when Anambra gave Buhari a rousing welcome

Before his arrival, many were still skeptic about the kind of reception Buhari will get in Anambra state, a state reputed to be a PDP state, and the support of the APGA for the formers candidate for the presidency, President Good luck Jonathan.

Incidentally, when the former military ruler arrived the venue Of the APC rally which already had a mammoth crowd waiting for him, even those who had only come to see what the rally will look like were convinced that the 2015 presidential election would be very keenly contested as the crowd cheered him.

For over four hours the Arthur Eze street leading to Emmaus House, venue of the campaign, was blocked by both vehicular and human traffic.

Before the Emmaus House function , Buhari had earlier visited the traditional ruler of Awka, Igwe Gibson Nwosu(Eze Uzu) and the Anglican bishop of the area,Alex Ibezim,who offered the APC presidential candidate  royal blessing, and Holy Bible,respectively .

Addressing the  crowd that thronged the campaign venue to show him support, Buhari reassured them that an APC government would restored Nigeria’s past glory.

He said education, security, economy and power would form the cardinal trust of his government.

He expressed gratitude to Nigerians for their growing confidence in him and urged them to obtain their Permanent Voter’s cards,stressing “you can’t love Buhari without having the credence to vote for him”.

Earlier, the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha who introduced Buhari to the audience allayed the fear making the rounds in the zone that the former general might islamised the country if voted to power.

The Imo governor said that even as a military head of state, Buhari did not for one day nursed such idea,talkmore of in a democracy where several democratic organs would be in place to checkmate such excesses.

He said Ndigbo in particular and the country had grown beyond listening to such idle and unintelligent talks,adding that the way Buhari embraced the Holy Bible given to him by the bishop to his chest  demonstrably portrayed him as a non-religious fanatic.

He urged the Igbo to support and vote massively for the APC in next month’s poll,stressing that there would be no reason for him and other Igbo leaders in APC to deceive the people if the mass movement for change in the country would not be in the interest of Ndigbo.

In his speech, Senator Chris Ngige said “we’ve gathered you here this afternoon to showcase to you and Nigerians in general good governance in General
Buhari.He had done it well before;he will do it well again.”

Some of the people who were at the rally extolled buhari’s forthrightness saying that he is the man to bring change in Nigeria.

Others however differed, stating his age and  non tolerance for other religion as his weaknesses.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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