security and regional security menace while Jonathan fiddled.
“The Boko Haram terrorists are no longer a group that President Jonathan and those who work with him can handle”, he said.
He added that “if in the past five years, the Boko Haram has transformed while Jonathan made empty promises, pray, how can such a leader make any difference in another four years?”
Buhari noted that the most likely scenario if Jonathan is given another four years in office is that the terrorists would effortlessly take over the entire country.
The Jalingo rally was attended by APC national leader and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Buhari’s running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, among others.
The high point of the rally was the presentation of the APC flag to its governorship candidate in the state, Senator Aisha Alhassan by Mr. Odigie-Oyegun.