We’ll Hold Buhari to His Words On Credible Elections – Sultan
The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has said that Nigerians should hold President Muhammadu Buhari to his words for the conduct of a free, credible, violence-free general elections in 2019.
The Sultan said this yesterday in Abuja at the 2018 second annual general meeting of Nigeria InterReligious Council (NIREC), youths wing summit.
The Sultan, who is also a co-chair of NIREC, said
the second summit came at the time Nigeria had been politicised by the political class and that there was a need to sit as a family irrespective of religious leanings.
He said Nigerians should take a stand not to be used by politicians and other stakeholders to cause violence, especially during the forthcoming general elections and beyond.
On his part, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Co-Chair of NIREC, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, said Nigerian youths should work together irrespective of differences in their doctrines.
“We should use our different religions to move the country forward,” he said.
He urged the youths to emulate the partnership between the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and CAN.
Delivering the keynote address at the summit, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.Gen Babagana Monguno, (rtd) represented by BrigGen Emmanuel Ndagi, said security is a collective responsibility and that Nigerians should stay peaceful at times.
He urged the youths to ensure that Nigeria achieves peaceful elections and that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to ensure free fair peaceful and credible elections in 2019.
The United States of America Ambassador, represented by the Deputy Chief of Mission of embassy in Nigeria, David Young, said the US is committed to supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to achieve credible elections in Nigeria.