By Olusola Alatise
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians and the international community that he would ensure that Saturday’s elections take place in secured and peaceful atmosphere.
Buhari who declared this yesterday in a nationwide broadcast called upon Nigerian voters to freely exercise their constitutional rights.
He called on all eligible voters to turn out massively and vote candidates of their choice peacefully and without any intimidation.
According to him, “It was indeed such free, fair and peaceful elections that made it possible for our government to emerge, despite the fact that we were contesting against a long-standing incumbent party”.
The All Progressives Congress, APC Presidential candidate also assured the diplomatic community and all foreign election observers of their safety and full protection, noting that any comments or threats from any source do not represent the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He said, the Federal Government has a critical role in maintaining the democratic traditions, so do citizens. “I therefore urge you all, as good Nigerians, to take a personal interest in promoting and maintaining peace in your respective neigbhourhoods during the elections. This is certainly not a time to allow personal, religious, sectional or party interests to drive us to desperation”, he added.
The President, appealed to the youth not to allow themselves to be used to cause violence and destruction.