General Mohammadu Buhari was the main draw for attendees to the currently ongoing APC mega rally in Portharcourt and most people screamed when he appeared at the venue in a GEJ signature look. The APC presidential candidate had previously showed off the South-South dress attire in his campaign photos, see here, but then, he wore it in cream and not in blue like President Jonathan usually does.
Muhammadu Buhari also recorded a video message to young Nigerians this morning before setting out for the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Rivers State. See it below and his tweets, and more pictures
Good morning, my friends. Before we kick off our rallies in Port Harcourt this morning, let us talk, Nigerian to Nigerian - GMB
Many of you believe something is wrong with Nigeria. Some of you have given up. You think this country can not be good; cannot get better.
And so you forgive politicians for stealing and for mediocrity – because you say to yourselves, "they are all thieves, they are all selfish and nothing will change." But is that really true? It is not.
Many people ask me: why am I running for office again? And I ask them – "What has changed since I began this mission?"
Can you honestly, truly say to yourself that our country has changed for the better? Are our children safe when they go to school?
Are our parents safe when we leave them at home? Is the naira in your bank account of greater value today than it was four years ago?
People accuse me of many things. But one thing they never accuse me of is corruption. They never accuse me of mediocrity, or of lying.
I have led this country and I have a record. We were not perfect, but we were effective; we solved problems, and we made Nigerians proud.
In our government, we fought corruption, we stabilised the naira, and we shut down insurgencies. #ThingsMustChange
We shouldn't forget so soon that there was Maitatsine ravaging the north east and we dealt with it. We also overran the Chadian rebels.
We rebuilt industries, Nigerians queued up and treated each other with respect; Nigerians took pride in our reputation for discipline.
The world admired us. We were proud to be Nigerians. #ThingsMustChange
Because they can't attack our record, they accuse me falsely of ethnic jingoism; they accuse me falsely of religious fundamentalism.
Because they cannot attack our record, they accuse us falsely of calling for election violence - when we have only insisted on peace.
Even as Head of State, we never imposed Sha’riah. All my running mates have been either Igbo or Yoruba and always Christian.
I have and will continue to condemn those who burn God's places of worship, be they churches or mosques and wish God's judgment upon them.
As your President, their punishment won't stop there, we will also ensure Boko Haram and other such elements, are found, are arrested and face the full wrath of the law as punishment for their crimes against our country. #ThingsMustChange
So don’t let anyone blind you with fear so they can continue to plunder our resources, and keep you away from our common wealth.
How can 219 girls be missing in our country, and our leader appears incapable of action? #ThingsMustChange
How can 12 young people die because they were looking for jobs in Abuja and justice is not met? Several corruption scandals unsolved.
How can we allow the cowards of Boko Haram take over any part of this country - a sovereign state? #ThingsMustChange
What is going on here? In this our country? In a country that belongs to all of us? #ThingsMustChange
My dear friends, this is very important to note: It doesn’t matter if you are Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa, Idoma, Efik, Ekwere, Urhobo, Igala
And, no, it does not matter if you are Christian, Muslim, animist or atheist: we need a new direction under a new leadership.
This is why I am running for the office of the president of Nigeria. This is my promise. #ThingsMustChange
This is my promise: We will work hard and fast for you. Our children will go to school and they will return safe.
Corruption will be a thing of the past and we will ensure that wealth goes around our citizens in an equitable manner.
Government will conduct itself in a disciplined and responsible manner; we will identify problems and fix them. #ThingsMustChange
The task ahead will be challenging and daunting, but it is surmountable. This is what leadership is about. #ThingsMustChange
My only desire is to prove to you that Nigeria can truly work. Allow me prove to you that in your lifetime, you can be proud of this country
Let me make you this promise today: We will protect your children. We will protect your wealth. We will make this country work again.
Thank you and God keep us all. Vote APC. Vote #Change.
I am Muhammadu Buhari, and I am running for President to change this country, for good. - GMB