Economy, security among Nigerians’ concern ahead of presidential vote

Nigerians are gearing up for the presidential election scheduled to take place on Saturday, 16 February.

The West African country has a population of over 190 million, 84 million of whom are registered to vote in that election.

Ahead of the vote, Nigerians have been expressing their expectations of the government that comes into power after the process.

Though Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy, with a GDP of well over $370 billion, some Nigerians still want the new administration to focus on improving the sector.

“I want the new government to improve more on the Nigerian economy. We want a government that will hear the masses. We are praying that the new government that will come, or any government that will come after this election, we pray that they improve on the economy,” said Lawrence Okonkwo, a resident of the administrative capital, Abuja.
Nigeria has also faced some security challenges over the past years, causing concern among some citizens.

Ahead of the February 16 election, some Nigerians have expressed hope that the new administration will help secure the country.

“The security system – to me – the government tried, but they should do more.” said Muideen Olatunji, an Abuja trader.

His sentiments were echoed by Lilian Okeke, who urged the incoming administration to bolster security in Nigeria.

“As a woman, I would want the government to improve security, which is very important in our country,” she said.

Campaigns are still going on the country, but are scheduled by law to end 24 hours before the election date.

While there are 73 candidates registered to run, pollsters project the current President Muhammadi Buhari and former ally Atiku Abubakar to be the main contenders for the top seat.

The main candidates are scheduled to sign a peace declaration on Wednesday, an accord many Nigerians hope will ensure a peaceful electoral process.