The presidency has said it was more concerned about giving Nigerians a new lease of life than how some people chose to describe President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign slogan.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu stated this while reacting to some Nigerians that described the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s campaign slogan in the 2019 general election as “next level to poverty”.
He said that Nigerians were free to say what they liked but the Federal Government under Buhari would use its second term to consolidate on the gains of the “Change” agenda.
The Herald recalls that the APC adopted “Change” as its campaign slogan while attempting to wrest power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election but adopted “Next Level” ahead of the 2019 general election.
Shehu said, “Governance is a continuous process. You cannot complete your change agenda in one day or within your first term.
“There is wisdom behind the provision of second term for elected public officials. Given the complexity of governance and the intricate processes involved to get your programmes off the ground, the second term could help the president focus on the full implementation of his change agenda.
“Regardless of what definitions other Nigerians choose for the Next Level campaign slogan, the president has a clear idea of what he was talking about. Implementation goes by stages. His second term is, therefore, critical in the full implementation of his campaign promises in the second term.
“The president is not bothered about the cynical interpretations people are giving the Next Level campaign slogan, what is important is for him to focus on sustaining the previous achievements.”