By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja, unveiled “Buhari Unity Band” (BUB) as part of the activities to kick start his campaigns towards seeking reelection for a second term in office.
The Unity Band is one of the souvenirs to be used by the Buhari campaign groups.
Campaigns for the 2019 general election will officially commence on Sunday, according to the timetable released by the country’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking at the launch of campaign wrist bands organised by a group called Good Governance Ambassadors of Nigeria (GOGAN), President Buhari lamented the prevailing threats in Nigeria as election draws near, but assured that the country would emerge stronger despite the odds besetting it with the resolve by the citizens for a united nation.
Further, the President said his administration was doing all it takes to promote togetherness as well as cement cordial relationship among the citizens.
In the launch booklet, National Coordinator of GOGAN, Felix Idiga said the birth of BUB is to humiliate and shut down the malicious plans of the opposition and every dissenting voice.
Idiga decried what he described as ‘senseless looting’ of the national treasury, which according to him, unites desperate politicians regardless of their different ethnic and religious groups.
“But when they are picked to face the wrath of the law, they cry marginalisation and begin to fan the flames of disunity and unrest in the country,” he noted.
Continuing, he said BUB’s launch of the wrist band was to give all Nigerians who support the President and Nigeria’s unity, something to show for their solidarity and which they can wear with pride.
“Our ultimate goal is to make all Nigerians peace ambassadors of our country by uniting them with the national outlook for excellence in visual identification symbol,” he added.
At the occasion, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, was represented by Senator Kabiru Gaya.
Also present during the launch were Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha,members of the National Assembly, the Federal Executive Council, Civil Society Organisations, members of the diplomatic Corps as well as Presidential aides.
President Buhari had earlier met behind closed doors with visiting Guinea Bissau President, Jose Mario Vaz at the Presidential Villa.