President Muhammadu Buhari (image courtesy Presidency)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday launched the Buhari Unity Band which is aimed at keeping Nigeria united as the 2019 elections draw closer.

The Nigerian leader is running for a second term in office; and campaign for the elections officially begins on 18 November, based on the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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And ahead of the campaign period,  the Buhari team has put together a collection of the President’s wristbands, which was initiated by the Good Governance Ambassadors of Nigeria, a Buhari support group.

Launching the wristbands at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, Buhari expressed concerns about the growing threats in the country in the build-up to the polls.

He said, “By the grace of God, we shall remain strong and united.

“Our country has passed through difficult times, on occasions threatening the foundations of our unity, but with the help of God, we have always emerged from each crisis stronger.

“There is no doubt that we still have pockets of issues that question our unity but we are convinced that, with the determination of all Nigerians, we shall remain strong and united.

“The Buhari Unity Band is a visual and token symbol of our resolve to live in unity as one and to preach the message of unity wherever we live.

“Those who subscribe to the unity wristband will be known as Nigerian Unity Ambassadors. You will be building on the legacy of a number of our patriots who have, in the past, sacrificed so much, some even their lives, in defence of our nation.”