The city of Osogbo capital of Osun on Wednesday stood still as the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Prof Yemi Osinbajo joined thousands of residents in a walk for Change procession.
The rally tagged “Nigerians walk for change (Buhari/Osinbajo)” drew people from all the adjourning towns and villages who trooped to the streets to join the team on a physical exercise by walking through the major streets.
The team and crowd snaked through streets like the popular Oke-fia, Alekuwodo, Olaiya, Oluode market and ended at the Osogbo township stadium.
Walk for Change in Nigeria is a civil society organisation, which is interested in sensitising Nigerians for the necessary change in the country.
The All Progressives Congress Vice-presidential candidate noted that by February I4, God will grant the people of this country the New Nigeria they desperately craved for.
He pointed out that the APC government when sworn-in May 29 will change the Country from poverty that has bedevilled it under the Jonathan led government to wealth and prosperity.
The Vice-presidential hopeful held that the coming of APC will usher in a government of the masses which will focus on youth employment and infrastructural development in all facets of life.
Osinbajo promised that the government on assumption of office will employ twenty thousand youths in every state of the country.
He added that Agriculture that the Jonathan led administration is attending to with kid gloves will be given its rightful priority ahead of the monolithic oil economy.
Osinbajo also added that pupils of primary schools in Nigeria will be fed free every school days in every state, noting that health care and other sectors will be adequately cared for.
According to him, “I want to seize this opportunity to thank you all for turning out for this walk. I want to assure us all that God will grant all of us our heart desire of a new Nigerian where life will be more abundant.
“This new Buhari/Osinbajo government that will be coming in come May 29 will be the one all of you it will be government that will bring the change we have all been yearning for.
“Our first priority will be the employment of twenty thousand youths in each of the states of the Federation, Agriculture, care of vulnerable elders among every social needs will be accorded priority, and we will have life more abundantly”. The vice-presidential hopeful noted.
Osun governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while speaking at the gathering lamented that the Government of Jonathan has brought untold hardship to the people of the nation.
He stated that the poverty bedevilling the country today is alarming and beyond the thinking of every reasonable people.
Aregbesola said it is pertinent for the people of Osun and by extension, the entire country, to support Buhari/Osinbajo for the much desired change in Nigeria.
“Osun is solidly behind Buhari-Osinbajo candidacy. It is compulsory to support the APC in its bid to turn around the fortune of Nigeria.
“The government of Goodluck Jonathan had for close to six years brought untold hardship to the people of the nation.
“We must therefore join hands with Buhari-Osinbajo team to rescue the teetering ship of our dear country.
“With Buhari as President, all the nation yearns earnestly for will be done within a short period of time.
“One paramount duty we must, as a true citizens of this country, perform in February is to vote wisely and vote for Buhari. A vote for Buhari’s is a vote for development, growth and abundance.
“A vote for Buhari is a vote for an end to poverty, misrule and insecurity in Nigeria,” Aregbesola said.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman of APC in Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun, observed that Yoruba nation has never been sidelined in the politics of the nation since the days of independence.
Famodun said the Goodluck Jonathan government has relegated the Yoruba people to the background in the political configuration in the past six years.
The chairman noted that it was so sad that a Yoruba man could not even be counted among the top first six political slots in the country.
He stated that the government of Muhammad Buhari has a Yoruba man as Vice President, urging the people of the South-West to vote massively for Buhari/Osinbajo team for the much needed change in the country.
The speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam said the presidential election of February 14 in Osun will be a repeat of what happened in the 2011 election when Osun voted massively for the ACN presidential candidate, Malam Nuhu Ribadu.
Salaam stressed that the party is sure of Victory for Buhari/Osinbajo come February 14 this year.
Convener of the Walk for Change Nigeria Mr. Bola Ilori, said The huge crowd that turned our for the walk show that Nigerians are resolved to remove the PDP.
” Nigerians cannot afford to miss it at this time when the country has been destroyed economically politically and socially. Everywhere you turn you see misery on the faces of people. The Buhari and Osinbajo team provides us the answer,” he said