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General Buhari Takes To Facebook

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Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has deployed the use of major social networking sites, to worm his way into the hearts of the electorate.

"To my long-suffering fellow citizens who have borne the brunt of these almost daily senseless attacks, I say help is on the way. Terror must and will be defeated. All it requires is the political will, uncommon courage and unrelenting determination, and victory will be ours", Buhari added on his Facebook page to reach out to those Nigerians suffering what he described as "senseless attacks" by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Since he emerged the flag bearer of the opposition party, rarely a day goes by without a fresh update on Gen Buhari's Facebook page. He now boasts a following of over 149,000 people who subscribe to his online posts. However, Buhari’s online standing is nothing compared to the influence President Goodluck Jonathan wields there. Jonathan, who signed up for Facebook in 2010, has a flowing of over 1.7m people.

In his latest post following the emergence of his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari stated that he had begun settling down to strategise with the APC vice-presidential candidate in the build-up to the election. He also noted that he would create time to read through the comments and observations of his fans via his Facebook page, as he moves to dislodge Jonathan from Aso Rock in 2015.

"I take note of every comment, suggestion and feedback you give me. Please keep them coming. Thank you for your support", Buhari wrote on Facebook.

He also promised his Facebook fans that he would work with all Nigerians irrespective of religious or ethnic backgrounds to "help make our societies more compassionate, more just, and more equitable".

Meanwhile, Jonathan has yet to actively engage Nigerians via his Facebook account, like he did months preceding the 2011 general elections. 

However, in his recent engagement with his fans, Jonathan stated that he would not renege on his efforts aimed at making Nigeria a reference point in the comity of nations. The President claimed that Nigeria was witnessing a revolution in the railway sector, adding that his administration’s desire to link the nation’s commercial and administrative capitals was receiving global affirmation.

Jonathan also explained that he had been humbled by his ratification as the sole presidential candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

"I am humbled by this affirmation and, by the grace of God, I will never let you down even as I promise to build on the progress already made. May God bless you all and may He also bless our Motherland, Nigeria. Forward Nigeria!"

No authentic social media accounts could be traced to Vice-President Nnamadi Sambo. But Osinbajo has since signed up for the micro-blogging service, posting his first tweet on December 10.

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