- President Muhammadu Buhari has assured foreign observers of safety during the elections, despite the 'body bags' comment made by Governor Nasir El-Rufai
- The president said any threat made does not represent the position of the federal government.
- Buhari also reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government to a free and fair election and urged youths not to allow themselves to be used to cause disruption during the exercise
Despite a controversial statement made by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna that foreign powers who intervene in Nigeria's general elections would go back in body bags, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured international observers of their safety during the February 16 presidential election.
The president gave the assurance on Thursday, February 14, during his live broadcast to the nation, Independent reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the president said any threat made does not represent the position of the federal government.
Buhari also debunked allegations that the federal government was promoting violence and told Nigerians that it is their constitutional right to vote.
He said: “It is your constitutional right to vote. This government will do its very best to ensure that the election takes place in a peaceful atmosphere. I ask you to come out and fulfill this obligation.
“I reaffirm the commitment of the federal government to a free and fair election. I assure Nigeria, diplomatic and foreign observers of their safety. Any threat made does not represent the position of the federal government.
“I urge Nigerians to take personal efforts in promoting peace in all sections. I appeal to the youths not to allow themselves to be used to cause disruption.”
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This development follows a previous report by Legit.ng that the presidency stated that Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s statement threatening foreigners plotting to intervene in Nigeria’s election was only in defence of the country’s national interest.
The special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, clarified that the Kaduna governor was only speaking about the country’s sovereignty.
He insisted that the government was ready for a free and fair election.
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