Saturday, March 25

Don’t Create Conflict Over The Election Results ~ Buhari Tells Presidential Candidates

By Aniemeka Chiamaka Rejoice (Umunna TV)

As Political parties and their flag-bearers on Wednesday, signed the second national peace accord with a promise to ensure a peaceful election and also accept the outcome.
President Muhammadu Buhari said:“I would first like to thank the Chairman of the National Peace Committee and all the members; very distinguished Nigerians, for their commitment and sacrifices to support peaceful elections in Nigeria.”

“Back in September 2022, the chairman respectfully asked me to deliver a goodwill message in support of issue-based and peaceful campaigns and political rallies devoid of insults and personal attacks. This is at the very heart of my personal belief and conviction, that we need to dwell more on issues that are fundamental to the heart of Nigerians.”

“Despite having no financial support from the government, the Peace Committee has remained steadfast, working with relevant agencies to provide moral compass and serve as an independent agency for alternative dispute resolution on the electoral process. I commend the committee’s commitment and loyalty not only to the electoral process but also to peace generally in Nigeria.”

“I am aware of the deep concerns that have been raised about the conduct of the 2023 general elections and the outcomes they may throw up. However, since my assumption into office, my government has worked so hard to ensure that we pass on a legacy of free, fair, credible, safe, and peaceful elections. We will continue to act with neutrality and allow the rule of law to take precedence over political expediency. We have demonstrated that with the off-circle elections in Edo, Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states. We allowed Nigerians to decide who should govern them. We are committed to this legacy till the very last day of my administration.”

“I want to assure INEC, the security agencies and all relevant institutions saddled with responsibility of conducting the elections of my administrations continuous support. I ask you to be firm and courageous, and to abide by the laws and constitutional provisions in conducting the elections. We must constantly improve our electoral process using technology and all the positive elements it brings to consolidate the integrity of the elections.”

“I call on all political actors, key stakeholders, and Nigerians in general to support a peaceful transition, promote the ideals of peace and a violence-free post-election period. I urge all politicians who will sign the accord to fully commit themselves to the letter and spirit of the accord.”

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