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Economy will soon bounce back – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the nation will soon come out of her current economic recession and become great once again. Nigeria’s economy…

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the nation will soon come out of her current economic recession and become great once again.
Nigeria’s economy plunged into recession last week with official figures showing the economy contracted 2.6% between April and June.
It is said to be a consequence of low oil price in the face of sharp decline in crude production as well as the crash of the naira against the U.S. dollar.  
However, President Buhari expressed optimism that Nigeria would come out of this crisis stronger.
“I assure you that we are going to come out of this economic doldrums soon,” he said yesterday in Benin during  the grand finale rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo State governorship election.
He added: “We are almost out of insecurity problem and we are going to make Nigeria great again, we are going to be very proud of our country once again,” he said.
He noted that Nigeria is a nation of great human and material resources.
 The President referred Nigerians to the slogan he coined 30 years ago when he was Head of State. “We have no other country but Nigeria and we must remain here and savage it together,” he said, stressing that the slogan was still valid.
“No matter where you go, you may survive the Sahara desert and if you are lucky you are not killed or drown in the Mediterranean Sea but when you get there, the mere colour of your skin will be a problem for you no matter how knowledgeable you are,” he said.
He called on the people of the state to vote for the APC candidate in the Saturday election for continued development in the  state.
“I congratulate Obaseki who is a seasoned person and I recommend him to you so that you will continue to grow. You have got an incredible team, you better hold tight and make sure they succeed,” Buhari said.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state said Buhari’s presence at the rally showed the level of importance he attached to the culture and political economy of Edo state.
Ambode, who was the chairman APC governorship campaign team, said Edo state had witnessed  the best developmental projects under governor Oshiomhole more than any other period in the last  17 years.
“Governor Oshiomhole has laid the right foundation for progressive governance. The only way forward is to vote for continuity and progress. The continuity of APC government is sure way to success.
Lagosians have been voting for continuity since 1999 and the results are there for everyone to see. Edo state can be another Lagos and this is why you need Obaseki now,” he said.
In his address, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, said the election was between a party that had performed in its eight years’ tenure and the one that looted the resources throughout its 10 years in government.
“Remember that on Saturday it is not over until it is over. You must go and vote for the APC and Obaseki so that Edo state would continue to have more schools, roads, hospital and other infrastructural development,” he said.
Earlier, the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun had urged the people of the state to choose between the 10 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without progress and the eight years of APC with monumental development and progress.
While urging the people to vote for the APC, he said Oshiomhole was committed to the development of the state and had done his bit, adding that now “we have a technocrat who had gone through the rigours with him to continue from where he stopped”. 
In his remark, APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, said     if he was elected he would continue with the development already laid by governor Oshiomhole.
He said APC had shown that Edo state was viable and should be voted for to ensure continuity, progress and consolidation.

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