- President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the nation ahead of the 2019 general elections
- The president challenged Nigerians on the need to cast their votes during elections, saying elections are the cornerstone of representative governance
- President Buhari says Nigerians should not allow anyone to discourage them from the exercise of their rights as citizens and voters on Saturday, February 23
President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the electorate on the need to honour their civic duty as voters by going to the polls on Saturday, February 23, to vote for candidates of their choice.
The president, in a nationwide broadcast in Abuja on Friday, February 22, said eligible voters were duty bound to participate in electing a government that would lead Nigeria to its finest destiny, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he said the call had become imperative in view of the fact that “elections are the cornerstone of representative governance and voting constitutes the highest and best expression of the sovereign will of the people to choose the government that best represents them”.
According to the president, it is only upon the freely expressed will of the people that government truly dedicated to the welfare, rights and interests of the people can be founded.
The president stressed that voting means that the citizens believe in Nigeria and the excellent things the future holds for the nation and its people.
Therefore, he called on the electorate not to allow anyone to discourage them from exercising their rights as citizens and voters on Saturday.
Buhari further urged prospective voters not to be afraid of rumours of violence and unrest, saying that the nation’s security agencies would ensure that adequate security measures were in place.
He said: “Tomorrow is an encounter with history in which you, the people, shall affirm your collective belief in our national greatness and in our future.
“I ask that you embrace and hold on to the importance of the moment soon to be upon us.
“As citizens there is no greater duty than this and no greater honour. Tomorrow, I know you will once again make Nigeria proud of its people.
“Do not allow anyone to discourage you from the exercise of your rights as citizens and voters tomorrow (Saturday).
“No matter our political leanings, we all believe in Nigeria, in the noble principles for which it stands and in the values we strive for our beloved nation to uphold.
“All who are able must vote so that we may better perfect this democracy and continue to build the greater nation we seek.’’
The president emphasised that his administration had put in place adequate security measures that would enable the electorate to vote in an atmosphere of openness and peace, devoid of fear from threat or intimidation.
Buhari reassured the international and domestic monitors as well as observers of their safety and freedom of movement while performing their important functions.
He maintained: “As we thank domestic monitors and observers for their contributions to our democracy, we also thank the international groups for the friendship and concern they have demonstrated to our nation.
“We appreciate their efforts in encouraging us to further entrench and strengthen our democracy."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 25 Yoruba socio-cultural and political groups called out their 20 million voters across southwest states, Kogi, Kwara and Delta states not only to vote on Saturday, February 23, but to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
On Thursday, February 21, the groups directed all the Yoruba in the states to come out “in large numbers to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and his VP Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is one of our own come February 23. The mountains shall depart and the hills removed”.
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