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Nigerian president says to embark on
“aggressive campaign” ahead of polls

ABUJA (Xinhua) -- Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari has said he would soon embark on an “aggressive campaign” ahead of the country’s presidential polls in February.

Buhari, recently accused of not being ready for a serious re-election campaign by the main opposition party, said his campaign would start with visits to each of the six geopolitical zones of the west African country.

“We will go from geopolitical zone to geopolitical zone, to remind the people of our promises in 2015,” the president, seeking a second term of office, told the official News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.

According to the president, his campaign will focus on the fight against corruption, improving the economy and tackling security.

Buhari said the three areas of focus, with which he campaigned in 2015, still remained relevant in the country.

The president’s campaign group earlier disclosed he would flag off his campaign for re-election in the southern state of Akwa Ibom, on Dec. 28.

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Nigerian female presidential candidate vows to reduce unemployment

LAGOS (Xinhua) -- A Nigerian female presidential candidate has promised to drastically reduce unemployment in the country if she emerges president.

Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former minister and candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, made the remarks in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos, Nigeria’s business hub on Friday.

The former World Bank official promised that no fewer than 80 million Nigerians would be lifted out of poverty by her administration.

The politician’s assurance was in reaction to the data released by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday that the unemployment rate had risen from 18.8 percent in the third quarter of 2017 to 23.1 percent to the corresponding period in 2018.

She said her administration would implement productivity and competitiveness initiatives to create new opportunities and jobs in some key sectors.

The former education minister added that her priority would be placed on building a rapidly expanding economy, which would be powered by the private sector based on an economic structural change agenda.

According to Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s growth and productivity can only happen when the people have sufficient jobs and when they earn incomes that pull them out of poverty.

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