2023: Buhari urges Nigerians to resist attempts by politicians to disrupt elections
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Nigerians to resist attempts by politicians to disrupt the 2023 general elections.
The President made the call in his new year message while also urging Nigerians to play their part in ensuring that next year’s general elections are free, fair, and credible.
The president, in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said, “We must also resist every attempt to be used by politicians to create unrest in any form to disrupt the elections. We, as government will ensure such activities are met with the full force of the law”.
“We as Nigerians must also take responsibility to ensure we participate in ensuring that the 2023 elections are free and fair by not engaging in anti-state activities and other nefarious acts that may affect the run of the polls.”
While reiterating his administration’s commitment to conducting free and fair elections, President Buhari said, “the collective electoral will and votes of Nigerians will be fulfilled, even in the twilight moments of my watch.”
He further said his government proved its commitment to the nation’s democratic ideals by signing the Amended Electoral Act that will guarantee credible polls.
President Buhari, therefore, described 2023 as an important year for Africa’s most populous nation because Nigerians will go to the polls to elect credible leaders.
“This year is particularly important to me because this message is in essence valedictory. After having the honour of serving you, my compatriots, for the last seven-plus years, my tenure as your President in the most revered tradition of our ongoing and maturing democracy must necessarily come to an end.”
“In the next five months we would have gone to the polls and elected a new president along with new governors and a plethora of other elected officials at both the national and state levels”.