Niger presidential campaign officially kicked off during the weekend with over 15 candidates launching their bids.
During the first launch of presidential bid in Niamey, all the candidates revealed their optimism and courage to be elected to the country’s top job.
“Tell all people never to lower their arms. I know they have been blackmailed, intimidated and manipulated. I understand their suffering in this country but we have to remain faithful and trust God. This is because God will guide us in voting,” said Ibrahim Yacouba, a candidate in the presidential elections.
I wish that all the candidates use these debates to discuss ideas and programs that will help the people of Niger.
Meanwhile the outgoing president has advised all the candidates to campaign on meaningful ideologies and refrain from politics of insults.
“I wish that all the candidates use these debates to discuss ideas and programs that will help the people of Niger. I wish there would be no insults against one another,” said President Mahamadou Issoufou.
The opposition accuses the incumbent President Mahamadou Issoufou of becoming increasingly authoritarian but the government has underscored the need for order amid security threats, including an alleged attempt to topple President Issoufou last month.