Buhari restates commitment to free, fair elections

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the government’s commitment to free and fair elections will be sustained in future elections.

He explained that the bedrock of democracy remained the sustenance of the multi-party structure, with trust from citizens.

In an interactive session with some Nigerians in Paris, France, the President noted that results from elections since he assumed office had been a mixed bag, with the people’s choice emerging victorious.

The President promised to keep the template that had brought much credibility to the electoral process.

President Buhari recalled that in the last elections, their party lost in some elections and that reflected the government’s position of non-interference.

The President said he had respect for Nigerians to choose their leaders, saying that the administration had shown respect to citizens by allowing them to choose their leaders.

He told them that the government gave instructions to security to deal with anyone using thugs to disrupt the electoral processes.

President Buhari said he had watched Nigerians spend long hours in campaigns, listening to candidates since 2003, when he first contested elections and lost, and 2015 and 2019 presidential elections, which he won.

He said he had suffered before, and therefore possess considerable experience in about the pains of rigging elections.

The President emphasised that his duty was to serve Nigeria and Nigerians with all his heart.

He said in spite of the ill luck, with drop in resources, his administration would do their utmost to better the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians.

The President said investments had been channeled into the agricultural sector, with visible results, explaining that the policy on border closure to neighbouring countries was to protect the economy and improve security.

On security, President Buhari said all the service chiefs were changed to inject new energy and ideas into protecting the country, adding that the security chiefs had also been given clear targets and timelines.

He said the government would educate people to develop Nigeria, adding that the nation’s greatest resources are its people, and that educating them is a priority.

Earlier, Nigerian Ambassador to France, Kayode Ibrahim Laro, appreciated the President for always creating time to interact with Nigerians, describing him as the most friendly President to Nigerians in diaspora.

At the meeting, Nigerians in Paris raised issues with the President on security, voting in elections, economy and education.

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