2019 is fast approaching, and the number one thing in the minds of politicians is the general election coming up that year.

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his interest to contest for a second term under the All Progressives Congress (APC), while former Vice President Abubakar Atiku is also gunning for the ticket under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

There was a campaign in Maiduguri, and Atiku, who was physically present, used the opportunity to sell himself to the people.

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As expected, he made promises.

“Nigeria ended its civil war in only two and a half years despite the thick forest in the South-East. I wonder why the war against insurgency took us nine years; there must be something wrong somewhere.

“If elected, I will not allow any commander to tell me stories, we must end insurgency within the shortest possible time because the insurgency has crippled everything in the North-East.”

Insecurity is a major challenge past Nigerian presidents have faced following the emergence of Boko Haram insurgents and the latest herdsmen killings.

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