Buhari re­as­sures on free, fair elec­tions in 2019

Weekly Trust - - News - Is­mail Mu­dashir

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has re­as­sured of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to lay cred­i­ble elec­tions in the coun­try, adding that the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions would be free and fair.

Re­spond­ing to a speech by a del­e­ga­tion of imams and se­nior Is­lamic schol­ars from the 36 states at the State House, Abuja yes­ter­day, Buhari said a num­ber of mea­sures put in place had al­ready seen the grad­ual im­prove­ment of elec­tions as in Edo, Anam­bra, Ek­iti and Osun states from what he de­scribed as “dis­mal and un­ac­cept­able lev­els wit­nessed in Rivers and Kogi states.”

“What I want to as­sure Nige­ri­ans is that I will con­tinue to pres­sure the po­lice and other agen­cies to do their best to en­sure a con­ducive atmosphere for free and fair elec­tions,” he was quoted in a state­ment by his Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia and Public­ity, Garba Shehu.

On the is­sue of se­cu­rity raised by the re­li­gious group, Buhari said he would con­tinue to nudge se­cu­rity agen­cies to find last­ing so­lu­tions, stress­ing how­ever, the need for com­mu­nity and re­li­gious lead­ers to play a part in iden­ti­fy­ing crim­i­nals in their midst.

The pres­i­dent thanked the re­li­gious lead­ers for rec­og­niz­ing the var­i­ous achieve­ments of the ad­min­is­tra­tion, es­pe­cially in deal­ing with se­cu­rity, fight­ing cor­rup­tion and progress in agri­cul­ture.

“I am not sat­is­fied with the re­port­ing of agri­cul­ture. Mil­lions of our cit­i­zens have re­turned to the farms with many leav­ing white col­lar jobs for op­por­tu­ni­ties in agri­cul­ture,” he noted.

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